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Higher Certificate in Civil Engineering

Discipline: Civil Engineering

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 6

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: Minimum LC grade of O4/H7 in Mathematics, in addition to general entry requirements

Places: 48

CAO Round 1 Points: 230 (2016)

Why Study?

Civil Engineering technicians help civil engineers plan and oversee the construction of roads, buildings, bridges, dams, wastewater treatment systems, and other structures. As a civil engineering technician, you will have a creative, diverse and challenging career and will be typically part of a team providing technical support to civil engineers on projects. The programme also provides a good basis for future study in civil engineering.

Graduate Profiles

David McHugh (2013)

Michael Sheridan (2013)

Mark Kilkelly (2013)

Muhammad Ali (2013)

Programme Modules

This higher certificate course aims to develop your technical and practical knowledge of the core modules applicable to civil engineering. Group and individual projects play a large part in coursework and are designed to reflect ‘real life’ projects in the industry. The course covers a range of modules including Structural Design, Land Surveying, Construction Technology, CAD and Communication Skills.


Year 1

  • Construction Technology & Building Services
  • CAD
  • Surveying for Civil Engineering
  • Health & Safety for Built Env
  • Mathematics for Engineering
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Skills Innovation
  • Engineering & Chem
  • Construction Materials
  • Concrete Technology


Year 2

  • Surveying for Civil Engineering
  • Infrastruture Eng.
  • Mathematics for Civil Engineering 2
  • Structural Design & Detailing
  • Construction Technology (Ground Engineering)
  • Water Analysis & Protection
  • Civil Engineering Measurement & Procurement

*Modules are subject to change


Career Opportunities

Civil Engineering Technicians are employed, both in Ireland and abroad by:

  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Consultants
  • State and semi-state bodies
  • Local authorities
  • Suppliers of civil engineering products and equipment

You can expect to work in a technical capacity as a surveyor, draughtsperson, project supervisor or laboratory technician involved in testing materials and supporting companies in the civil/construction industry.

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates can progress to Year 3 of the Level 7 Bachelor of Engineering (Ordinary) Degree in Civil Engineering at GMIT.

Essential Information: 

Recognition by Professional Bodies
As a graduate of the Higher Certificate in Civil Engineering, you are eligible to apply to Engineers Ireland to use the registered professional title of Engineering Technician.

Number of Places
*This figure represents the combined number of places for level 6, 7 and 8 students

Materials Fee
Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.

Contact Us


Wayne Gibbons

Tel. 091 74 2429

E-mail: Wayne Gibbons