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EG114101 Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering
Curriculum   Career Prospects   Articulation Arrangement / Credit Exemption
Duration of Study 2 Years
Mode of Study Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s) IVE (Tsing Yi)
Entrance Requirements Please refer to General Entrance Requirement
Programme Aims This programme aims to provide students with the necessary technical and professional knowledge and skills to pursue a career as higher technicians in civil engineering or related fields. It prepares students for careers as technicians or technician engineers in the civil / structural engineering and construction industry. It also aims to develop students who can think independently, appreciate technical, managerial and social constraints in their working environment and are able to make professional judgements.

This programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

Semester 1:

  • Construction Drawing and Computer Aided Drafting
  • Construction Technology A
  • Engineering Mathematics for Construction
  • Engineering Science for Construction A
  • English & Communication : Workplace Interaction
  • Industrial Training for Civil Engineering
  • Information Technology Essentials – Services
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Material and Concrete Technology
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness

Semester 2:

  • Construction Contract and Administration
  • Electrical and Mechanical Services
  • Engineering Surveying
  • English & Communication : Workplace Correspondence
  • Fluid Mechanics for Civil Engineering
  • Further Mathematics for Construction
  • Soil Mechanics and Geology
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Vocational Chinese Communication I : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part A)

Semester 3:

  • Construction Technology B
  • English & Communication : Persuasive Presentations
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Structural Analysis A
  • Structural Detailing and Building Information Modelling
  • Sustainability and Engineering Profession
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part B)

Semester 4:

  • Construction Management
  • Elective Module (I)
  • Elective Module (II)
  • English & Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Enrichment Module
  • Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering
  • Highway Engineering
  • Steelwork Design
  • Structural Analysis B
  • Vocational Chinese Communication III : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace

Students are required to study 2 out of the following 6 elective modules :

  • Advanced Civil Engineering Mathematics
  • Civil Engineering Hydraulics
  • Geotechnical Engineering Practice
  • Structures and Tall Buildings
  • Temporary Works
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment

Semester 5:

  • English & Communication : Reports
  • Industrial Attachment
  • Industry-Based Student Project
Career Prospects The employment rate of graduates is high. Graduates may take up positions as technician engineers, assistant engineers, project co-coordinators, project officers, works supervisors and technical officers. They can pursue further study for career advancement to professional level.

Graduates may apply for admission to relevant degree programmes offered by local and overseas universities, including :

  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  3. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  4. City University of Hong Kong
  5. The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
  6. RMIT University (Australia) (Top-up Degree programme operated at SHAPE of VTC) [Not applicable to Mainland students]
  7. University of Wales, Swansea (UK) (complete the Bachelor in Engineering (Civil) programme in two years. Higher Diploma graduates with Distinction or Credit award may be admitted directly to the Master Degree programme and complete the Master in Engineering (Civil) in two years.)
Professional Recognition
The programme is widely accepted by the industry.  It is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers as a required academic qualification for their Associate Membership.  Recognition from other relevant professional bodies will also be sought.
The graduates with relevant work experience are eligible to become Grades T1 to T3 of Technically Competent Person (TCP) of specific streams and scopes under the Site Supervision Plan System of the Buildings Ordinance.
Graduates completed the required module of the programme will be issued with Green Cards which fulfills the Mandatory Basic Safety Training requirement for working in construction sites.
Note(s): VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.
There might be changes in the course details.