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Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering…
Programme Aims

The programme aims to provide students with the necessary technical and professional knowledge and skills to pursue a career as technicians and assistant engineers in civil engineering or related fields. It prepares students for careers as technicians in the civil / structural engineering, Building Information Modelling (BIM) 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.
The 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.
Click here to view the programme highlights video (narration in Cantonese)

Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Tsing Yi)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

The employment rate of graduates is high. Graduates may be employed in engineering consultants, main contractors and relevant government departments to take up positions as assistant engineers, project co-coordinators, project officers, works supervisors and technical officers, etc. They can become registered civil / structural engineer with relevant bachelor degree qualification and training.

Graduates may articulate to the degree programmes offered by Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi):
  1. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering

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

# Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE for the registered course number. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.  

  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  3. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  4. The City University of Hong Kong
  5. RMIT University, Australia (Top-up Degree programme operated at SHAPE of VTC) # [Not applicable to Mainland students]
  6. 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.)
  • #Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE for the registered course number. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.
Professional Recognition

The programme is widely accepted by the industry. It is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM) as a required academic qualification for their Associate Membership. Recognition from other relevant professional bodies will also be sought.
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.

The programme is a CIC-accredited BIM Coordinator (CCBC) Course.

  1. Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. 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.
  2. For details, please contact Department of Construction :
    • IVE (Tsing Yi) : 2436 8503

Semester 1:

  • Construction Drawing and Computer Aided Drafting
  • Construction Technology
  • Engineering Mathematics for Construction
  • Engineering Science for Construction A
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Training for Civil Engineering
  • IT Essentials - Smart Living
  • English & Communication: Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness


Semester 2:

  • Construction Contract and Administration
  • Material and Concrete Technology
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Fluid Mechanics for Civil Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics and Geology
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • English & Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement


Semester 3:

  • Structural Analysis
  • Building Information Modelling for Construction
  • Sustainability and Engineering Profession
  • Further Mathematics for Construction
  • English & Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Enrichment Module B


Semester 4:

  • Construction Management
  • Project Implementation of BIM Technology
  • Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering
  • Steelwork Design
  • Elective Module (I)
  • Elective Module (II)
  • Enrichment Module A
  • English & Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: 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 7 elective modules:

  • Advanced Civil Engineering Mathematics
  • Civil Engineering Hydraulics
  • Geotechnical Engineering Practice
  • Structures and Tall Buildings
  • Temporary Works
  • Highway and Transportation Engineering
  • Advanced Structural Analysis


Semester 5:

  • Structural Detailing
  • English & Communication: Reports
  • Industrial Attachment
  • Industry Based Student Project


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