Civil Technology

Career Opportunities

Learners offering Civil Technology will opt for one of the following career opportunities:

  • apprenticeship to become an artisan;
  • continued studies at a college in the NC(V) in a vocational career pathway;
  • higher education at a university of technology;
  • higher education at a university (to study engineering);
  • working as an entrepreneur or working with an entrepreneur; or
  • higher education to study technical education in order to become a teacher of technology.


Career and life experience opportunities for learners with a foundation in Civil Technology include those of:

  • carpenter and joiner;
  • bricklayer;
  • tiler;
  • painter;
  • plumber;
  • drainlayer;
  • roof specialist;
  • cabinet maker;
  • shutter hand;
  • building inspector;
  • quantity surveyor;
  • architect;
  • draughtsman;
  • building surveyor;
  • building technician;
  • civil engineer;
  • structural engineer; or
  • civil technology teacher.


 Specific Aims

The aim of the subject Civil Technology is to develop the skills levels of learners from Grade 10-12 to such an extent that they will be able to enter a career pathway at a Further Education and Training college or a university immediately after obtaining the National Senior Certificate. Learners will be ready to enter into learnerships or apprenticeships that will prepare them for a trade test.


 What is Civil Technology?

Civil Technology focuses on concepts and principles in the built environment and on the technological process. It embraces practical skills and the application of scientific principles. This subject aims to create and improve the built environment to enhance the quality of life of the individual and society and to ensure the sustainable use of the natural environment. The subject focuses on three main areas, namely:

  • civil services;
  • construction; and
  • woodworking.


Topics to be Studied in Civil Technology:

  • Methods of construction of joinery
  • Methods of installation of joinery
  • Designing of wooden structures for buildings
  • Methods of sustaining wooden installations in a building
  • Tools and equipment used in the building industry
  • Woodwork joints
  • Roof construction
  • Materials: properties and uses
  • Construction: from foundation to wall plate level
  • Applied mechanics
  • Steel structures
  • Quantity surveying
  • Graphics and communication
  • Sewage and storm-water disposal
  • Water supply
  • Sanitary fittings and fitments
  • Hot water systems
  • Reticulation systems