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Process Piping Drafting Certificate


Credential: Certificate
Available: Continuing Education Online

Applications are accepted continuously. Certificate is also available as daytime Fast-Track program with fall and winter intakes.

Program Description

Online delivery brings your SAIT education to you - wherever you are and whatever your schedule. Through a series of 13 courses, you will gain practical skills in the latest software and drafting techniques in the process piping drafting industry. Learn how to produce accurate computer aided design and drafting (CADD) drawings and documents including two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) models used in piping projects.

This certificate program provides you with entry-level training for the critical role of a Computer Aided Draftsperson, assisting engineers and technologists as part of the process design drafting team. You will support piping design projects in a variety of industries by conducting engineering calculations, plant layout planning, preparing flow diagrams and schematics, layouts, specifications, and detailed construction drawings.

Applications are accepted continuously. Certificate is also available as daytime fast-track program. Students will have five years to complete their program per SAIT policy AC.3.1.1 Grading and Progression.

Your Career

Graduates of the Process Piping Drafting (PPD) program are highly sought after. With an industry-recognized PPD certificate, you'll be qualified to start an exciting career as a Junior Drafter. Graduates work in various sectors including energy resources, government, municipal, water treatment, hospitality, and construction.

Student Success

Draftspersons are disciplined, detail-oriented and enjoy working in a team environment. The ability to work and learn independently is critical in online education. Other factors relating to student success include:

  • Time management skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Computer skills

Students who are engaged and take advantage of various services usually experience more success in SAIT programs.

Students must have a personal computer and access to the Internet. All courses require additional self-study.

Credentials and Accreditation

After successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT certificate in Process Piping Drafting.

Graduates from the PPD program are now eligible to earn their C.Tech and C.E.T. designations through The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

Note: This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30, AND
  • All applicants to SAIT must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Applications are accepted continuously. You must be accepted into the program in order to register for online courses and to be eligible to receive a Process Piping Drafting certificate. Acceptance into the program is subject to SAIT's admission policies and procedures, export restrictions and applicable laws and regulations. Please contact construction.ppd@sait.ca with any questions.

Step 1: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.
Step 2: Apply to Process Piping Drafting - Distance and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.
Step 3: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.
Step 4: Upon acceptance into the program, you may register for online courses via the links in the Course Outline below. Tuition is payable on a course-by-course basis. Books and supplies are in addition to course tuition fees.

Course Outline

These 13 courses are required to complete this program. Please refer to the program map to support your progression through this program.

Digital Drafting Fundamentals CADD-219 Online
CADD Principles CADD-224 Online
Digital Drafting 3D CADD-227 Online
Process Piping Drafting Fundamentals I ENGD-223 Online
Instrumentation Theory ENGD-218 Online
Heavy Oil and Natural Gas Processing PROP-267 Online
Applied CADD 3D CADD-223 Online
Process Piping Drafting Fundamentals II ENGD-228 Online
Structural Drafting Fundamentals ENGD-231 Online
Pressure Vessels ENGD-232 Online
Plant Equipment ENGD-233 Online
Plant Planning ENGD-234 Online
PPD Capstone Project ENGD-237 Online

Professional Development Options

The above courses are also available to industry members seeking professional development. If you are interested in enrolling in one or more of the above courses, but do not intend to complete the certificate program, please first discuss your eligibility with the Academic Chair.


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