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Engineering Design and Drafting Technology

Closed for Winter 2022

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Winter 2022 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Acquire the essential skills sought after by a variety of engineering enterprises.

This program will provide you with practical experience through hands-on classes in engineering and drafting principles. Your instructors will be experienced practitioners who will help you develop your technical and professional skills based on relevant practices.

Is this the right fit for me?

The most successful students in the program are those who work well in teams, have strong communication skills and a solid foundation in high school Math and Physics.


This program is nationally accredited, at the technologist level, by Technology Accreditation Canada. Graduates are eligible for membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals in Alberta (ASET).


After successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Engineering Design and Drafting Technology.

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Career opportunities

Graduates may pursue job opportunities in the mechanical, electrical, civil, structure and process piping fields.

Potential positions include: 

  • civil/structural engineering technologist 
  • mechanical designer 

Related careers include: 

  • architectural technologist 
  • avionics technician 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,619
Year 2: $6,619

Year 1 (International): $20,425
Year 2 (International): $20,795

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022

How to apply

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“The idea for the project came about when we were trying to decide which discipline we wanted to focus on,” says David Weisbrot, EDDT ’20. “Our group was split between focusing on a civil project or a structural project. We thought a golf course gave us the opportunity to include both, while still being something we could have fun with.”

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, AND,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or at least 75% in English Language Arts 30-2, AND
  • At least 60% in Science 30 or Physics 20

All applicants 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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Engineering Design and Drafting Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 


Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMP-220 Computer Fundamentals 3.0
CNST-249 Concrete and Soil Basics 1.5
ENGD-214 Digital Drafting 3.0
MATH-238 Math for Engineering & Tech I 3.0
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering & Technology I 3.0
STCS-242 Structural Statics 1.5
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
ARCH-253 Building Structures 1.5
COMM-238 Technical Communications 1 3.0
ENGD-220 Advanced Engineering Drafting 3.0
ENGD-221 Topographical Drafting 1.5
MATH-288 Math for Engineering & Technology II 3.0
SMTL-246 Strength of Materials 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Second year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
CADD-324 Electrical & HVAC Design & Modelling 1.5
ENGD-305 Process Piping Drafting I 3.0
ENGD-306 Structural Drafting I 3.0
ENGD-307 Civil Drafting I 3.0
ENGD-321 Applied Machine Design 3.0
MECH-370 Fluid Mechanics 1.5
Semester 3 Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
ENGD-376 Civil Drafting II 3.0
ENGD-377 Structural Drafting II 3.0
ENGD-378 Process Piping Drafting II 3.0
ENGD-381 Engineering Practices 1.5
ENVS-380 Environmental Engineering Drafting 1.5
PROJ-357 Applied EDDT Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 Total
Second Year Total
Program Total


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer in, within or on from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,286 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,619
2 $5,286 $7933.20 $287.77 $252 $6,619

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $19,092 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $20,425
2 $19,462 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $20,795

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Winter 2022


Your program orientation will take place online. You will receive further details shortly from your academic chair or program coordinator.

Learn more about your orientation

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Students may consider standard hardware if they choose to access drafting software via the Apporto portal. Contact the academic chair for details.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

Wait to purchase your equipment. We'll discuss industry-approved PPE in class.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2L before the first day of classes.

MATH 123: Math Refresher

Give your math skills a boost, refresh some of the basics and get ready for calculus with a review of algebra, geometry, functions and graphs, trigonometry, exponents, systems of equations and more. MATH 123 is specifically designed to help students in the following programs prepare for MATH 238: Chemical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Design and Drafting, Geomatics Engineering Technology, Instrument Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Petroleum Engineering Technology.

Register before Monday, Jan. 10,2022 by completing the form. The course is self-paced and will be accessible through Brightspace (D2L) from Jan. 17 – Mar. 31, 2022.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.



Academic chair

Milan Niksic, Academic Chair
Email: Milan.Niksic@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

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