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Welding Engineering Technology

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Closed for Winter 2021

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

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This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Winter 2021 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. Learn more


Combining hands-on instruction and theory, develop your skills and knowledge in structural steel design, fabrication, welding and metallurgy in preparation for a career as a welding specialist or quality control and inspection officer.

The Welding Engineering Technology program offers two years of hands-on education. The first year focuses on academic fundamentals and structural steel design and fabrication.

During the second year, you will learn pressure vessel design, construction and testing. You will design, build and test a pressure vessel as part of your final project. Practical welding skills are also developed to gain an in-depth understanding of welding processes.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.


This program is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada.

Graduates may apply to the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta for their Certified Engineering Technologist designation after two years of appropriate industrial experience.

While at SAIT, students are encouraged to become members of the:


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Welding Engineering Technology.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a:

  • welding specialist 
  • welding technologist 
  • researcher 
  • supervisor 
  • quality control and inspection officer 

Related careers include: 

  • non-destructive testing 
  • natural gas compression technician 
  • sheet metal worker 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,786 
Year 2: $6,786

Year 1 (International): $21,615  
Year 2 (International): $21,615

Year 1: TBA 
Year 2: TBA

Year 1 (International): $20,709 (+fees TBD)
Year 2 (International): $22,158 (+fees TBD)

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

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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.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020.
  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020.
Term Program start
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Winter 2021: applications open March 30, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020 until the program start date but are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 50% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 70% in Math 30-2,
  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • At least 50% in Chemistry 20 or Science 30.
  • 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 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: Log in to  mySAIT.ca to check your admission status and monitor changes to your  application status

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

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. 

We receive a significant number of applications for this program so the selection process can take some time. Every effort will be made to maintain the timeline above. We appreciate your patience. 

Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applicants, we cannot provide any assistance or follow-up as to why the candidate was not competitive.


Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
BLPR-282 Blueprint Reading for WET 1.5
COMP-220* Computer Fundamentals 3.0
EMTL-250 Engineering Materials 3.0
MATH-238* Math for Engineering & Technology I 3.0
PHYS-235* Engineering Physics 1.5
WDSG-235 Weld and Inspection Practices I 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM-256 Professional Communication and Presentation Skills 3.0
EMTL-201 Materials Identification and Inspection 1.5
MATH-288* Math for Engineering & Technology II 3.0
MNGT-321* Project Management 3.0
STCS-255* Engineering Statics 1.5
WDSG-275 Weld and Inspection Practices II 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
CODE-315 Codes and Regulations 3.0
EMTL-280 Welding Metallurgy 3.0
INSP-341 Non-Destructive Inspection 3.0
STAT-245* Statistics for Engineering & Technology I 3.0
WDSG-325 Weld and Design Practices I 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
EMTL-300 Mechanics of Materials 3.0
EMTL-353 Failure Mitigation 1.5
ROBT-395 Automated Manufacturing & Robotic Arc Welding Processes 3.0
PROJ-377 Research and Design Solutions 3.0
CADD-211 Drafting for Manufacturing 1.5
WDSG-375 Weld and Design Practices II 3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0

* Available by correspondence and/or e-learning. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the program outline.


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 to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • NAIT
  • Thompson Rivers University

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $5,564 $682 $288 $252 $6,786
2 $5,564 $682 $288 $252 $6,786

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $20,303 $682 $288 $344 $21,615
2 $20,303 $682 $288 $344 $21,615

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 TBA $- $- $- TBA
2 TBA $- $- $- TBA

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 fees and program total.  

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $20,709 $- $- $- TBA
2 $22,158 $- $- $- TBA

*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: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,600 for the first year and $1,000 for the second year.

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 2021


Orientation for new students will take place online on Jan. 8, 9 - 11 am.

Visit our orientation page.


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Winter 2021 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable 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 standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

Tools will be provided.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

You will require CSA-approved steel-toe boots and safety glasses, welding gloves, earplugs (supplied), a good-quality welding helmet and FR coveralls or appropriate welding helmet. 

We recommend waiting to purchase your equipment until after you start the program. We will discuss the industry-approved PPE in class.

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The Winter 2021 booklist will be available beginning in late November.

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.


Phone: 403.210.4343
Email: ma.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Josh Brewster, Academic Chair
Email:  josh.brewster@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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