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Process Piping Drafting

Closed for Winter 2019

Length: 34 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn practical knowledge of drafting skills and the latest CAD software to start a career as a junior drafter in oil and gas, energy, construction or other engineering-based industries.

If you're self-disciplined and need additional flexibility, consider our online learning option.)

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $13,969
Year 1 (International): $20,858

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


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on export restrictions, applicable laws and regulations. Contact construction.ppd@sait.ca with any questions.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2018 are accepted until the program start date. 
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Oct. 29, 2018

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As a student in this full-time, fast-track 34-week PPD certificate program, you will gain practical skills in the latest software and drafting techniques in the process piping industry. We work closely with industry leaders to ensure that what you're learning today directly applies to your career tomorrow.

Program Details

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

Program description

As a student in this full-time, fast-track 34-week Process Piping Drafting (PPD) certificate program, you will gain practical skills in the latest software and drafting techniques in the process piping industry. We work closely with industry leaders to ensure that what you're learning today directly applies to your career tomorrow.

In the PPD program, we aid in your success through expert instruction, small class sizes and a personalized approach. You'll benefit from the first-hand knowledge of our instructors who bring a wealth of experience within various sectors in the piping industry to the classroom.

Graduates of the SAIT 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 energy resources, government, post-secondary education institutions, municipal, water treatment, hospitality and construction, to name a few industries. 

There are two intakes per year commencing in September and January. The program accepts 36 students per intake.

Note: This program uses a delivery method consisting of a combination of both e-Learning and in-class instruction. SAIT issued laptops are not provided.

Unique learning environment

At SAIT, we offer PPD students a one-of-a-kind educational experience in Canada. Many state-of-the-art buildings in SAIT's Trades and Technology Complex have been specially built as applied living lab facilities, utilizing exposed pipes and working equipment for instructional purposes.

As a PPD student, you'll gain practical skills and a behind-the-scenes knowledge by learning at the Cenovus Energy Centre and the Rance Fisher Wellsite-a 757 metre directionally drilled wellbore complete with a service rig. These state-of-the-art facilities allow students safe learning in real-world work environments that would otherwise be difficult to access.

On-campus instruction also occurs in the program's dedicated computer labs used exclusively by PPD students, including after-hours access to study or work on assignments.

You'll also have a number of ways to connect with fellow students, faculty and industry leaders through special networking events and student clubs.

Your career

Graduates of the PPD program have a high employment rate. You may find work locally or abroad as a junior drafter within various fields and facilities of the piping industry including:

  • Heavy Oil and Natural Gas Processing
  • Oil and Gas Pipelining
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Oil Sands
  • Offshore Drilling
  • Cryogenics
  • Petrochemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Food and Beverage Processing
  • Water Filtration
  • Oceanarium and Aquarium Manufacturing
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Municipal, Residential and Commercial Construction
  • Fertilizer
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
  • Fabrication
  • Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD)
  • Pipelines
  • Ship Building

Student success

  • This is an intensive program requiring a commitment of both time and energy. Students who experience success are those who make their education a priority during the 34 weeks of the program.
  • Most successful students spend approximately 25 hours per week doing homework and review, with additional study required to prepare for exams in addition to classroom time.
  • The material is presented at a rapid rate, so for the greatest level of success you must be present and take responsibility for your learning experience.
  • CADD technicians are disciplined, detail-oriented and enjoy working in a team environment.

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). 

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • SAIT

To learn more, visit transfer options

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2019 start: applications open Oct. 3, 2018.

Admission requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30
  • 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.

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

Competitive entry: six-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: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines. 

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) must be submitted by Aug. 25 (fall intake) to be included in selection. 
  • Selection is done on a continuous basis, beginning in December for the fall intake. 
  • Selection (and acceptance) for this 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.
  • Once the program is full, applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

Step 4: Apply to Process Piping Drafting and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Login to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "in selection."

Step 6: Continue to monitor changes to your application statusthroughmySAIT.ca.

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 recommend you add construction.ppd@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 


Program outline

  • Please refer to the program map to support your progression through this program.
  • View additional Process Piping Drafting program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.
Course codeCourse nameCredit
CADD-219 Digital Drafting Fundamentals 3.0
CADD-224 CADD Principles 3.0
CADD-227 Digital Drafting 3D 3.0
ENGD-223 Process Piping Drafting Fundamentals I 3.0
ENGD-218 Instrumentation Theory 1.5
PROP-267 Heavy Oil and Natural Gas Processing 1.5
CADD-223 Applied CADD 3D 3.0
ENGD-228 Process Piping Drafting Fundamentals II 3.0
ENGD-231 Structural Drafting Fundamentals 1.5
ENGD-232 Pressure Vessels 1.5
ENGD-233 Plant Equipment 1.5
ENGD-234 Plant Planning 1.5
ENGD-237 PPD Capstone Project 3.0
Total credits


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.


Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $12,996 $450 $523 $13,969

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $19,885 $450 $523 $20,858

SAIT fees

Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $145 (If you meet the eligibility requirements, the UPass fee will be assessed with your tuition.)

SAIT Students' Association fees

Health plan: $110**
Dental plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1000.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

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Inspiring Stories

Terri is currently employed as a Junior Piping Drafter at an engineering, procurement and construction management company, specializing in small to medium upstream oil and gas projects. The position began as a practicum and transitioned into full-time employment.

The eight-month curriculum attracted Sabino, a civil engineer with experience in the piping sector of the oil and gas industry, to the PPD program.

When at her practicum, Foluwake gained new appreciation for how instructors had trained her. Following graduation, she says she is confident about entering the work force.

As a new immigrant to Canada with a background in engineering, the Process Piping Drafting program gave Kevin the opportunity to build on his prior experience and develop his drafting and design skills in a short period of time.

Terri Loyie
Process Piping Drafting | 2016

"Having instructors with a wealth of industry experience was very important in terms of guiding my career expectations. My instructors offered a positive-yet realistic-approach in their teaching methods. They also gave us tips and guidance in terms of what is expected of Junior Drafters upon entering the industry." 

Sabino Z. Mabanta
Process Piping Drafting | 2016

"This fast-track training meant that I would be back in the workforce quickly."

Foluwake Obafaiye
Process Piping Drafting | 2016

"They were committed to our success. It brings out the best in students."

Kevin Wang
Process Piping Drafting | 2015

"The SAIT well site offered us an opportunity to see how a piping system worked in a realistic environment. This connected our studies with the real world and inspired us to ask detailed questions."

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