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Engineering Design and Drafting Technology

Open for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

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

All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

Program Highlights

Create a career as a mechanical, civil, process piping, electrical or structural technologist through this program that uses hands-on instruction to give you practical and technical experience in the principles of engineering and drafting.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,163
Year 2: $6,163

Year 1 (International): $19,965
Year 2 (International): $19,965

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

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until program start.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

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As a student in this full-time diploma program, you'll learn about a variety of careers in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector. You'll learn from industry experts to give you the practical and technical experience you need to succeed in your career. This program is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC).

Program Details

Program Description

The program provides graduates with the essential skills sought after by a variety of engineering enterprises. The 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.

This diploma program is two years in length, consisting of four 15-week semesters.

Your Career

Graduates may find work as junior technologists in fields such as mechanical, electrical, civil, structural and process piping.

Student Success

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.

Credentials and accreditation

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


This program is nationally accredited, at the technologist level, by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). Graduates are eligible for membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals in 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:

  • Athabasca University
  • Bow Valley College
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of New Brunswick, Saint John

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


Have questions about this specific program?

Contact the School of Construction

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

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

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 & Tech 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 & Tech 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
ENDG-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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 4,941 $682 $288 $252 $ 6,163
2 $ 4,941 $682 $288 $252 $ 6,163

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 18,535 $682 $288 $460 $19,965
2 $18,535 $682 $288 $460 $19,965


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: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,500 per 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.

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

Fall 2020


All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

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 an e-learning program, which means you will be provided with a laptop with all the necessary software required. Find instructions on how to pick-up your e-learning laptop

Required equipment/tools

  • Solid Wi-Fi connection at home

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

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

Preparation courses

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

Required textbooks

You’ll receive more details about your textbooks on your first day of classes. No textbooks will be required in this program.



Academic chair

Jess Villeneuve, Academic Chair
Email:  jess.villeneuve@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Formally employed in the trades, Jayson applied to SAIT's Engineering Drafting and Design Technology program after becoming interested in the drawings and blueprints. He enjoyed using the design software supplied as part of the program. 

Versatility is key when it comes to entering industry and this program, with its supportive and motivational teachers and broad base of instruction does just that, says Divine.

There is a family legacy for Nick, whose grandfather took the same course in 1949. Graduating more than 60 years later, Nick praised instructors and the courses that have prepared him to enter the work force.

As a former cabinetmaker who began drafting and making her own patterns, Leah didn't want to wait four years to enter the workforce in a new area. She says SAIT prepares you to walk straight from the classroom into a career with practical, hands-on instruction.

Jayson Ependa
Engineering Design and Drafting Technology | 2018

"The workload was quite demanding but it was totally worth it because it replicates how it is in the work field," he says. "I had a contract for three months and it was exactly how the instructors said it would be." 

Divine Abad
Engineering Design and Drafting Technology | 2016

“If someone hires me, I know a bit of everything. Versatility is important.”

Nick Poohachow
Engineering Design and Drafting Technology | 2016

“The instructors were great. They’re very approachable; they know what they’re talking about.”

Leah Elder
Engineering Design and Drafting Technology | 2017

"That's what you'll be doing in the industry."

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