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Welding Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2020

Waitlisted for Winter 2020

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

Program Highlights

Through classes combining hands-on instruction and theory, you’ll learn structural steel design, fabrication, welding and metallurgy in preparation for a career as a welding specialist or quality control and inspection officer.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $6,044
Year 2: $6,044
Year 1 (International): $20,184
Year 2 (International): $20,184

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


For Winter 2020, 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.

For Fall 2020, this is a competitive program. If applicants meet the admission requirements they will be assessed based on additional criteria. Applicants will be offered admission to this program if they’re qualified through the competitive process and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2020 open May 1, 2019. 
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

Program Details

Program Description

The Welding Engineering Technology program offers full- time, 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.

Your Career

Graduates may find work as welding specialist on engineering teams, researchers, supervisors, quality control and inspection officers and in technical sales. As a specialist on the engineering team, the technologist not only understands the welding processes used in metal fabrication, but is also trained in quality control, welding metallurgy, codes, fabrication techniques, inspections, drafting, weld design, management and supervision, computer skills, and project management.

  • Graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology program have a 92% employment rate.

Student Success

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

Credentials and Accreditation

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

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 in the Canadian Welding Association, American Society for Materials, National Association of Corrosion Engineers and the Association of Science& Engineering Technology.

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
  • University of New Brunswick, Saint John

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2020 starts Jan. 6, 2020. Applications open May 1, 2019. 
  • Fall 2020 starts Sept. 8, 2020. Applications open Oct. 2, 2019.

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 for winter 2020

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 Welding Engineering 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.

Competitive entry: six-step process for fall 2020

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 of information to understand the process and deadlines.

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) must be submitted to be included in the selection. 
  • You must complete the selection requirements to be considered for admission.  

Selection criteria

  • Qualified applicants will receive an email and be required to complete a Career Investigation Report.
  • We encourage applicants to apply early. Offers will be extended based on completed Career Investigation Reports. Once the program is full, qualified applicants will be waitlisted. 

Step 4: Apply to Welding Engineering Technician and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Complete and submit the Career Investigation Report

  • Log in to mySAIT to check your admission status. If your status indicates you're "in selection", you will receive the career investigation package via the email you provided in your application. 
  • You must submit your Career Investigation Report within 10 business days of receiving it to be considered for admission. 

Step 6: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.

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

View additional Welding Engineering Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

First Year

Semester 1

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

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
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 CodeCourse NameCredit
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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $5,059 $462 $288 $235 $6,044
2 $5,059 $462 $288 $235 $6,044

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $18,974 $462 $288 $460 $20,184
2 $18,974 $462 $288 $460 $20,184


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • 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 $1,600 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.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.


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