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Computers and laptops

All SAIT students will require a computer or laptop for their program. Each program is identified either as an e-Learning program or a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. 

Review the lists below to find your program and get your tech ready to start at SAIT. 

If your program isn’t listed below, please check the program page for specific requirements or contact your Academic Chair.

Internet and bandwidth recommendations for online learning

Ensure you have a reliable internet connection to participate in your online classes. Most plans offered by internet service providers will meet the bandwidth and available data requirements.

  • Recommended: 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload
  • Minimum: 6Mbps download and 400Kbps upload

Higher speeds will help, particularly for courses that may involve media elements such as video.

If possible, we recommend you access the internet via a direct connection (Ethernet cable), as wireless may cause sporadic degradation of connections, however, this is not required.

e-Learning programs

Students in e-Learning programs at SAIT are supplied with a laptop or device with the necessary software, files and applications.

Visit our e-Learning program page to determine if your program falls into this category and find instructions for collecting your laptop.

e-Learning programs

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Students in most programs will be required to purchase a computer ahead of their first day of classes.

The basic minimum hardware and software requirements you will need to participate in classes and complete assignments fall into one of three categories - standard, power user and workstation.

To find out which type of computer you'll need, review the list of programs for each option.

❗️All students will need a computer camera, microphone and speakers (integrated or external) so they can participate in online classes. ❗️

Standard hardware and software

Standards Hardware Software
Processor i5 or greater

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Antivirus/malware protection

RAM (memory) 8 GB RAM or greater
Hard drive storage 256 GB SSD or greater
Video card On-board integrated
Screen size 13" or greater
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 or greater
Approximate price (CAD) $1,500

Applicable programs include:

Learner and Academic Services programs
Academic Upgrading
English Language Foundations
Open Studies
School of Business programs
Accounting Oil and Gas Production
Administrative Information Management
Bachelor of Applied Business Administration
Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Office Professional
School of Hospitality and Tourism programs
Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Baking and Pastry Arts
Butchery and Charcuterie Management
Culinary Entrepreneurship
Hospitality Management
Professional Cooking
Travel and Tourism
School of Health and Public Safety programs
Advanced Care Paramedic
Dental Assisting
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Health Information Management
Medical Device Reprocessing Technician 
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk
Medical Radiologic Technology
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles
Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting
Optician
Pharmacy Assistant
Primary Care Paramedic
Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant
Respiratory Therapy
School of Manufacturing and Automation programs
Machinist Technician
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Non-Destructive Testing Foundations
Pre-employment Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Pre-employment Mobile Crane
Pre-employment Welding
Welding Engineering Technology
Welding Technician
School of Transportation programs
Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology
Aircraft Structures Technician
Automotive Service Technology
Avionics Technology
Business Management - Automotive Management
Diesel Equipment Technician
Pre-employment Automotive Service Technician
Railway Conductor
School of Energy programs
Bachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering
Chemical Engineering Technology
Chemical Laboratory Technology
Energy Asset Management
Environmental Technology
Integrated Water Management
Petroleum Engineering Technology
Power Engineering Technology
Power and Process Operations
Pre-employment Electrician
Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations

Power-user hardware and software

Standards Hardware Software
Processor i7

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Antivirus/malware protection

RAM (memory) 16 GB RAM or greater
Hard drive storage 512 GB SSD or greater
Video card On-board integrated
Screen size 15" or greater
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 or greater
Approximate price (CAD) $1,800

Applicable programs include:

School of Information and Communications Technologies programs
Business Intelligence - Data Analysis and Reporting
Data Analytics
Database Administrator
Information Security Analyst
Library Information Technology
Network Technician
Technology Infrastructure Analyst
Web Developer
Graphic Communications and Print Technology
New Media Production and Design
School of Energy programs
Electrical Engineering Technology
Instrumentation Engineering Technology

Workstation hardware and software

Standards Hardware Software
Processor i7

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Antivirus/malware protection

RAM (memory) 32 GB RAM or greater
Hard drive storage 512 GB SSD or greater
Video card Nvidia Quadro T1000 or greater
Screen size 15" or greater
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 or greater
Approximate price (CAD) $3,000

Applicable programs include:

School of Construction programs
Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems
Geomatics Engineering Technology
Pre-employment Cabinetmaker
Pre-employment Carpenter
Pre-employment Pipetrades
Pre-employment Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Pre-employment Sheet Metal
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