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Dual-Credit Engineering Design and Geospatial Technologies

Designed for: students in Grades 12

Delivery: On-campus weekdays

Length: 4 months


Gain hands-on skills and foundational knowledge in areas related to digital drafting fundamentals, concrete production, quality and engineering plans, surveying and mapping.

The demand for engineering and geomatics technologists/specialists will increase in the coming years as the Alberta economy growth continues. This will also spur increased activity across the engineering and construction sector providing a need for newly trained employees in all of the associated industries. Students in the Engineering Design and Geospatial Technologies program will gain hands-on skills and foundational knowledge in areas related to digital drafting fundamentals, concrete production and quality and engineering plans, surveying and mapping. This includes:

  • creating engineering drawings that could be used to construct manmade solutions to real-world engineering problems;
  • examining the fundamentals of concrete as a structural element;
  • exploring the factors that contribute to quality soils, soil types, properties and classifications and how this affects excavation of the earth for different types of engineered solutions;
  • exploring examples of surveying and engineering plans and how they are used to locate land parcels and interpret natural and artificial features that affect development and construction projects;
  • using remotely sensed imagery, including aerial photographs, to develop concepts of perspective, scale and geometry;
  • studying research methods, validation of information sources, locating maps and spatial data, and locating survey plans prepare participants for future projects;
  • and introducing basic programming concepts to analyze engineering problems and create algorithms.

Students will gain an understanding of the differences and similarities in the various program areas.

Is this the right fit for me?

This program is the right fit for students in Grade 11 or 12 who:

  • are interested in pursuing a career in construction technology;
  • have strong math and science skills;
  • enjoy working with digital documents, including engineering plans and electronic maps/surveys;
  • work well in groups and think critically to solve problems; and
  • are able to think visually about geometric forms.

Program length

  • Dual-Credit Engineering Design and Geospatial Technologies is offered over one semester (September to January or February to June).

Pathways to post-secondary

The skills explored in this program can lead to many different post-secondary pathways, including:

Admission requirements

In order to be eligible for a SAIT credential, students must successfully pass the following courses or equivalents with an overage average of at least 60%:

  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • Physics 20 or Science 30 (60% or higher)

There may be other pre-requisite or co-requisites required by the school board for admission into this dual-credit program. Check with your local school board for further information.

To qualify for graduation from SAIT, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete the course requirements within the prescribed timelines. 

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Course Code Course Name SAIT Credits High School Credits
CADD-219 Digital Drafting Fundamentals 3.0 Up to 5.0
CNST-249 Concrete and Soils Basics 1.5 Up to 5.0
MAPS-204 Mapping Fundamentals 3.0 Up to 5.0

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