School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Engineering Design Technology

Sep 01, 2022
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Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


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Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Program delivery varies by program and may be subject to change.. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered for the upcoming terms. If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.

Do you have an eye for design?

The Engineering Design Technology program will provide you with both a theoretical and practical education that will serve as the foundation for a career as an engineering designer.

This program could be a great fit for you if you:

  • Demonstrate a high attention to detail
  • Have good math and physics skills
  • Enjoy working with computers
  • Enjoy working in an office environment

Engineering Design Technology presents a broad spectrum of engineering content, primarily focused on the fundamental principles of engineering design and computer applications common to a variety of engineering disciplines.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Through a number of classes specifically tailored to meet industry requirements, you'll develop strong physics and mathematical skills to apply toward creating engineering drawings and 3D models using the latest computer-aided design and drafting software.

You'll also have the opportunity to learn technical drafting concepts and skills using traditional drafting concepts and methods. Although manual drafting is no longer practiced in industry, these technical drafting concepts and standards are important in the learning process. Once you've worked through this introductory phase, you'll then become adept at using computers for both design and drafting, utilizing major CADD software packages. 

As an engineering designer, you will need intimate knowledge of both engineering design concepts and methods, and become familiar with engineering tools, services, systems and practices: 

Engineering Design

  • Prepare and interpret design and working drawings
  • Design and specify standard mechanical components
  • Design for Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
  • Design electrical control systems and instrumentation
  • Road design including curbs, sewers, and water mains
  • Land development and water management systems
  • Designs piping systems, tanks, and pressure vessels
  • Process equipment design and plant layout
  • Structural design including steel and reinforced concrete

Engineering Fundamentals

  • Technical mathematics, including calculus
  • Engineering sciences, including statics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and electricity
  • CAD software such as AutoCAD and MicroStation
  • Field surveying, calculations and legal survey plans
  • Technical communications including formal report writing
  • Project management

 Enter the workforce with confidence

The program boasts an exceptionally high graduate placement rate. Graduates report competitive salaries and opportunities for rapid career advancement.

Many industry sectors employ EDDT grads, both locally and further abroad, including:

  • Engineering consulting
  • Design and construction
  • Technical sales/service
  • Fabrication
  • Manufacturing

Graduates start careers as drafters/designers in engineering design offices or on project sites, and with experience can progress to senior levels of management.

A typical career progression could include one or more of the following:

  • CAD operator
  • Designer
  • Estimator
  • Project controller
  • Technical salesperson
  • Customer service representative
  • Site supervisor
  • Self employed contractor

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Engineering Design Technology. 

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation.

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Learn more about NAIT's BTech program

Bachelor of Technology

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology degree.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

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For Advanced Credit

Students who have been accepted into the program can apply for Advanced Credit by completing and submitting the Request for Transfer Credit or Credential Recognition form. Proof of payment must be included with the application for transfer credit and submitted to Wes Puchyr, Program Chair:

Wes Puchyr, Program Chair
Phone: 780.471.7074



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NAIT grads are prepared

“I would recommend the Engineering Design Technology program because it has a wide variety of classes and makes you think critically. The mechanical, structural, civil and communication classes helped me become more hireable in a variety of fields due to having some experience in all. Learning multiple software’s for drafting in the program jump-started my ability to learn more new programs when starting my career."

NAIT Engineering Design Technology alumni

Ayden Valkenburg, Engineering Design Technology '20

Detailing/Drafting Lead at Vulcraft Canada

Hear from a current student

“My favourite part of the Engineering Design Technology program is the hands-on approach to learning. I, like others in my cohort, have a degree that is not enough on its own to guarantee a job. The EDT diploma offers something practical that employers are looking for, without needing an extra 3 years of education before an entry-level position.”

Mike K, NAIT Engineering Design Technology student

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Term Definition
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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.