School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Engineering Design Technology

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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.

Sep 01, 2023

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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Develop engineering design and drafting 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

Engineering Design Technology careers

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

Many industry sectors employ EDT 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 engineering technologist

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).

Courses and Advanced Credit

Current and recently admitted students can find information and updates about their program on their My Program page in the MyNAIT Portal. To monitor your course progress and the courses still needed to graduate, visit your Academic Progress Report.

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, 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

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

Admission Requirements

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