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In order to build with confidence, engineers need to know the strengths and limitations of a wide variety of materials, including metals, ceramics, plastics, soils, concrete and asphalt. Materials engineering technologists are responsible for finding those strengths and limitations – by putting materials to the test!
As a materials engineering technologist, you'll be an important member of your engineering team, responsible for having a working knowledge of the properties and behaviour of engineering materials, as well as the test methods used in industry to evaluate numerous types of components and systems.
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Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.
Over the 2-year, 4-semester program, you will attend labs and lectures in oter to learn about the properties and behaviour of engineering materials.
You'll develop skills in:
You'll also gain confidence with computer software such as spreadsheets, word processors and computer-assisted drafting software.
Of course, you'll become very familiar with a wide range of materials, including metals, non-metals, ceramics, composites and plastics.
Our state-of-the-art labs help materials engineering technologists test materials through destructive and non-destructive methods.
In industry, there is a continuing need for technologists with a knowledge of engineering materials and skills in design, selection, testing, quality control, materials and product certification and processing.
Materials engineering technologists find employment at competitive salaries in organizations of all sizes, and in environments ranging from offices and laboratories to the outdoors. They work in:
Graduates have also found employment in government, private research laboratories and technical sales careers.
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Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Materials Engineering 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 by these 2 professional associations.
You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available.
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Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.
Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).
Students and graduates are encouraged to join technical organizations such as:
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Learn how to properly test metals, non-metals, ceramics, composites and plastics in destructive and non-destructive ways.
This course introduces the students to the complexities of written and oral communication. The students learn technical writing strategies and techniques to communicate ideas effectively through written communication in an academic setting. Students will use software to compose, edit, and revise assignments with a focus on writing, critiquing and editing text. Students are required to apply effective online and database research techniques and use appropriate documentation to compile and write a number of short reports. In addition to students gaining skills for effective writing, they will also learn effective technical oral presentation skills.
An introduction to engineering materials and various manufacturing processes such as steel making, casting, forging, welding and machining. Students will gain a basic level of knowledge about the kinds of discontinuities that may form in materials during the manufacturing process, along with discontinuities that develop as a result of the part being in service. Lab exercises will introduce the use of hand tools, machining tools, and welding equipment.
An introduction to the fundamental definitions and principles of physical metallurgy including crystal structures, solidification of metals, alloys and alloy systems, strengthening mechanisms, metallurgy of the iron-iron carbide equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems. Laboratory exercises will ensure that students achieve good metallographic skills as well as introducing the student to the area of macro- and microphotography.
This course covers the study of forces that exist in stationary engineering components as a first step to design. Specific topics include vector mathematics, moment and torque, equilibrium, two-dimensional concurrent, parallel, non-concurrent force systems, and truss & frame analysis. Theory is used to analyze actual engineering components and structures.
The course identifies the fundamentals of mathematics and enables students to solve technological problems. The student will acquire knowledge in topics including trigonometric functions, algebraic manipulation, linear and quadratic equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, and differentiation of functions and applications.
This course will introduce the student to the theory and skills required to read, modify and author technical drawings. Major topics include interpreting a variety of technical graphics, modifying and annotating technical drawings using common standards, as well as the use of CAD software to create technical drawings.
Students will apply and implement chemical principles related to the structure and quantization of matter and preparation and evaluation of solutions. Electrochemical methods are investigated. The principles and applications of titrimetric methods, absorption spectroscopy, emission spectroscopy, and combustion methods to metal analysis are investigated.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the Non-destructive Examination (NDE) industry. It is the introductory course to further study for NDE in coming semesters. The course also covers an introduction to the application and methods of magnetic particle examination (MT) and liquid penetrant examination (PT). The theory and practice of magnetic particle and liquid penetrant will be studied and applied through a series of lectures and lab exercises. Lecture and lab exercises are designed to prepare the student for the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) 48.9712 NDE certification examinations.
This course covers the theory of stress analysis in the area of direct, shear, torsional and flexural stresses. Columns will be analysed with varying slenderness ratios and end conditions. Members subjected to simple and combined stresses will be analysed and designed using various design criteria.
This is a course in which students will learn how to operate lab equipment to perform mechanical testing and obtain a basic understanding of the various types of destructive tests. Students will perform tests and analyze data from tensile, hardness, impact, fatigue, torsion and flexural tests. Students will also mount strain gages and analyze data from specified experiments.
One of the reasons for the versatility of steel is the ability to change the properties by heat treatment. This course covers the theory of heat treatment including the kinetic principles of solid state transformations. The influence of time on phase transformation is investigated. The interpretation of IT and CT diagrams to predict transformations and resulting microstructures is covered. Hardenability of steel is studied including factors influencing hardenability and the use of hardenability curves in the selection of steels for given applications. The effect of thermal gradients and phase transformations on distortion and residual stress in heat treated products is studied. In the labs students will perform heat treatments and analyze the resulting microstructural and property changes.
Students will become familiar with modern quality assurance philosophies and study the major aspects of total quality assurance programs. Emphasis will be placed on management principles, quality training, program implementation, documentation requirements, manual preparation, cost of quality, and quality audits. Commonly used quality specifications (ASTM, CSA, API, ASME, ISO) are discussed. Students will become familiar with the Q9000 and ISO 9000 series of quality assurance program requirements.
Topics include weldment heat flow, thermal cycles, solidification, composition effects, defect mechanisms/test assessment/mitigation, heat treatment, and transformation products for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, SAW, FCAW, Stud, and ERW processes are discussed regarding arc characteristics, power sources, shielding gases, fluxes and variables. ASME Section IX, CSA B31.3, CSA W47.1 and CSA W59, and AWS codes are reviewed with respect to welding specifications and procedures. Lab exercises provide the opportunity to synthesize theory into practice.
This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.
In this course the student's knowledge of metallurgy will be expanded to include cast irons, tool steels, alloy steels, HSLA steels, stainless steels, ASME pressure vessel and pipe steels and structural steels, copper and copper alloys, aluminum alloys, iron, nickel and cobalt alloys, and other non-ferrous materials used in elevated temperature, cryogenic and other industry specific applications. Laboratory exercises will emphasize metallographic techniques and material properties on a wide variety of materials. The effect of heat treatment on mechanical properties and microstructure will be viewed.
This course is intended to provide the student with an introductory level understanding of the concepts of organizational behaviour, industrial orientation, and project management to prepare students for work in an industrial setting through a series of lectures.
Students will become familiar with the most common forms of corrosion that are encountered in industry. Laboratory exercises will enable students to carry out measurements of rates and observe forms of attack which can occur. Methods of economic prevention of corrosion will be stressed throughout.
This course is for Materials Engineering Technology students. Topics in statistics include analysis of data, measures of central tendancy and dispersion, probability and theoretical frequency distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for means and proportions of samples, correlation and regression, and statistical process control.
Topics covered are instrumentation terminology and instrumentation drawings. Electronic instrumentation involved with pressure, temperature, flow and level, and the various transducers associated with them are also covered. Measurement principles will be applied in the laboratory exercises. Principles of automatic control will be covered.
This course provides an introduction into Quantitative Stereology (QS), Image Analysis (IA), Powder Metallurgy and Wear. Students will apply QS techniques and IA software to quantify microconstituents within a given metal sample. X-ray analysis and scanning electron microscope will also be introduced. The processes involved in producing metal parts using powder metallurgy will examined to better understand the advantages and limitations of this type of metallurgy. Students will look at wear mechanisms associated with adhesive and abrasive wear and some ways that wear damage can be mitigated. The lab component will allow the student to practice QS and IA techniques and to carry out wear testing.
This course will introduce the student to non-metallic materials such as ceramic, plastic, and composite materials. The mechanical and physical properties of these materials will be investigated and related to their atomic/molecular structure. Methods of testing to determine the mechanical properties of these materials will also be discussed.
Students will select a project similar in nature to one that they might encounter in industry and prepare a proposal for investigation. Once accepted, the student will research, identify problems and complete necessary testing to finalize the study.
The common mechanisms of failure in metallic components are examined and metallurgical principles are applied to show how materials failures can be prevented. Lecture topics will include an introduction to fracture mechanics to permit determination of critical defect size. Laboratory exercises will have students carry out failure analyses of typical field failures using all of the skills acquired over the three previous semesters.
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Cost Per Credit: $702Tuition Cap: $6,568
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Level 1 Term 1: $800
Level 1 Term 2: $250
Level 2 Term 1: $200
Level 2 Term 2: $650
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Sep 03, 2019
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Sep 03, 2019
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