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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 2 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of B in the course(s) or program

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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.

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

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:

  • non-destructive and destructive testing techniques such as radiography, ultrasonic, eddy current, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle and vibration analysis
  • welding metallurgy and processes like machining, casting, forging and metal-forming
  • metallography
  • mechanical testing, corrosion testing and control techniques
  • metals analysis
  • heat treating and processing

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.

Materials Testing Labs

Our state-of-the-art labs help materials engineering technologists test materials through destructive and non-destructive methods.

Enter the workforce with confidence

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:

  • materials processing (producing steel, nickel, plastics and ceramics)
  • equipment manufacturing (pressure vessel design and manufacturing, oilfield equipment, mining equipment, electronics components, aircraft components, auto components)
  • industrial services used by the processing industries (e.g., non-destructive inspection, corrosion testing and control, failure investigations, materials certification).

Graduates have also found employment in government, private research laboratories and technical sales careers.

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Become a trusted professional

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. 

Learn more about NAIT's BTech program

BTech - Technology Management

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

 

Pre/post graduate affiliation

Students and graduates are encouraged to join technical organizations such as:

  • American Society for Metals
  • National Association of Corrosion Engineers
  • Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists
  • Canadian Society for Non-Destructive Testing
  • American Iron and Steel Institute (USA)
  • American Petroleum Institute (USA)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (USA)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (USA)
  • American Society for Quality Control
  • American Welding Society (USA)
  • Canadian General Standards Board (Canada)
  • National Association of Corrosion Engineers (USA)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (USA)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers

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Level 1 Term 1

ENGL1162Effective Communications I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE1111Materials and Processes
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Co-Requisite: MATE1120
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE1120Introduction to Physical Metallurgy
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Co-requisite: MATE1111.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE1132Statics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATH1144Technical Mathematics and Calculus I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MCEN1140Fundamentals of Technical Drawings
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: DSGN2440, MCEN2440
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

Level 1 Term 2

CHEM1206Physical and Analytical Chemistry
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE1130Nondestructive Testing I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: MATE1111
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE1200Strength of Materials
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: MATE1132.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE1201Mechanical Testing
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Pre-requisite: MATE1132. Co-requisite: MATE1200.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE1220Heat Treatment of Ferrous Alloys
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: MATE1120.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

QAQC1310Quality Assurance
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Material Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

Level 2 Term 1

MATE2320Welding Metallurgy and Processes
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MATE1220, PHYS1153, MATE1235, MATE1256.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE2335

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.

MATE2340Metallurgy III: Ferrous and Nonferrous Materials
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: MATE1220.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE2344Industrial Orientation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE2350Corrosion Engineering
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MATE1220, CHEM1206.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

STAT2339Statistics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

Level 2 Term 2

INST2401Instrumentation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE2420Metallurgy IV
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: MATE2340.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE2425Non Metallic Materials
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MATE1200, MATE1201.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE2435

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.

MATE2460Technical Project I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: ENGL1162, MATE1235, MATE2320, MATE2340, MATE2344, MATE2350. Co-requisite: COMM2460.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

MATE2470Failure Analysis
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Materials Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MATE2320, MATE2340, MATE2350.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,568

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $800
Level 1 Term 2: $250
Level 2 Term 1: $200
Level 2 Term 2: $650

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30
  • One of: Physics 30 or Chemistry 30
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

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