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School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Materials Engineering Technology

Sep 08, 2020
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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
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  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
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Transfer Credit

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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

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.

NAIT’s Materials Engineering Technology Program prepares students for a diverse and rewarding career in their profession. Our graduates have employment opportunities in a wide variety of industrial settings including oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, construction, pulp and paper and research and development.

A Materials Engineering Technologist is an important member of the engineering team. Our curriculum has been developed in close co-operation with industry leaders ensuring our students have relevant hands on experience and theoretical instruction. They will have a working knowledge of the properties and behavior of engineering materials in a range of environments.

A Materials Engineering Technologist’s expertise is sought after by industry for their understanding of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. Technologists give advice in material selection, asset and integrity inspections, weld inspections and fabrication. In laboratory settings they are involved in research and development, failure analysis and material testing. Many of our Alumni have gone on to start their own successful businesses and employ our graduates.

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 order 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.

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.

For more information on career paths, duties, working conditions and salaries, visit:

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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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.
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