Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map
- On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.
With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.
This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.
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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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
- 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.
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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 (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
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
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.
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).
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 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
Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.
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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.