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Architectural Technologies (Building Sciences and Interior Design)

Diploma

Program Overview

Architectural technologists are involved at every stage of building design and construction, from blueprints to building codes and from interior design to space planning. It’s a great career for detail-oriented, visual thinkers who enjoy working in a technology-driven environment. You’ll be able to work in residential, commercial and institutional design and construction.

Architectural Technologies is a three-year diploma offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus. It includes five academic semesters and three four-month Co-operative Education work terms. The program offers two areas of concentration: Building Sciences and Interior Design. The first three semesters are common to both areas. You’ll focus on residential design and wood frame construction (National Building Code - Part 9), and build knowledge and skills in:

  • properties and function of construction materials
  • criteria and methods of building construction and design
  • preparation of construction documents
  • construction contract administration

In your fourth and fifth semesters, you’ll focus in on your chosen area. In Building Science, you’ll receive an introduction to commercial and institutional building construction with emphasis on construction detailing and methods, structural systems, environmental controls and the building envelope (National Building Code - Parts 3 and 4).

In Interior Design, you’ll receive an introduction to commercial and institutional interior construction with an emphasis on interior finishes, detailing and methods, space planning, lighting design and material selection (National Building Code - Parts 3 and 4).

Your co-operative work term counts as courses. You pay tuition and receive credit, but you also get paid. It’s a great way to gain valuable experience while earning a salary.

Diploma to Degree

Use your Architectural Technologies diploma as a stepping stone to the Bachelor of Technology degree program at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

Note

International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in the building design construction industry. Many graduates are self-employed consultants in the home building industry while others work for architects, engineers, interior designers, home designers, facility managers, developers, contractors or construction specialty companies.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Construction Estimator/Project ManagerConstruction Estimators (2234)$32,700 - $144,000
Architectural/Interior DesignerArchitectural Technologists and Technicians (2251)$21,900 - $109,800
Technical Sales/Specification WriterTechnical Sales Specialists - Wholesale Trade (6221)$31,200 - $100,100

What's the Work Like?

Reading, writing, speaking and listening are significant skills for all programs. These are skills we learn in daily life and in English Language Arts classes in school.

  • Oral Language (Speaking and Listening)
    • Follow multiple step directions from the instructor or other students   
    • Understand instructional and classroom vocabulary
    • Identify the key points in a lecture by listening
    • Answer concrete questions, those that apply to real things or “how to” questions
    • Stay on discussion topic when in class or a group
    • Ask for clarification (for example, “What do you mean by that?”)
  • Reading
    • Decode unknown multisyllable words
    • Use a dictionary (for example. medical)
    • Read paragraphs with understanding
    • Extract key information from textbooks
  • Written Language
    • Print or write legibly and clearly  
    • Write complete sentences
    • Write paragraphs
  • Basic keyboarding skills
  • Use a word processing program
  • Use and manipulate MS Windows

Pretech Math

  • Fractions, decimals and percents
    • Use the rules of fractions
    • Perform operations with common fractions
  • Convert units within the SI System
    • Convert from one SI unit to another
    • Convert SI combined units
    • Change other systems to SI
  • Algebra
    • Apply the fundamental laws of Algebra
    • Apply the laws of exponents and use Scientific Notation
    • Perform operations with algebraic expressions
    • Use factoring techniques
    • Solve linear and quadratic equations
    • Solve simultaneous equations
    • Apply the rules of fractions to algebraic fractions
  • Ratio, proportion and variation
    • Calculate proportion problems
    • Solve variation problems
    • Solve real life ratio, proportion and variation problems and check your answers
  • Functions
    • Use function notation
    • Evaluate functions
  • Trigonometry
    • Perform conversions between radians and degrees
    • Determine trig ratios and inverse trig ratios
    • Solve right angled triangles
    • Practice real life trig word problems
  • Graphing
    • Plot coordinates on a Cartesian plane
    • Draw straight line graphs 
  • Geometry
    • Understand terminology
    • Determine the area, perimeter and volume of rectangles, triangles and circles

High School Course-Specific Skills

  • Pre-calculus Math (minimum of 70%)

 

 

 

 

 

Post-secondary education requires that you work more independently than when you were in high school. Here are the important skills for this program.

  • Work without extensive direction from your instructors
  • Complete assignments on time
  • Copy notes accurately
  • Make lecture notes
  • Make notes from textbooks
  • Study for tests independently
  • Comprehend exam questions
  • Recall or remember information
  • Complete objective test questions (such as multiple choice)
  • Complete short answer test questions
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and decision-making
  • Ensure safety by following lab or work area rules
  • Work in student teams
  • Cooperate with your instructor
  • Cooperate with your practicum supervisor
  • Give feedback
  • Receive feedback
  • Ask appropriate questions
  • Use reasoning skills
  • Manage stress and anxiety
  • Manage time effectively

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September



Length: 76 weeks
There are five academic semesters and three mandatory four-month paid Co-operative Education work terms. Semesters and co-op work term time patterns are listed in Courses below.

Locations

  • Moose Jaw

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: 

  • Minimum combined average of 70% in Math A30, B30, and C30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 90 Arithmetic
  • 50 College Level Math
  • 85 Elementary Algebra
  • 85 Reading
  • 85 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 1 - $7,500
Year 2 - $7,500
Year 3 - $2,600

Courses

The program follows this academic and co-operative education schedule. Courses are outlined below by semester.
  Sept - Dec Jan - Apr May - Aug
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work term 1
Year 2 Semester 3 Work term 2  Semester 4
Year 3 Work term 3  Semester 5  
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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 104
Contract Administration: Introduction to the Construction Process
4
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You will be introduced to the roles and responsibilities of people involved in construction projects. You will consider professional ethics, liability, safety and contractual responsibility.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CNST 122
Building Construction: Wood Frame Residential 1
4
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You will learn the fundamentals of light wood frame construction designed using Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada. You will analyze the structural requirements of bungalows and bi-levels. You will also learn how to draw construction details using architectural drafting conventions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Corequisites(s): CODE 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CODE 100
Building Code: Part 9 Applications 1
2
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You will learn to interpret sections of Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) relating to single-family dwellings. You will discuss typical construction materials and methods.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Corequisites(s): CNST 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 109
Architectural Drafting: Fundamental Techniques
3
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You will study the fundamentals of architectural drafting using manual techniques. You will be introduced to architectural drafting conventions while creating multi-view and single-view drawings.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 110
Architectural Drafting: Computer-Aided Techniques 1
2
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You will acquire fundamental skills required to operate AutoCAD. The course focuses on architectural applications of the software.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DSGN 121
Design Studio: Fundamentals
4
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You will learn fundamental graphic skills and graphic design concepts. You will learn how to apply these skills to graphic presentations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MATH 114
Mathematics for Architecture
3
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You will develop the required background in algebra, geometry and trigonometry that is necessary to do basic calculations in applied areas to advance to a study of calculus. The course content includes algebraic operations, solution of equations, functions, graphing plane geometry, trigonometry and vectors. Problem solving will be emphasized throughout the course.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 120, MAT 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
TCOM 102
Workplace Communication
3
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You will examine the employability skills required in the workplace. You will discuss the communication process, and practice effective interpersonal communication techniques and conflict resolution. You will use workplace writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 102CE, TCOM 120, TCOM 140, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 105
Contract Administration: Construction Specifications and Cost Management
4
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You will study simple construction accounting, finance and cost estimating. You will also learn the fundamentals of specifying products for construction.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CNST 221
Building Construction: Residential Construction 2
4
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You will expand your knowledge of light wood frame construction designed using Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada. You will analyze the structural requirements of two-storey houses and develop the skills necessary to design and detail related construction assemblies.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 122, CODE 100
Corequisites(s): CODE 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CODE 101
Building Code: Part 9 Applications 2
2
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You will expand your ability to interpret sections of Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). You will gain proficiency in applying code concepts to all types of Part 9 buildings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 122, CODE 100
Corequisites(s): CNST 221
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 111
Architectural Drafting: Computer-Aided Techniques 2
1
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You will acquire fundamental skills required to operate Revit. The course focuses on architectural applications of the software.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 220
Architectural Drafting: Residential Working Drawings 1
4
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You will learn to produce architectural drawings for single-storey residential construction projects. Using drafting software, you will create construction drawings based on the typical requirements for residential permit sets.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 122, CODE 100, DRFT 110
Corequisites(s): CNST 221, CODE 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DSGN 231
Design Studio: Residential
4
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You will learn the fundamentals of the design process. You will use that process to design a house and present your design in a professional format.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 121
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MATH 115
Analytic Geometry and Basic Calculus for Architecture
3
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You will study the basic elements of differential and integral calculus of algebraic functions. Analytical, graphical and numerical methods will be used to help you gain an understanding of the concepts and operations of technical calculus. The course content includes relevant engineering applications.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 114
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 220, MAT 222, MAT 246
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
TCOM 103
Technical Communication
3
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You will use research skills to find technical information and cite it correctly. You will conduct effective meetings and produce supporting documents. As well, you will discuss technical report purposes and formats, write short technical reports and present technical information.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 102
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 181, COMM 190, TCOM 103CE, TCOM 106, TCOM 123, TCOM 141, TCOM 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning

Co-operative Work Term 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COOP 101
Co-operative Work Term
0
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Your co-operative education term will provide you with the opportunity to consolidate theoretical and practical concepts learned in the classroom and gain valuable experience in a work setting.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 640.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Coop Education Work Term, Prior Learning

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BLDG 220
Building Systems: Preliminary Design
4
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Your studies will focus on the integration of building engineering systems. You will be introduced to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing requirements from the perspective of architectural coordination.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 221
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): BUSY 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CNST 222
Building Construction: Commercial Fundamentals
4
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You will be introduced to materials and methods used in single-storey commercial construction. You will develop the skills necessary to design and detail basic commercial construction assemblies.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 221, CODE 101
Corequisites(s): CODE 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CODE 200
Building Code: Part 3 Applications 1
3
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You will evaluate buildings using Part 9 and Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). Your analysis of buildings will include classifications, fire restrictions and exit requirements.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 221, CODE 101
Corequisites(s): CNST 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 224
Architectural Drafting: Residential Working Drawings 2
4
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You will produce residential working drawings using computer drafting software, based on preliminary design data, manufacturers' literature and the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). Your focus will be on a custom-designed, two-storey house.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 221, CODE 101, DRFT 220
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DSGN 232
Design Studio: Institutional
4
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You will use the design process to plan and design an institutional project that meets specialized client needs. You will present and critique your design in a professional setting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 231
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MGMT 228
Management Principles
3
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You will study human behaviour in organizations and develop the skills needed to deal with people at work. The course content includes individual behaviour, values, interpersonal relationships and communications, groups and team dynamics, organizational culture, leadership, and change. All topics are dealt with in the context of diverse formal organizations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): TCOM 227
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
PHYS 227
Physics: Statics and Strength of Materials
3
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Your studies will focus on the basic principles of statics (including the concepts of vectors, forces and equilibrium in two dimensions) and properties of materials (including stress and strain, elasticity and other mechanical properties). The course concludes with a study of centroids and moments of inertia of cross-sections of structural members.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 115
Equivalent Course(s): SCAL 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning

Co-operative Work Term 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COOP 201
Co-operative Work Term
0
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Your second co-operative education term will build on the experience gained during your first work placement and provide you with additional opportunities to develop skills and techniques related to your field of studies in a real work setting.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 640.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Coop Education Work Term, Prior Learning

Semester 4 (Building Sciences)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BLDG 222
Building Systems: Building Science
3
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You will examine the effects of heat, vapour, and air flow in building enclosures. You will also examine the effect of climate and weather on building enclosures. You will consider ways to successfully design building assemblies and connections using building science principles.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): BLDG 220, CNST 222
Equivalent Course(s): LAND 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CNST 232
Building Construction: Commercial Buildings 1
4
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You will be introduced to materials and methods used in low-rise commercial construction. You will develop the skills necessary to design and detail commercial construction assemblies that integrate structural frames.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 222, CODE 200
Corequisites(s): CODE 201
Equivalent Course(s): CNST 223
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CODE 201
Building Code: Part 3 Applications 2
2
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You will continue to assess buildings using Part 9 and Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). Your will complete a code review for a Part 9 renovation. You will also interpret means of egress, fire and sound ratings, and universal design criteria in Part 3 buildings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 222, CODE 200, (CNST 232(concurrent) or CNST 233(concurrent))
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 210
Architectural Drafting: Computer-Aided Techniques 3
1
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You will expand your skills using Revit for architectural application. You will use the software to create architectural drawings commonly found in commercial sets.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
HIST 221
Architectural History: Context for Saskatchewan
3
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You will learn how history has influenced architectural design in Saskatchewan. You will examine Saskatchewan’s architectural heritage and be introduced to the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Historic Places.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): HIST 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
PHYS 228
Physics: Light, Heat and Sound
3
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Your studies will focus on the fundamental principles of dynamics, light and illumination, electrical generation and distribution, heat production and transfer, fluid flow, vibration, waves and sound. The basic principles of physics in each of these areas will be studied in the context of building systems applications.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 115
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
RENO 220
Architectural Drafting: Renovation Working Drawings
4
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As part of a team, you will create architectural drawings for a house renovation. You will also study construction systems of the past to inform your design and drafting decisions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 224
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 231, DRFT 252
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
SRVY 228
Surveying: Introduction to Survey and Building Layout
2
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You will receive an introduction to the basics of surveying. The course content includes horizontal measurements, levelling, angle and direction measurement, computations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning

Semester 4 (Interior Design)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CNST 233
Building Construction: Commercial Interiors
3
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Your studies will focus on materials and construction methods used in commercial interior design. You will develop the skills necessary to design and detail interior construction assemblies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 222, CODE 200
Corequisites(s): CODE 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CODE 201
Building Code: Part 3 Applications 2
2
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You will continue to assess buildings using Part 9 and Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). Your will complete a code review for a Part 9 renovation. You will also interpret means of egress, fire and sound ratings, and universal design criteria in Part 3 buildings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 222, CODE 200, (CNST 232(concurrent) or CNST 233(concurrent))
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 210
Architectural Drafting: Computer-Aided Techniques 3
1
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You will expand your skills using Revit for architectural application. You will use the software to create architectural drawings commonly found in commercial sets.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DSGN 234
Design Studio: Commercial Mixed Occupancy 1
4
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You will develop the programme and concept for a commercial mixed-occupancy interior. You will also visually communicate design ideas while advancing your presentation skills. You will use manual techniques and digital imaging software to enhance presentations, create graphic layouts and exploit multiple types of media.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 224, DSGN 232
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
HIST 221
Architectural History: Context for Saskatchewan
3
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You will learn how history has influenced architectural design in Saskatchewan. You will examine Saskatchewan’s architectural heritage and be introduced to the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Historic Places.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): HIST 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
PHYS 228
Physics: Light, Heat and Sound
3
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Your studies will focus on the fundamental principles of dynamics, light and illumination, electrical generation and distribution, heat production and transfer, fluid flow, vibration, waves and sound. The basic principles of physics in each of these areas will be studied in the context of building systems applications.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 115
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
RENO 222
Design Studio: Commercial Adaptive Re-use
4
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You will create architectural drawings to adapt an existing house into a commercial space. You will also study construction systems of the past to inform your design and drafting decisions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 224
Equivalent Course(s): DSGN 233
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
SRVY 228
Surveying: Introduction to Survey and Building Layout
2
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You will receive an introduction to the basics of surveying. The course content includes horizontal measurements, levelling, angle and direction measurement, computations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning

Co-operative Work Term 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COOP 301
Co-operative Work Term
0
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Your third co-operative education work term will round out the work term experience by adding related work knowledge through the application of theories and practices relevant to your field of studies.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 640.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Coop Education Work Term, Prior Learning

Semester 5 (Building Sciences)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 258
Project Management and Estimating
3
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You will be introduced to estimating and control concepts within construction project management. You will practice your skills by using project management software and spreadsheets. The course focuses on all aspects of a project, from its initiation to its close out. You will use your skills to plan a construction project.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ADMN 105, PROJ 228(concurrent)
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
BLDG 221
Building Systems: Commercial Buildings
4
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You will explore the preliminary design and integration of building engineering systems commonly used in large buildings. You will learn to prepare preliminary layouts of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): BLDG 220, BLDG 222
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): BUSY 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNST 224
Building Construction: Commercial Buildings 2
4
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You will be introduced to materials and methods used in multi-storey commercial construction. You will develop the skills necessary to design and detail commercial construction assemblies to withstand the stresses of building movement.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 232, CODE 201
Corequisites(s): CODE 300
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CODE 300
Building Code: Part 3 Applications 3
2
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You will assess specific construction scenarios by interpreting all relevant parts of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). You will focus on establishing construction criteria for Part 3 buildings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): (CNST 232 or CNST 233), CODE 201, (CNST 224(concurrent) or CNST 234(concurrent))
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 233
Architectural Drafting: Commercial Working Drawings
4
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You will produce a partial set of working drawings for a commercial building using Revit. Your drawings will be based on preliminary design data, manufacturers' literature and the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 232, CODE 201, DRFT 210
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
PROJ 228
Applied Research: Capstone Project
4
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You will use the technical problem-solving process, advanced research skills, and knowledge acquired in previous courses to complete an applied research project. You will present and defend your unique solution to an architectural design problem in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ADMN 104, ADMN 105, BLDG 220, (CNST 232 or CNST 233), CODE 201, DRFT 210, DSGN 232, PHYS 227, PHYS 228, SRVY 228, TCOM 102, TCOM 103, (BLDG 221(concurrent), DRFT 233(concurrent)) or (BLDG 250(concurrent), DRFT 234(concurrent))
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
STRU 240
Structural Design: Structural Steel
4
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You will learn how to do a preliminary design of steel structures as used in commercial buildings. You will use the Handbook of Steel Construction and Part 4 of the National Building Code of Canada to complete a preliminary design of a low-rise building.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): PHYS 227
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning

Semester 5 (Interior Design)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 258
Project Management and Estimating
3
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You will be introduced to estimating and control concepts within construction project management. You will practice your skills by using project management software and spreadsheets. The course focuses on all aspects of a project, from its initiation to its close out. You will use your skills to plan a construction project.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ADMN 105, PROJ 228(concurrent)
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
BLDG 250
Building Systems: Commercial Interiors
4
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You will explore the preliminary design and integration of building engineering systems that affect interior spaces in large buildings. You will learn to prepare preliminary layouts of lighting, electrical, and systems furniture.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): BLDG 220
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CNST 234
Building Construction: Furniture Construction
4
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You will explore the complexities of the design-build process by creating a piece of furniture. You will design, document, construct, and present your furniture piece. Upon completion of this project, you will evaluate the implementation of the design intentions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 233, CODE 201
Corequisites(s): CODE 300
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CODE 300
Building Code: Part 3 Applications 3
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You will assess specific construction scenarios by interpreting all relevant parts of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). You will focus on establishing construction criteria for Part 3 buildings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): (CNST 232 or CNST 233), CODE 201, (CNST 224(concurrent) or CNST 234(concurrent))
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 234
Architectural Drafting: Commercial Working Drawings
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You will produce a partial set of working drawings for a commercial building using Revit. Your drawings will be based on preliminary design, design data, manufacturers' literature and the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CODE 201, DRFT 210, DSGN 234, CODE 300(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): DSGN 235
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DSGN 235
Design Studio: Commercial Mixed Occupancy 2
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You will fully develop a final design proposal for a commercial mixed-occupancy interior, based on your preliminary design. You will prepare and present the proposal in a professional setting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CODE 201, DSGN 234
Corequisites(s): DRFT 234
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
PROJ 228
Applied Research: Capstone Project
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You will use the technical problem-solving process, advanced research skills, and knowledge acquired in previous courses to complete an applied research project. You will present and defend your unique solution to an architectural design problem in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ADMN 104, ADMN 105, BLDG 220, (CNST 232 or CNST 233), CODE 201, DRFT 210, DSGN 232, PHYS 227, PHYS 228, SRVY 228, TCOM 102, TCOM 103, (BLDG 221(concurrent), DRFT 233(concurrent)) or (BLDG 250(concurrent), DRFT 234(concurrent))
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Accreditation

American Council for Construction Education (ACCE); Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB)

The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists’ (CCTT) Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredits the program at the Technologist level. The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) also accredits the program as an International Associate Degree Program.

The educational unit shall demonstrate accountable behavior by providing information about its accredited degree programs to the general public.

Institutions shall broadly and accurately publish the objectives of the degree program, admission requirements, degree program assessment measures employed, the information obtained through these assessment measures and actions taken as a result of the feedback, student achievement, the rate and types of employment of graduates and any data supporting the qualitative claims made by the degree program.
 Program Objectives, Assessment and Quality Improvement Plan

Mission Statement

The Architectural Technologies program provides students with the highest quality preparation for employment and leadership in all aspects of Saskatchewan’s building design and construction industry.

Goals

We endeavour to become…

  • the school of first choice for premier high school graduates and highly motivated university transfers.
  • a program that challenges students to discover abilities and performance levels beyond their expectations.
  • industry’s first choice for hiring students and grads.

We endeavour to provide…

  • complete preparation to work in all aspects of residential design and construction.
  • a comprehensive general introduction to all aspects of design and construction for commercial building types.
  • the highest level of architectural drafting skills.
  • specialized knowledge in residential, commercial and institutional building code, construction detailing and project management.
  • leadership in sustainable construction practices.

Measurable Objectives

  • Program Design: documented learning outcomes validated by industry.
  • Student Evaluation: valid assessment of each student and learning outcome
  • Program Delivery: active learning on the part of students.
  • Student Intake: a full complement of new students each September.
  • Student Progression: a high rate of student retention each semester.
  • Learning Resources: a rich diversity of learning activities and resources.
  • Student Support: students are able to make informed and intelligent decisions.
  • Employment: full training-related co-op and graduate employment.
  • Industry Relations: program grads become successful employers.

Program Outcomes (ACCE)

Upon graduation from this ACCE accredited program, a graduate shall be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication, orally, graphicallyand in writing.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to estimate quantities and costs for the bidding process in a construction project.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to schedule a basic construction project.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use current technology related to the construction process.
  5. Createconstruction documents (contracts, specifications, and drawings) used in managing a construction process.
  6. Apply basic principles of construction accounting.
  7. Use basic surveying techniques used in a building layout.
  8. Discuss basic principles of ethics in the construction industry.
  9. Identify the fundamentals of contracts, codes, and regulations that govern the construction industry.

10. Recognize basic construction methods, materials and equipment.

11. Recognize basic safety hazards on a construction site and standard prevention measures.

12. Recognize the basic principles of structural design.

13. Recognize the basic principles of mechanical, electric and plumbing systems.

14. Design Part Nine residential buildings.

15. Participate in design of Part Three commercial buildings.

Program Outcomes (CTAB)

Upon graduation of this CTAB accredited program, a graduate shall be able to:

GC 01. Research, analyze, prepare, document, submit and present a Technology Report (Capstone Project) relating to a significant technology-related issue.

GC 02.3  Apply the knowledge of advanced algebra, matrix and calculus methodologies to resolve applied science/engineering technology problems.

GC 03. Apply the current practices of project management to applied science and engineering technology projects consistent with the discipline requirements.

GC 04. Apply the principles of physical and natural science.

GC 05. Apply the knowledge of business/management principles, ethics, sustainability, contract law, codes and standards.

GC 06. Obtain and analyze data, and prepare and document data.

GC 07. Utilize computer software, hardware and other technological tools appropriate and necessary to performance of tasks.

GC 08. Apply knowledge of health and safety practices to minimize exposure to unsafe conditions and ensure a safe working environment for oneself and co-workers.

AB 02. Apply basic architectural principles in building design and detailing.

AB 03. Communicate effectively with clients, contractors, and other building professionals and municipal authorities. (Interior Design)

AB 05. Apply the principles of building science and construction to analyze and evaluate design and detail construction projects. (Building Science)

AB 07. Prepare, analyze and interpret bid/contract documents.

AB 08. Analyze and coordinate the relationship between architectural, structural, electrical and environmental building systems.

AB 10. Inspect and evaluate existing buildings and prepare renovation/restoration proposals.

Average number of applicants over the past five years: 90

Program capacity in first semester: 42

We recommend that prospective students apply in the fall of their final year of high school. 

Program Review Policies

All programs are subject to institute-wide program review policies, including…

Phase I: Accountability

The phase I review will consist of a summary of data gathered by Institutional Research and Analysis (IRA) and will be prepared annually for base programs. IRA will prepare an Annual Phase 1 Review Performance Results report on the key factors and performance indicators that have readily available quantifiable data. This report will include an assessment of the program’s results based on the benchmark for each performance indicator. The data are primarily a numerical consolidation of annual program metrics including:

  • Application trends
  • Enrolment trends
  • Graduate trends
  • Withdrawal trends and main reasons
  • Equity participation rates
  • Graduation and withdrawal rates by cohort

 

The report will also contain results from the most recent graduate employment and student surveys including:

  • Graduate employment rates
  • Student satisfaction
  • Graduate satisfaction
  • Market demand for graduates

 

The Annual Phase I Review Performance Results will be provided to the senior vice-president academic, division deans and program heads. The program heads and division deans will meet to discuss program performance using the data to inform future planning. The discussion will also include any feedback from program advisory committee meetings.

Phase II: Sustainability

The phase II review will occur for all base programs and will consist of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic education framework analysis including a gap analysis. The Saskatchewan Polytechnic education framework analysis will examine the following key areas:

  • Program design
  • Student evaluation
  • Program delivery
  • Student intakes
  • Student progression
  • Learning activities and resources
  • Student support

 

Participation in the education framework gap analysis will include the division program development consultant, program head and the dean or associate dean as well as program faculty as needed. The review will identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in each of the key areas and will outline a plan to meet any deficiencies. Following each education framework review, results will be discussed with the program advisory committee.

Results of the phase II review will be communicated as follows:

  • If identified changes constitute a major revision, a major revision proposal will be developed and presented to program council and deans’ council for approval.
  • If changes do not constitute a major revision, a summary of results will be submitted to deans’ council for information and to provide a written record. A minor revision proposal will also be developed if required.
  • If identified changes recommend suspension or discontinuation of a program, the dean will consult with the senior vice-president, academic. The suspension or deletion will be detailed in the Saskatchewan Polytechnic operating and capital plan and submitted through deans’ council and the president, as required, per the academic authorities’ grid.

 

Program Review Frequency

  • Phase I reviews will be conducted annually for all base programs.
  • All base programs will conduct a phase II review to be held a minimum of every five years.
  • Deans will be responsible to set phase II review cycles in their divisions.

 

External Accreditation/Program Approval

Many programs are accredited by an external agency or approved by a professional association. Accreditation/approval provides a comprehensive examination of curriculum and other key program components based on fixed standards. Preparation for accreditation/ approval is the responsibility of the program and will be conducted per accrediting body timelines.

An accredited/approved program may also choose to have optional research done. This will supplement the accreditation/approval findings by providing information in any areas that the accreditation/approval did not cover.

Preliminary Evaluation

  • The Architectural Technologies program has more applicants than seats.
  • The retention rate in each semester is about 90%.
  • Over 90% of students are employed during co-op work terms.
  • Over 90% of students are employed after graduation.  
  • A program grad has won a medal in Skills Canada each year since 2000.

External Processes

The Architectural Technologies program is accredited by the Canadian Technologies Accreditation Board (CTAB). The accreditation was renewed in July 2014 for the 2014-2017 three year period.

The Architectural Technologies program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The program was reaccredited in 2015-2021 period.

Graduates routinely receive transfer credit to the architectural degree program at Montana State University.

Internal Processes

The Architectural Technologies program is subject to the same continuous internal reviews and program vitality studies as all other programs. This has included employer focus groups in 2008 and 2009 and curriculum validations in 2011.

In response to this input, formal program major revisions were approved in March 2012 for immediate implementation.

School policy requires that each program must be reviewed every six years. A formal review of the Architectural Technologies program was conducted in July 2014, including student, graduate and employer surveys.

This was followed by a GAP Analysis in August 2015 and Advisory Committee recommendations in September 2015

The program was reviewed and upgraded to the New Curriculum Model, effective fall 2017.

ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 1. PROGRAM DESIGN

Information Obtained: Some English-Second-Language students have difficulty keeping up with lectures.

Actions Resulting: Will recommend to Dean that a bridging program be created to teach construction terminology to ESL applicants.

ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 2. STUDENT EVALUATION

Information Obtained: Assessment documents have not been completed. This is useful for standardized marking, student information and succession planning.

Actions Resulting: All assessment documents will be completed as part of aligning with the academic model in 2017-18.

Information Obtained: Students not well informed about how they will be evaluated.

Actions Resulting: All syllabi now show percentage breakdown of grades within one year. Rubrics to be prepared for all assignments.

Information Obtained: There is no mechanism for partial students to pick up out-of-sequence courses.

Actions Resulting: Extension courses have been created to permit out-of-sequence instruction/evaluation.

Information Obtained: Instructors don’t always provide timely feedback.

Actions Resulting: New rubrics and web-based assessment have improved both timeliness and quality.  

Actions Resulting: Use more learner-to-learner feedback in classroom.

Actions Resulting: Increased formative feedback at intermediate stages.

Information Obtained: Students perceive a shortage of computers.

Actions Resulting: Request for more computers, which have been installed.

CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 3. PROGRAM DELIVERY

Information Obtained: Course information is inconsistent.

Actions Resulting: We now use course management software in all courses.

Information Obtained: Part-time instructors do not provide consistent documentation.

Actions Resulting: New assessment documents, rubrics and course management software will be made available to part-time staff.

CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 4. STUDENT INTAKES

Information Obtained: Students drop off waiting list.

Actions Resulting: Meet with accepted students 3 months prior to first semester.

CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 5. STUDENT PROGRESSION

Information Obtained: Student workload is an issue.

Actions Resulting: All courses have been reviewed to remove redundant work.

CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 6. LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES

Information Obtained: Lab and study space for unstructured time is limited.

Actions Resulting: Will try to provide more access to computers.

Information Obtained: Purchased text books are not all “needed:

Actions Resulting: Will ask instructors to consider “recommended” texts and e-books.

SUPPORTIVE ELEMENT 7. STUDENT SUPPORT

Information Obtained: Some students are unprepared for the workload and time commitment.

Actions Resulting: Mandatory classroom time has be reduced. More personal tutorial time has been introduced.

SUPPORTIVE ELEMENT 8. EMPLOYMENT

Information Obtained: No current issues.

Actions Resulting: None.

SUPPORTIVE ELEMENT 9. INDUSTRY RELATIONS

Information Obtained: Under-use of alumni as a resource.

Actions Resulting: Will try to develop social network.

Student Awards

Students in the Architectural Technologies program have recently won Academic Achievement and Centennial Merit awards for overall average as well as specific awards for achievement in individual courses.

The Saskatchewan Association of Architects, the Interior Designers Association of Saskatchewan, Construction Specifications Canada, and the Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians all offer student awards.

Skills Canada

The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country.

Every year, more than 500 young people from all regions of Canada come to SCNC to participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests.

Each year, the Architectural Technologies program sends a graduate to compete at the national competition. Competing against the best representatives from all across Canada, we routinely do better than any other school, winning a medal every year, usually a gold medal, since 2000.  

Applied Research Awards

The Architectural Technologies program often participates in applied research with industry partners. The Architectural Technologies program has won five awards from the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development for a series of small projects including studies of a green roof, community gardens, 100-mile house and a project in Thailand which involved Sask Polytech students travelling to Thailand to build a school using local-sustainable materials.

In addition, the program won a federal NSERC grant for a study of energy consumption in commercial buildings.  

Co-operative Employment Program

All students are required to work three paid work terms with local employers. When a graduate seeks employment, they are looking for their fourth job, not their first.

Typically, the construction industry has been doing well and we have placed all students each semester.

During temporary economic downturns pertaining to resource prices, it sometimes takes longer to find employment. Our students and graduates have an edge over those without formal construction education.

Typical employment in a recent semester. (33 students)

   In Regina (14 positions)

  • Design firms (6)
  • Construction companies (2)
  • Residential and homebuilders (2)
  • Property managers (4)

   In Saskatoon (12 positions)

  • Design firms (2)
  • Construction companies (8)
  • Property managers (2)

   Other Saskatchewan (6 positions)

  • Design firms (4)
  • Property managers (2)

   Alberta (1 position)

  • Design firm (1)

Graduate Employment

In recent years all graduates have been employed in the building industry. Many return to a previous co-op employer. Others seek new opportunities.

Graduates may be employed in design offices, by homebuilders, by heavy construction companies, by property managers and by construction material suppliers.

Self-Employment

It is not unusual for a graduate with a few years’ experience to open their own design or construction management firm, usually in the residential sector. 

There is no better way to assess the program than to speak with former grads who now work in the construction industry. Contact the program and you will be put in touch with several grads.

Aggregate data is available.. Program specific data may be obtained from the dean’s office.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic routinely surveys students, graduates and employers. These are incorporated in the formal internal quality assessment process. Following are some recent survey results:

Students (percentage agreeing with the statement)

  • Overall, I am satisfied with this program. 100%
  • I would recommend this program to others. 80%
  • The instructors treat students with respect. 100%
  • Students are informed of how they will be evaluated. 90%
  • Student assessments focused on what was learned. 100%
  • The amount of hands-on experience is adequate. 90%
  • Student learning activities are effectively scheduled. 30%
  • The student workload is manageable. 30%
  • The shop/lab facilities are appropriate. 90%

Graduates (percentage agreeing with the statement)

  • Overall, I am satisfied with this program. 91%
  • I would recommend this program to others. 95%
  • The instructors treat students with respect. 95%
  • Students are informed of how they will be evaluated. 78%
  • Student assessments focused on what was learned. 91%
  • The amount of hands-on experience is adequate. 91%
  • Student learning activities are effectively scheduled. 55%
  • The student workload is manageable. 50%
  • The shop/lab facilities are appropriate. 82%

Employers of recent graduates (percentage agreeing with the statement)

  • Preparation for employment is adequate. 100%
  • Graduate has job related knowledge. 100%
  • Satisfaction with skills of graduate. 100%
  • Would hire a Saskatchewan Polytechnic grad in the future. 100%

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