Imagine you could redesign anything to fit a specific need—make it smaller, bigger or stronger. Now imagine if you could actually “print” a 3D prototype? As a computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) engineering technologist, you’ll help turn great ideas into practical plans.
It’s a career that applies science to mechanical design, so it helps to have an analytical mind and good math skills. You’ll be involved in everything from design and drafting, to fabrication, 3D printing and prototype development.
The CAD/CAM Engineering Technology program is a two-year diploma offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr. Develop the knowledge and skills you need to put computer and engineering principles to work. You’ll learn to create, modify and refine proposed parts interactively, then view emerging designs on a display terminal where you can magnify, rotate, copy, stretch and manipulate it. You’ll learn to create instructions for computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines to automatically produce finished parts.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's experienced instructors and leading-edge lab equipment provide an exceptional hands-on learning experience. The emphasis on lab work includes instruction in:
Use your diploma to ladder into a science degree at Athabasca University in Alberta, an engineering degree at Lakehead University in Ontario or a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic prepares you to work in both traditional and computer-aided engineering fields.
The manufacturing field is a big employer. You could work in engineering design, drafting, quality control and programming/operating CNC machines. Consulting engineering firms hire grads to work in design and drafting, while research and design firms employ grads in product design, prototype development, solid modeling and advanced stress analysis.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Mechanical Technologist||Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2232)||$47,500 - $107,200|
|CAD/CAM Engineering Technologist||Drafting Technologists and Technicians (2253)||$41,600 - $85,100|
|Design and Drafting Technologist||Drafting Technologists and Technicians (2253)||$41,600 - $85,100|
Year 1 - 37 weeks; Year 2 - 37 weeks
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
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.
Year 1 - $7,800
Year 2 - $7,600
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. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:
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.