CAD/CAM Engineering Technology

CAD/CAM Engineering Technology

Program Overview

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:

  • CAD/CAM related engineering disciplines
  • CAD/CAM hardware, software and computer networking
  • operating machine tools (including CNC)
  • quality assurance, concurrent engineering
  • rapid prototyping

Diploma to Degree

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.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

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.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Mechanical TechnologistMechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2232)$47,500 - $107,200
CAD/CAM Engineering TechnologistDrafting Technologists and Technicians (2253)$41,600 - $85,100
Design and Drafting TechnologistDrafting Technologists and Technicians (2253)$41,600 - $85,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): August

Length: 74 weeks: 

Year 1 - 37 weeks; Year 2 - 37 weeks


  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements


*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: 

  • Minimum of 60% in Math 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.


  • 85 Arithmetic
  • 40 College Level Math
  • 80 Elementary Algebra
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 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 - $7,800
Year 2 - $7,600

International Students

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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. 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.

Transfer Credit

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:

  • admission eligibility to the Bachelor of Technology program, Memorial University, Newfoundland (13 courses, totalling 39 credit hours, are required to fulfill the degree requirements; courses are available online)
  • advanced standing toward an engineering degree, Lakehead University (post-diploma programs typically consist of transition courses followed by two years of full-time study)

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.

More about scholarships


Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) valid until March 1, 2017.

The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredits the program at the Engineering Technologist level, which allows you to work across Canada.

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