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Engineering Design and Drafting Technology

Diploma

Program Overview

Engineering Design and Drafting Technologists participate in multi-discipline engineering projects. As technologists in this dynamic role, we use industry-standard software to collaborate, design, model, draft, coordinate and document projects in many disciplines, such as construction, mining and manufacturing.

The Engineering Design & Drafting Technology program is a three-year diploma offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Moose Jaw Campus. You’ll take five academic semesters and three Co-operative Education work terms. You’ll be trained in:

  • computer aided drafting (CAD)
    • 2D drafting
    • 3D modeling
    • cadastral survey drafting
    • digital mapping
    • civil, mechanical and structural drafting
  • building information modeling (BIM)
  • geographic information systems (GIS)
  • cadastral surveying
  • civil, mechanical and structural design
  • computer programming
  • engineering materials
  • applied mechanics
  • fluid mechanics applications
  • project management

Practical experience includes using current industry standard CAD software to design and produce engineering projects in 2D and 3D environments. You’ll complete a major project using Building Information Modeling (BIM) Technology by integrating civil, mechanical piping systems and structural design, applying the concepts of project management and carrying out an applied capstone research project.

The Co-op Work Term Advantage

Co-operative work terms are paid, so you’ll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; it’s up to you to shine. It’s also a chance to develop important “soft skills” in job interviewing, professional attitude, interpersonal communication and more.

 

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduates are sought after as computer-aided draftspersons. Potential employers include engineering firms, construction companies, land surveyors, mining, manufacturing and fabrication companies, utilities and all levels of government. Your work could involve electrical, mechanical and structural design of buildings and other structures, land development or infrastructure projects such as sewer and water facilities.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
CAD DraftspersonDrafting Technologists and Technicians (2253)$41,600 - $85,100
CAD 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): September

Length: 76 weeks: 

There are five academic semesters and three mandatory four-month paid Co-operative Education work terms.

Locations

  • Moose Jaw

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: 

  • 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©

  • 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 - $7,500
Year 2 - $7,200
Year 3 - $2,700

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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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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CADD 120
Computer Aided Drafting 1
2
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You will develop fundamental computer aided drafting (CAD) skills using industry-standard software. Your studies will focus on two-dimensional geometric construction, dimensioning and drawing output.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Corequisites(s): DRFT 106
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab
COMP 105
Introduction to Computer Applications
2
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Your studies will focus on an introduction to computers and the basic hardware and software that make them work. You will learn about current hardware technologies, computer communications and basic security issues. You will be introduced to report writing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software. Your studies will help you develop proper file management techniques and basic troubleshooting strategies.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 172
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DRFT 106
Drafting
4
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You will be introduced to orthographic drawing. You will practice sketching, geometric construction, orthographic projections, dimensioning, sectional views and descriptive geometry.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Corequisites(s): CADD 120, COMP 105
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GEOM 100
Introduction to Maps and Navigation
3
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You will become familiar with fundamental mapping concepts and learn about map use in Canada. You will study the history of maps, map creation and use, map projections, the importance of map reference systems, terrain analysis using contours and an introduction to map scale and errors. You will also develop basic navigation skills through the use of instrumentation and topographic maps.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MAT 120
Mathematics for Construction Engineering Technologies
6
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You will gain a basic background in trigonometry and algebra that is needed to do problem solving in applied areas and to advance to a study of calculus. You will study measurement, computations, algebraic operations, simplifications and solutions, trigonometry, graphing, exponents and logarithms. This course is intended to meet your needs in the construction stream of engineering technologies.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 100, MAT 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
PHYS 104
Physics for Engineering Design and Drafting Technology
4
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You will study vector applications of Newton’s three laws and the conservation of momentum involving free-body and vector diagrams on coordinate reference frames. You will perform an experiment demonstrating Newton’s laws to determine the coefficient of friction between a moving object and its contact surface. You will also study the conservation of energy in the work, power and energy section as well as the static and dynamic properties of fluids.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Corequisites(s): MAT 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
SEM 101
Technology Seminars
1
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You will receive an orientation to your program and learn where and how the technician/technologist fits into the workplace and society. You will become familiar with the role of technicians/technologists in society, study and time management skills, increasing diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability, the impact of technology on society and workplace safety requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGM 181, ETHC 183, ORTN 120, SEM 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
SRVY 100
Introduction to Surveying 1
5
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You will study the basics of surveying. Your studies will focus on ground based techniques. The course topics include differential levelling, physical and electronic distance measurements, horizontal and vertical angle measurement and traversing. You will be introduced to electronics survey instrumentation and the use of 2D coordinate systems in surveying.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
TCOM 102
Communication in Technology
3
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Your studies will focus on the basic skills required of the technologist in the workplace. You will examine the communication process and interpersonal and workplace communication techniques. The course content includes technical writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 120, TCOM 140, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CADD 124
Computer Aided Drafting 2
3
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Building on your computer aided drafting skills, your studies will focus on intermediate and advanced 2D CAD drafting, and improving your efficiency with AutoCAD.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 42.0
Prerequisites(s): CADD 120, DRFT 106, (DRFT 200(concurrent) or DRFT 205(concurrent))
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
CAMP 220
Survey Field Camp 1
4
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You will apply the knowledge gained in previous surveying and drafting courses. You will use various instruments to gather data and use this data to produce a topographic plan of your survey.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SRVY 100, SRVY 201(concurrent), (DRFT 200(concurrent) or DRFT 205(concurrent))
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
COAP 127
Computer Programming
3
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You will receive an introduction to programming using Visual Basic.NET. You will develop object-based event-driven applications with a graphical user interface for the Windows environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 42.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 205
Mechanical Drafting
5
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You will be introduced to mechanical drafting and apply the skills and tools you learned in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). You will practice dimensioning and develop sectional views. You will create 2-D part and assembly drawings. As well, you will use precision measuring instruments and produce a full set of mechanical drawing sets.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 78.0
Prerequisites(s): CADD 120, COMP 105, DRFT 106
Corequisites(s): CADD 124
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MAT 226
Technical Mathematics and Differential Calculus
5
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You will build on the skills developed in MAT 120 (Mathematics) and learn how to solve technical problems using basic algebraic skills and the differential calculus. You will become familiar with basic definitions and the fundamental concepts of mathematics and elementary derivatives.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 70.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 120
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 225
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
MECA 200
Applied Mechanics
5
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You will solve problems involving pulleys and the equilibrium of cantilevers and trusses. You will also learn the basics of fluid mechanics including pressure, buoyancy and the Bernoulli equation.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 70.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 120, PHYS 104
Equivalent Course(s): MECA 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
SRVY 201
Introduction to Surveying 2
5
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Building on topics introduced in SRVY 100 (Introduction to Surveying 1), you will study route location surveys, basic curve use in surveying, digital terrain modelling and topographic surveys. The course adds to your previous knowledge by exploring advanced topics in coordinate geometry (COGO) and digital data collection. You will also study safe work practices and gain practical experience working with survey instrumentation. Your studies and practical experience will prepare you for participation in small surveying projects.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 68.0
Prerequisites(s): SRVY 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
TCOM 103
Workplace Communication
3
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Building on the skills you developed in TCOM 102 (Communication in Technology), you will apply basic research skills to create workplace documents. Your studies will focus on the workplace skills of creating effective client relations, conducting meetings and giving presentations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 102
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 181, COMM 190, TCOM 106, TCOM 123, TCOM 141, TCOM 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, 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

Year 2 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CADD 221
Computer Aided Drafting 3
3
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You will study advanced topics in computer aided drafting using industry-standard software. Software customization, 3D modeling and rendering will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): CADD 124
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DRFT 206
Structural Drafting
4
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You will apply CAD drafting skills and engineering design fundamentals to produce structural steel drawings. The course content includes CSA, CISC and RISC standards, engineering design drawings, shop drawings, steel reinforcement placement drawings and structural timber drawings.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): CADD 124, DRFT 205
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DRFT 207
Civil Applications
4
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You will apply CAD drafting skills and engineering design fundamentals to produce civil engineering drawings. You will use current civil design CAD software to produce your drawings.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): CADD 124, DRFT 205
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ENGM 120
Engineering Materials
3
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You will compare suitable materials for a given design and/or manufacturing process. You will study the internal structure of materials and their relationship to relevant properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, alloys, ceramics, glasses, concrete, polymers and wood. Your studies will include the failure mechanisms of materials including metal corrosion.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): STRU 203(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
MAT 201
Technical Mathematics and Integral Calculus for EDD Technology
4
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You will build on your knowledge and skills developed in Technical Mathematics and Differential Calculus to become familiar with the basic definitions, fundamental concepts and uses of integral calculus as related to engineering design and drafting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 226
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Individual
MECA 201
Fluid Mechanics Applications
4
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Building on your skills gained in applied mechanics, you will study the steady flow energy equation. Your studies will include open channel design, pipe sizing considerations, pump selection as well as open and closed loop piping system. You will analyze pumping requirements for series and parallel piping systems using computer software.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 226, MECA 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
MECH 200
Mechanical Design 1
4
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You will develop design and drafting skills that a designer uses on the job. Your studies will focus on modeling, assemblies and documentation of best practices. Through practical exercises and projects you will apply methods and techniques used in the industrial mechanical and industrial piping industries.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): CADD 124, DRFT 205
Corequisites(s): CADD 221
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
STRU 203
Strength of Materials
4
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You will study the concept of stress and strain. The course content includes stress and deformation resulting from axial loads, direct shear and torsional loads, shear force and bending moment diagrams, and bending stress and transverse shear stress.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): MECA 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

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

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CADD 200
Computer Aided Drafting 4
3
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You will be introduced to programming in AutoLISP. You will use the programming language integrated into AutoCAD (AutoLISP) to develop routines to automate and enhance the standard AutoCAD functions.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): CADD 221, COAP 127
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
CVEN 200
Civil Design 1
5
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You will apply CAD drafting skills and engineering design fundamentals to develop civil and municipal works. Site planning, layout, grading, drainage and municipal services will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 72.0
Prerequisites(s): CADD 221, DRFT 207
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GMTC 202
Digital Mapping
4
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You will apply Geographic Information System (GIS) drafting skills, Global Positioning System (GPS) data gathering and database planning and design to create a thematic map. Your studies will focus on data collection, database management and mapping functionality.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MAT 202
Project Management Mathematics for EDD Technology
2
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You will study relevant financial mathematics and basic probabilities as the building blocks used by project management software tools or systems. You will use statistical concepts with math graphical tools such as Performance Evaluation and Review Techniques (PERT) and Gantt chart for various project operations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 36.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 201
Corequisites(s): PROJ 107
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
MECH 201
Mechanical Design 2
5
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You will build on your parametric design and drafting skills learned in Mechanical Design 1 by combining the best practices of parametric modeling, assemblies and documentation. You will design and interpret authentic design problems while developing and expanding your parametric modeling skills. You will select appropriate information from catalogues and charts.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 72.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 206, MECA 201, MECH 200, STRU 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PROJ 107
Project Management
2
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You will study the basic concepts of project management including planning, initiating, controlling and closing. You will apply project management techniques to various projects using project management software.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 36.0
Corequisites(s): MAT 202
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 123
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
STRU 200
Structural Design 1
2
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You will apply Canadian codes and standards to the design of basic steel structures. You will learn how to calculate loads using limit states design principles. You will also learn how to design steel beams and columns, detail basic steel connections.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 36.0
Prerequisites(s): STRU 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

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

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CVEN 201
Civil Design Project
6
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You will apply CAD drafting skills and engineering design fundamentals to complete a civil design project. Site planning and design, and interpreting, analyzing and applying design and drafting standards will be emphasized. You will use current civil design CAD software to produce a complete set of engineering drawings.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): CVEN 200
Corequisites(s): MECH 202, MGMT 207, STRU 201, STRU 202
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MECH 202
Mechanical Design Project
6
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You will apply the design and drafting skills that a draftsperson learned in previous courses in the program. You will define a problem, generate ideas, select a solution and model the solution following appropriate design criteria. You will produce the mechanical section of the design project which will be coordinated with the civil and structural designs. Interpreting and applying design and drafting standards will be a major part of the course content.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): MECH 201
Corequisites(s): CVEN 201, MGMT 207, STRU 201, STRU 202
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MGMT 207
Project Management Applications
6
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You will apply your project management skills to develop all required aspects of a project proposal for a building site and a building. You will develop all aspects of the project team, contracts, delivery, estimating, scheduling and control in conjunction with the proposal using appropriate software.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 94.0
Prerequisites(s): PROJ 107
Corequisites(s): CVEN 201, MECH 202, STRU 201, STRU 202
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
STRU 201
Structural Design 2
4
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You will apply Canadian codes and standards to the design of timber and concrete members. You will learn how to calculate loads using limit states design principles. You will also learn how to detail timber connections, and detail concrete beams and footings.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): STRU 200, STRU 203
Corequisites(s): STRU 202
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
STRU 202
Structural Design Project
6
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You will use the skills and knowledge you acquired in previous semesters to develop a building structure and interactive 3 dimensional model. This course is linked to other courses in the development of a proposed building site, building model and mechanical process model. You will develop all aspects of the project team, contracts, delivery, estimating, scheduling and control in conjunction with the proposal using appropriate software.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): STRU 200
Corequisites(s): STRU 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
TCOM 104
Applied Research in Technology
2
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You will develop a technical proposal and apply advanced research skills to a technical problem. You will use the technical problem-solving process in an applied research project and present your research findings in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 103 or ENGL 101
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 115, COMM 182, COMM 290, TCOM 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, 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.


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)

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

Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) valid for 2 years 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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