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Innovative Manufacturing

Diploma
Innovative Manufacturing

Program Overview

Saskatchewan's manufacturing sector continues to grow and need skilled workers. With a diploma in Innovative Manufacturing you will be prepared to help meet these needs. The program offers a wide range of skill-based training in all aspects of the manufacturing industry, including design, CAD/CAM drafting, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining, welding, fabrication, robotics, 3-D printing and project management. Throughout your studies you will practice your skills and complete projects using industry-standard tools and equipment. As part of your training, you will have an opportunity to participate in a two-week, industry-based work placement.

Program faculty are accredited in their respective fields, have worked in industry and will teach you up-to-date manufacturing techniques and processes.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

As a graduate from the Innovative Manufacturing diploma program, you may find employment with independent manufacturing companies as well as government agencies. Depending on the wide range of industry requirements, some of your work duties may include designing, drafting and fabricating machine parts, developing working plans and prototypes, as well as contributing to quality assurance and quality control, safety and production requirements.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September (program begins in 2017)



Length: Year 1 - 44 weeks; Year 2 - 32 weeks

Locations

  • Regina

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with:
    • Minimum 60% in Foundations of Mathematics 30 or in Pre-Calculus 30 *
    • Minimum 50% in Physics 30
  • English Language Requirement

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum 60% in Math B30 and Math 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©

  • Arithmetic 85
  • Elementary Algebra 80
  • College Level Math 40
  • Reading Comprehension 75
  • Sentence Skills 75

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.

 

$7,400

Courses

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BESK 170
Bench Skills
2
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You will identify, operate and maintain hand and power tools and equipment. You will also perform basic machining techniques.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Corequisites(s): MATH 166, MEAS 161
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
CAD 181
CAD Drafting
4
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Your studies will focus on the concepts of micro-based computer assisted drafting (CADD). Extensive hands-on training and lecture sessions will provide the knowledge you need to produce industrial standard CADD drawings, use 2-D drafting and draw from 3-D models. You will follow standard conventions while improving your skill and efficiency in using a CAD system.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): COAP 172(concurrent) or DRFT 174(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): COAP 172, DRFT 174
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 105, DRFT 191
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
COAP 172
Computer Applications
3
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You will receive an introduction to computer applications (such as a word processor, spreadsheet and database application). You will also gain knowledge of electronic spreadsheets in detail.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 110, COAP 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DRFT 174
Drafting Principles
5
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You will learn the basic theory and skills needed to generate graphic representation of an idea, concept or entity. You will use engineering lettering and geometric construction, prepare engineering graphs with computer software, use sketching methods, use basic descriptive geometry and its applications, and develop orthographic drawings, dimensioning, pictorial drafting, auxiliary views and sectional views. You will also construct engineering technical drawings using the orthographic projection method with an introduction to piping drawings.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): CAD 181(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): CAD 181
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 106, DRFT 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ENGL 101
Critical Reading and Writing
3
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You will develop basic skills in critical analysis, effective reading and composition by analyzing and evaluating materials from various disciplines. You will also refine your understanding and practice of the structures of composition by writing a report on a topic of your choice using APA-style format.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MATH 166
Applied Mathematics 1
3
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You will solve practical problems involving fractions, decimals and percent; work with ratios and solve direct and indirect proportion problems; solve exponential and logarithmic equation, and manipulate formulas to solve practical problems. You will also study the functional notation and evaluate algebraic functions.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
MEAS 161
Precision Measurement and Tooling
4
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You will be introduce to fundamental measuring systems and tools. You will practice using steel rules, Vernier calipers, micrometers, angular measuring tools, and surface finish measuring tools.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Corequisites(s): BESK 170, MATH 166
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SEM 101
Technology Seminars
1
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Your orientation will include discussions regarding the role of technicians/technologists in the workplace and society. You will study time management skills, diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability and 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, Online, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COM 170
Professional Workplace Communication
3
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You will focus on specific skills, behaviours, and attitudes needed to work productively with others. You will examine the role and effects of social media and digital communications in and outside the workplace. You will also practice conflict resolution skills as well as teamwork skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
DRFT 177
Mechanical Drafting
5
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You will practice auxiliary view and dimensioning skills. You will create structural steel, assembly and detail drawings as well as document assembly procedures. You will analyze motion and component stress areas through simulation practice.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): CAD 181, DRFT 174
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MACH 101
Drilling Machine Operations
3
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You will learn how to set up, operate and maintain various drilling machines. The course content includes drilling, reaming, tapping and boring operations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MATH 167
Applied Mathematics 2
3
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You will learn about functional notation; study the basics of plane geometry and trigonometry, and perform basic vector calculations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 166
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
MECH 160
Applied Mechanics: Statics
3
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You will use basic algebra, plane geometry and trigonometry to calculate forces in stationary machines and study the effect of forces acting on bodies in equilibrium without motion. You will solve problems involving friction, static structures, centre of gravity and moment of inertia.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 167(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
SOCI 171
Culture and Diversity in Canadian Society
3
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You will explore culture and diversity in Canada and the challenges they present. You will discuss the impacts of oppression, multiculturalism, immigration, social inequalities, and social justice at both personal and professional levels. You will discuss the historical and contemporary challenges of Aboriginal peoples. You will also examine tools to foster social change and diversity competencies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
WLDR 151
Cutting Processes
2
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You will practice appropriate safety protocols in your introduction to cutting processes. You will use the oxy-fuel manual plasma arc and computer numerical control (CNC) plasma arc processes.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WLDR 152
Shielded Metal Arc Welding
2
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You will practice appropriate safety protocols and become familiar with shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) equipment, accessories and consumables. You will perform basic SMAW welds.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WLDR 153
Gas Metal Arc Welding 1
1
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You will practice appropriate safety protocols and become familiar with Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) equipment, accessories and consumables. You will set up a weld station and perform basic GMAW welds.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Year 1 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAM 170
Computer Aided Manufacturing 1
3
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You will use computer software to draw and create tool paths for computer numerical control (CNC) lathes and machining centres. You will simulate your tool paths on the computer.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 174, MATH 167
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MACH 150
Milling Machine Operations
4
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You will learn how to set up, operate and maintain various milling machines and attachments. Your studies will focus on selecting tools, holders, feed rates and speeds for various cutter and material applications.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): BESK 170, MEAS 161
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MACH 151
Lathe Operations
4
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You will learn how to set up and operate manual lathes. You will practice turning, hole making, boring, grooving, internal and external threading. You will also study how to optimize cutting times with carbide tooling.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): BESK 170, MEAS 161
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MATE 170
Manufacturing Materials
5
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You will learn how to select appropriate materials for various manufacturing processes. You will also learn the Sae-Aisi metal numbering systems for selecting alloys, steels and aluminums. You will identify ferrous and non-ferrous materials as well as non-metallic materials. You will perform heat treating processes and metal testing using various shop testing methods.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): BESK 170, MATH 167
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WORK 169
Work Experience
0
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You will practice your technical workplace skills while maintaining industry-standard communication, safety and quality expectations.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): BESK 170, DRFT 177, MACH 101, MACH 150(concurrent), MACH 151(concurrent), MEAS 161, WLDR 151, WLDR 153
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience -Individual

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAM 171
Computer Aided Manufacturing 2
3
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Your studies will focus on advanced features of CAM software. You will study advanced surface finishing and high speed roughing techniques and practice importing files from various CAD software into CAM software.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CAM 170
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HYDR 173
Fluid Power
2
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You will be introduced to hydraulic and pneumatic systems and applications in manufacturing processes. Your studies will include pumps, motors and valve systems. You will practice selecting appropriate components for hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): BESK 170, MATE 170, MATH 167
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MACH 152
Computer Numerical Control 1
5
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You will learn the practices and principles for programming and operating computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools. You will write and run a CNC program for a lathe and mill.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): MACH 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MANU 170
Manufacturing 1
4
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You will be introduced to metal and plastic manufacturing. Your studies will conclude an analysis of quality control standards. You will compare manufacturing processes and fabrication techniques as well as mold design and casting processes.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MACH 152(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MECH 161
Applied Mechanics: Dynamics
3
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Your studies will focus on kinematics and kinetics. In kinematics, you will analyze the geometry of rectilinear, circular and general plane motions. In kinetics, you will analyze the forces and movements associated with motion using the dynamic equilibrium method, the work, energy power method and the impulse-momentum method. You will learn how to solve applied problems involving motion only and the forces causing that motion. You will also study linkage mechanisms and their motion.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MECH 160
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
WLDR 154
Gas Metal Arc Welding 2
5
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You will practice appropriate safety protocols and apply gas metal arc welding (GMAW) to a variety of joints, weld positions and material thicknesses.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): WLDR 153
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WLDR 155
Flux-Cored, Metal-Cored and Advanced Wire Feed Processes
3
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You will practice appropriate safety protocols and apply flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) and metal-cored arc welding (MCAW) in welding mild steel. You will also continue your gas metal arc welding (GMAW) studies in welding aluminum and advanced wave form processes.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): WLDR 154(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WLDR 156
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
2
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You will practice appropriate safety protocols and become familiar with gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) equipment, accessories and consumables. You will set up a weld station and perform GTAW welds.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
MACH 153
Computer Numerical Control 2
3
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You will learn how to set up and program a computer numerical control (CNC) machining center to perform 4th-axis machining. You will learn how to simulate and machine a part.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MACH 152
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MACH 154
Computer Numerical Control 3
3
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You will learn how to set up a computer numerical control (CNC) machine to operate live tooling.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MACH 153(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MANU 171
Manufacturing 2
4
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Your studies will focus on robotic applications and compatibility in manufacturing processes. You will develop a robotic software system and tooling. You will design and fabricate manufacturing jigs and fixtures.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MANU 170
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MANU 280
Production Management
2
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You will learn the concepts involved in growing a manufacturing-based company from a small business to a large operation. You will learn about facility analysis, ordering processes and dealing with suppliers.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MANU 293
Quality Assurance and Manufacturing Management
4
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Your studies will focus on quality assurance in a manufacturing environment. The importance of quality products and services will be emphasized. You will become familiar with the statistical sampling and analysis tools used to achieve and verify quality goals.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PROJ 184
Project
4
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Drawing on skills you have gained throughout your program, you will plan, develop, research, execute and present a manufacturing project. Your studies will also include consideration of contract law and documentation.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 177, HYDR 173, MACH 101, MATE 170, MECH 161, WLDR 153, WLDR 156
Corequisites(s): MACH 153, MANU 171, MANU 280, MANU 293, TCOM 104, WLDR 157
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PROJ 287
Project Management
2
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You will be introduced to project management. You will examine the basic theory of project planning and control, from project initiation to project close out. You will apply research techniques and various tools to practice project management theory in a variety of projects. You will practice skills using project management software.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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, Online, Prior Learning
WLDR 157
Fabrication Equipment
2
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You will practice appropriate safety protocols and study the application and operation of fabrication equipment including press brake, shear, plate rolls, structural rolls and other metal forming tools. You will apply your skills by completing a welding and fabrication project.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

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