If you’re fascinated by what makes computers tick, both inside (hardware) and out (software), becoming a computer engineering technologist has great possibilities. Work in information technology roles, network security, embedded systems, robotics, and automated systems. The future is still unfolding, and your career could go in many directions.
August 28, 2023
Length and location notes
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.
The Computer Engineering Technology program is a three-year, nationally recognized, diploma offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Moose Jaw campus. You’ll get an exceptional hands-on learning experience during five semesters of classroom study and three Co-operative Education work terms.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is unique in our emphasis on both hardware and software. You’ll learn how to:
- analyze, test and design analog and digital circuits
- design, fabricate and populate printed circuit boards
- program personal computers and microcontrollers using various programming languages
- design and test interfaces between computers and peripherals
- design, install and administer networks
- design and test various digital data transmission systems
- install, configure and maintain workstations and servers in various operating system environments
A capstone research project gives you an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned to the development of an original design, from concept through to prototype.
The co-op work term advantage
Many of our co-op employers require both a valid Saskatchewan Driver's License and a clean Driver's Abstract. For international students, it can take up to 12 months to obtain a Driver's license; therefore, it is to your advantage to come with a Driver's License from your home country if possible.
Diploma to degree
The diploma can also be used to ladder into an engineering degree at Lakehead University or mining engineering technology degree at Queen’s University in Ontario or a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
- 24 students are accepted each year.
- Students will hands-on lab and project work, lectures and co-operative work terms.
- Class hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Students are expected to complete 30-40 hours of homework each week outside of class time.
- There are many group projects that require coordination.
- It is very important that students take initiative and manage their work time effectively.
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Career and salary information
Graduates work as network administrators, systems coordinators and systems analysts in IT training and support, research and development and customer sales and service. You can also pursue your dream career in gaming and multimedia development, graphical user interface development, IT security, web-based applications and more.
|Sample job title||NOC classification|
|Computer network technician||Computer network & web technicians (22220)|
|Network administrator||Computer network & web technicians (22220)|
|Computer/information systems analyst||Information systems specialists (21222)|
- Grade 12 with a minimum of 60% in Pre-Calculus 30*
- English Language Requirement
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
- Minimum of 60% in Math B30 and C30
Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative 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 Alternative Admission using Accuplacer.
- 250 Arithmetic
- 240 Advanced Algebra and Functions
- 256 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
- 250 Reading
- 245 Writing
Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.
If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.
Admission methodFirst 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 feesEstimates 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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.
2023-24 academic year
Year 1 - $10,130
Year 2 - $8,780
Year 3 - $4,420
CoursesThe 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|
Get credit for what you know
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.
See link(s) below to get more information about PLAR.
- Candidate Guide
- Candidate Guide (Department of Arts and Sciences courses)
- communications, mathematics, sciences, social sciences
- More about PLAR
All students can apply to write a challenge exam to receive credit for MAT 110. For more information, please contact the Department Head of Arts & Sciences.
|Athabasca University||Graduates of Computer Engineering Technology may be eligible for block transfer of 60 credit units into the Bachelor of Science Post Diploma program or 30 credit units toward BSc (PD) with Majors in Applied Mathematics, Computing Information Systems and/or Human Science.|
|Lakehead University||Graduates of this program may obtain advanced standing toward a degree in engineering.
Learn more about the agreement at Lakehead University.
|Memorial University||Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer into Bachelor of Technology Degree with 39 credit hours (13 courses) to be completed, including a technical project and report|
|Queen's University||Graduates of this program with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (75%) may qualify for admission to Queen's University's BTech (Mining) Degree Program. Block transfer of 72 units less the required Customized Bridge Course units will be granted upon admission. Students must pass each prescribed bridge course with a minimum C- in order to progress to Year 3 of the BTech (Mining) Program.|
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. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.
AccreditationTechnology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits the program at the Technologist level.
TAC is a bold, world class accreditation organization, delivering accreditation services
for the engineering technology and applied science profession in Canada.
Technology Professionals Saskatchewan
Technology Professionals Saskatchewan is the provincial regulatory body for graduates of this Saskatchewan Polytechnic program. As a graduate of an accredited program recognized by Technology Professionals Saskatchewan, your academic training places you on an expedited path towards obtaining professional registration as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.). For more information, visit tpsk.ca
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