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.

Learning Environment

  • 24 students are accepted each year.
  • Students will experience class and project work, lectures and co-operative work terms.
  • Class hours are 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. daily. Homework is required.
  • There are coordinated group projects that require teamwork.
  • It is very important that students take initiative and manage their work time effectively.

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.

What's the Work Like?

As a student and in this profession you may:

  • Develop and conduct production, inventory and quality assurance programs in manufacturing or in other industries
  • Design plant layouts and production facilities
  • Develop and carry out work study and related programs
  • Develop and carry out industrial health, safety and fire prevention plans and programs and conduct safety training programs
  • Develop applications using CAD/CAM (computer-assisted drafting, computer-assisted manufacturing) for the control of robots, computer numerical control (CNC) machines and other manufacturing processes and operations.
  • Assist in the design of plant layouts
  • Conduct work measurement or other studies
  • Collect and compile operational or experimental data and assist in the development of estimates, schedules, specifications and reports
  • Collect and analyze data and samples in support of quality assurance and industrial health and safety programs
  • Develop manufacturing and processing procedures and variables, set machine or equipment controls, oversee production and inspect processes.

Below is a list of skills (with examples) that are important in this line of work. This section is based on the Essential Skills Profiles developed and available through the Government of Canada.

  • Read explanations and recommendations in quality and production reports, logbooks and production files to track product and manufacturing concerns and deficiencies
  • Read and refer to lengthy materials such as health and safety policies, internal procedures and production specifications
  • Read and compare the company's and customer's production specifications, which may be several hundred pages in length.
  • Complete tracking and quality control forms.
  • Refer to assembly drawings and diagrams to follow installation and calibration procedures on new equipment, components and tooling parts such as HVAC systems.
  • Take measurements from scale drawings. For example, they take height, width, length and angle measurements from scale drawings to verify that fabrication measurements meet client's specifications. and quality control standards
  • Write brief notes and e-mail to co-workers and managers to request clarification about product updates and modifications.
  • Write detailed procedures for tasks such as hazardous waste disposal using standard formats and templates.
  • Write new sections and updates for company policy and procedures manuals.
  • Calculate all finished product dimensions of a part before starting a job. Using measurements recorded on scale drawings as a starting point, find the values of lengths, cuts, circumferences and angles whose dimensions are not recorded.
  • Use formulae to find missing values, for example to calculate heights and angles of triangular parts and circumferences of circular parts.
  • Calculate production costs.
  • Calculate loads/stresses on designed products.
  • Interact with suppliers and service providers to get detailed technical information about equipment, supplies and materials.
  • Discuss planning and implementation of process and production improvements with co-workers, colleagues and managers.
  • Facilitate meetings with clients and managers to propose modifications to production drawings and system upgrades.
  • Discover quality control errors such as inaccurate entries in logbooks and reporting forms.
  • Decide when to issue 'non-compliance' or incident reports, either internally to production managers or externally to suppliers.
  • Evaluate the condition and reliability of production equipment to make purchasing and repair recommendations.
  • Use graphics software. For example, they prepare visual presentations that integrate text and drawings
  • Use word processing. For example, they write reports and procedures, which require advance desktop publishing.
  • Use communication software. For example, they send e-mail with attachments to group members and maintain address books and distribution lists

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):


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

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  • Regina


Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with:
    • Minimum 60% in Foundations of Mathematics 20 or Pre-Calculus 20 or Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 *
  • English Language Requirement

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum 60% in Math 20 or General Math 30

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.


  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 247 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 233 Advanced Algebra and Functions
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing

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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2020/21 Academic Year

Year 1 - $8,150
Year 2 - $6,570

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