Innovative Manufacturing

Diploma

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.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September


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

Locations

  • Regina

Admissions

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

Alternative Admission

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. Interested individuals should still apply. 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.



ACCUPLACER©

  • 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.

 

2021/22 Academic Year

Year 1 - $8,785
Year 2 - $6,775

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAD 106
Autodesk Inventor (3D)
4
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This course will provide you with an understanding of the basic to intermediate functions of a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. Hands-on training and lecture sessions will provide you with the knowledge to create 3D models, assemblies and drawings. You will learn about part and assembly modeling for use in real-world manufacturing settings.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Corequisites(s): DRFT 174
Equivalent Course(s): CAD 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
CLTR 200
Culture and Diversity
2
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Your studies will focus on the many dimensions of culture and approaches to promoting inclusion and innovation. You will explore culture in Canadian society as it pertains to Indigenous and immigrant populations. You will also examine the correlation between culture and diversity.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
DRFT 174
Drafting Principles
4
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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 to prepare engineering graphs with computer software. You will develop orthographic drawings, dimensioning, pictorial, auxiliary views and sectional views.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CAD 106(concurrent)
Corequisites(s):
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 and effective reading by analyzing and evaluating materials from various disciplines. You will also refine your understanding and practice of the structures of composition by writing a research paper on a topic of your choice using APA-style.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGL 101CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MACH 108
Machine Shop Fundamentals
4
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You will safely set up, operate and maintain various tools and drilling machines. You will use a drill press to acquire skill in the hole making process. You will perform various drilling operations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Corequisites(s): MEAS 161
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MATH 104
Applied Mathematics
3
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You will solve practical problems using arithmetic, linear equations, geometry and right triangle trigonometry. You will manipulate and use some formulas related to your trade.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MATH 182, MATH 193
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MEAS 161
Precision Measurement and Tooling
4
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You will be introduced to fundamental measuring systems and tools. You will practice precision measurements using a variety of measurement tools. You will operate a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Corequisites(s): MACH 108
Equivalent Course(s): MEAS 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
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
 
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
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
3
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You will apply theoretical concepts from mechanics of materials to mechanical models. Drafting principles will be applied to applications such as mold and sheet metal design, stress and strain analysis and thermodynamic analysis to predict the performance of mechanical systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CAD 106, DRFT 174
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MACH 155
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, Online
MATH 167
Applied Mathematics 2
3
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Building on the arithmetic and algebraic skills you developed in Math 104 – Applied Mathematics 1 – you will apply trigonometry to vector problems, work with functions, and solve various types of equations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
MECH 160
Applied Mechanics: Statics
3
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You will use basic algebra, plane geometry and trigonometry to study the effect of forces acting on bodies in equilibrium. You will solve 2-dimensional and 3-dimensonal problems in applied mechanics.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 167(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
SEM 108
Innovative Manufacturing Seminar
2
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You will study creative and critical thinking in order to apply those skills to roles in the organization, and professional and personal situations. You will be analyzing information in order to respond to a wide variety of work and personal situations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
WLDR 152
Cutting Processes and Shielded Metal Arc Welding
3
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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: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
WLDR 153
Gas Metal Arc Welding 1
2
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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: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Year 1 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
MACH 109
Introduction to G-code
1
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You will learn about how and why to use G-code for a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine. You will study the basic uses of a CNC controller and how the controller uses G-code to perform different functions.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): MACH 152
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MACH 110
Computer Numerical Control Lathe
2
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You will learn about the practices and principles for programming and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) lathe. You will write and run CNC programs to create parts on a 2-axis lathe.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): MACH 108
Corequisites(s): MACH 109, MACH 151
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MACH 111
Computer Numerical Control Mill
2
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You will learn about the practices and principles for programming and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) mill. You will write and run CNC programs to create parts on a 3-axis milling machine.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): MACH 108
Corequisites(s): MACH 109, MACH 150
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MACH 150
Milling Machine Operations
4
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You will safely 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): MACH 108, MEAS 161
Equivalent Course(s): MACH 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MACH 151
Lathe Operations
4
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You will learn how to safely set up and operate manual lathes. You will practice turning, hole making, boring, grooving, internal and external threading.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MACH 108, MEAS 161
Equivalent Course(s): MACH 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MANU 101
Introduction to Additive Manufacturing
3
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In this course you will be introduced to additive manufacturing (3D printing). Your lectures will consist of learning to create programs and settings in slicer software to generate G-code, while hands-on labs will show you how to calibrate and run a 3D printer.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MANU 171
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MATE 170
Manufacturing Materials
3
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You will learn how to select appropriate materials for various manufacturing processes. You will identify ferrous and non-ferrous materials as well as ceramics, glass and polymers. You will perform heat treating processes and metal testing using various shop testing methods.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MACH 108
Equivalent Course(s): ENGM 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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): DRFT 177, MACH 155, MEAS 161, WLDR 153
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAM 200
Computer Aided Manufacturing 1
3
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You will use computer software to draw and create 2D tool paths for computer numerical control (CNC) milling centers. You will simulate your tool paths on the computer and run your program on a CNC mill.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MACH 111, MACH 150
Corequisites(s): CAM 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
CAM 201
Computer Aided Manufacturing 2
3
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You will use computer software to draw and create 2D tool paths for computer numerical control (CNC) turning centers. You will simulate your tool paths on the computer and run your program on a CNC lathe.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MACH 151
Corequisites(s): CAM 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
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): MACH 108, MATE 170, MATH 167
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MANU 170
Manufacturing Processes and Systems
4
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You will be introduced to metal and plastic manufacturing. 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 111, MATH 167
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MANU 205
Supply Chain Management
2
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You will study supply chains with respect to manufacturing. You will discuss procurement, e-procurement and distribution. You will predict product demand and optimize supply. You will also identify how lean systems such as cellular layouts in manufacturing environments create value.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MANU 280
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MANU 206
Introduction to Robotics in Manufacturing
3
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Your studies will consist of learning about the applications and implementation of robotics in manufacturing. You will learn about the components and programming of a robot. You will also use hands-on labs to practice manipulating a robotic arm and use problem solving skills to create robotic programs.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MECH 161
Applied Mechanics: Dynamics
3
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Your studies will focus on kinematics and kinetics. In kinematics, you will examine the geometry of rectilinear, circular and general plane motions. In kinetics, you will solve for the forces associated with motion using dynamic equilibrium, work, energy and power and impulse-momentum. You will learn how to solve applied problems using Newton’s three laws of 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, Online
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
WLDR 154
Automation and Gas Metal Arc Welding
4
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You will practice appropriate safety protocols and apply gas metal arc welding (GMAW) to the certified CWB 1GF weldment exam. You will practice appropriate safety protocols and apply GMAW to the automated welding processes.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): WLDR 153
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAM 202
Computer Aided Manufacturing 3
3
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You will use computer software to draw and create 3D tool paths for computer numerical control (CNC) milling centers. This includes advanced surfacing and high speed roughing techniques. You will simulate your tool paths on the computer and run your program on a CNC mill.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CAM 200, CAM 201, MACH 202(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MACH 202
Multi Axis Machining
3
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You will learn how to set up and program a computer numerical control (CNC) multi-axis machining center. This includes 4th and 5th axis, along with a live tooling lathe. You will simulate your toolpaths on the computer and run your program on a CNC multi-axis machining center.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CAM 200, CAM 201
Corequisites(s): CAM 202
Equivalent Course(s): MACH 154
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MANU 207
Applications with Robotics in Manufacturing
3
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You will use the skills you have learnt in previous courses to solve robotic manufacturing processes. You will than use your solution to create a project using the different manufacturing skills you have acquired.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MANU 206
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MANU 208
Operations Management
4
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You will learn operations, quality and process management concepts. Your studies will focus on quality assurance in a manufacturing environment. This includes a study of quality control and an introduction to Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma. 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
Equivalent Course(s): MANU 293
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PROJ 184
Project
4
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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 108, MANU 205, MATE 170, MECH 161, WLDR 153
Corequisites(s): CAM 202, MANU 208, TCOM 104, WLDR 157
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
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 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 157
Fabrication Equipment
3
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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: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

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