Innovative Manufacturing

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.

Machining Madness
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Learn more about becoming a machinist. You'll participate in hands-on activities, learn more about the program, how to apply and student awards.
  • 24 students are accepted each year.
  • Students will experience class and project work, lectures and co-operative work terms.
  • Class hours are 8 a.m.-3p.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.
Leverage your diploma into the Bachelor of Applied Management degree at Saskatchewan Polytechnic with only two years of additional study. Remote classes and part-time options are available.   

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.

Sample job title NOC classification
Prototype Machinist Machinists & machining & tooling inspectors (72100)
Numerically Controlled Tool (NC) Programmer Industrial engineering & manufacturing technologists & technicians (22302)
Fabricator, Structural Metal and Platework Structural metal & platework fabricators & fitters (72104)
Welder Welders & related machine operators (72106)


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. 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
  • 247 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 233 Advanced Algebra and Functions
  • 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 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.

2023-24 academic year

Year 1 - $9,430
Year 2 - $7,250

International students

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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.

Transfer credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Institution Agreement details
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Graduates of this program may be eligible for direct admission into the two-year Bachelor of Technology program at NAIT.

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. 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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