Diploma Program

Engineering Design Technology

Design the products we use

Design the products, machines, factories, buildings, highways and transit systems that humans rely on. Engineering Design Technology graduates work directly with engineers and technologists to produce and analyze digital designs and to simulate and test machines, structures, and systems. Enter a creative career in engineering design and enjoy a future as an innovator, problem solver and visionary.

What will you learn?

In just one year, Digital School’s comprehensive program equips you with the creative and applied skills you need to enter the workforce directly after graduating:

  • Utilize rapidly advancing software for projects such as Revit software for BIM, Inventor software for mechanical design and Civil 3D for civil design
  • Understand the BIM concept, its technologies and processes, and its application throughout the building lifecycle
  • Apply 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills
  • Produce, analyze and test designs such as machines, structures or systems
  • Use prescribed methods of design and apply industry standards, codes and regulations
  • Apply the practices and procedures of surveying, including developing plans, cross-sectional views, and contour maps
  • Understand engineering contracts and the legal system in Alberta

Engineering Design Technology Career Paths

Students who earn the Engineering Design Technology diploma can choose from a variety of career paths. Civil engineers, mechanical engineers, structural engineers, and professional architects rely on skilled technicians to help them produce and communicate design data in a range of work environments, including:

  • Engineering firms
  • Architectural offices
  • BIM and CAD specific workgroups
  • Homebuilders and construction companies
  • Engineering consultants (municipal, provincial and federal)

Digital School’s Admissions Advisors are available to meet with you one-on-one to assist you in planning your journey to a new career. They can provide you with all of the information on admission requirements, tuition fees, start dates, and funding applications, and will provide you with a free Career Consultation to help you select the training path for a career that is right for you.

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Anticipated Yearly Salary

$52,000 - $94,000

(From PayScale Canada)

Embracing BIM for Education

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a 3D model-based process that gives design and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings. BIM is revolutionizing the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry, a shift similar to the evolution from hand drafting to Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Governments around the world are mandating BIM processes for projects, and it is quickly becoming the standard for private architecture, engineering, and construction firms as they reap the benefits of communication, coordination, and collaboration with BIM.

Digital School is committed to exposing learners to the value of BIM and developing appropriate skills as they progress through our programs. We take this approach to ensure our graduates are successful in delivering the type of final output required of building owners, operators and AEC managers.

Embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Digital School is a difference maker. The instructors are very knowledgeable and the content is easy to learn while progressing at a manageable rate. Being a six month to a year program it gets you the hands on training for your new career fast. Being here has accelerated my career path.

Justin O'Connor, Digital School Graduate

Coming from the Philippines and newly settled in Edmonton, Digital School became one of the institutions that I have become to be fond of. All of the instructors and staff and even the students are very accommodating, friendly and approachable.

Denise Gama, Digital School Graduate

A compact program that equips you with the technical skills you need in the field. Brandon and Antonio are excellent instructors who are willing to go the extra mile to help when needed. Easy commute to the school from Spruce Grove with a bus stop across the street.

Paula Ollenberg, Digital School Graduate

My time at Digital School is well worth the money. I am learning a lot. The courses are designed in a practical way. The instructors are very knowledgeable. The atmosphere is great and the view is pretty good too!!

Todd Hollinger, Digital School Graduate

You want to secure your relevance in this new and ever changing world of technology? Digital School is the right place to be.

Ojo Gbadebo

Program Outline

Computer Applications

The fundamental ability of students to operate and work with a computer is experienced as various software programs are discovered. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and the Internet gradually builds as students discover how this software is utilized in the architectural and engineering workplace.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Library

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an organizational, philosophical, and strategic change that is often confusing to staff. BIM is not a software, though it is enabled by software. BIM is not a tool, though tools exist. BIM is not even a methodology in the true sense of the word. BIM is philosophy. How BIM is embraced within a firm is largely left up to those interpreting this philosophy into practice. Adding to traditional AEC practices, BIM enhances the engineering process by adding the dimensions of time, cost, spatial relationships, green needs, usability, and even the manufacture of component parts. BIM requires enormous data intensity and a devout adoption of new communication practices across a firm and its partners. The Global eTraining BIM library is designed to educate in all aspects of BIM including practices in various disciplines and job functions.

Courses included:

Technical Communication

The creation of technical documentation that is commonly associated with the workplace is discovered as students prepare to interact with others in the design office.  Document content, organization, style, and the use of visuals are utilized in the preparation of letters, memos, e-mail, personal resumes and short reports. Students will give oral presentations during the course in support of written communication.

Technical Mathematics 1

Technical mathematics will identify the fundamentals of mathematics, enabling the students to solve technological problems.  The students will acquire knowledge in topics including Arithmetic of Numbers, introduction to Algebra, Plane & Solid Geometry and Right Triangle Trigonometric functions.

AutoCAD 2D and 3D Essentials

Design and shape the world around you with the powerful, connected design tools in Autodesk AutoCAD software, one of the world’s leading 2D and 3D design applications. With robust 3D tools that can create almost any shape imaginable, AutoCAD helps you create stunning designs. It offers innovations that can help increase design efficiency and speed documentation, and enables you to more smoothly share designs with colleagues. Connect with the cloud to collaborate on designs and access them from your mobile device. With these capabilities and more, AutoCAD delivers the power and flexibility you need to take documentation and design further.

Autodesk Revit Architecture Essentials

Revit building design software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. Revit is a single application that includes features for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering, and construction.

Revit Architecture software helps you capture and analyze design concepts, and accurately maintain coordinated design data through documentation and construction.

Drawing Techniques and Theory

In this course the concepts of spatial relationships of points, lines and planes are discovered as they apply to technical drawing views.  Students are required to solve spatial problems. Coursework focuses on drawing conventions and procedures used in the preparation of technical drawings.  The foundational principles are identified to draw orthographically created multi-views, and auxiliary views. Pictorial and perspective view creation will also be identified as applied to the drawings of architecture and engineering.  The ability to draw complete drawings using accepted line work, lettering, layout and dimensioning techniques, while adhering to a technical drafting standard will provide the student with the context for all drawings used in the architectural and engineering disciplines.

AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials

AutoCAD Civil 3D supports BIM for civil engineering design and documentation for transportation, land development, and water and wastewater projects.

Architectural Drawings and Details 1

A professional set of architectural drawings will be created in this course.  Through hands on experience and instructor guidance the students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the AutoCAD program as they develop a working set of architectural drawings for a residential application.  This course will give the students an opportunity to design and create an original set of architectural drawings.

Technical Mathematics 2

Technical mathematics will identify the fundamentals of mathematics, enabling the students to solve technological problems.  The students will acquire knowledge in topics including trigonometric functions, vectors, triangle solutions, linear and quadratic equations.

Construction Materials and Methods

This course examines the products, materials and methods that are used in construction projects. The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) specification form that emulates the order, in which construction occurs, will be introduced. Students will discover and select the specific materials and methods of assembly as used in the construction of buildings, structures and industrial projects.

Technical Specifications and Documents

The specifications for the construction of architectural projects will be discovered and applied to the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) format.  Students will develop their knowledge and skills in regards to creating and understanding specifications, drawings and contracts as legal documents.

Autodesk Inventor Essentials

Autodesk Inventor is a parametric CAD software offers an easy-to-use set of tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation. Digital Prototyping with Inventor helps you design and validate your products before they are built to deliver better products, reduce development costs, and get to market faster.

Mechanical Drawings and Details

Working with mechanical parts in any industry, requires a high level of knowledge and adherence to fundamental design principles. Students will learn the communication skills needed to produce mechanical part and assembly drawings for a machine. With the information displayed in standard industry views, and with the precision achieved from various part manufacturing processes a complete set of machine drawings will be produced.

Structural Drawing and Theory

Students will calculate the stress, strain and deformation in structural steel frame construction. They will apply the basics of structural statics to simple beams and structurally determinate frames. Student will learn to calculate the stresses for steel columns, beams, base plates and foundations. They will be familiar with the standard steel cross sections and calculating the strength characteristic of element such as moment of inertia. After completing this course student will learn about the fundamental concepts of beam and column design. Detail drawings of the connections will practice in this course. By completing the final project student will be familiar with structural theory, design and drawing.

Topographical Drawings and Details

The fundamental concepts of contour lines, transferring the three dimensional map to semi-two dimensional topographical drawing, profile views of topographical maps and cartographic symbols will be investigated in this course. This course builds the practical understanding and usage of surveying data used in the topographical drawings. Knowledge acquired by the student will be applied to road design and find many options that influences the road path. Profiles and cross-sectional views then help the designer to estimate the soil works of each road path scenario. Contour maps will draw three dimensionally for better understanding of topographical drawings.

Process Piping Drawings and Details

Familiarity of piping design specifications and components provides students with the first major step in the creation of process piping drawings.  Students will learn methods of drawing and inserting technical data appropriate to specific processes. Consideration will be given to compatibility and safety standards associated with various pressure ratings. Efficiency of pipe routing with regard to distance and process flow will be considered in various projects.

Workplace Ethics and Society

Students will experience ethical behaviour traits through the use of role-play, case studies, and classroom presentations as applicable to the workplace. This course is designed to relate the impact of technological change in society, and the subsequent adjustment that ethical behaviour has on individuals, especially co-workers, and other staff within the design team.

Project Data / Drawing Management Techniques

This course provides the basic introduction to project management concepts, principles and models. It deals with the fundamental knowledge in Project Management such us setting targets, allocating resources, identifying critical paths, and monitoring actual performance against targets.

Contracts and Documents

Throughout this course students will become familiar with various engineering contracts and the legal system in Alberta. Students will be able to comprehend engineering contracts and documents and associate the limitations to contractual agreements by the end of this course. While contracts, specifications and drawings collectively become legal documents, students will be discovering the potential contractual difficulties that may arise when not properly prepared.

Autodesk Revit MEP Essentials

Revit building design software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. Revit is a single application that includes features for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering, and construction.

Create even the most complex building systems more accurately and efficiently with Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools designed for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineers.

Architectural Drawings and Details 2

A professional set of architectural drawings of a commercial building with plumbing and HVAC will be drafted in this course. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the use of AutoCAD & Revit MEP in the development of a working set of drawings. The working drawings in this course will be dynamic and complex including the development of landscape features.

Subdivision Development Drawing and Details

Students will learn about Alberta third system of surveying. By completing this course they will be familiar with the subdivision methods in Alberta province. Main theoretical definitions such meridian, ranges and townships help students to find exact location of a field on internet. They will spend the entire course applying their knowledge of 2-D AutoCAD drafting to reproduce master drawings of legal subdivision plans. This course is meant to be an accurate snapshot of what they will be required to do as a Drafting Technologist in a consulting firm. In taking this course, they will learn knowledge essential in the workplace.

Building Services and Utilities

The students will examine the mechanical services and electrical services, utilities that must be incorporated into building design. Purposes, needs and wants will be identified and examined, for building services and utilities while remaining compliant with the appropriate codes. This course will also encompass how needs and wants within a building design are limited by construction practicalities.

Pipeline Transmission and Field Survey Drawings

In this course student will learn about pipeline and pipe network design. Study different distribution system and storage tanks. They will learn about pipe line characteristics. The fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics and head loss will be investigated. Knowledge acquired by the student will be applied to developing plans in pipe line transmission.

Thought Patterns for a Successful Career

Thought Patterns for a Successful Career™ is an educational process designed to expose students to concepts that can significantly change their lives. It teaches persistence and high achievement skills, addressing issues such as returning to school as an adult, fear of success, managing personal challenges while attending school, and making a transition into a successful lifestyle following graduation.

The course is designed to improve the student’s learning experience and prepare him or her for personal and professional growth and success. The focus is on increasing the student’s self-discipline and self-esteem. The positive concepts taught in this course are intended to unleash the student’s potential for growth and creativity, resulting in personal and professional development. Humor and practical examples are used to target the primary concerns of adult students. In addition, written exercises, activities, and audiotapes provide understanding, acceptance, and reinforcement of the program material.

Why Choose Us?

Flexible Start Dates

it’s never too late to enroll at Digital School, which means you can start your journey to a brighter future, right away

Comprehensive Diploma Programs

As you saw, all of our programs can be completed in one year, which means that you can begin building your career faster

Expert Student Support

You’re not left to learn on your own. As already mentioned, you have access to industry experts who will coach and support you through your journey at Digital School.

Job Placement Assistance

This also has already been mentioned, and it deserves repeating. Unlike other institutions, Digital School’s success is measured by the success of our graduates to find employment in their field of study. Your success is our success, so we have built networks with reputable employers in the AEC and manufacturing industries to help you find a job when you graduate.

Industry Certification

Digital School is an Autodesk Training and Certification Centre, which means that by studying with Digital School, you’ll be eligible for Autodesk Certification as you complete your coursework. Additionally, all graduates of Digital School are eligible for Level 1 Certification with the Canadian BIM Council (CanBIM). These industry recognized certifications arm you with the qualifications employers are looking for within the BIM Community

Free Autodesk Software

As a Digital School student, you can get free Autodesk software that professionals use for your personal devices. It's not some watered-down version, but the exact same software that professional designers, engineers, machinists, architects, builders, and construction managers use every day.

Microsoft Office 365

In addition to free Autodesk Software, you are also eligible to get Office 365 Education for free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams. It’s not a trial – but the full version for your personal devices.

Autodesk Certified Instructors

You can learn with confidence, knowing that all Digital School instructors are certified and recognized professionals by Autodesk, the developer of the core software they teach.

Global eTraining Subscription

Also mentioned earlier, as a Digital School student, you get a free subscription to Global eTraining’s entire course library. This means that in addition to the required courses as part of your program, you can access training for any other Autodesk or AEC software you like. The Global eTraining ‘GeT Everything’ library also includes courses for leadership development, MS Office 365, Adobe products, and more!

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