Engineering Design Technology

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Engineering Design Technology Diploma

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.


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
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$72,157 /yr

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Our team of Program Advisors exists with the sole purpose to help guide students in identifying their personal, academic, and professional goals. They are knowledgeable about the industries we train you for and will help you make an informed decision before you enroll. Program Advisors can answer specific questions about admission requirements, tuition fees, start dates, and funding applications.

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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)
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From now until January 1st, enrolling students can take advantage of limited-time scholarship opportunities up to $1500!

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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.

Total Leadership Library

The Total Leadership Library of courses is designed to prepare students for success in their careers. The following topics are included:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Great Relationships
  • Presentation Skills
  • Innovation and Problem Solving
  • Stress Management
  • Safety Program Implementation
  • Emotional Experience Creation
  • Attract and Retain the Best People
  • Communication Skills
  • Time Management


Embracing BIM in 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 (AEC) 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 by the AEC industry.

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