Engineering Design Technology

WITH PROCESS PIPING SPECIALTY

DIPLOMA PROGRAM

Engineering Design Technology Diploma students have the option of adding the Process Piping Certificate to their studies – this addition helps students gain specialized preparation for careers in the oil and gas industry.

Start in a career that allows you to combine your creativity with technical accuracy in this in-demand field. Work to support the petrochemical and/or petroleum engineering disciplines, working alongside engineers and technologists to produce and analyze digital designs and to simulate and test process plant equipment, pressure vessels, and pipelines.

Full-Time: 1 Year
Part-Time: 2 Years

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

In less than one year (full-time) or two years (part-time), 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 and AutoCAD for process piping 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 pressure vessels, storage tanks, process plant equipment and pipelines
  • Use prescribed methods of design and apply industry standards, codes, and regulations
  • Understand engineering contracts and the legal system in Alberta

CAREER PATHS

Students who earn the Engineering Design Technology Diploma (with Process Piping Specialty) can choose from a variety of career paths. Engineers and professional architects rely on skilled technicians to help them produce and communicate design data in a range of work environments, including:

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

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Full-Time: 1 Year / Part-Time: 2 Years

BIM Essentials

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.

AutoCAD 2D Drafting and Annotation

An introduction to the fundamentals of computer-aided drafting techniques and practices prepares students for the workplace. The students will be introduced to the AutoCAD program and will acquire proficiency in creating, modifying, and manipulating entities that form technical drawings.

AutoCAD 3D Modeling

AutoCAD 3D Modeling is designed to give you a solid understanding of AutoCAD features and capabilities. Autodesk AutoCAD is a powerful CAD software helping professionals create 3D models faster and with more precision. Its simplified 3D modeling allows teams work more efficiently by sharing models across connected desktop, cloud, and mobile solutions.

Inventor Essentials

Inventor Essentials is designed to give you a solid understanding of Inventor features and capabilities from the basics through to advanced and complex 3D modeling components.  You'll follow a workflow-based approach, creating 2D drawings from 3D data, modeling parts, combining parts into assemblies, annotating drawings, using advanced assembly tools, working with sheet metal, plastic parts, and simulation.  Inventor is a parametric CAD software that 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.

Civil 3D Essentials

This course is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of Civil 3D, its features and capabilities, from the basics through to the most advanced and complex topics. This course covers Working with points, Alignments, Pipe Networks, and Pressure Networks.

Revit Architecture Essentials

Students will learn the fundamental principles of BIM, 3D parametric design and modeling using Revit Architecture. Each lessons contains hands-on exercises that follow the design process/workflow all the way through creating construction documents. Lessons introduce each of the functional areas of Revit Architecture and demonstrate the recommended workflows and techniques for capturing design intent while creating and presenting digital models.

Revit MEP Essentials

Revit MEP Essentials is designed to give you a solid understanding of Revit MEP features and capabilities, from navigating the interface to the more advanced subjects. Autodesk Revit MEP has been created for engineers, designers, architects, and CADD technicians; allowing them to design, document, and analyze building information for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing disciplines.

Drawing Techniques and Theory (FormIt)

In this course, the concepts of spatial relationships of points, lines, and planes are discovered as they apply to technical drawing views. The coursework focuses on drawing conventions and procedures used in the preparation of technical drawings. Principles are identified to draw orthographically, creating multi-views, axonometric (isometrics), sections and auxiliary views in the 3rd angle projection. 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.

Perspective views will also be manually created, sketching 3D models from SketchUp library samples, and using a BIM conceptual modeling tool: FormIt 360 (online) and FormIt 360 PRO (desktop) programs which will make a smooth transition to REVIT.

Computer Applications

Word 2019 Essentials
In this course, Word 2019 Essentials, you will learn foundational knowledge of the Word interface and settings.  First, you will learn how to create and navigate through a document.  Next, you will discover how to work with text, tables, and lists.  Finally, you will explore how to insert and manipulate graphic elements.

Word 2019 Pro
In this course, Word 2019 Pro, you will learn about fields, styles, and advanced management.  First, you will learn how to work with fields, create styles and custom style sets and themes.  Next, you will learn more about managing documents and templates and automating Word elements and tasks.  Finally, you will learn about advanced editing and formatting.

Excel 2019 Essentials
In this course, Excel 2019 Essentials, you will learn foundational knowledge of the Excel interface and settings.  First, you will learn how to work with the Ribbon interface and Backstage View.  Next, you will discover how to work with worksheets, cells, columns, and rows.  Finally, you will explore how to use formatting and Auto options, as well as how to save your file.

Excel 2019 Power Users
Learn more advanced aspects of Excel 2019. In this course, Excel 2019 Power Users, you will take your knowledge to the next level.  First, you will learn how to format cells with borders, styles, shapes and more.  Next, you’ll learn how to work with workbooks, worksheets, and data.  Then you’ll learn more about printing workbooks (in whole or parts).  Finally, you’ll learn about table and a few advanced functions.

Excel 2019 Pro
In this course, Excel 2019 Pro, you will take your knowledge to the ultimate level. First, you will learn how to format and work with data. Then you’ll learn about queries, text/logical/statistical and other functions. Finally, you’ll learn conditional formatting, charts, pivot tables, macros, and form controls.

PowerPoint 2019 Essentials
In this course, PowerPoint 2019 Essentials, you will learn foundational knowledge of the PowerPoint interface and settings.  First, you will learn how to navigate through a presentation using the Ribbon and Backstage View.  Next, you will discover how to create presentations and work with slides, add text and use pictures.  Finally, you will prepare to run a presentation.

PowerPoint 2019 Power Users
In this course, PowerPoint 2019 Power Users, you will build upon your foundational knowledge of the PowerPoint interface and settings.  First, you will learn how to work with text, shapes, images, and objects.  Next, you learn how to insert and format tables and charts.  Finally, you will learn about printing presentations, creating custom slide shows and animations

PowerPoint 2019 Pro
In this course, PowerPoint 2019 Pro, you will build upon your already mature understanding of the PowerPoint interface and settings. First, you will learn how to work with document outlines and use morph transitions. Next, you learn how to work with slide masters, SmartArt graphics and media. Finally, you will learn how to combine presentations, inspect, and review a presentation and deliver your presentation to an audience.

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.

Architectural Drawings and Details 2

A professional set of architectural drawings of a commercial building will be created in this course. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the use of Revit in the development of a working set of drawings. The working drawings in this course will be dynamic and complex.

Construction Materials and Methods

This course examines the products, materials and methods that are used in construction projects. The 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 Communication

The creation of technical documentation commonly associated in the workplace is discovered as students prepare to interact with others in a designing environment. Document content, organization, style, and the use of visuals are utilized in the preparation of technical documents such as: letters, memos, e-mail, personal resumes and short reports.

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 regarding creating and understanding specifications, drawings, and contracts as legal documents. Building Information Modeling concepts and applications will be explored.

Technical Mathematics 1

Technical Mathematics I focus on creating a fundamental basis of mathematics for technical issues one might typically face in the field or on the job. By joining this course, you will explore the basic concepts of Mathematics to create that foundation, and later build on it with higher concepts. By the end of this course, students will have a solid understanding of arithmetic with numbers, introductory algebra, graphing, plane and solid geometry, and right triangle trigonometry.

Technical Mathematics 2

Technical Mathematics II focuses on building upon the fundamental basis of mathematics for technical issues. By joining this course, you will explore the based-to-intermediate concepts of Mathematics to create that foundation, and later build on it with more complex concepts. By the end of this course, students will have a solid understanding of determining algebraic fractions, working with systems of linear equations, using exponents and radicals, reviewing oblique triangles and so much more.

This course is designed for people who have a basic understanding of Mathematics, those that have been out of school for some time, or otherwise as a refresher for common Mathematics practices.

Workplace Ethics and Society

Students will experience ethical behaviour traits using 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.

Contracts and Documents

Throughout this course students will become familiar with various construction contracts and the legal system in Alberta. Students will be able to comprehend contracts and documents and specifications and drawings collectively become legal documents; students will be discovering the potential contractual difficulties that may arise when not properly prepared.

Project Data/Project 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.

Subdivision Development Drawings and Details

Students will learn how to access the Alberta Land Titles website to download survey plans and ASCM data.  They will spend the entire course applying their knowledge of 2-D AutoCAD drafting to reproduce master drawings of legal subdivision plans.

Building Services and Utilities

Students will examine the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical services that must be incorporated into building design. Purposes and needs 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.

Structural Drawings and Details

A professional set of structural Design and 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 structural drawings for a residential application.  This course will give the students an opportunity to be familiar with structural design concept and mechanics of material.

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.

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 cartographical 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.

Pipeline Transmission and Field Survey Drawings

In this course student will learn about pipe line and pipe network design. Study different distribution system and storage tanks. They will learn about pipeline 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.

Pressure Vessel Drawings and Details

This course is focused on the design, drafting and details of pressure vessels. For reasons of safety and in determining how to design, build, and test pressure vessels, students will become familiar with the material, specifications and welded construction of pressure vessels as dictated by the ASME Section VIII Division 1 Code.

Storage Tank Drawings and Details

Utilizing the API specifications, students will develop working drawings for a storage tank. Specifications for process applications regarding size, temperature, pressure, maintenance accessibility, and many aspects of the material stored will be used in creating this drawing.

Process Plant Equipment Drawings and Theory

Process equipment and the relationship with other components as used within a process is the focus of this course. Detailed drawings for various pieces of equipment such as Valves, Pumps, Compressors and Heat Exchangers are considered in this course. Equipment features and how they are designed, installed, and maintained in the process stream will enable students to determine the spatial and process operating requirements within the unit. Where applicable, catalogues and design codes will be referenced for specific operational requirements of equipment.

Total Leadership Library

In this changing industry, having the right technical skills is just not enough! As collaborative project delivery methods are being used more and more, great people skills are critical to the success of projects and companies. Set yourself and your organization apart from the competition by improving your emotional intelligence and leadership skills.

Library includes the following courses:

  • Emotional Intelligence in the AEC Industry
  • Creating a Positive Emotional Experience
  • How to Motivate Your People
  • Increase Your Presentation Skills
  • 12 Steps to Great Relationships
  • Innovation, Creativity, and Problem Solving
  • Stress Management for Peak Performance
  • Primal Safety: A Gut Level Approach
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the AEC Industry
  • Killer Communication Skills
  • Time Management and the Use of Lean Principles
  • How to Attract & Retain the Best People
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ANTICIPATED YEARLY SALARY

$56,000 - $101,000

(From PayScale Canada)

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Standard Admission Students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Alberta high school diploma, verified by transcript, or non-Alberta equivalent. OR Successful completion of the General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.).
  2. And successful completion of Digital School Admissions interview.
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CREDENTIALS

Upon successful completion of all courses within the program, graduates will be awarded a Digital School Engineering Design Technology Diploma and Process Piping Certificate.

Upon completion of BIM courses within your BIM Technician Certificate program, you will be eligible to receive a Level 1 certification from Building Transformation (formerly CanBIM).

WHY CHOOSE DIGITAL SCHOOL?

Graduate Faster

Our online programs are offered at an accelerated pace, which allows you to graduate in one year or less.

Flexible Start Dates

Digital School offers students flexible start dates, so you can begin whenever it works best for you!

Blended Learning

Our students experience is a combination of virtual classroom instruction, self-paced online coursework, and one-on-one support.

Student Support Services

Your personal student support representative will help you balance your other responsibilities at home or work, stay organized with your coursework, and achieve your goals.

Job Placement Assistance

It’s all about finding a better job that pays more and means more. So we provide resume training, interview coaching, and networking opportunities with local employers, so you can get your foot in the door.

Industry Expertise

Our instructors bring knowledge and extensive professional experience to the table. They share a philosophy that teaching is less about lecturing and repetition, and more about coaching and mentorship.

Complimentary Software

Digital School students get a free one-year access to Autodesk design software, creativity apps, and learning resources. Office 365 software is also available for free to all students to install on their devices, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.

Global eTraining Access

Digital School students get a one-year subscription to the award-winning, Global eTraining ‘GeT Everything’ 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.

Industry Certification

Earn industry-recognized course completion certificates for Autodesk software skills, get Autodesk Certified when you take a certification exam and become eligible for the Foundations certification through Building Transformations (formerly CanBIM).

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