The Welding Engineering Technology program offers full- time, two years of hands-on education. The first year focuses on academic fundamentals and structural steel design and fabrication. During the second year you will learn pressure vessel design, construction and testing. You will design, build and test a pressure vessel as part of your final project. Practical welding skills are also developed to gain an in-depth understanding of welding processes.
Graduates may find work as welding specialist on engineering teams, researchers, supervisors, quality control and inspection officers and in technical sales. As a specialist on the engineering team, the technologist not only understands the welding processes used in metal fabrication, but is also trained in quality control, welding metallurgy, codes, fabrication techniques, inspections, drafting, weld design, management and supervision, computer skills, and project management.
- Graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology program have a 92% employment rate.
Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.
Credentials and Accreditation
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Welding Engineering Technology.
This program is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada. Graduates may apply to the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (https://www.aset.ab.ca/) for their Certified Engineering Technologist designation after two years of appropriate industrial experience. While at SAIT, students are encouraged to become members in the Canadian Welding Association (http://www.cwa-arcs.org/), American Society for Materials (http://www.asminternational.org/portal/site/www/), National Association of Corrosion Engineers (https://www.nace.org/) and the Association of Science & Engineering Technology (http://www.aset.ab.ca/).
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.