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PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Welding Engineering Technology

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Program Description

The Welding Engineering Technology program gives you two years of full-time, hands-on education. Your 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.

Program Overview

The Welding Engineering Technology program is a comprehensive and intensive two-year engineering technology program designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the dynamic field of welding engineering. This full-time program offers a balanced blend of theoretical concepts and practical hands-on training, enabling students to develop a strong foundation and become competent Welding Engineering Technologists.

Throughout the program, students will learn about codes and standards (structural steel, piping, vessels, and pipeline), quality control and inspection, blueprint reading, mechanized welding and robotics, heat treatment and metallurgy, welding process and procedure development, non-destructive examination, project management, welding economics, and failure analysis.

Upon completion of the two-year Welding Engineering Technology program, students will emerge as highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals ready to make a significant impact in any industry. They possess the technical knowledge critical thinking abilities, and practical expertise necessary to excel in welding engineering and related fields. Whether they choose to pursue careers in manufacturing, construction, automotive, aerospace, or any other industry that requires welding expertise, graduates will be well-prepared to contribute to the success and advancement of their chosen profession.

Your Career

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Welding Engineering Technologist
  • Welding Specialist
  • Welding Inspector
  • Corrosion Inspector
  • Welding Automation Specialist
  • Technical Welding Sales Specialist
  • Welding Examiner
  • Welding Supervisor
  • Safety Codes Officer
  • Asset Integrity Engineering Technologist
  • Failure Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Quality Control Specialist / Manager
  • Non-Destructive Testing Specialist
  • Compliance / Quality Auditor
  • Regulator / Regulatory Specialist
  • Pipeline Technologist

Related Careers

  • Mechanical or Materials Engineering Technologist
  • Welder or Welding Technician
  • Non-Destructive Testing Technician
  • Welding or Materials Engineer

Student Success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Welding Engineering Technology.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 50% in Math 30-1, or at least 70% in Math 30-2, AND,
  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • At least 50% in Chemistry 20 or Science 30.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

Total Credits 60

Program Outcomes

  • Business - Apply recognized business practices to support company success
  • Communication - Use effective verbal, graphic, written skills and supporting technology to communicate concepts
  • Computers/Automation - Select appropriate computer applications and automated operating systems and processes to support the welding environment
  • Design - Apply mathematical and engineering principles in the design and analysis of welded fabrications
  • Health and Safety - Follow and develop safe working practices including Occupational Health and Safety regulations (OH&S)
  • Material Selection - Apply the knowledge of material specifications and engineering principles to satisfy an intended application
  • People Skills - Collaborate effectively with diverse individuals and organizations to achieve goals
  • Professionalism - Display professional and ethical behaviours in an appropriate manner
  • Project Management - Collaborate with others to coordinate and complete projects using the recognized principles of project management
  • Quality Assurance - Specify, coordinate and conduct quality control and quality assurance procedures
  • Weld Procedures - Develop, review and apply welding procedures
  • Codes and Standards - Interpret and apply industry codes and standards in order to comply with requirements


Welding Engineering Technologist

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET), is a professional association located in Alberta, Canada. The organization represents applied science and engineering technology professionals in industry, educational institutions, the public, and the government. In Canada, a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) is an applied science, information, or engineering technology professional who is capable of assuming responsibility. These individuals exercise independent judgment to perform technical tasks and solve problems in complex technological areas with limited direct supervision. ASET recognizes post-secondary programs accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). Applicants for C.E.T. who graduated from a TAC-accredited program are not required to complete the ASET Certification Exam to validate technologist-level competency. The Welding Engineering Technology program is TAC Accredited. Graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology program should be eligible to apply for this designation as long as they have completed at least two years of related technical work experience.

International Welding Technologist

The International Institute of Welding (IIW) is a worldwide network for welding and allied joining technologies, with a current membership of 56 countries from five continents. The world is harmonizing standards and the IIW diplomas will be the international minimum used by most countries around the world. The Welding Engineering Technology Program is accredited as an IIW Authorized Training Body (ATB). Our courses meet the approved training courses designed to meet all the requirements in the IIW syllabus. Graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology program should be eligible for the IWT Standard Route, which is the most direct route to becoming an International Welding Technologist (IWT). An IWT is recognized globally as having advanced knowledge and a critical understanding of the theory, principles, and applicability of welding and related technologies.
Certified Welding Inspector

The Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) administers Canada’s national welding standards, certifying welding companies that create products for use within Canada as well as the welders and welding consumables used in their creation. To perform welding inspection activities in Canada, all welding inspectors must be certified to the CSA W178.2 standard. A welding inspector’s main function will be to monitor and perform examinations throughout a welding project. Graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology program should be eligible to apply for certification under CSA W178.2 as a Level 1 Welding Inspector.

Alberta Welding Examiner

The Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) administers the Safety Codes Act and regulations to deliver safety programs, as they relate to pressure equipment. ABSA is also responsible for the certification of Pressure Welders and Welding Examiners. Graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology program should be eligible to apply to become a Welding Examiner, which will allow them to conduct welder performance qualification tests and issue welder performance qualification cards on behalf of ABSA.

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