Dec 08, 2022  
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog

Welding Engineering Technology

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Program Description

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.

Program Overview

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.

  • Graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology program have a 92% employment rate.

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


This program is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada. Graduates may apply to the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta ( 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 (, American Society for Materials (, National Association of Corrosion Engineers ( and the Association of Science & Engineering Technology (

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