If you have a knack for visualizing ideas and getting them down on paper, the Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program can help you step up to the drawing board and create a blueprint for your future.


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Design and drafting technologists prepare engineering and architectural plans as well as project specifications for commercial and residential buildings and other construction projects. Their work is essential to all aspects of engineering and construction – and our Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program will provide you with both the theory and experience you need to succeed on the job.

Through an immersive blend of theory and hands-on training, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of design and drafting fundamentals.

You’ll learn how to design and draft drawings, plans and diagrams while using 3D computer-assisted drafting technology and 3D printing to help bring your ideas to life.

In this program, you'll have opportunities to become a successful engineering technologist working as part of an engineering team preparing plans for all types of buildings, subdivisions and other infrastructure projects.

Draw your route to success in the Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program. Apply today!

Career opportunities

When you graduate, your ability to produce high quality engineering designs and plans that meet the standards of the best in the industry will put you in demand for technologist positions in:

  • Architectural Technologist
  • Building Designer
  • Building Inspector
  • CAD Technologist
  • Engineering Design Technologist
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Infrastructure Designer
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mapping/Survey Technologist
  • Mechanical Design Technologist
  • Process Design Technologist
  • Structural Technologist
Starts In: September
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Credential: Diploma

  • Lethbridge College
  • NAIT
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • Royal Roads University

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Year 1 Term II
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Year 2 Term I
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Year 2 Term III (OPTIONAL)
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New students are accepted into the Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program for the Fall (September) term.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

Academic requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • a minimum grade of 50 per cent in Grade 12 Math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-1) or 60 per cent in Grade 12 Math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2)
  • Grade 11 Physics or Grade 12 Science

Please note that Grade 12 Biology and/or Grade 12 Chemistry will not be accepted in lieu of Grade 12 Science.

Basic understanding of computer technology, such as word processing and file copying, as well as familiarity working in a Windows-based environment is required.

Practicum experience requirements

There is an elective practicum component to this program. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

Mobile learning program

This is a mobile learning program that requires students to purchase a mobile device from Lethbridge College complete with program specific software. Find out more.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment (PLA).

Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $4,425.00 $1,047.00 $4,160.00
Year 2 $5,224.00 $1,114.00 $1,239.00

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  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
  • Students in this program are required to purchase a mobile learning device from the college. Computer costs are approximately $2,200 plus a $100 access fee.Check your admissions letter for more details or contact your program and check the Mobile Learning page.
  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • Tuition for international students is assessed at three times that of domestic students. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

Set yourself up for success with a recognized credential

Our engineering technologies programs have a long tradition of training outstanding engineering technologists. Our grads are sought after by employers around the country and often have multiple job offers before they even graduate. So, how did we build programs that actually equip our students for their future careers? Well, it’s simple.

  • Small class sizes: You won’t get lost in the crowd here. Our focus on small class sizes means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one time with your instructors.
  • Experienced instructors: Our instructors have been there, done that and want to help you follow in their footsteps. They have great backgrounds and remain connected to the industry.
  • Facilities: It’s not just theory. We have the space, the equipment and the technology for you to put theory into practice. And what you use in the classroom is what you’ll use on the job.
  • Accreditation: Our Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program has been accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). This national accreditation ensures we continually deliver a curriculum that meets the profession’s approved national standards and criteria. And it means that your credentials as a graduate of our program are recognized across Canada and around the world.

Hands-on, immersive learning

Reshaping the college landscape
Reshaping the college landscape, redefining your education

Train for your career in the largest construction project in college history.

Reshaping the college landscape, redefining your education

Our new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility positions Lethbridge College as the institution for trades training in southern Alberta by bringing together students, faculty and industry to create a vibrant, responsive learning environment.

The facility is the single most important capital investment for trades and technologies in southern Alberta in over 50 years. It’s also the largest construction project in the college’s history. It has increased our capacity to train the next generation of skilled tradespeople, engineers and interior designers. And it’s revolutionized our curriculum, bringing together students, faculty and industry partners in a modern, environmentally-sensitive space that features:

  • modern labs, apprentice shops, tool rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and offices
  • more than 200 solar tubes to provide natural light to the workshops and classrooms and to reduce emergency costs (cool fact: the electric lights in the building are programmed to dim or increase based on how much light is coming in naturally)
  • 60 welding booths set up for students to learn five different welding processes
  • rooms housing wind turbine components to train on
  • a design studio and extensive materials library
  • a multi-purpose lab that provides students with learning opportunities for fluid mechanics and surveying applications
  • a dedicated 3D printing room
  • collaborative spaces to incubate the great ideas of tomorrow

This state-of-the-art facility wouldn’t have been possible without the ongoing support of our industry partners, donors, alumni and friends. And they delivered, investing in the workforce of tomorrow, investing in you.

A lasting effect

Behind every blueprint, there’s an engineering design and drafting technologist. From the shower to the kitchen sink, from the vehicle you use to get around to the bridge you cross, and from your house to the stores you shop at – it all started with a blueprint developed by an engineering design and drafting technologist.

Finding success in athletics and academics

“Nobody can stop you from trying to achieve your goals.”

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Clark Spencer

Clark told the Alumni office that throughout his design career, he has had the pleasure of doing some “pretty cool stuff” ranging from G8 summit aircraft parking to agricultural research and development to Suncor interchange design to mine drainage, dam raising, a thermal coal mine and hauling road design and storm drainage basins. He works with people new to the business and enjoys seeing projects he has been involved in all over Canada and the United States very satisfying. He says: “I owe all of that to my better half for providing us the flexibility to go where those experiencing needed us. Ironically I met her at the college 30 years ago.”

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Quentin Lambert

“I now have 16 years in with Midwest Surveys, and have no intention of working anywhere else. It’s a great company that gives back as much as you put into it, and the great program at the college prepared me well for the technical work done by my firm.”

– From Winter 2017 Wider Horizons

Wayne M. Gryde

“After working for a couple manufacturing companies as a draftsperson for more than a decade, I spent five years as an applications specialist/tech support for SolidWorks for a reseller in Winnipeg. I then moved on to start my own home-based business, doing drafting on a contract-basis and have been running for more than two years now.”

– From Spring 2016 Wider Horizons

Trevor Parker

“I graduated with a less-than-perfect GPA. After graduating, I headed to Winnipeg to visit family. When I noticed a few ads in the newspaper, I decided to apply. A week later, I landed my first job at an industrial engineering consulting firm. I hated it. A few weeks later, I saw another ad for a position at [what is now] MMM Group Ltd. I showed up every morning after my first interview to see if a decision had been made. Four days later I was hired. Of course, in the beginning, my duties included making photocopies, blueprints, delivering drawings around town, and the occasional AutoCAD work. The AutoCAD work is what Lethbridge College prepared me for. When my supervisors noticed I was efficient with the software, knowledgeable of design fundamentals and able to produce quality work with little training, my career took off. Through the years I developed my career through internal and external training opportunities. Thirteen years later, I’m one of the leading transportation design technicians in the company and chair of our National Transportation Technology committee. My instructors may be surprised at my success, but I still owe many thanks for their support and to the college for developing an excellent curriculum that prepared me for my career.”

– From Winter 2011 Wider Horizons

David Cocks

David was recognized on the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Top 40 under 40 list for excellence in his profession and work within our community. He is one of three principal architects at FWBA Architects, the oldest continuing architectural practice in Western Canada. David is set apart by his passion for his profession that allows him to engage with the public and create spaces and environments that have a lasting impact on our community for people to enjoy.

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Dawna Cerney

Dawna is an associate professor and former department chair at Youngstown State University and is the co-editor of Papers in Applied Geography. She teaches primarily Environmental Geography and Field methods courses and her research includes evaluation landscape level change as a function of natural hazards, climate change and human activities. The majority of her research focuses on Waterton Lakes, although she has done research across North America.

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons