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Engineering and Fabrication Technologies

Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Engineering
Credits: 68.0
Length: Two years
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time
Offered: Fall, Winter
program overview

Are you a creative person with big ideas? Looking for a career that will challenge you? Engineers are responsible for solving many of the challenges of modern life. As an engineer, you have the ability to create anything you want – from key rings to robots to airplanes – by pulling knowledge from science and mathematics.

In year one of the two-year Engineering and Fabrication Technologies Diploma program, you will complete the academic courses required for the first year of a bachelor’s degree in engineering at a university. In year two, you will develop practical skills in design and prototyping that will boost your resumé if you apply to a Co-operative Education program. You’ll gain experience constructing and programming robots, using a Raspberry Pi to control mechanical devices and using cutting-edge fabrication technologies such as water jet cutters and laser cutters.

Excellent career prospects

Graduates of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – programs are highly sought-after in Canada. By 2020, Canada will be short more than 100,000 engineers across all industries, creating major demand for qualified workers. In particular, in their 2025 job market outlook, Engineers Canada predict a particularly high demand for manufacturing, industrial and electrical or electronic engineers. 

Transfer to university

All academic courses in the Engineering and Fabrication Technologies Diploma program are university transferrable, and will fulfil most of the requirements for the first year of a bachelor’s degree in engineering. If you meet the minimum GPA requirements, you are also eligible for a guaranteed seat in the second year of UVic’s engineering degree program. 

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • successful completion of 68 credits
  • 25% (17 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum grade of "C" is required in all coursework
  • An overall Program GPA of 2.33 is required

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Required Courses:
CHEM 1110 The Structure of Matter 4.00
CMPT 1110 C++ Programming 3.00
CMPT 2200 Designing with Raspberry Pi 3.00
ENGR 1110 Engineering Graphics and Design 3.00
ENGR 1190 Introduction to Engineering Design 4.00
ENGR 2100 Prototype and Practical Skills I:
Mechanical Fabrication
4.00
ENGR 2200 Prototype and Practical Skills II:
Electronics
4.00
ENGR 2999 Applied Engineering Project 3.00
MATH 1120 Calculus I 3.00
MATH 1220 Calculus II 3.00
MATH 2232 Linear Algebra 3.00
MATH 2321 Calculus III 3.00
MATH 2421 Introduction to Differential Equations 3.00
PHYS 1110 Mechanics 5.00
PHYS 1210 Electromagnetism, Optics, 
Modern Physics
5.00
Elective Select one university transferable**
Arts elective
3.00
Select one course from the following two options:
CMNS 1135 Professional Communication for Engineers 3.00
ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
Select three courses from the following options:
BUSN 1200 Fundamentals of Business 3.00
CHEM 1210 Chemical Energetics and Dynamics 5.00
CMPT 2300 Data Structures and Algorithms 3.00
ENGR 1100 Engineering and Technology in Society 3.00
ENGR 1180 Introduction to Engineering Analysis 3.00
MATH 2260 Probability and Statistics for Scientists
and Engineers
3.00
MARK 1120 Introductory Marketing 3.00
PHYS 1170 Mechanics for Applied Science 3.00

Total Credits

68

** A university transferable course is a course that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide.  Please contact the Engineering Coordinator for information on choosing electives.

Academic Standard

To maintain status in the Engineering and Fabrication Technologies Diploma program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33 each semester; AND
  2. achieve a minimum grade of C in all registered academic courses; AND
  3. register in the required course load each semester (a minimum of four courses per semester).

NOTE: if any of the above criteria are not met, students may be placed on program probation for one semester. Any students on program probation that do not meet the above criteria may be removed from the program. Students who are not able to remain enrolled in the program, may complete the credential through open enrolment.

admission requirements

Applicants to the Engineering and Fabrication Technologies Diploma Program must meet the following criteria in order to receive admission to the program and priority registration:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • English 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Physics 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Chemistry 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Principles of Math 12 or Precalculus 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)

* In most cases, university transferable coursework completed in the above subject areas can be used toward meeting the cohort priority registration eligibility requirements.

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

faqs

Is this program right for me?

Successful engineers tend to have the following qualities:

  • self-awareness
  • integrity
  • creativity
  • social and ethical responsibility
  • critical thinking skills
  • problem solving skills
  • good listening and observational skills
  • collaborative and teamwork skills
  • aptitude in math and science
  • interest in technology
  • proficient written and verbal communication skills
  • time and stress management skills

As an engineering student, you will build on these qualities to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and competencies to work and excel in the engineering field. 

When can I apply?

Applications are accepted starting 12 months prior to the start of a semester.  This program has two intakes per year in the Fall and Winter semesters. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as offers to the program are sent on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis.

Please see the Becoming a Student section of the website for further application information.

What are the entrance requirements to the program?

The two engineering programs are open to all students meeting the admission requirements to the College and the entrance requirements to the programs.
The standard entrance requirements for the engineering programs are found on the “program requirements” tab found above on this page.
In addition, there are standard entrance requirements for Douglas College:
Douglas College General Admission Information

I currently do not meet the entrance requirements. Can I still apply for admission?

Yes, you may apply for admission to the College in order to complete all the prerequisite courses. You can then apply for the program while completing the program entrance requirements.

Contact the Engineering Coordinator for advice on entrance requirements.

What are the fees for the program?

The fees for the program are the standard course fees for domestic and international students. The exact values can be found on the Douglas College website:

Douglas College Tuition Fee Chart

Can I study part-time?

At this time our programs are not offered via part time studies; they have been designed to be taken as full-time study. However, students who have taken courses in advance of entering the engineering programs will have a reduced course load.

Contact the Engineering Coordinator for advice on part-time options.

I am an international student. Is there more information on how I can become a student at Douglas?

International applicants are encouraged to apply. Douglas College International is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of our international students. Please direct your inquiries to cie@douglascollege.ca.

I have already taken some courses at Douglas that are part of the Engineering program. Can I still join the program?

Yes! You can apply to the program at any time during your studies at Douglas College. If you are accepted, the courses you have taken will count toward the completion of your credential and you will have a reduced course load.

I have taken an engineering program at another institution. Can I transfer the credits to Engineering at Douglas?

Any courses taken at other institutions must be submitted to Douglas College for transfer evaluation. If transfer credit is granted, up to 75% of the credential requirements may be satisfied by transfer credits. The remaining 25% of the credential requirements must be taken at Douglas College.

I am an international applicant. Can I apply for the program and will my foreign credentials be accepted for transfer credit at Douglas?

International applicants are encouraged to apply. Douglas College International is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of our international students. Please direct your inquiries to cie@douglascollege.ca.

I want to get an engineering degree at a university. Are the courses in this program university-transferable?

All of the courses in the Engineering Foundations Certificate are fully transferable to universities in British Columbia. Most, but not all, of the courses in the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies program are transferable to universities in British Columbia. You can check the BC Transfer Guide to see which Douglas College courses transfer to what other institutions.

I want to transfer to an engineering degree program at a university. Which engineering program should I take at Douglas?

There are two engineering programs at Douglas College: the Engineering Foundations Certificate program and the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies program. Both programs are university transferrable.

Engineering Foundations is a full-time, one-year certificate program designed for students interested in pursuing an engineering degree at another institution. The Engineering Foundations program offers the courses necessary for first year engineering, including chemistry, physics and calculus. The one-year certificate is fully transferable to the UBC SFU and UVic engineering programs.

Engineering and Fabrication Technologies is a full-time, two-year diploma program designed to offer a balance between academic and applied knowledge that will help prepare you for a career in engineering or allow you to transfer to a university program. The Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies program includes several hands-on applied courses where you will pick up plenty of new skills! These practical skills include constructing and programming robots, using a Raspberry Pi to control other devices, and fabricating prototype devices using technologies such as water-jets and laser cutters.

Are there any transfer agreements between the engineering programs at Douglas and SFU, UVic or UBC?

Yes! Douglas College Engineering has guaranteed transfer agreements with SFU Engineering, UVic Engineering and the UBC Wood Products Processing program. These agreements allow Douglas Engineering Foundations students to get a guaranteed seat in the above-mentioned programs, provided they meet certain conditions. More information can be found in the “transfer agreements” tab found above on this page. At this time, there is no transfer agreement between Douglas and UBC Engineering.

Students who do not meet the conditions of the transfer agreements can still transfer to the institution of their choice by way of the competitive entry transfer mechanism. This is the standard way to transfer credits from Douglas College to another post-secondary institution.

What courses do I need to take to transfer into second-year SFU Engineering?

To transfer to second-year engineering at SFU, you must complete the courses in the Engineering Foundations Certificate PLUS two “bridging courses”: ENGR 1100 and ENGR 1180. Furthermore, you must choose the CMNS 1135 course within the certificate, as well as ECON 1150 as the ARTS elective. Note that there is a guaranteed transfer agreement between Douglas College and SFU Engineering. The “transfer agreement” tab found above on this page outlines all of the course requirements for this agreement.

Alternatively, if you complete the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies you will have the option to choose all the necessary courses to transfer into second-year engineering at SFU, as well as additional second-year course requirements. Furthermore, you’ll gain a wealth of “hands-on” experience from several practical courses.

What courses do I need to take to transfer into second-year UBC Engineering?

To transfer to second-year engineering at UBC, you must complete the courses in the Engineering Foundations Certificate PLUS two “bridging courses”: CHEM 1210 and PHYS 1170. Furthermore, you must choose the ENGL 1130 course within the certificate, as well as ECON 1150 as the ARTS elective.

Alternatively, if you complete the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies you will have the option to choose all the necessary courses to transfer to second-year engineering at UBC, as well as additional second-year course requirements. Furthermore, you’ll gain a wealth of “hands-on” experience from several practical courses.

What courses do I need to take to transfer into second-year UVic Engineering?

To transfer to second-year engineering at UVic, you must complete the courses in the Engineering Foundations certificate PLUS two “bridging courses”: ENGR 1190 and PHYS 1170. Furthermore, you must choose the CMNS 1135 course within the certificate, as well as CMNS 1115 as the ARTS elective. Note that there is a guaranteed transfer agreement between Douglas College and UVic Engineering. The “transfer agreement” tab found above on this page outlines all of the course requirements for this agreement.

Alternatively, if you complete the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies, you will have the option to choose all the necessary courses to transfer to second-year engineering at UVic, as well as several additional second-year courses. Furthermore, you’ll gain a wealth of “hands-on” experience from several practical courses, many of which transfer to UVic’s Engineering program as well! Contact the Engineering Coordinator for more information.

When are courses offered?

All classes are offered during the day with some in the late afternoon or evening. The program is offered at the New Westminster campus.

Some of the courses in the program are offered in every semester, while others are offered only once per year. It is best to contact the Engineering Coordinator for more information about specific course offerings.

How long will it take to complete the program?

It will take one year, (three semesters) for full-time students to complete the Engineering Foundations Certificate. It will take two years, (five semesters) for full-time students to complete the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies.

Are there any scholarships for the Engineering program?

There are no specific scholarships for the engineering program, but scholarships may be available through the College in general for domestic and international students:

Douglas College Scholarships
Douglas College Awards

Where can I find more detailed information?

Attend an information session

Contact the Engineering Coordinator

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

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