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- two year diploma
- starts in September and January

The Engineering Design and Drafting Technology two-year diploma program prepares graduates with the needed skills to enable them to progress to the level of design drafting technologists and beyond. Students receive a solid grounding in the basic principles and ideas related to the following areas: architectural and structural design and drafting, municipal design and drafting, mechanical and petrochemical piping design and drafting, topographical drafting, and legal survey drafting.

Practical experience in various construction methods, testing procedures, and surveying is gained through hands-on experience in construction labs and destructive and non-destructive metals testing labs and field surveying. In the last term just prior too graduation, students take a two-week on-the-job practicum where they work in engineering offices under actual job conditions.

CAD (Computer Assisted Design and Drafting) is an integral part of the program. Engineering Design and Drafting Technology is on the leading edge as far as the use of this tool is concerned. Computer graphics is becoming an ever increasing presence in all fields of engineering. The future looks bright and exciting for CAD in engineering. Graduates with CAD background can look forward to a challenging and rewarding career. This is a program which is ideally suited to either men or women, and both are readily hired upon graduation.

Warren Salberg, BEd.
Mike Wehrwein, Diploma
Peter Heath, BEd, MEd
Bill Smienk, BSc
Grant Lonseth, BEd, MEd

The Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program at Lethbridge Community College has been providing quality technical education in the field of engineering design and drafting since 1966. In response to community and industry needs, the curriculum is designed to provide a skill base that will allow a graduate to be flexible and adaptable enough to fit into virtually any of the engineering disciplines and quickly become a productive member of the engineering team. General outcome skills of a graduate through this multi disciplined approach can be summarized into the following areas:

Graduates are able to conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner. As well, time management, project organization and effective teamwork techniques are emphasized throughout the program.

General Drafting
Graduates are able to use both manual and CAD drafting skills in the production of drawings to a level acceptable to industry using current standards, technology, and techniques.

Design Fundamentals
Graduates are skilled in the application of engineering technology fundamentals to specific design projects, focusing on practical and common approaches to problem solving as well as encouraging development of critical thinking and analysis skills.

Mechanical Design and Drafting
Graduates are able to apply appropriate engineering principles and procedures for the design and selection of various machine components into the design and development of a simple machine. They are then able to use acceptable drafting conventions and standards in the preparation of a set of working drawings for this machine. Other areas of competency include weld and thread design principles and procedures, and software applications including CAD/CAM.

Civil / Municipal Design and Drafting
Graduates are able to apply a variety of engineering fundamentals, techniques and standards in the preparation of municipal project works to acceptable industry standards. Areas of competency include surveying, road and lot grading, infrastructure design (water system, storm and sanitary sewers), and software applications including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and CAD.

Architectural Design and Drafting
Graduates develop architectural skills in residential design including building code requirements, structural design calculations, and the preparation of a full set of working drawings for a single family residence including a main floor plan, a foundation plan, a building section, and elevations. As well, students study topics related to the design of commercial/industrial building methods, materials, and planning calculations. Building code applications, design criteria, and the development of details are explored while preparing architectural construction drawings for a small industrial warehouse structure.

Piping Design and Drafting
Graduates develop the skills necessary to accurately read, interpret and produce a set of petrochemical piping drawings. As well, they are able to produce a variety of petrochemical drawings such as process flow diagrams, isometric and orthographic spool sheets, and above ground yard piping layouts. Design calculations and production of a complete set of detail working drawings for a horizontal pressure vessel round out the curriculum in this area.




Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999 April 4, 2000
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000 May 3, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000 May 3-5, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000 June 7, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000 June 21, 2000
No Classes Sep.6, Oct.11, Nov.11 Feb. 21-25, 2000 n/a
Field Trips n/a n/a n/a
Practicum Placement n/a n/a n/a
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999 April 24-27, 2000 none scheduled


New students are accepted into the Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program for the Fall and Winter terms.

Academic Requirements
Applicants are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with a minimum of 55% in Grade 12 Math and 50% in one of: Science 20, Physics 20 (recommended), or Chemistry 20.

Alternate Admission applicants are required to achieve a minimum 60th percentile on Arithmetic and 65th percentile on Elementary Algebra sections of the Computerized Placement Test or equivalent.


Studentsı Association
$ 118
$ 118
Books and Supplies

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.


Prior Learning Assessment recognizes that learning can be gained through experiences other than formal post-secondary courses. Learning may be acquired through work experience, non credit courses, professional development workshops, employer-sponsored training, volunteer activities, independent reading, community activities, hobbies and travel.

The PLA process is a means of ascertaining what you have learned and whether that learning is equivalent to or exceeds knowledge, skills and other competencies defined in the learning objectives of post-secondary courses. Credits are given for courses in which the majority of the skills and competencies have been achieved.

There are several ways of assessing prior learning, but this college often uses the following alone or in combination, depending on your learning and the courses for which you expect credit. These include challenge exams, standardized exams and course equivalencies for prior courses completed at other post-secondary institutions.

Lethbridge Community College has a residency requirement that states you must take 25 per cent of your credits at this institution. Therefore, it is possible to challenge up to 75 per cent of the programıs course credit through PLA.

For more information contact Norma Baird-Duske, Assessment Centre Coordinator, Lethbridge Community College, Lethbridge, AB T1K 1L6, Phone: (403) 329-7242, E-mail: [email protected]


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Diploma in Engineering Design and Drafting Technology.


Engineering Design and Drafting Technology graduates are employed in many engineering disciplines: architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, aerospace companies, manufacturers of all description, educational institutions, petrochemical companies, municipal, Provincial and Federal governments, consulting engineers, or they may hire out their services as independently employed Design Drafting Technologists. In short, any organization having an engineering department is a potential employer of graduates from this program.


Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Students who have completed Year I of the Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program may transfer to the third term of the Engineering Drafting and Design Technology diploma program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, if space is available.


Year I Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
CAD 150 Computer Assisted Drafting (1-2) 3
DRF 152 Introduction to Drafting (2-4) 6
DRF 166 Electrical Design and Drafting (2-2) 4
ENF 148 Introduction to Computers (1-2) 3
ENF 154 Properties of Engineering Materials (3-1) 4
ENG 143 Report Writing (2-0) 2
MTH 146 Mathematics (3-1) 4
SUR 150 Land Survey (2-3) 5
Total 31 credits

Year I Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
CAD 250 Advanced CAD (1-3) 4
CON 130 Residential Construction (2-2) 4
DRF 146 Descriptive Geometry (3-0) 3
DRF 162 Architectural Design and Drafting I (1-3) 4
DRF 163 Mechanical Drafting (2-3) 5
ENF 135 Statics (2-2) 4
ENF 161 Fluid Mechanics (2-2) 4
SUR 162 Survey Applications (1-2) 3
Total 31 credits

Year II Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
CON 212 Building System Services (2-2) 4
DRF 249 Geographic Information Systems (1-2) 3
DRF 250 Architectural Design & Drafting II (2-4) 6
DRF 255 Topographical Drafting (2-2)4
DRF 260 Mechanical Design and Drafting I (2-2) 4
DRF 262 Piping Design and Drafting (2-2) 4
ENF 150 Strength of Materials (2-2) 4
ENF 240 Metals (1-1) 2
Total 31 credits

Year II Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
CIV 266 Reinforced Concrete Design and Detailing (3-1) 4
CIV 267 Steel Design and Detailing (2-1) 3
COM 265 Technical Presentations (1-2) 3
CON 140 Contracts, Specifications and Inspections (2-2) 4
DRF 224 Advanced Drafting (1-2) 3
DRF 269 Municipal Design and Drafting (2-5) 7
DRF 271 Mechanical Design and Drafting II (2-3) 5
Total 29 credits

Year II Spring Term Hours/Week Credits
DRF 244 Practicum (0-2) 2
Total 2 credits




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