VIU Engineering Diploma and Certificate Program

Integrated Engineering Diploma

Campus: Nanaimo campus
Number of program credits: 103
Expected time to completion: 32 months
Delivery methods: Full-time, face-to-face, co-op. A field school class will be optional within the diploma.

Do you like solving complex problems and finding innovative solutions for real-world challenges? VIU’s Integrated Engineering Diploma may be for you. The two-and-a-half-year engineering diploma prepares you for a rewarding career as an engineering technologist. BC’s tech sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the provincial economy and skilled engineering technologists are in demand.

Through hands-on learning opportunities, you’ll gain practical knowledge in computer aided design software; civil, mechanical, electrical and structural principles of design; and project management. You’ll also gain real-world experience through the diploma’s co-operative education program and optional field school.

The Integrated Engineering Diploma Program

The Integrated Engineering Diploma emphasizes the design process in civil, mechanical, and structural technologies. Students develop and apply a strong foundation in physics, mathematics, computer programming, computer aided drawing, as well as project management principles to engineering designs and prototype manufacture. Graduates of this program find employment with a wide range of employers including engineering consulting firms, fabrication facilities, heavy industry, and municipal engineering departments.

The Integrated Engineering Diploma consists of five academic terms, one mandatory co-op term, and a final capstone project. Students completing this program will be trained in:

  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) – 2D/3D drafting and modelling, digital mapping, civil, mechanical and structural drafting.
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Civil, mechanical, and structural design
  • Human-centred design methodology
  • Computer programming
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Applied Hydraulics
  • Codes and Regulations
  • Workplace safety
  • Rapid prototyping tools and machining
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurial skills

Practical experience includes use of current industry standard CAD software, and civil, mechanical, electrical, and structural principles to design and produce engineering projects in 2D and 3D environments. Students will be required to produce a prototype from concept, use project management principles, and carry out an applied capstone research project.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in appropriate mathematics, natural sciences, engineering fundamentals, and specialized engineering knowledge
  • Use knowledge and skills to identify, formulate, analyze, and solve complex engineering problems in order to reach substantiated conclusions
  • Conduct investigation of complex problems by methods that include appropriate experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of information, in order to reach valid conclusions
  • Design solutions for complex, open-ended engineering problems and to design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate attention to health and safety risks, applicable standards, and economic, environmental, cultural and societal considerations.
  • Create, select, apply, adapt, and extend appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering tools to a range of engineering activities, from simple to complex, with an understanding of the associated limitations
  • Demonstrate effective work both as a team and as an individual
  • Communicate complex engineering concepts within the profession and with society at large. Such ability includes reading, writing, speaking and listening, and the ability to comprehend and elect effective reports and design documentation, and to give and effectively respond to clear instructions.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the professional engineer in society, especially the primary role of protection of the public and the public interest.
  • Analyze social and environmental aspects of engineering activities. Such ability includes an understanding of the interactions that engineering has with the economic, social, health, safety, legal and cultural aspects of society, the uncertainties in the prediction of such interactions; and the concepts of sustainable design and development and environmental stewardship
  • Demonstrate professional ethics, accountability, and equity
  • Appropriately incorporate economics and business practices including project risk and change management into the practice of engineering and to understand their limitations
  • Identify and address their own educational needs in a changing world in ways sufficient to maintain their competency and to allow them to contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

Employment prospects

The tech sector in British Columbia consists of over 10 000 businesses, and is one of the fastest growing sectors of the provincial economy, generating $29 billion in revenue and employing over 100 000 people. However, the BC Labour Report (2016) and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (2015) suggest that there will be an insufficient supply of engineers and technologists to fulfill engineering/technology related vocations between 2016-2021. Indeed, to address this anticipated shortfall, the Government of British Columbia has recently announced funding to support 2 900 additional seats at institutions throughout the province towards jobs in the tech sector by 2021, including 40 seats at Vancouver Island University for the Integrated Engineering Diploma.

General Admission Requirements

  • English 12 with a minimum grade of "C+"
  • Physics 12 with a minimum grade of "C+"
  • Chemistry 12 with a minimum grade of "C+"
  • Pre-Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of "B"

Notes on Admission Requirements

  • Admission based on GPA rankings
  • Outstanding candidates missing either Chemistry 12 or Physics 12 are encouraged to apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted into the program.
  • Recommended: Calculus 12 (if available); Programming 12 (if available).
  • Students wishing to transfer will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Program Outline

Year 1
CSCI 160 – Computer Science I
ENGL 115 – University Writing and Research
ENGL 204 – Technical Writing
ENGR 107 – Preparation for Co-Op Education Employment
ENGR 112 – Engineering Design I
ENGR 121 – Engineering Design II
MATH 121 – Calculus I
MATH 122 – Calculus II
MATH 141 – Linear Algebra for Engineers
PHYS 121 – Physics for the Physical Sciences I
PHYS 122 – Physics for the Physical Science II
Total Year 1 Credits


Year 2
ENGR 108 – Co-Operative Work Placement I
ENGR 131 – Introduction to Surveying and Geographic Information Systems
ENGR 132 – Codes, Contracts, and Regulations for Technologists
ENGR 210 – Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) I
ENGR 211 – Applied Statistics and Modeling Tools for Technologists
ENGR 212 – Engineering Design III
ENGR 213 – Applied Hydraulics I
ENGR 214 – Statics and Dynamics I
ENGR 220 – Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) II
ENGR 224 – Structural Design I
ENGR 227 – Civil Design I
ENGR 228 – Introduction to Building Information Modelling Technology
ENGR 229 – Applied Electronics I
Total Year 2 Credits


  • ENGR 131 and 132 are week-long, intensive courses (30 hrs) taken prior to the start of Year 2
  • ENGR 108, Co-Operative Work Placement I, is required for graduation. Students are able to take additional co-op terms if they have completed ENGR 108.


Year 3
ENGR 231 – Welding and Non-Destructive Testing
ENGR 232 – Project Management for Technologists
ENGR 244 – Computer Aided Manufacturing and Design
ENGR 246 – Entrepreneurship and Finance for Technologists
ENGR 247 – Civil Design II
ENGR 248 – Sustainable Engineering Practice for Technologists
ENGR 249 – Process Control Systems I
ENGR 299 – Capstone Design Project
Total Year 3 Credits


  • ENGR 231 and 232 are week-long, intensive courses (30 hrs) taken prior to the start of Year 3

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program starts in September and applications for admission are accepted on the first business day in October to March 31. Applications received after March 31 are considered late and will be processed as space permits. Students may transfer into Year 2 of the program, provided they have achieve 2nd year standing, and space permits.

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