Integrated Engineering Technologist Diploma

  • Program Length: 28 Months
  • Credential: Diploma
  • Location Offered: Nanaimo

Do you like solving complex problems and finding innovative solutions for real-world challenges? VIU’s Integrated Engineering Technologist 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. Our small class sizes mean you’ll get lots of support and individual attention from faculty to help you succeed. You’ll also gain real-world experience through the diploma’s co-operative education program and optional field school.  

The Integrated Engineering Technologist Program

The Integrated Engineering Technologist 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.

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

  • Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted into the program.
  • 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.
  • Recommended:  Calculus 12 (if available); Programming 12 (if available)
  • Students wishing to transfer will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students (both internal and external) will be considered for admission into the second-year of the Integrated Engineering technologist program on a case-by-case basis.  All students wishing to transfer must have completed the equivalent of the first-year curriculum with a minimum grade of a "C" in all courses.  Students completing the Common First-Year Engineering Curriculum offered at most post-secondary institutions in British Columbia with a minimum GPA of "C" and no course grade less than a "C" are encouraged to apply for 2nd year admission into the Integrated Engineering Technologist Diploma program.

Note that all transfer students into Year 2 must be able to start their studies with ENGR 131 and ENGR 132.  ENGR 131 and 132 are both offered in mid-August of each year.  

Notes on Progression - Integrated Engineering Technologist Diploma

All students entering Year 2 must have completed the equivalent of Year 1 with a minimum grade of a "C" in all courses, and be able to start their studies with ENGR 131 and ENGR 132.  ENGR 131 and ENGR 132 are both offered in mid-August of each year.

Students who fail to achieve this standard will not be able to continue into Year 2 of the Integrated Engineering Technologist Diploma until this standard is achieved.  

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.  

Have you completed the first-year of the VIU Engineering Transfer Diploma or the Common First-Year Curriculum at another post-secondary institution in BC?  You are eligible to transfer into the second-year of the Integrated Engineering Technology Diploma.  Please contact the Integrated Engineering Technologist Advisor for more details.

Program Outline

First Year / Fall Term

CodeCourse TitleHours (Credits)
CSCI 160Computing Science I5 (4)
ENGR 107*Preparation for Co-Operative Education Employment1(1)
ENGR 112**Engineering Design I3 (3)
MATH 121Calculus I4 (3)
PHYS 121Physics for the Physical Sciences I7 (4)
ENGL 115University Writing and Research3 (3)
 Total Hours (Credits)23 (18)

*ENGR 107 can be taken in either Year 1 or Year 2, but must be taken prior to  ENGR 108.

**All ENGR XXX course descriptions may be found at https://www.viu.ca/courses/engineering

First Year / Spring Term

CodeCourse TitleHours (Credits)
ENGL 204Business and Technical Writing3 (3)
ENGR 121Engineering Design II3 (3)
MATH 122Calculus II4 (3)
MATH 141Linear Algebra for Engineers4 (3)
PHYS 122Physics for the Physical Sciences II7 (4)
 Total Hours (Credits)21 (16)

Second Year / Fall Term

CodeCourse TitleHours (Credits)
ENGR 108*Co-Operative Work Placement IN/A (9)
ENGR 131**Introduction to Surveying and Geographic Information Systems30(1)
ENGR 132**Codes, Contracts, and Regulations for Technologists30(1)
ENGR 210Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) I5 (4)
ENGR 211Applied Statistics and Modelling tools for Technologists4.5(4)
ENGR 212Engineering Design III4(3)
ENGR 213Applied Hydraulics I5(4)
ENGR 214Statics and Dynamics I5.5 (4)
 Total Hours (Credits)24 (19)

*ENGR 108, Co-Operative Work Placement I, is required for graduation. Students are able to take additional co-op terms if they have completed.  This course can be taken in either the Summer prior to Year 2 or the Summer prior to Year 3. 

**ENGR 131 and ENGR 132 are week-long, intensive courses (30 hrs) taken in mid-Aug prior to the start of Year 2.

Second Year / Spring Term

CodeCourse TitleHours (Credits)
ENGR 220Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) II5 (4)
ENGR 224Structural Design I5 (4)
ENGR 227Civil Design I5 (4)
ENGR 228Sustainable Principles, Tools, and Processes I2 (2)
ENGR 229Applied Electronics I5 (4)
 Total Hours (Credits)22 (18)

Third Year / Fall Term

CodeCourse TitleHours (Credits)
ENGR 231**Welding and Non-Destructive Testing30(1)
ENGR 232**Project Management for Technologists30(1)
ENGR 244Computer Aided Design and Manufacture3 (3)
ENGR 246Entrepreneurship and Finance for Technologists2(2)
ENGR 247Civil Design II5(4)
ENGR 248Sustainable Principles, Tools, and Processes II2(2)
ENGR 249Process Control Systems I5(4)
ENGR 299Capstone Design Project1(4)
 Total Hours (Credits)18 (19)
Total Program Credits93

*ENGR 231 and ENGR 232 are week-long, intensive courses (30 hrs) taken in mid-Aug prior to the start of Year 3.