VIU Engineering Diploma and Certificate Program

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.


  • 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"


  • 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.


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

Year 1Credits
CSCI 160 - (Computing Science I)4
ENGL 115 - (University Writing and Research)3
ENGR 107 - (Preparation for Co-op Education Employment)1
ENGR 112 - (Engineering Design I)3
MATH 121 - (Calculus I)3
PHYS 121 - (Physics for the Physical Sciences I)4
ENGL 204 - (Business and Technical Writing)3
MATH 122 - (Calculus II)3
ENGR 121 - (Engineering Design II)3
MATH 141 - (Matrix Algebra for Engineers) 3
PHYS 122 - (Physics for the Physical Sciences II)4
Total Year 1 Credits34
Year 2Credits
ENGR 108* - (Co-operative Work Placement I)9
ENGR 131** - (Introduction to Surveying and Geographic Information Systems) 1
ENGR 132** - (Codes, Contracts, and Regulations for Technologists) 1
ENGR 210 - (Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) I)4
ENGR 211 - (Applied Statistics and Modeling Tools for Technologists) 4
ENGR 212 - (Engineering Design III) 3
ENGR 213 - (Applied Hydraulics I) 4
ENGR 214 - (Statics and Dynamics I) 4
ENGR 220 - (Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) II) 4
ENGR 224 - (Structural Design I) 4
ENGR 227 - (Civil Design I)4
ENGR 228 - (Introduction to Building Information Modelling Technology)2
ENGR 229 - (Applied Electronics I) 4
Total Year 2 Credits48

*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.

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

Year 3Credits
ENGR 231* - (Welding and Non-Destructive Testing)1
ENGR 232* - (Project Management for Technologists) 1
ENGR 244 - (Computer Aided Manufacturing and Design)4
ENGR 246 - (Entrepreneurship and Finance for Technologists) 2
ENGR 247 - (Civil Design II) 4
ENGR 248 - (Sustainable Engineering Practice for Technologists) 1
ENGR 249 - (Process Control Systems I) 4
ENGR 299 - (Capstone Design Project) 
Total Year 3 Credits21
Total Program Credits103

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

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