Built Environment Engineering Technology

DIPLOMA [formerly known as CADD technical illustrator]

Winter 2021 Update

Course Delivery Summary:

  • Year 1: Online
  • Year 2: Online

Due to the emphasis on the application of technology and theory in this program, BEET is well suited to online learning. Lessons are being adapted to ensure our program outcomes meet the same high standards that we always have. Your instructors are working hard to ensure the online experience is rich, engaging, and fulfilling. Additional materials and supplies are required for this program. Please click here for the list.

Your active participation in COVID-19 prevention is important. Please visit the COVID page to learn about your responsibilities, how to access campus, and what to expect.


About the Program

From roads and buildings to machines and robotics, students in the built environment engineering technology program will gain skills in drafting, engineering and design to create the products and places that move our world forward.

What you learn

BEET focuses on the core disciplines of the built environment; mechanical, civil, and building.  Students will learn to research, plan, design, construct and test with considerations for the relationship between the built environment and the natural environment.

Mechanical engineering technology: Mechanical products and devices such as; process plants, machines, robots, tools, and all the “things” people use.

Civil engineering technology: Land development and infrastructure such as; roads, bridges, neighborhoods, parks, pipelines and all the “spaces” connecting people.

Building design technology: Structures and buildings such as; houses, offices, stores, warehouses, schools, and all the “places” people live and work.


The BEET program is a hands-on experience that prepares students to enter many career fields and keep pace with technology. This includes, but is not limited to:

Skills Development

  • Develop standard engineering and architectural technical drawings
  • Use 3D modeling, scanning and printing
  • Develop multimedia through augmented and virtual reality to help industry promote ideas and products
  • Create presentation graphics and animations
  • Design, code and create products
  • Critical thinking

Employment opportunities as engineer technicians in a variety of industries:

  • Construction and architecture
  • Product and equipment design/manufacturing
  • Land surveying
  • Oil and gas
  • Mining and manufacturing
BEET graduates can apply for membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

Strengths & Knowledge

Creativity, curiosity and a clear understanding of computers, mathematics, and physics is an asset to anyone entering the BEET program.



High School Route

High school diploma with

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 
  • Physics 20

Mature Student (21 years of age)

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 
  • Physics 20

Conditional Admission Plan (CAP)

If you do not possess all of the admission requirements, the Conditional Admission Plan (CAP) may provide conditional acceptance to this program, provided space is available.

Please see the calendar or this years program planning guide for an up to date set of courses related to Built Environment Engineering Technology.
Graduates of the two-year BEET program will find job opportunities with consulting engineers, architects, land surveyors, oil and gas, mining and manufacturing, product and equipment design/manufacturing, and all levels of government. The multi-disciplinary engineering background in the program enables students to be employed in research, design, manufacturing and sales promotions, and graduates may become an important member of any team engaged in developing the sustainable processes, products and places that make up our world.

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

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