Built Environment Engineering Technology

DIPLOMA [formerly known as CADD technical illustrator]

About this Program

The diploma in Built Environment Engineering Technology program at Medicine Hat College is a multi-disciplinary program focusing on the core disciplines of the built environment; mechanical engineering technology, civil engineering technology and building design technology. This program focuses on the fundamental theories and concepts in these core disciplines while learning and applying current technology so that graduates are prepared to enter a professional career as an engineering technician.

Our approach to understanding and modelling the built environment makes the Built Environment Engineering Technology program unique in Canada. Sustainability concepts are introduced early and are then embedded into the Built Environment Engineering Technology program curriculum, recognizing that our built environment, as with its counterpart the natural environment, is a complex ecosystem. The program has been designed to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to effectively apply technical and theoretical knowledge for a successful career as an engineering technician. The Built Environment Engineering Technology program takes a sustainable approach to product design and manufacturing; civil planning and infrastructure; and building design and construction and provides understanding of current industry practices. In addition to developing standard engineering and architectural technical drawings, graduates will be able to use a variety of digital design applications; create three-dimensional objects; use 3D data capture technologies; create presentation graphics and animations; and use multimedia and immersive presentations to help industry promote their ideas and products. BEET offers hands-on and experiential learning activities, as well as access to advanced, emerging technologies and applications such as 3D modelling, 3D printing, 3D scanning, virtual reality, augmented reality, simulation and visualization. Students will also have the opportunity to rotate through trades labs to get practical, hands-on experience in the trades for which they will be designing.

A strong background in computers, mathematics, and physics is an asset to anyone entering the BEET program. Graduates can apply for membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

High School Route

High school diploma with

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

Mature Student (21 years of age)

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

Academic Transition Plan (ATP)

If you do not possess all of the admission requirements, the Academic Transition Plan (ATP) 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.

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