Train in the Trades with New Skilled Trades Diploma Programs at NAIT

By NAIT Modified on March 31, 2021

From welding to plumbing, automotive service to electrical installation, NAIT can help prepare you for a great career.

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From welding to plumbing, automotive service to electrical installation, NAIT can help prepare you for a great career.

To help prepare students for secure, stable, and well-paid careers in the skilled trades, NAIT, in Edmonton, Alberta, is launching four new diploma programs in the trades for the coming fall semester.

NAIT helps skilled tradespeople connect with industry leaders and learn from the best, with access to cutting-edge equipment that will get you ready for your career. These programs give you a direct pathway into trades training without first having to be a registered apprentice.

Advanced Welding Technology

The Advanced Welding Technology diploma goes beyond the Alberta Welder Apprenticeship training. It combines advanced technical knowledge, welding skills, and exposure to modern technologies to give you a competitive edge for a career in welding. From skills in fabrication to product innovation and inspection methods, you will gain foundational skills that are in-demand by industry.

This two-year program teaches you the knowledge required to be a leader in the industry.

Thanks to the growth of environmental industries, ongoing infrastructure repair and the increasing rate of retirement among existing welders, there are many career paths in the welding industry for graduates to explore!

Advanced Plumbing Technology

The Advanced Plumbing Technology diploma gives you the technical and career essential skills you need to succeed in the plumbing industry.

The program focuses on theory and hands-on training required to master installation, repair, perform mechanical system maintenance and more. You will learn specific technical knowledge and get hands-on skills and experience. You will also get to explore new technologies and systems such as water recycling and re-use, solar and geothermal heating systems and water conservation.

Unlike many other programs, the Advanced Plumbing Technology diploma allows you to receive technical training, enter the trade, and demonstrate industry relevant skills to potential employers as soon as you graduate.

Automotive Service Technology

The new Automotive Service Technology diploma is your opportunity to get the technical and career essential skills you need to succeed in the automotive industry. It can also serve as a pathway to apprenticeship.

This two-year diploma provides exposure to new trends and technologies. Once you complete the program, you will have the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience in dynamic shop environments to diagnose vehicle systems, and repair and maintain vehicles.

Prepare to enter a diverse field of employment once you complete this diploma, with positions at dealerships, national auto chains, independent shops and more.

Electrical Installations Technology

The Electrical Installations Technology diploma is your pathway to apprenticeship, and a unique opportunity to get the technical and career essential skills you need to succeed in the electrical industry.

The program focuses on theory and hands-on training required for the installation, repair and maintenance of electrical systems in residential, commercial and industrial environments. This program also teaches career essential skills such as communication, professionalism and collaboration, which will help you pursue a career in the Electrical Installations Technology field.

Increasing demands for energy and the ongoing development of new technologies mean big growth for the electrical industry! You’ll enter a diverse field of employment once you complete this diploma, with opportunities for residential, commercial and industrial electricians.

NAIT's new Trades to Degree program

NAIT offers one of North America's only pathways for certified tradespeople to move from the skilled trades directly to the third year of a degree program at university.

Once you've got a few years of management work experience in your trade, you can apply for third-year entry to NAIT's Bachelor of Business Administration program to take your education — and your earnings! — even further.


If you're thinking about a career in the trades, don't wait! Apply now and start training in a new trades diploma program this fall.


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