Trades & Technology Centre
Applicants who are new to the digital manufacturing field can apply now to the Electronics Technician Common Core program in order to meet the requirements for entry to the Digital Manufacturing program, which is slated to start in September 2020.
The Digital Manufacturing diploma prepares you to work with digital-based equipment, methods, techniques, and materials as either an entry-level generalist or as a specialist within a previously acquired discipline.
The UFV Digital Manufacturing diploma builds on the knowledge you have gained in the Electronics Technician Common Core program or an equivalent set of competencies demonstrated through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), a portfolio, a prior recognized credential, or an individual assessment of a credential.
As part of the Digital Manufacturing program, you take a series of intensive courses divided over two standard semesters. The nature of the topics and learning methods involve extended periods on project-related tasks, allowing flexibility to include topics of interest.
|DMFG 201||3D Modelling||3 credits||45 hrs|
|DMFG 202||Material Science and Technology||3 credits||45 hrs|
|DMFG 203||Design for Manufacturing||3 credits||45 hrs|
|DMFG 205||Computer Numerical Controlled Machinery||4 credits||60 hrs|
|DMFG 207||Fabrication Technology||2 credits||30 hrs|
|Total:||15 credits||225 hrs|
|DMFG 210||Project Studio||15 credits||375 hrs|
When you graduate, you are ready to enter the workforce as an operator, technician, or technologist, either in digital manufacturing or any economic sector deploying technology.
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) reports that manufacturing employs 1.7 million people, with an annual compensation of $114 billion — more than any other sector. Currently, 40% of CME’s members experience skill shortages. This number is expected to grow to 60% in five years.
Locally, manufacturing supports 12,000 firms and 400,000 jobs according to City of Abbotsford Economic Development (CAED). As an economic driver, manufacturing provides $8.6 billion in wages, which is 15% higher than the overall average wage for all industries.
High technology is fuelling growth in the digital manufacturing sector: CAED reports that in the last 15 years, advanced manufacturing businesses grew over 19% of all firms, to almost 45% of the total manufacturing firms in British Columbia.
Therefore, digital manufacturing grads have excellent employment prospects in a wide variety of enterprises including aerospace, mining, steelmaking, automotive, food processing, wood and paper products, and consumer goods.
If you are currently or recently employed in the electronics industry, our upgrading program allows you to complete your certificate requirements or to become proficient in a specific process or technique, in order to meet the prerequisites for entry in the Digital Manufacturing program.
As an upgrading student, you are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous enrolment or proof of industry experience, approved by the program instructor.
Upgrading students cannot be enrolled for more than 13 weeks or cannot displace anyone registered in an upcoming intake.
A Digital Manufacturing graduate will be able to: