Technology Accreditation Canada Accredits Engineering Design and Drafting Technology Program at Lethbridge College

17, Oct, 2019

National program accreditation involves a comprehensive audit, including interviews with employers of graduates, alumni, students and faculty and a tour of the program’s facilities. The audit team noted the breadth of content, which provides graduates with employment opportunities in various industry sectors. Employers indicated graduates have excellent software skills, having been exposed to different software packages, are eager to learn, work well in teams and have a professional attitude. The program was commended for keeping pace with ever changing software trends.

“TAC congratulates Lethbridge College on achieving national program accreditation for its Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program” remarked Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director. “This significant achievement demonstrates the College’s leadership and commitment to its students and signifies that the program aligns with the current standards of the profession, which are valued by industry.”

"This accreditation will be a tremendous asset for our students,” said Bill Smienk, chair of Lethbridge College’s School of Engineering Technologies. “Many of our students are being hired by architectural or engineering firms, and many of those firms now require this type of certification. The TAC seal of approval will help more students begin their careers and thrive once they are working.”

Additionally, accreditation provides an expedited path to professional certification through The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta and other provincial engineering technology and applied science associations across Canada.

Left to right: Dr. Terry Kowalchuk (Dean, Centre for Technology, Environment and Design), Bill Smienk (Chair, School of Engineering Technologies), Christie Robertson (Learning Experience Design Manager), Candace Lewko (Associate Dean, Centre for Technology, Environment and Design), Dr. Samantha Lenci (Provost and Vice President Academic), and Richard Stamper (TAC Executive Director).


About TAC

Through accreditation, TAC is committed to partnering with educational institutions to ensure students receive the highest quality education which meets the standards of Canada’s engineering technology and applied science profession. For more information about TAC or how to apply for accreditation, please visit

About Lethbridge College

Located in Lethbridge, Alta., Lethbridge College provides high-quality, relevant education to more than 5,100 students in more than 50 applied degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Lethbridge College has offered engineering technology education since 1964. Its School of Engineering Technologies houses three engineering technology programs, including Engineering Design and Drafting Technology, Civil Engineering Technology and Geomatics Engineering Technology. To learn more about programming at Lethbridge College, visit


Richard Stamper, Executive Director
Technology Accreditation Canada
t: 416-847-1016, ext. 254 

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