Academic Calendar 2023/24

Applied and Technical Studies

Digital Manufacturing diploma

The Digital Manufacturing Diploma prepares learners to work and practice using digital-based and computer numerical controlled equipment, methods, techniques, and materials as either an entry-level generalist or as a specialist within a previously acquired discipline. Digital manufacturing has pervaded every discipline and opened up possibilities for new products, design choices, and materials in ways that are accessible to individuals and small enterprises as never before.

The program prepares learners to design, build, and operate digital hardware/software and apply digital approaches to traditional and unrelated disciplines. Although the program is directly applicable to those with a technical background, it is also intended to be appropriate to those from non-technical disciplines who wish to apply digital manufacturing methods to the creative, scientific, professional services disciplines as well as those where digital methods are yet to be considered.

Students will be exposed to a wide array of digital equipment and manufacturing, using 3D modelling in concert with digital or computer numerical controlled machinery, techniques and materials such as 3D printers, laser cutters, plasma cutters, automated looms and embroidery machines, pastry and culinary equipment and more. The last semester is entirely devoted to a learner-defined major design and implementation project using problem-based pedagogy.

Entrance requirements

  1. Successful completion of the Electronics Technician certificate or equivalent (see 3 below).
  2. Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.
  3. Individual assessment of prior successful post-secondary education that demonstrates evidence of being equivalent to the major competencies of the Electronics Technician certificate. Students applying to the second year of the Digital Manufacturing diploma who have not completed the Electronics Technician certificate, must be able to:
    • Demonstrate strong computer skills, including the ability to learn and use new software applications on one’s own, or with minimal guidance.
    • Operate tools, equipment or technologies that are broadly used for the purposes of production, analysis, troubleshooting, or extending reach (i.e. microscopes, imaging devices, etc.)
    • Apply analytical reasoning skills to processes such as troubleshooting, synthesis, extrapolations and forecasting.
    • Employ fundamental arithmetical/mathematical skills working with basic quantities, formulas, graphs, and charts in order to integrate parts and components into a particular application.
    • Formulate questions and solutions through a process of problem-solving that involves reasonably complex components.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year for entrance to the Fall semester only. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at Applicants will be asked to submit an application fee, which can be paid by a variety of online methods.

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
  2. Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.

Basis for admission decision

Domestic applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section and the Program-specific fees webpage. Students will need PPE (personal protective equipment) depending on the shop and process requirements of projects. These may include, eye wear, steel toed shoes, cotton coveralls, half mask respirators, etc. Do not purchase without discussing with the instructor.

Students will not be required to purchase textbooks. They must own a modern tablet or laptop for design curation and version control.

Program duration

The Digital Manufacturing diploma is four academic semesters in length, for a total of 60 credits including 30 credits from the Electronics Technician certificate or equivalent or recognition of 30 credits of prior learning acceptable as noted under Entrance Requirements.


The Digital Manufacturing program is located at the Chilliwack campus.

Program outline

Course Title Credits
DMFG 201 3D Modeling 3
DMFG 202 Material Science and Technology 3
DMFG 203 Design for Manufacturing 3
DMFG 205 Computer Numerical Controlled Machinery 4
DMFG 207 Fabrication Technology 2
DMFG 210 Project Studio 15

Program continuance

Continuance will be calculated on all program-specific courses taken prior to, or after, admission to the program. To remain in the program, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all program-specific courses. The Advisory Committee may grant exceptions under extenuating circumstances.

Course repetition

See UFV's Course Repeat policy (86).


Readmission to the program is subject to space availability.


Students must complete at least 50% of the required second-year credits for the diploma at UFV.

Graduation requirements

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with the program coordinator. To be eligible to graduate, students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all program-specific courses.

Students must apply for graduation in the first month of their final semester. Visit the Graduation webpage for more information. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30.

Maximum length of time to complete program

The diploma is designed to be completed in one year following successful completion of the Electronics Technician certificate. Students must complete the program requirements within three years.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students