SAIT Polytechnic

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This article is about a polytechnic undergraduate college in Canada. For a high school in the Philippines, see San Agustin Institute of Technology.
SAIT Polytechnic
SAIT Heart Building 2.jpg
Heritage Hall
Type Public
Established 1916
President Dr. David Ross
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students Diploma, Certificate, Apprenticeships and Applied Degrees: 8,434
Undergraduates 17,516 (full-time)
28,187 (part-time) [1]
Location Calgary, AB, Canada
Tag line Further your passion
Colours Red, White.          
Athletics Trojans
Affiliations CCAA, AACTI, Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference, CBIE, CUP, Polytechnics Canada
SAIT logo

SAIT Polytechnic (formally the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and commonly abbreviated SAIT) is a polytechnic institute located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. SAIT Polytechnic offers more than 100 career programs in technology, trades and business. SAIT Polytechnic is a member of Polytechnics Canada and one of Alberta's Top 50 Employers[2] Established in 1916, it is Calgary's oldest post-secondary institution and Canada's first publicly funded technical institute.[3]

SAIT's main campus overlooks the downtown core of Calgary and is served by the Calgary C-train light rail system. In addition to the main campus, SAIT has three other campuses located in Calgary: Mayland Heights, the Culinary Campus located on Stephen Avenue and the Art Smith Aero Centre for Training and Technology.

SAIT is a member of the Alberta Rural Development Network.

Campus location and expansion[edit]

SAIT Polytechnic is located in the NW division of the city of Calgary within close proximity to downtown Calgary. The main campus is served by the C-Train line with its own dedicated train station and many buses. The campus is located on 16 Avenue (the Trans-Canada Highway) and 10th Street. Other campuses include the SAIT Mayland Heights campus, the Art Smith Aero Centre and the downtown Culinary Campus.

SAIT is currently embarking on the final stages of the largest expansion in its nearly 100-year history. Construction of the $440 million Trades and Technology Complex began in the Fall of 2009. With the major stages of construction completed in 2012, the Complex added approximately 3,600 full-time training spaces. The final stages of construction occurred in 2013 which saw the Thomas Riley building add labs, hallways and an updating to the building's infrastructure and appearance.

SAIT campus viewed from the south field. Senator Patrick Burns building on the right, Heritage Hall centre, and Campus Centre left.


SAIT's student residence buildings
Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre at SAIT

SAIT Polytechnic offers two full baccalaureate degrees (commencing Fall 2011), four applied degrees, 66 diploma and certificate programs, 32 apprenticeship trades and 1,600 continuing education and corporate training courses.

SAIT delivers skill-oriented education to students through eight schools:

  • MacPhail School of Energy
  • School of Business
  • School of Construction
  • School of Health and Public Safety
  • School of Hospitality and Tourism
  • School of Information and Communications Technologies
  • School of Manufacturing and Automation
  • School of Transportation

SAIT also has two Centres dedicated to providing student support: the Centre for Academic Learner Services [4] and the Centre for Instructional Technology and Development.[5] SAIT's Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department works in partnership with industry on applied research.[6]

Since 2011 SAIT staff have been voting for the best instructor. The winner of the award in every year since its introduction has been Wayne Watson.

Scholarships and bursaries[edit]

The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: BP Canada Energy Company; TransCanada Aboriginal Education Program; The Calgary Foundation; JR Running Rabbit Memorial; Savanna Energy Services Corp [7]



SAIT Residence has two modern high rises located in the northeast corner of its main campus. Both residence towers feature four different floor plans and amenities such as fully furnished units, kitchenettes, high-speed Internet, study lounges and 24-hour security.

Campus Centre[edit]

The Campus Centre contains an hockey arena, coffee house, bar, Jugo Juice, gymnasium, fitness centre, squash courts, bowling alley, salt water pool and theatre.

Stan Grad Centre[edit]

This central building on SAIT Polytechnic's main campus houses food service outlets, study areas, classrooms, the campus bookstore and the library.


SAIT Polytechnic has been a member of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference since 1964. The SAIT Trojans are represented basketball, curling, soccer, cross country running, hockey and volleyball. All of SAIT's sports teams share the name Trojans.


SAIT Polytechnic has two on-campus newspapers: The Weal is owned and operated by SAITSA, SAIT's Student Association and the Polytechnic Press is operated by SAIT Journalism students.

The campus radio station, Qwest 103, is operated by SAIT RTBN students. The RTBN program at SAIT (previously known as CTSR) boasts many graduates who have become prominent radio and television personalities. It is one of Canada's leading Television and Radio programs and admissions to the program are very competitive.

Notable alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 51°03′43″N 114°05′29″W / 51.06194°N 114.09139°W / 51.06194; -114.09139 (SAIT)