Mechanical Engineering Technology

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: College Diploma (2 Year)
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 6 Semesters

Program Codes
W123 (PC) – Timmins Campus

Solve today’s problems while spearheading solutions for tomorrow

Northern’s advanced diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology will give you an edge in the workplace—and set the stage for continuing studies at the university level.

After two years of the Mechanical Engineering Technician program, you’ll specialize in Year Three – deepening your knowledge of materials, machine design, manufacturing methods, process control, advanced fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer.

You’ll get extensive hands-on training in a modern manufacturing lab complete with the latest scanners, printers, mills and lathes. You’ll learn how to select, design, install, maintain, program and troubleshoot modern industrial mechanical components and systems.

And you’ll graduate with the high-octane skills required to design, plan and coordinate full-scale mechanical engineering projects.

The first two years of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program is identical to the Mechanical Engineering Technician Program offered at Northern College. Students who are interested in designing, planning and coordinating mechanical engineering projects continue their studies for an additional year. They will acquire a greater depth of training and knowledge in strength of materials, manufacturing methods, advanced fluid mechanics, thermodynamics & heat transfer, process control, and machine design.

Students receive extensive hands-on instruction in a modern manufacturing lab with CNC mills, CNC lathes, CMM, 3D scanners, and a range of 3D printing technologies. They learn how to select, design, install, maintain, program and troubleshoot modern industrial mechanical components and systems.

Graduates from our Technician or Technology programs may obtain certification through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

Pathways to Success

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technician Program may choose to continue their studies and complete an additional year in order to obtain a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Graduates of this program may be eligible to enroll in the Mechanical Engineering degree program at Lakehead University.

Career Opportunities

Northern College graduates are currently employed by consulting engineering firms, manufacturing & processing companies, public institutions and government agencies. Mechanical engineering technologists work individually, assist engineers, or supervise other technologists or technicians in the design, construction, testing, installation, repair or marketing of equipment in a wide range of industries including mining, oil & gas, forestry, automotive, and construction.

 

Contact Information

Mahi Fahimian, Ph.D., P.Eng
705-235-3211 ext. 2120
fahimianm@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements

Domestic Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 12 Math (C, U) (MCT4C preferred; MAP4C is accepted with a minimum GPA of 60%)
Grade 12 Physics (C, U) recommended

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

International Admission Requirements

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELT Academic International English Language Testing System: a minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual band score under 6.0; however, we will accept one band at 5.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Computer-based overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 58+

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact admissions@northern.on.ca.

Semester 1
CM1903 Communications I – Model A

Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen essential oral and written communication skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions, tone, and style as well as the enhancement of interpersonal, teamwork, and presentation skills. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents, practice proper business etiquette and learn the importance of ethical behaviour and professionalism in the classroom and workplace. Attention to detail and the development of critical thinking skills are emphasized.  Students will learn to apply MLA format to assignments as applicable.

GN1033 Health and Safety

This course introduces the student to health and safety in their home, in society and within an occupational setting. Students learn about the social and personal benefits of safe work practices and the methods to best prevent accidents or injuries. Students will review the role, right and responsibilities of an individual in today’s health and safety conscious world. Students also learn how to read and interpret the Occupational Act and Regulations.

IT1024 Introduction to Physics

This course is an introductory course into the study of physics. It consists of 6 theory units and a corresponding laboratory component. The topics covered include: measurement, motion, forces, work and energy, fluids and heat. The lab component gives students the opportunity to connect with the acquired theory.

MA1100 Mathematics I

This course covers basic algebra properties, graphing the straight line, basic geometry and trigonometry, and solving a system of equations graphically and algebraically. It also covers vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws.

ME1014 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

This course will enable the student to create and modify professional-quality engineering drawings by familiarizing themselves with information typically found in manufacturing manuals, drawings, and specifications. The student will be able to identify drawing symbols, dimensions, and tolerances as well as draw and sketch using orthographic, isometric, and sectional views. The student will also learn the principles and practices of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) in accordance with ASME Y14.5 standard.

MM1002 Millwright Machining I

This course will develop the knowledge of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, alloys and non-metallic materials, thread systems for specific applications; select and install nuts, bolts, screws, dowels required to specifications, heat treat and stress relieve material if required.

MM3003 Industrial Indoctrination

This course will enable the student to protect self and others; comply with safety legislation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS); wear and maintain safety clothing and equipment; report all hazards; apply confined space safety procedures; apply machinery and equipment lock-out procedures; use correct body mechanics when lifting loads; communicate with fellow workers; report all accidents and respond to emergency situations. In addition, the student will be able to plan lifts; perform calculations using load charts; estimate load weights; select and use correct rigging/hoisting equipment; inspect and maintain rigging/hoisting equipment; use hand signals; control, balance and direct loads; disassemble all equipment safely.

Semester 2
AR2014 Statics

This is an introduction to engineering statics/mechanics tailored to the needs of Mechanical and Civil students. The major topics include vectors, moments, couples, centroids and moment of inertia. Students will learn how to find the reaction forces at the supports and the internal force in members using the method of joints and the method of sections. Students will also learn how to calculate the centroid and the area moment of inertia for simple shapes and some commercial shapes. Applied statics/mechanics is the basis for all calculations in areas such as stress analysis, machine design, hydraulics and structural design.

CM2903 Communications II – Model A

Communications 2 is a one-semester course that applies the oral and written communication tools learned in Comm1 to specific business/technical applications as required by industry today. The student will enhance the writing skills acquired in COMM1 and learn to produce effective documents including business letters, emails, employment documents as well as reports applicable to their field of study. Students will also learn how to plan and participate in meeting situations and participate in mock interviews (as applicable) so that they are prepared to transition into the competitive employment market. Students will continue to learn and apply proper language and grammatical structures and apply editing strategies to business/technical documents through both in-class/online activities and through the usage of the customized Mylab online grammar tool. As with COMM1, the content will be inclusive and reflect the diverse workplace that students will experience in the future.

*Students for whom English is not their first language will receive additional language support through the concurrent delivery of CM2933 (Enhanced Comm2) which continues to focus on the foundational grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure skills introduced in CM1933.

IN1224 Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) I

This is an introductory course designed to teach students the basics of using the AutoCAD drafting software to create 2 dimensional drawings. Lessons include using the draw, modify, layering and annotation commands.

MA2104 Mathematics II

MA2104 is the second course in the math stream for students in an Engineering Technician / Technology program.  The emphasis of this course is on solving equations relating to quadratics, logarithms, exponentials, with sections on factoring, fractional equations, manipulating exponent and radical expressions, and complex numbers, and for some programs studying systems of linear equations and determinants.  Applications of the basic concepts, to particular fields of study, will be covered.

The second semester Mathematics course is designed to give the student the mathematical tools required to function in his/her special field of study.

Students are encouraged to seek help after class hours if problems are encountered in the course.  Every effort will be made to identify problem areas to the student, but in the final analysis, it is the responsibility of the student to ask for help.

Prerequisite:   MA1100 – Mathematics I  (with 60%)

ME3004 Energy Systems I

The skyrocketing demand for clean, abundant energy has resulted in a need for comprehensive information that can be used by builders, technicians, energy industry professionals, and anyone else that wants to learn about alternative forms of energy and their everyday uses. This course explores solar, wind, and other sources and the technology available to harness them. Students will gain a better understanding on how these systems work as well as how they are put together.

ME3204 Dynamics

Dynamics is the study of motion and force systems on bodies in motion. The course will be an overview of the application of Newton’s laws to rectilinear and curvilinear motion problems. Plane motion, work/energy, impulse/momentum and force analysis will also be studied.

General Education Elective

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

Semester 3
GN2133 Law and Ethics

This course provides a basis for legal and ethical issues of importance to graduates and specifically covers tort law, contract law, legislation regulating business organizations, employment law, and professional liability. The overall objective of this course is to begin preparing the student for professional designations and/or examinations.

IN5003 Embedded Programming II

This course builds upon the concepts learned in IN3263 Embedded Programming and Networks with a focus on project work that reinforces the concepts covered. By completing this course, learners will be able to identify the processing and hardware needs of a project in order to select the appropriate controller. They will also be able to use advanced microcontroller programming techniques such as bitwise operators, polled loops and interrupts, inter-device communication (UART, SPI, I2C, CAN, etc), hardware timers, external displays, motor controllers, and both analog and digital sensors. A focus on debugging and troubleshooting techniques will complement each topic.

MA3205 Mathematics III with Calculus

This course covers topics such as: graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, the study of analytic geometry including the properties of the straight line, the circle and the parabola. The students will also be introduced to Calculus. The course expands with the study of the rate of change and the derivative of algebraic functions with applications to graphing, optimization and minimum and maximum problems. The students will also be introduced to integration of algebraic functions with applications to area.

ME2014 Mechanical Design and Computer Aided Design II

This course is designed to introduce the student to solid modelling, assembly construction and two-dimensional drawing construction using computer aided design (CAD) software. Standard drawing symbols, abbreviations, dimensioning, tolerancing, connections, and mechanical hardware will be covered. Both metric and US standard measurement systems will be used.

ME3013 Fluid Mechanics

This course introduces students to the behaviour of fluids at rest and in motion. The physical properties of fluids and their measurement are discussed. Energy and Bernoulli equations are applied to problems involving laminar and turbulent flow of fluids in pipes.

WE3044 Strength of Materials I

This course examines the behaviour of engineering materials under various loading conditions. The concepts of stress and strain are critically examined with emphasis on the application of those concepts to practical design and analysis problems. Topics include direct normal and shear stresses; axial deformation and thermal stress; torsional shear stress and torsional deformation; shearing forces and bending moments in beams; pressure vessel stresses; welded and bolted (riveted) connections.

Semester 4
MA6022 Statistics

This course will cover such topics as: classification of data using Excel, x-y graphs, bar graphs and pie charts; organization of data into frequency distributions, calculation of the mean, the median, variance and standard deviation for grouped data; probability and frequency distributions,  binomial and normal distributions, estimation of population means, standard deviation and proportions within a given confidence interval; control charts for statistical process control; and regression and correlation analysis.

ME3004 Energy Systems I

The skyrocketing demand for clean, abundant energy has resulted in a need for comprehensive information that can be used by builders, technicians, energy industry professionals, and anyone else that wants to learn about alternative forms of energy and their everyday uses. This course explores solar, wind, and other sources and the technology available to harness them. Students will gain a better understanding on how these systems work as well as how they are put together.

ME3044 Manufacturing Processes I

This is an introductory course that deals with the correlation between manufacturing, mechanical properties, microstructure, and applications. The course addresses material structures at atomic, crystallographic, microstructural, and macrostructural levels. Also included are topics such as strengthening mechanisms, tensile and cyclic testing, failure mechanisms, solid state diffusion, solidification, and phase diagrams. The purpose of this course is also to provide students with hands-on experience in modern manufacturing processes. It introduces the learner to how each process works and its relative advantages and limitations. Major emphasis is on the fundamentals of production processes in order to produce quality products in a competitive manner.

ME4013 HVAC

Students learn to size, select, and analyze the economics of different types of heating and air conditioning systems. Topics include: human body comfort, heat loss, heat gain, humidity, load estimating, heat pumps, air duct sizing, etc. using computer software.

ME4044 Mechanical Design and Computer Aided Design III

This course builds upon the skills learned in ME4044 Mechanical Design and Computer Aided Design II. The student will learn advanced solid modeling techniques including sweeps, lofts, 3D sketches, surfaces, joints, and sheet metal design using computer aided design (CAD) software. The student will also be introduced to surface modeling, freeform modeling, meshing, and simulations.

Semester 5
MA5005 Calculus II

This course is a continuation of Calculus I. The course expands the concepts of differential and integral calculus including derivatives of trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions. Topics covered include: methods of integration, use of integration to find areas under a curve, volumes of revolution, as well as other technical applications.

ME5002 Mechanical Lab I

The Mechanical Lab I course supplements and supports the Advanced Fluid Mechanics and Advanced Dynamics courses with practical learning. Lab topics in Advanced Fluid Mechanics include application of the Energy Principle, experimental determination of minor losses and losses in series/parallel pipeline systems, and pump selection. Lab topics in Dynamics include plane motion and inertial forces.

ME5004 Engineering Operations and Management

In this course, students learn concepts required to design competitive manufacturing systems. Topics include continuous improvement, cellular layouts, line balancing, equipment pay-back, cycle times, multi-product production and cost estimation. In this course, students learn concepts required to design and operate competitive manufacturing/industrial systems. Topics include product-production design interaction, facilities location and layout, material handling, work measurement, financial compensation, human factors, operations planning and control, quality control, linear programming, inventory control, and project management.

ME5023 Advanced Fluid Mechanics

In this course students learn about fundamentals and advanced topics of fluid mechanics. Topics include the nature of fluids and the study of fluid mechanics, viscosity of fluids, pressure measurement, forces due to static fluids, buoyancy, flow of fluids, general energy equation, Reynolds number and energy losses due to friction, minor losses, series pipeline systems, pump selection and application, flow measurement, forces due to fluids in motion, and drag and lift.

ME5033 Research Project I

Research Project I and II concentrate on the completion of an independent research project. This course mirrors working conditions that are frequently encountered in industry; that is, it is a self-directed, comprehensive study of a specific topic in the student’s field, not one covered in other course. In Research Project I, students prepare a detailed project proposal. Students begin work on the project in this course in preparation for project completion in Research Project II.

ME5213 Advanced Dynamics

In this course, students learn about kinematics of particles: rectilinear motion, planar curvilinear motion using various coordinate frames (such as rectangle, normal-tangential and radial-transverse), and analysis using Newton’s Second Law. Students also study the kinematics of rigid bodies: translation, rotation, general planar motion, forces and accelerations, mass moment of inertia, and static forces in machines.

Semester 6
ME6003 Advanced Strength of Materials

This course builds on concepts students have learned in earlier courses. In this course, beams will be analyzed using first principles in terms of shear, bending and deflection with applications to statically determinant and indeterminate problems. Columns will also be analyzed for crushing (short columns) buckling (long slender columns). Euler’s equation will be used to analyze columns with various end conditions.

ME6004 Advanced Dynamics of Machines

In this course students build upon knowledge and concepts from the previous dynamics course. The relationships between work and force, work and energy, energy and power will be learned. Conservation of forces, conservation of energy (potential, kinetic, electrical), and efficiency will be discussed. Linear and angular momentum and impulse principles will be analyzed with respect to systems of particles and impact examples. Conservation of momentum and conservation of energy will be used to analyze problems. Three-dimensional kinematics of rigid bodies will be analyzed with respect to velocities and accelerations. Students will also create mechanism displacement diagrams (for straight and curved links) of machine members using the relative velocity method, instantaneous centres, velocity polygon, relative acceleration polygon, coriolis acceleration, machine dynamics which includes inertia force method and analysis of translation, rotation, and plane motion, balancing rotating and reciprocating masses, and whirling of shafts.

ME6013 Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

In this course students build upon fundamentals from previous study in the application of thermodynamics and heat transfer. Concepts will include: phase-change processes, property diagrams (p-T, p-v, and T-v diagrams), thermodynamic tables, work, heat and energy transfer, heat transfer mechanisms (conduction, convection, radiation), thermal resistance analogy, application of the 1st-Law of thermodynamics to (a) a process, (b) a cycle of closed system, energy analysis of closed systems, applications of the 1st-law for steady-state-steady-flow processes and devices, and heat exchangers.

ME6014 Research Project II

Research Project I and II concentrate on the completion of an independent research project. This course mirrors working conditions that are frequently encountered in industry; that is, it is a self-directed, comprehensive study of a specific topic in the student’s field, not one covered in other course. In Research Project I, students prepare a detailed project proposal. Students begin work on the project in this course in preparation for project completion in Research Project II.

ME6023 Mechanical Lab II

The Mechanical Lab II course supplements and supports the Advanced Strength of Materials, Advanced Dynamics, Machine Design, and Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer courses with practical learning. Lab topics in Advanced Strength of Materials include stresses in beams, deflection in beams, and columns. Lab topics in the Advanced Dynamics include forces in machines and balancing rotating/reciprocating masses. Lab topics in Machine Design include connections, material strength, and power transmission. Lab topics in Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer include heat transfer and psychrometry.

ME6033 Metrology and Quality Control

This course is dedicated to quality systems and learning the theory behind basic metrology. Students gain a theoretical understanding of calibration techniques and learn calibration standards, statistical process control, and methods of measurement using different measuring devices.

ME6043 Machine Design

In this course students learn how to design, select and integrate common machine elements found in mechanical devices and systems including shafts, bearings, springs, gears, cams, belts, and chains. Students will also analyze the performance of fasteners and welded joints in various loading conditions and be introduced to failure mechanisms.

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