Mechanical Engineering Technology

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: Advanced Diploma (3 Year)
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 3 years/6 Semesters

Program Codes
W123 (PC) – Timmins Campus

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, by year three you’ll specialize in 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. You’ll graduate with the high-octane skills required to design, plan and coordinate fullscale 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.

Contact Information

For questions about being admitted into the program, please contact Northern College Admissions at or by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 7222.

For questions about the content of the program, contact the Program Coordinator.

Tina Thibault-Lambert
Program Coordinator
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2298

Student Success & The Northern Experience

Further develop your skills and knowledge from our one-year Mechanical Engineering Technician certificate program to obtain a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

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.

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Course Information

Course descriptions can be found below.

Please note, course information is based on our current offering and is subject to change. Current students can find more information on courses in their student account.

If you have questions or require program information for previous academic years, please contact the Program Coordinator.

2024-2025 Academic Year

Semester 1

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 is emphasized.

42 Hours

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.

42 Hours

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.

56 Hours

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.

56 Hours

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.

56 Hours

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.

28 Hours

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.

42 Hours

Semester 2

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.

56 Hours

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.

42 Hours

This general education course will provide students with an introduction to Canadian Indigenous Nations’ history, sovereignty, land titles, cultural history and current critical issues. Topics addressed include the content of Indigenous rights, economic and social development, community and political processes, and business law and policies, justice & social services. Canadian Indigenous History and Relations is a general education course that has been incorporated into all programs at Northern College.

42 Hours

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.

56 Hours

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%)

56 Hours

This is an introductory course intended to give students a basic understanding of electronic devices and fundamental electrical concepts including current, voltage, resistance, ohm’s law, series/parallel circuits, combination circuits, Kirchoff’s Law, inductance, and reactance. The student will also be introduced to the general principles of motor controls, electronics and electrical safety considerations.

42 Hours

This course will develop the theories and practices taught during MM1002 while furthering their knowledge on conventional machine tools such as engine lathes, drilling machines, saws, pedestal grinders and various hand tools. They will learn the parts, various operations, cutting tools and the relationship of speeds and feeds applied to milling machines. They will manufacture parts to specified tolerances which reflect field operations.

28 Hours

Semester 3

The first part of this course introduces the learner to the fundamentals of computer and how they are networked. Topics include a basic overview of computer/network equipment, networking fundamentals and standards, and network design. The second part of the course provides the learner with an introduction to computer programming using embedded systems. Topics covered include syntax, variables, equations, data types, loops, conditional statements, logical statements, and ADC interfacing.

42 Hours

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.

70 Hours

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.

56 Hours

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.

42 Hours

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.

56 Hours

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. 

42 Hours

Semester 4

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.

Pre-requisites: MA1100 Mathematics I

42 Hours

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.

56 Hours

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.

56 Hours

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.

56 Hours

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.

42 Hours

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.

42 Hours

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. 

42 Hours

Semester 5

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.

70 Hours

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.

28 Hours

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.

56 Hours

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.

42 Hours

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.

42 Hours

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.

42 Hours

Semester 6

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.

42 Hours

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.

42 Hours

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.

28 Hours

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.

56 Hours

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.

42 Hours

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.

42 Hours

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.

42 Hours

Career Ready Graduates

Articulation Agreements

A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program coordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option.

  1. Monitor compliance with current legislation, standards, regulations, and guidelines.
  2. Plan, co-ordinate, implement and evaluate quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements.
  3. Monitor and encourage compliance with current health and safety legislation, as well as organizational practices and procedures.
  4. Develop and apply sustainability best practices in workplaces.
  5. Use current and emerging technologies to implement mechanical engineering projects.
  6. Analyze and solve complex mechanical problems by applying mathematics and fundamentals of mechanical engineering.
  7. Prepare, analyze, evaluate and modify mechanical engineering drawings and other related technical documents.
  8. Design and analyze mechanical components, processes and systems by applying fundamentals of mechanical engineering.
  9. Design, manufacture and maintain mechanical components according to required specifications.
  10. Establish and verify the specifications of materials, processes and operations for the design and production of mechanical components.
  11. Plan, implement and evaluate projects by applying project management principles.
  12. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
  13. Apply business principles to design and engineering practices.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment with consulting engineering firms, manufacturing & processing companies, public institutions, and government departments in a wide range of industries including mining, oil & gas, forestry, automotive, and construction.


Pathways to Success

Graduates of this program may be eligible to enroll in the Mechanical Engineering degree program at Lakehead University.

Admissions Information & Requirements

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


Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Applicants who do 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 must undergo academic testing and may be required to complete Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to demonstrate equivalency of admission requirements prior to admission into a program.

For more details, please contact the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 or

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the admission requirements, international students must have proof of English Proficiency and meet the requirements below.

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

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

  • IELTS 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) – Internet Based Test (iBT) 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

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Tuition and fees are typically updated yearly for the upcoming Academic Year in May.

Current amount may be based on last years amounts and are subject to change. Ancillary fees vary by campus and program.

If the tuition and fee information for international students does not appear on this page, visit to see amounts for general programs.

Please refer to your Student Account for the most up-to-date information.

Student Year Campus Program Code Tuition Ancillary Fees Total Fees
StudentDomesticYear3CampusTimmins - PCProgram CodeW123Tuition$2,720.56 Ancillary Fees$811.50 Total$3,532.06
StudentInternationalYear3CampusTimmins - PCProgram CodeW123Tuition$14,382.00 Ancillary Fees$1,422.58 Total$15,804.58
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