What to Expect
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average:
- 27 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
- about 50% of training time in hands-on laboratory exercises
- 27 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
Students learn in state-of-the-art labs with equipment typically used in industry.
- Mechanical testing lab
Standardized (ASTM) tests are performed on various engineering materials to determine the mechanical properties of the material.
- Universal testing machines are used to evaluate tension, compression, formability and fatigue properties.
- Hardness testing machines are used to measure plastic flow stress properties.
- Impact testing machines are used to correlate ductile and brittle behavior (toughness) of materials under various service conditions.
- Fracture toughness testing is used to predict the load-carrying capabilities of structures and components containing cracks.
- Fatigue testing is performed to determine how materials fail under cyclic loading conditions. Fatigue accounts for more than 90% of all service failures due to mechanical causes.
- NDT Lab Equipment
- 3 Liquid Penetrant dip stations
- 5 Magnetic Particle wet benches
- 1 X Ray machine and radiography dark room
- 10 Epoch 600 ultrasonic flaw detectors
- 6 DL37 Thickness testers
- 1 Eddy Current Tester
- Corrosion testing lab
Many different mechanisms of corrosion are explored. Labs include evaluation methods for uniform corrosion, crevice corrosion, pitting corrosion, galvanic corrosion, inter-granular corrosion, exfoliation corrosion and stress corrosion cracking. The credibility (reliability) of test results will be examined carefully for all test methods.
- Metallography lab
Physical metallurgical principles are studied, relating processing parameters (such as heat treatment and metal forming) to the microstructure and properties of metals and alloys. The metallurgical microscope is the tool that is used to examine and photographically record these microstructures. Information that can be obtained about the specimen includes grain size and shape, the presence of micro-defects, and the nature and distribution of secondary phases. This information is useful in quality control and failure analysis of metallic components.
Is This Program For You?
Candidates keen on NAIT's Materials Engineering Technology program should have an interest in joining an engineering team in a co-operative environment.
Skills you will acquire
- knowledge of materials and materials-processing methods (welding, machining, casting, forging, metal-forming)
- corrosion testing and prevention methods
- mechanical testing and failure analysis
- non-destructive testing techniques such as radiography, ultrasonic, eddy current, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle and vibration analysis.
- metallurgy and welding processes, including procedure writing and qualification, quality-control testing of metals, non metals, ceramics, and plastics.
- soils, concrete, asphalt and particulate materials inspection, quality control, mix design, and testing.
In addition to these areas of study, students gain a fundamental knowledge of effective technical communication and mathematics, as well as the basic sciences of chemistry and physics.
Women in Technology and Trades
The Auto Body Technician program is supported by Women in Technology and Trades (WITT), an offering of NAIT Student Engagement. The goal of WITT is to ensure that all female students are aware of and prepared for the career opportunities that are available to them in diverse technical fields. Throughout the year, WITT provides networking events, lunch and learns, mentorship opportunities and support services that are available to women in technology and trades programs at NAIT.