Where it Can Take You
This program is designed to prepare graduates for rewarding careers in a wide range of industrial and government positions. Our students are employed in all aspects of Alberta industry that use or sell machinery. The majority of graduates get jobs in industries related to oil and gas, agriculture and wood products. Students with a journeyman background are particularly employable.
Typical entry-level jobs include
- CAD operator/designer mechanical components sales estimator for steel fabricators quality assurance.
- Firms that manufacture products such as valves, pressure vessels, agricultural equipment, oilfield equipment, lumber, medical testing equipment and others hydraulic firms engineering consulting firms in design, fabrication and production and quality control commercial supply sales firms municipal and government agencies.
Additional career information
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What successful grads have to say
Mark worked at Syncrude as a summer student between his first and second years at NAIT. Immediately following graduation, Mark started a permanent position with Syncrude in Fort McMurray as a mechanical designer on the mining side of Syncrude. He did both mechanical and structural design and drafting using MicroStation CAD, and worked on a variety of different jobs on the Hydrotransport system for the North Mine.
Within 2 years, he became a QA/QC Inspector in Extraction, where they separate the bitumen and the sand, pump the sand (tailings) into a pit, and send the bitumen froth to upgrading to be sent down the pipeline to be refined in Edmonton. Soon after that, he was promoted to QA/QC contact for Plant 4/5, which put him in charge of scheduling, performing and records retention for all inspections in Plant 4/5.
Every inspection requires an extensive report and filing system. His career path is leading him to be a fully qualified inspector, and his training is being paid for by his employer. In his words, "I never dreamed I would have such a challenging and fulfilling career. I want to thank all the instructors at NAIT. You all did a wonderful job of teaching, and I have used things that I learned from every class; I just wish I could remember more of it."
Graduate Information & Opportunities
After two years of suitable industrial experience, graduates are eligible for certification as a certified engineering technologist (CET) with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).
Continuing your studies
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program provides access to:
- Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management, NAIT
- Camosun College Engineering Bridge Program (Victoria, British Columbia) http://camosun.ca/learn/programs/engineering-bridge/what-youll-learn/mechanical-uvic.html
- Lakehead University College Transfer Program (Thunder Bay, Ontario) http://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/faculties/engineering/college-transfer-program
- Schulich School of Engineering Energy Engineering Degree Program: https://schulich.ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/programs/bsc-energy-engineering (NAIT Mechanical Engineering Technology is recognized as an energy-related technology program by the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary)
For courses available from professional associations, please refer to their websites:
- Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta
- Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
- Society of Manufacturing Engineers
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