What to Expect
Course delivery is based on the lecture/lab model supported by field trips and guest speakers. Classrooms accommodate lectures and group discussions. Labs are fully equipped with modern equipment to give students a full understanding of the function and operation of various mechanical systems including computers, hydraulics, machining, etc.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend
- 27 hours per week in classes and labs.
- 25 hours per work outside of classes completing homework and study assignments.
- Machine Shop
- PLC Controls and Automation
- Solid Modelling
Is This Program For You?
Prospective students usually have an appreciation for engineering principles with a strong leaning toward creativity and practicality. To be successful, graduates must possess:
- sound people and personal skills, including working as a team player
- effective listening and written communication skills
- attention to detail
- personal initiative
- professionalism with colleagues and customers
- a commitment to lifelong learning
- a mechanical aptitude to assist in problem-solving and design
MEC Co-Op Option
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Skills you will acquire
- design of mechanical components, assemblies and systems
- specifications for machining operations/production methods and tooling for the manufacture of metal parts
- cost estimating for fabrication, pressure vessels, construction, manufacturing, piping systems and projects
- selection and evaluation of machinery
- layout design for office, warehouse and plant
- production activity evaluation
- methods analysis techniques using quality-management and quality-control tools
Women in Technology and Trades
The Mechanical Engineering Technology 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.
- Visit the Women in Technology and Trades page
- See upcoming WITT events
- Learn more about the WITT Industry Mentorship Program
Teams of Mechanical Engineering Technology students compete in a "mousetrap challenge" - a fun and friendly competition that tests them to apply engineering principles to solve a unique puzzle, and even counts for extra marks. A typical challenge: design a system that will lift a hockey puck 50 mm out of a hole and transport it 2 m, using the power of just 2 mousetraps.
Says Jeff: "The instructors at NAIT want to see you succeed, and encourage you to keep in touch even after you have graduated and moved into the workforce. This attitude - that you're not in it alone - inspires you to want to achieve your highest."