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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
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You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 2 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of B in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

With emphasis on engineering fundamentals combined with high-tech equipment and analysis techniques, the Mechanical Engineering Technology program will provide you with the flexibility and portability of skills required to become a mechanical engineering technologist and find work in industries such as oil and gas, agriculture and pulp and paper.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Design concepts, process planning and analysis techniques will be studied and you will receive sound supporting theory from courses such as Dynamics, Design of Machine Elements, Drafting and CAD, and Plant Engineering.

Some of the skills you will acquire include:

  • 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

Opportunities for further education

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program can also prepare you for studies in the following programs:

Enter the workforce with confidence

On completion of the program, graduates typically work in mechanical design, manufacturing, estimating, plant and productivity improvement. Areas of specialization can cover a very broad range, including drafting and design, planning, estimating, inspection, sales, purchasing and production. 

The portability of skills allows graduates to pursue careers overseas, in the United States and across Canada.

Typical employers

  • Mechanical equipment manufacturing and supply firms
  • Mechanical equipment research and development laboratories
  • Petroleum processing and refining industries
  • General contractors
  • Consulting engineering firms
  • Government agencies

Is this program for you?

To be successful mechanical engineering technologists, graduates of the program 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

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology. 

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation. 

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).   Find out more

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Term 1

ENGL1102Effective Communications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: COMM1102
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will include instruction in the research and writing of basic technical documents, such as reports, letters, e-mails, instructions, and descriptions, according to established industry and business standards. Students will receive an introduction to ethical principles and develop skills in research, interpersonal communication, and presentation techniques.

MACH1221Machine Shop Practices
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: MACH1121, MCEN1121, MEC122
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The course introduces the student to metal removal operations on conventional and CNC machine tools. Machine shop safety, the use of measuring tools, layout tools, hand tools, and bench work is introduced. Participation in a shop project enables the student to gain experience in metal removal processes.

MATE1104Engineering Materials
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: MATE1204, MET221
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Material selection is an important aspect to engineering design. The physical and mechanical properties of engineering materials are altered by composition, structure and environment. Lab exercises will include testing of materials by both destructive and nondestructive methods to ensure that the materials used in an engineering design conform to the required material specifications. Material performance in industrial environments can be affected by a variety of corrosion mechanisms. The study of the evaluation methods used for corrosive environments will help student gain a level of knowledge in how design life of a component can vary by material selection.

MATH1101Calculus
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is for Mechanical Engineering Technology students, presenting the fundamentals of differential and integral calculus. Topics include finding the derivative and integral of both algebraic and transcendental functions. Practical applications will also be examined by applying differential or integral methods.

MCEN1131Engineering Mechanics - Statics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: MEC132
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This is a foundational engineering course that studies how loads, when applied to a solid body, affect (act and react) that body. Statics, the focus, is when the object is stationary (static) (or moving at a constant velocity – no acceleration). Equilibrium, Free Body Diagrams, vector analysis, forces, moments, couples, units of measure, trusses, frames and friction are studied. Rigorous engineering analysis, problem solving, attention to detail, application of mathematics, industry standard reports are skills and abilities gained in this course. Lectures are supplemented by hands on laboratory experiments, and by many practical problems.

MCEN1160Engineering Graphics and Technical Drawings
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: DSGN1141
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce the student to fundamental principles of engineering graphics for mechanical design. Students will apply engineering graphics principles to interpret or create technical drawings and sketches that accurately describe the shape and size of an object. Major topics covered in the course will include line techniques, layouts, geometric entities, visualizing solid objects, orthographic and isometric projections, applying scale to a drawing, dimensioning, sectioning, and auxiliary views. These topics will be practiced using a variety of tools, including a CAD software package.

Term 2

DSGN1243Solid Modeling
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: MCEN1160.
  • Course Equivalencies: MEC342
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course expands on concepts covered in MCEN1160 while introducing the student to 3D design software package(s). Students practice design, analysis, and visualization while creating 3D part models and virtual prototypes of assemblies. An emphasis is placed on the communication of part and assembly designs through the creation of drawings and other digital documentation.

DSGN1300Introduction to Design and Projects
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MACH1221, MCEN1160, ENGL1102.
  • Course Equivalencies: DSGN1242
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The course begins with an emphasis in defining the design considerations of a given problem with attention to the pillars of sustainability. Common mechanical components such as fasteners, gears, bearings, and fabrication methods are studied. Students are required to demonstrate their course work using a combination of verbal, written, and graphical communication tools. Students will work in a team to complete a project using the design process and project management tools. The project involves the building of a mechanical device, which utilizes the topics covered in the course.

MCEN1112Industrial Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: MEC313
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides a thorough introduction to the principles and applications of power transmission using pressurized fluid. Topics include fluid power concepts and design calculations, component function and selection, and circuit design and operation. Lecture material will be supplemented with laboratory work on circuit design and component disassembly. The course emphasis will be on hydraulic systems with an introduction to pneumatic systems.

MCEN1232Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics of Machinery
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: MCEN1131.
  • Course Equivalencies: MEC232
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Dynamics of Machinery is the study of linear and rotational motion and the forces and torques that cause motion. Specific topics include kinematics and kinetics of plane motion. Problems are solved using several different methods including work and energy, impulse and momentum, and inertia methods. Theory is applied to actual engineering applications to solve problems involving hoisting equipment, such as elevators, and balancing of rotating machinery.

MCEN1233Strength of Materials
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MATE1104, MCEN1131.
  • Course Equivalencies: MEC231
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Key topics in strength of materials are studied to determine the stresses and deformation in structural components due to applied forces. Specific topics include material properties, direct and torsional stress, stresses due to bending in beams, and combined stresses. Deflection of members under load is also discussed. Theory is used to analyze actual engineering components and structures.

MCEN2313Fluid Mechanics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: MCEN1131.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Properties of fluids, energy variations in incompressible fluids, and laminar and turbulent flow characteristics are investigated. Theories of flow in pipe lines and pipe line systems are studied, followed by related engineering applications. Related topics in fluid statics, flow measurement, and fluid dynamics will conclude this course. 

Term 3

DSGN2445Tool and Fixture Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: DSGN1141, DSGN1243, MCEN2323.
  • Course Equivalencies: MFG434
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The tool design course explores common workholding tools used during a variety of operations. Students will apply course content by designing and documenting several workholding tools using a 3D CAD software package. Major topics include objectives and basic economics of tool design, common tool types, locating principles, clamping and workholding principles, components and tool construction, and tooling drawings.

MCEN2323Modern Manufacturing Processes
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MACH1221, DSGN1141.
  • Course Equivalencies: MEC321
  • Open Studies: Not Available

A study of the CNC equipment and systems used in the metals industry is undertaken. Assignments utilizing programming software, setup sheets, cutting tool selection, and process planning related to metal removal are provided. Hands on participation in shop projects provide a solid foundation in CNC technology.

MCEN2334Design of Machine Elements
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MCEN1233, DSGN1242.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is an extension of MCEN1233 Strength of Materials. Design and analysis of pressure vessels are introduced. Design of machine elements such as shafts, keys, pins, and bolted and welded connections are discussed. Catalog selection of rolling contact bearings is also covered.

MCEN2352Productivity Improvement Practices
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Co-requisites: MCEN2323, MCEN2351.
  • Course Equivalencies: MFG342
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The course introduces the student to Lean Manufacturing concepts and the steps necessary to implement the Lean approach within a manufacturing environment. Six Sigma methodologies, as a means to improve processes and sustain process improvements, are also studied.

MCEN2353Production Capacity Planning
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MACH1121, DSGN1141, DSGN1242. Co-requisites: MCEN2323, MCEN2352.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Systematic approaches to effective operation of production systems are presented. Principles, procedures, and techniques for effective planning and control are applied to: practical problems in forecasting, scheduling, capacity planning, and inventory management. Also, the course includes a study of the roles and functions of management.

MCEN2414Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MCEN1232, MCEN2313.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

A study of the principles and application of heat transfer and thermodynamics is undertaken. The course further emphasizes applications in such areas as analysis of heat losses through walls, operation of heat exchangers, and the performance of specific power cycles. 

Term 4

MCEN2351Quality Assurance
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MACH1221, DSGN1242
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The course provides a fundamental coverage of quality concepts. A study is made of precision measurement along with inspection techniques applied in a lab environment. The use of statistical techniques as a means of controlling production is also undertaken. The application of a Quality Management System (QMS) to enable companies to control product quality and meet the needs of its customers is studied.

MCEN2424Cost Estimating
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: DSGN1242, MATE1104, MCEN2305, MCEN2323.
  • Course Equivalencies: MEC463
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The student is introduced to the theory and techniques of estimating used by various sectors of industry with emphasis on manufacturing, metal work, and welding to prepare estimates of cost, time, and quantity. Elements of the traditional product cost and price structure including direct material cost, direct labor cost, burden, and profit will be analyzed. Financial estimating, or budgeting, is studied as well as common management financial tools including income statements and balance sheets. 

MCEN2435Machine Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: MCEN2334.
  • Course Equivalencies: MEC464
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Criteria and selection procedures for the design and selection of handling equipment are studied with the emphasis on handling of bulk materials. Component selection using catalogs and design of conveyor systems, belt and chain drives, and bucket elevators are undertaken. Methods of evaluating bulk materials as well as properties of bulk materials are investigated.

MCEN2454Facilities Engineering and Management
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: DSGN1242.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The student is introduced to a number of facets of industrial plants. The roles of the plant engineer in equipment selection, maintenance, and replacement are explored. The physical and operational characteristics, varieties and functions of many types of equipment are identified. Basic selection and sizing techniques are studied. Pressure vessel and piping design are introduced. 

MCEN2471Technical Project (Capstone)
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Mechanical Engineering program that have completed Level 1. Prerequisites: MCEN2305, MCEN2313, MCEN2323, MCEN2334, MCEN2351, MCEN2352, MCEN2353. Corequisites: DSGN2445, MCEN2414, MCEN2424, MCEN2435, MCEN2454.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The capstone course is a concluding course of study in which students apply knowledge gained from previous courses to complete a given project. Elements of the project include features such as research, generating idea options, idea development, project time planning, component or process selection or design, detailed working drawings, process analysis, detailed cost estimates, proposal package and project presentation. A technical report is a major feature of the capstone course.

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Application Deadline: Sep 08, 2020

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