Mechanical Engineering Technologists, who complete studies focused on manufacturing, are proficient in the specification, implementation, operation, maintenance and supervision of manufacturing systems and personnel. These technologists are prepared to assume the role of decision-maker early in their careers in both the traditional and advanced manufacturing sectors. The knowledge of core mechanical engineering principles, above average problem-solving ability, and superior "hands-on" skills also make these graduates well suited to employment in related industries.
Students in this program utilize the advanced technology resources available through the College's Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC). The MTC is mandated to provide both direct and indirect support to industry through activities such as product and process prototyping.
Graduates completing this program are automatically eligible for membership in the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL), as well as any similar association in Canada.
Upon completion of this program graduates may choose to further their education by completing a bachelor degree in technology or engineering at one of several institutions that have articulation agreements with College of the North Atlantic.
This program has been accredited since 1998 by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) under the mandate of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. In 2019, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) became the sole accrediting body of engineering technology programs in Canada. TAC will recognize CTAB accredited programs until the accreditation transition period is complete.
Graduates with two years of progressive work experience may be eligible to receive the designation of Professional Technologist (P. Tech) upon completion of a Professional Practice and Ethics Exam
This program is also CEWIL (Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning) accredited.
The academic credentials of graduates of accredited technology programs are recognized internationally by the signatories of the Sydney Accord.
Upon the successful completion of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (Manufacturing) Co-op program the graduate will be able to:
- Utilize Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software as per industry standards.
- Design mechanical components/assemblies and create engineering drawings and specifications through the use of 2D and 3D CAD and Modeling software.
- Develop electro-pneumatic and other automation systems, through hands-on practical experience with programming and operating Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment, Robotics, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's).
- Operate Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) systems drawing on the knowledge learned through core-engineering concepts of materials science, strength of materials, and machine design.
- Apply quality assurance standards and practical quality control techniques in precision measurement.
- Manage projects, resources and people in a supervisor role through the use of problem solving and related skills.
consisting of Project Management Skills (theoretical and applied), Communication Skills (oral and written), Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Electrotechnology, Computers, Engineering Graphics, Technology Awareness, and Student Success.
consisting of discipline specific courses such as Mechanics, Strengths of Materials, Materials and Processes, Machine Design, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Engineering Management, Quality Assurance, and Maintenance.
employing labs and shops focused on Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Tool Design, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
consisting of field experience, gained from compensated work terms, in the field of manufacturing.
Career opportunities for graduates of this program exist with consulting firms, manufacturing firms, shipbuilding yards, oil & gas servicing industry, food processing plants, research institutions and government departments.
In addition to formal semester courses listed in the program of studies, students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (Manufacturing) Co-op program are required to obtain a certificate of completion in Standard First Aid/Heart Start and WHMIS, over their three-year period of studies.
*Students should be aware that additional fees may apply for external certifications.
Eligibility for admission to an Engineering Technology program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
i. English (2 credits) (minimum 60%) from: 3201
ii. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
Students who received a combined average of 70% in high school Academic Mathematics 2201 and 3201, or a pass in both high school
Advanced Mathematics 2200 and 3200 can be exempted from Math 1700. Students must apply for the exemption.
iii. Science (4 credits) two of which must be selected from:
Earth Systems: 3209
The remaining two Science credits to be chosen from the highest Science mark in level 1, 2 or 3.
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
i. Math (60% MINIMUM) MA1040
ii. Two Science courses chosen from one of the following three combinations:
It is strongly recommended that CAS students who intend to enroll in Engineering Technology programs complete both of the Chemistry courses and both of the Physics courses.
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with Degree and Technical Profile including the following courses (or equivalent):
i. English (60% minimum) 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
ii. Mathematics (60% minimum) 1101A, 1101B, 1101C, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
iii. Science from one of the following sections:
a. Biology 1101, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
b. Chemistry 1102, 2102A, 2102B, 2102C, 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
c. Physics 1104, 2104A, 2104B, 2104C, 3104A, 3104B, 3104C
Applicants with Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with a different Profile may be eligible for admission to the program provided the appropriate selection of courses including those outlined above have been completed.
4. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, are 19 years at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
5. International Applicants – English Proficiency
All international applicants must meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The College will accept these recognized tests of English language proficiency (TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0, or Pearson PTE 53 or greater, etc.).
If a language proficiency test other than those referenced above was used, applicants can forward for assessment.
If an international applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English language proficiency test will not be required.
: Some programs may require specific English language requirements and proficiency scores that differ from those stated above; therefore international applicants are advised to please refer to the specific program admission requirements as identified in the College Calendar.
Graduates of Mechanical Engineering Technology (Manufacturing) Co-op may continue their studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland in the Bachelor of Technology program or may apply to Lakehead University’s post diploma Bachelor of Engineering program.