The Mechanical Engineering Technology program gives students an opportunity to enter the exciting and demanding field of mechanical engineering. The program is structured to provide a solid foundation in:
Engineering studies at college combine classroom theory with practical applications and some hands-on experience in labs. The Mechanical Engineering Technology program has modern facilities with up to date lab equipment. A strong emphasis on computer application software is followed throughout the program. The importance of effective communication and presentation skills is stressed in all course work.
Class sizes are small, providing a dynamic interactive learning experience, and allowing close instructor involvement. The Mechanical Engineering Technology program accepts up to 40 students each year for entry into the program.
College instructors are available outside of class time. The focus at college is on teaching, and instructors do not have the research demands seen at the university level. Our instructors develop, teach and grade all aspects of the courses. All faculty members are professional engineers, and many continue to be active in mechanical engineering industry practice.
Admission Requirements: The Okanagan College Calendar shows entrance requirements, program outline, specific course prerequisites, and tuition fee schedule. Please note that one of the most important entrance requirements is Math 12 Pre-calculus. Engineering courses require good math and problem solving skills.
The program offers the option to integrate classroom study with on the job work experience, where students alternate periods of paid employment with academic study. Co-op placement in the industry occurs after first year, and in second year. For more information, visit the Co-operative Education department website at Student, Grad & Co-op Employment.
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Career Directions in Mechanical Engineering Technology
1. Entry level positions focus on developing technical expertise, and can be in a number of areas such as:
2. After a few years experience, graduates can expect to specialize in a focus area and field of mechanical engineering. More emphasis is placed on developing leadership skills, together with advancing technical knowledge. An increase in level of responsibility such as supervisory role, lead designer, manufacturing engineer, or technical specialist can be achieved.
3. Mature career level occurs in a specific focus area and discipline of mechanical engineering. Emphasis continues to be on developing leadership and management skills. Opportunities to advance include:
The mechanical engineering technologist can be involved in any aspect from evaluation of customer requirements, creation of initial design concepts, development of designs and manufacturing processes, final design review with the customer, manufacturing and production operations, assembly and installation, and product/service support.
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