Mechanical Engineering

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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:

  • Computer-aided design and drafting (CAD)
  • Design (mechanical, electro-mechanical, fluid flow, thermal, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and heating, ventilating & air conditioning (HVAC))
  • Manufacturing (metal and plastics processing, automation, robotics, and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) for computer numeric control (CNC) machining)
  • Management (quality, production operations, lean manufacturing, and project management)


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.

Learn more about Mechanical Engineering Technology - program flow and current, detailed course information.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program gives students a broad base upon which to begin a career and develop it in any direction.  In the early career years, the nature of work, job responsibilities, and even the focus area in mechanical engineering can change depending on the interests, experience and abilities of graduates.      Mechanical Engineering students programming robots at Career Fair

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:

  • CAD/CAM - solid modeling of mechanical designs, production of drawings, design detailing, CNC programming
  • Design - work under the supervision/mentoring of Senior Designer in the areas of structural and machine design, fluid flow analysis and hydraulic system design.
  • Manufacturing and Production Operations - production planning and scheduling, plant floor operations support and troubleshooting, inspection and quality assurance, continuous improvement of all processes involved in the product/service (lean manufacturing)
  • Construction, Installation and Maintenance - process plant machinery and equipment, HVAC systems specification and selection, instrumentation and controls
  • Technical sales, customer support/service

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:

  • Technical Specialist
  • Project Management
  • Consultant
  • High level of responsibility - management, or operate your own business

Learn more about Jobs and Careers

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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