Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma

Learn fundamental engineering principles and practices while gaining a working knowledge in the areas of material use, structures, fluids, power, machine design, manufacturing, thermodynamics, quality and instrumentation and control.

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OC's Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma is a Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) nationally accredited program at the technologist level.

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  • Kelowna
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  • Full program offered
  • Partial program offered



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  • International students eligible

Tuition and fees

2023-24: $13,073.57 (Total for the two year program)

Program details

The mechanical engineering technologist is involved in the design, manufacture, testing, installation, operation and maintenance of a wide variety of machines and mechanical equipment. Through the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Okanagan College, students are trained in fundamental engineering principles and practice. Students will gain a working knowledge in the fundamentals of materials, structures, fluids, power, machine design, manufacturing, thermodynamics, HVAC, quality, and instrumentation and control. The use of current computer software is emphasized throughout the program.

A diverse and stimulating program, Mechanical Engineering Technology incorporates labs and field trips to reinforce theoretical background, and to develop appropriate methods of approach and solution of engineering problems.

Graduates may be employed by a very broad range of industrial organizations. Opportunities include product design, specification, installation and maintenance of equipment, cost estimating, technical sales, quality management, inspection, production planning, automation, CAD/CAM, robotics, and research and development. Mechanical engineering technologists are in demand due to the tremendous diversity of the discipline.

National Accreditation: The Mechanical Engineering Technology program is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) with recognized major competency areas of Mechanical Component Design, Engineering Design and Drawings, Mechanical Systems, Manufacturing Automation, and Project Management.

This program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) and Okanagan College students may register with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC).

Mechanical Engineering Technologists can specialize in one or more areas, such as:

  • Product design
  • Equipment supervision
  • Cost estimation
  • Technical sales
  • Inspection
  • Production planning
  • Researching and developing mechanical engineering

Students in the diploma program may choose to take Okanagan College's Mechanical Engineering Bridge program, which enables them to bridge into second year, second semester of the Mechanical Engineering Degree program at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna.

Campus Start date Schedule
Kelowna Sep. 04, 2024

Admission requirements

Regular Students

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent
  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
  • Math requirement:
    • A minimum of 60% in any of:
      • Pre-calculus Grade 12
      • Principles of Mathematics 12
      • Adult Basic Education MATH 012
      • Okanagan College MATH 120A minimum of 60% in any of:
    • Or a minimum of 70% in an Okanagan College Mathematics 12 Proficiency Test

  • Physics 11 (Physics 12 is recommended) is required. Chemistry 11 or Chemistry 12 is strongly recommended.
  • The Mechanical Engineering Technology program stresses the use of computers in solving engineering problems. It is recommended that students entering the program have a working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and presentation tools software. An introductory course in computers or computer experience is strongly recommended.

Mature Students

  • Applicants who do not have secondary school graduation may apply as a mature student provided they are at least 19 years of age and have not attended secondary school on a full-time basis for a year or more. Mature students must complete specific entrance requirements that apply to regular applicants.
  • Mature students without the required 60% grade in Mathematics 12 will be permitted to write a Mathematics 12 challenge exam.
  • Exemption from these admission requirements for mature students is based upon a department interview, work experience, educational background and the results of a Mathematics 12 challenge exam.

Program outline

Year 1

Semester 1

MECH 131 - Engineering Graphics I
MECH 133 - Materials Technology
MECH 134 - Statics
MECH 136 - Application of Engineering Principles
MECH 139 - Mechanical Fabrication
CMNS 133 - Technical Writing and Communications I
MATH 135 - Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering Technology I
Co-operative Education Employment Seminar

Semester 2

MECH 142 - Engineering Graphics II
MECH 144 - Dynamics
MECH 146 - Fluid Mechanics
MECH 147 - Strength of Materials
MECH 148 - Manufacturing Processes
MECH 149 - Manufacturing Applications
MATH 145 - Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering Technology II
MECH 152 - Welding
MECH152 Welding is offered over a one-week period

Co-op Term

MECH 101 - Co-op Education Work Term I
MECH 102 - Co-op Education Work Term II
MECH101 Co-op Work Term I (May-August) 4 months
MECH102 Co-op Work Term II(September - December) 4 months

Year 2

Semester 3

MECH 232 - Machine Design
MECH 233 - Technology Management and Quality
MECH 234 - Thermodynamics
MECH 235 - Hydraulics and Pneumatics
MECH 237 - Engineering Graphics III
MECH 239 - Automation
ELEN 236 - Electronic Technology I
MECH 257 - Engineering Graphics IV
MECH 257 offered over a one-week period

Co-op Term

MECH 103 - Co-op Education Work Term III
MECH103 Co-op Work Term III (May - August) 4 months

Semester 4

MECH 240 - Project
CMNS 144 - Technical Writing and Communications for Mechanical Engineering
MECH 243 - Operations Management
MECH 244 - Applied Thermodynamics and HVAC
MECH 247 - Computer Aided Manufacturing
MECH 249 - Robotics and CIM
ELEN 246 - Electronic Technology II

Successful completion of the prescribed courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.

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