Mechanical Engineering Technology

Learn the skills needed for engineering design, fabrication, installation, testing, servicing and maintenance of mechanical equipment and systems.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

This career calls for a curious and creative mind. The Mechanical Engineering Technologist supports the engineering activities of design, fabrication, installation, testing, servicing and maintenance of electro-mechanical equipment and systems. Technology changes rapidly and requires a strong grasp of fundamental concepts to respond easily and imaginatively to challenging problems. Computer-aided design (CAD) is utilized throughout the program. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills are an asset.

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Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 English; Academic Grade 12 Math; and Academic Grade 12 Physics.
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Choose NSCC

  • Earn recognized credentials – This program is accredited with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). CTAB accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards designed by industry leaders across Canada and is recognized internationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Mechanical Engineering Technologists may find employment in a wide cross-section of industry sectors, including marine, aeronautical, hydraulics, building systems, construction and manufacturing. Work may include machine component design, mechanical building system design, estimating, technical sales, research and development or plant engineering and maintenance.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program – between your first and second year.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1245   Technical Communications I
COMM 2245   Technical Communications II
MATH 1055   Calculus l
MATH 1070   Applied Math for Engineering Technology
MATH 2055   Calculus II
MATH 3055   Calculus III
METG 1002   Engineering Graphics
METG 1003   Engineering Mechanics I
METG 1004   Fundamentals of Heat, Light and Sound
METG 1008   Mechanical CAD I
METG 1009   Engineering Mechanics II
METG 1010   Mechanics of Materials I
METG 1012   Principles of Electricity
METG 1015   Fluid Mechanics
METG 1016   Mechanics of Materials II
METG 1017   Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning
METG 1018   Workshop Practices
METG 1100   Work Experience
METG 3002   Electric Machines
METG 3003   Mechanical CAD II
METG 3004   Applied Research Techniques I
METG 3005   Thermodynamics I
METG 3006   Instrumentation and Control
METG 3007   Machine Design I
METG 3008   Mechanical CAD III
METG 3011   Kinematics
METG 3012   Machine Design II
METG 3013   Materials
METG 3014   Thermodynamics II
METG 3015   Quality Assurance
METG 3016   Environment, Ethics and Society
METG 3017   Applied Research Techniques II
METG 3018   Hydraulics and Pneumatics
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Introduction to Confined Space
Introduction to Fall Arrest / Fall Protection
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Introduction to Respiratory Protection
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Next Steps

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