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Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology

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

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


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 Math and Physics.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • 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.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), an organization created by Technology Professionals Canada. TAC accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards in the National Accreditation Components, including the learning outcomes in the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC) and as such is recognized nationally. 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

Other info

  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • 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
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection

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