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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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Mechanical Engineering Technology student Ellen Edmonds working in the Design and Innovation Centre.
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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. If you have a curious and creative mind, along with strong analytical and critical thinking skills, this program is for you.

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Work experience

  • Field experience is a mandatory credit course, providing you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • 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 employment in a field related to your program.
    • Co-op takes place in third term and must be a minimum of 12 weeks and 420 hours.
    • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience are your responsibility.
  • For more information, visit work experience opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), a national accreditation organization for engineering technology and applied science professions. TAC 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.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. To prepare for employment, you participate in safety awareness courses.

Other info

  • 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.


Seats are available for domestic applicants only. International applicants will be waitlisted.

September 2024

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus/Online
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.

Admission requirements

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.


Tuition amounts are for the 2024-25 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

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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.

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Career options

  • Graduates 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. View career options

Future study options

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

COMM 1245 - Technical Communications I
This course introduces students to the writing, oral presentation, critical thinking and interpersonal communications skills required of technical professionals in the workplace. The fundamentals of clear, concise writing and presenting will be reviewed and refined. Experience will be gained in organizing, writing and presenting technical information. In addition, career development skills and portfolio preparation will be discussed. There will be several opportunities, through assignments and lab work, to develop portfolio components. Students will learn how to collect appropriate work samples and documentation from other courses in the program as well as from other sources.

COMM 2245 - Technical Communications II
This course focuses on the interpersonal, written and oral technical communication skills necessary for working independently and as part of a team in a technical environment. Further skill development in written forms of technical documentation required for the workplace as well as report creation and oral presentation skills will continue to be emphasized. Team building principles, group dynamics and collaborative writing will be discussed. Students will participate in meetings and take responsibilities in a group project from its inception to completion and evaluation. Students will continue to enhance and apply their research skills and project management principles will also be introduced. Successful job interviews and the portfolio will be discussed.

MATH 1055 - Calculus l
The course introduces learners to the study of differential and integral calculus. Differentiation topics include limits, slope of the tangent to a curve, differentiation by the delta process, derivatives of polynomials, applications involving derivatives, finding extrema and curve sketching. Integration topics include the concept of integrating polynomial functions and numerically approximating the area under a curve.

MATH 1070 - Applied Math for Engineering Technology
This course provides students with a basic understanding of applied mathematical principles for use by technicians and technology programs. Applied Math l is designed to cover basic algebra, geometry, functional notation, linear equations, quadratic equations, trigonometric functions, exponents, logarithms, complex numbers, analytic geometry and systems of equations. The use of computer software as a mathematical tool will be explored. Students will be encouraged to maintain a math journal that may become part of their personal College portfolio.

MATH 2055 - Calculus II
In this course, learners will use integration to determine volume, centroids, mean and root-mean-square (RMS) values, moments of mass and moments of inertia. Integral calculus will be applied to solve acceleration, velocity, displacement, exponential growth and decay and other rate of change problems. Differential calculus will be used to solve applied engineering problems using transcendental functions.

METG 1002 - Engineering Graphics
This course provides an introduction to graphical communication in the field of Mechanical Engineering Technology. This course is intended to develop manual drawing skills in the preparation and interpretation of engineering drawings, to familiarize the learner with industry drawing standards, and to develop basic skills in mechanical blueprint reading.

METG 1003 - Engineering Mechanics I
This course introduces the learner to engineering subjects and problem solving techniques. Topics such as scalars, vectors, forces, moments and couples, structures, machines and friction will be considered.

METG 1004 - Fundamentals of Heat, Light and Sound
This course introduces the fundamentals of heat, light and sound. Topics include thermal expansion, heat transfer, gas laws, wave motion, the nature of sound and hearing, the nature of light, and reflection and refraction of sound and light. Successful completion of this course will advance problem solving techniques and experimentation to basic engineering situations.

METG 1008 - Mechanical CAD I
This course provides the learner with an introduction to AutoCAD. Various drawing tools will be explored in the preparation of mechanical drawings.

METG 1009 - Engineering Mechanics II
This course introduces the learner to engineering subjects and problem solving techniques. Topics such as rectilinear, curvilinear, relative and plane motion will be covered. These topics will then be used to solve dynamic problems of various types using various processes.

METG 1010 - Mechanics of Materials I
This course introduces the learner to the basic concepts of strength of materials. Specifically stress and strain due to axial, torsion and bending loadings are studied. Analytical skills are applied to problem solving of various applications typical of mechanical engineering technology. Basic skills developed in material selection based on properties as they apply to problem solution.

METG 1012 - Principles of Electricity
This initial course in electricity introduces learners to the fundamental electrical concepts and passive devices used in electrical and electronic circuits. After completing the course, learners will have a working knowledge of passive DC and AC electrical circuits and applications. Electro magnetism and magnetic circuits will be introduced.

METG 1015 - Fluid Mechanics
This course introduces the learner to fluid engineering subjects and problem solving techniques. Topics such as static head, forces on submerged planes and fluid flow principles will be covered. Learners will solve fluid related problems involving piping systems.

METG 1016 - Mechanics of Materials II
This course builds on the basic skills developed in Mechanics of Materials I. Here the basic principles of stress and strain are applied but in situations of combined loadings such as axial, torsion and bending simultaneously. Advanced techniques are developed to analyze complex machine components and beams, specifically stress analysis at a point. Techniques are developed to determine principal stresses, maximum shear stress and the orientation of such stress conditions.

METG 1017 - Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning
This course is designed to give broad and current coverage of indoor environmental control. Learners will analyze and evaluate psychometric processes; calculate heating and cooling loads, describe size and draw basic heating and cooling piping, ducting and equipment. The skills developed provide a foundation for the design of HVAC systems.

METG 1018 - Workshop Practices
This course introduces the learner to fundamental conventional industrial shop practices and concepts and is divided between the machine shop (MS) and the heating, ventilation and refrigeration (HVAC) lab. The machine shop component gives the learner an appreciation of part production in a typical machine shop environment using traditional machining practices. The HVAC lab component exposes the learner to pipe fitting processes, sheet metal, soldering and basic welding. The learner will use a variety of conventional tools and processes to perform tasks commonly found in industry.

METG 1100 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

METG 3002 - Electric Machines
This course provides knowledge and techniques for analysis of the flow of energy from the electrical power distribution system through the electrical machine to the mechanical load. The principles of magnetism and electromagnetic induction are applied to the various types of AC/DC motors and generators. Their construction, operating principles and performance characteristics are studied. Learners will analyze three phase circuits and dynamic interaction between electrical machines and their mechanical loads.

METG 3004 - Applied Research Techniques I
This course initiates two major projects: the major technical report on a design/research project, and the technical seminar, a team oral presentation of a technical topic. To succeed in these projects, students will acquire planning and scheduling skills and the knowledge of project management and team building. Financial considerations including time value of money, cash flow and estimating are also included. In consultation with a technical supervisor, the learner will use problem solving techniques and formal design procedures. They will also access technical information efficiently and prepare and present a variety of technical documents including a proposal and a literature review.

METG 3005 - Thermodynamics I
This course introduces the laws of thermodynamics and develops the fundamentals of thermodynamics using practical applications. Learners who successfully complete Thermodynamics I will apply engineering problem solving techniques to the analysis of thermodynamic processes and systems.

METG 3006 - Instrumentation and Control
This course serves as an introduction to industrial instrumentation and control for Mechanical Engineering Technologists. The learner will understand the operating principles of common industrial instrumentation components as well as the fundamental operations of feedback control loops. Characteristics of various industrial processes will be studied and process drawings for real processes will examined.

METG 3007 - Machine Design I
Principles developed in the Mechanics of Materials courses are reviewed and extended to include press fits, curved beams, moment-area method and columns. Lab work includes disassembly and analysis of a mechanical assembly, precision measurement, tolerancing and a set of fully-toleranced working drawings. Static and dynamic (fatigue) failure theories are treated in detail.

METG 3008 - Mechanical CAD II
This course provides an introduction to advanced CAD techniques used in the field of Mechanical Engineering Technology. This course is intended to develop CAD skills in the preparation of engineering drawings using 3D solid modelling techniques.

METG 3011 - Kinematics
This course deals with the synthesis and analysis of mechanisms. Primary topics are four bar mechanisms, Coriolis acceleration, motion curves and cams. Displacement, velocity and acceleration are explored using conventional graphical and mathematical methods, as well as CAD and proprietary kinematics packages.

METG 3012 - Machine Design II
This course combines the skills of stress analysis and failure theories with empirical and experiential data in the study of specific machine elements such as shafting, screw, and springs.

METG 3013 - Materials
This course introduces learners to the science and engineering of materials. Using metallurgical laboratory techniques, phase diagrams and classification standards, learners who successfully complete this course will describe the relationship between structure, processing, and properties of metals and other materials.

METG 3014 - Thermodynamics II
This course develops the fundamentals of thermodynamics using practical applications. Learners who successfully complete Thermodynamics II will analyze and evaluate steam, gas and cogeneration power cycles, and reciprocating internal combustion engines.

METG 3015 - Quality Assurance
This is a course to introduce learners to the fundamental concepts of quality assurance. Topics include definitions of quality, quality control, quality assurance, total quality management, ISO 9000 quality standards, statistical process control and process capability.

METG 3016 - Environment, Ethics and Society
This course deals with the environmental, ethical and societal aspects of the practice of Engineering Technology. Learners who successfully complete this course will identify ethical professional practices and recognize the impact of technology on society and the environment.

METG 3017 - Applied Research Techniques II
Learners will continue working on their chosen senior technical project and monitor their progress by submitting progress reports, participating in progress meeting minutes, and a research journal. They will also use project management tools such as flow charts and Gantt Charts. The project will culminate with a formal technical report and presentation. Workshops and tutorials will be scheduled as required by the learners.

METG 3018 - Hydraulics and Pneumatics
This course introduces the learner to fluid power. Topics such as hydraulic and pneumatic components, system operating theory and design, system logic and controls will be covered.

METG 3020 - Technology Integration I
This course introduces you to a broad spectrum of current and emerging technologies used for design, prototyping, manufacturing and inspection of mechanical components and assemblies. Component data will be developed and documented using CAD (Computer Aided Design) software and shared across platforms to facilitate CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining, Additive Manufacturing and CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) inspection.

METG 3022 - Technology Integration II
This course introduces you to the fundamentals of Industrial Automation. You will apply theory from mechanical, electrical/electronic, and computer technologies. Fundamentals of Industrial Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) will be applied in a practical, hands-on project-based learning environment. The goal is to prepare you for industry by providing real world examples of Industrial Automation.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1020 - Safety Basics – Restricted Spaces
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with working in restricted spaces. The definition and potential hazards of restricted spaces are discussed The course material is infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Safety Basics – Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1022 - Safety Basics – Working at Heights
The student is introduced to hazards and responsibilities concerned with working at heights in the workplace. Guardrails, travel restraints, roof work, fall arrest components will be discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Safety Basics – Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces students to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the student is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Safety Basics – Respiratory Protection
This course introduces students to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion topics include identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

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