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Mechanical Engineering Technology

Closed for Fall 2017

Open for Winter 2018

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Through action based-learning, build a career as a mechanical engineering technologist — major in Design and Development, Design and Automation or Design and Analysis.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,247
Year 2: $5,247
Year 1 (International): $16,408
Year 2 (International): $16,408

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a three-step process: academic ranking, a career investigation report and a mechanical comprehension test. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2017 are accepted until Feb. 1, 2017.
  • Application for winter 2018 are accepted until Nov. 15, 2017.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Fall 2017 Sept. 5, 2017
Winter 2018 Jan. 8, 2018
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

Program Details

Program Description

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program is a practical, hands-on, full-time, two-year diploma program that lets you develop strong technical, analytical, and problem solving skills essential for a range of exciting careers in the challenging field of mechanical engineering.

During the common first year you will be exposed to a variety of topics including foundational math and physics, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and additional specialized courses to prepare you to enter into one of three specialized majors. Upon successful completion of the common first year, selection of your major will occur. Although SAIT Polytechnic will attempt to help students complete the program major of their choice, grade point for specific courses will be used in the selection criteria for each major, in case of a seat shortage for specific majors.

The following majors are available for the Mechanical Engineering Technology program:

  • Design and Analysis
  • Design and Development
  • Design and Automation

Common to all: In all three available majors, a focus will be placed on professionalism, creativity, team work, effective communication and collaboration. Each student will also participate in a major capstone project that will address a real-world industry challenge.

The specific areas of study for the three majors will be:

Design and Analysis Major:

Mechanical system design

  • Vibration Analysis
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics

Design and Development Major:

  • Model Making
  • Prototyping
  • Ergonomics

Design and Automation Major:

  • Automation Systems Design
  • Control Systems (PLC)
  • Industrial robotics

Your Career

Graduates will have obtained the designation of Mechanical Engineering Technologists, with a specialization in either Design and Analysis, Design and Development or Design and Automation.

As a Mechanical Engineering Technologist, you may find employment in the areas of research and development, mechanical equipment design, testing, quality control or project management. Mechanical Engineering Technologists are needed in a wide range of professional and technical industry sectors including: manufacturing, oil and gas, energy production, electronics, aerospace, plastics, wood products, warehousing, food processing and technical sales.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will have gained specialized skills in the area of your major:

  • Design and Analysis major - design, analysis and troubleshooting of various systems including mechanical, thermal and fluids
  • Design and Development major - product design and development, prototyping, ergonomics and industrial design.
  • Design and Automation major - automated systems design and maintenance, manufacturing controls, and robotics.

Did you know graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program have a 92% employment rate?

Student Success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in either:

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Analysis
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Development
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Automation

Accreditation

All three majors are nationally accredited by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). Graduates may apply for their Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) designation after two years of appropriate work experience.

While attending SAIT, Mechanical Engineering Technology students can become members of the following societies:

  • Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals (ASET).
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Winter 2018 start: applications are accepted until Nov. 15, 2017.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 75% in Math 30-2,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • At least 60% in Physics 20 and Chemistry 20, or at least 60% in Science 30.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Competitive entry: Seven step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted by Feb. 1 (for fall start) or by Nov. 15 (for winter start) to be included in selection.

In the selection process, applicants will be assessed on the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly.

  • Academic Ranking
  • Career Investigation Report 
  • Mechanical Comprehension Test

Information about the Mechanical Comprehension test is included in the Career Investigation Report. You must complete and submit this by the deadline indicated on the report.

Applicants will be ranked according to the composite score of the following MET selection criteria:

  • Admission requirements course average
  • Mechanical Comprehension Test

Early Admission

  • Applicants with a MET selection score 75% and above will be eligible for Early Admission. Seats for the winter 2018 intake will be offered until Nov. 15, 2017 .
  • Applicants with a MET selection score below 75% will be considered for admission after Nov. 15.  

Step 4: Apply to Mechanical Engineering Technology and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Once you're in 'Selection', complete the Career Investigation Report and the Mechanical Comprehension Test. 

  • Dates and all required information for the test are on the Career Investigation Report.
  • Applicants who don't complete the Career Investigation Report or the Mechanical Comprehension Test will be excluded from selection.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add met.selection@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Courses

Program Outline

First Year

Semester 1 - Common

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MATH-238 Math for Engineering and Technology I 3.0
STCS-255 Engineering Statics 1.5
COMP-213 Computing for Engineering Technology 3.0
THRM-200 Introduction to Thermodynamics 1.5
MECH-200 MET Concepts 3.0
MECH-205 Electro-Mechanical Systems 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

 

Semester 2 - Common

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MATH-288 Math for Engineering and Technology II 3.0
DYNA-265 Dynamics 1.5
MECH-202 Technology and Society 1.5
EMTL-250 Engineering Materials 3.0
ENGD-250 Technical Modeling 3.0
MNFG-290 Manufacturing Processes 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Design and Analysis Major

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills 3.0
EMTL-300 Mechanics of Materials 3.0
MNFG-310 Advanced Manufacturing 3.0
FLDS-350 Fluid Mechanics 1.5
MACH-380 Machine Dynamics 1.5
THRM-320 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 3.0
Semester 3 Total - Design and Analysis Major - Total 15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering and Technology I 3.0
DSGN-380 Machine Design 3.0
PROJ-375 Capstone Project 3.0
FLDS-320 Fluid Power 1.5
ECON-209 Engineering Economics 1.5
DSGN-303 Mechanical Systems Design 3.0
Semester 4 Total - Design and Analysis Major - Total 15.0
Second Year Total - Design and Analysis Major - Total 30.0
Program Total - Design and Analysis Major - Total 60.0

Design and Automation Major

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CNTR-300 Control Systems 3.0
COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills 3.0
EMSI-310 Comp. Integrated Manufacturing 1.5
EMSI-320 Robots and Robotics 1.5
EMLT-300 Mechanics of Materials 3.0
MNFG-310 Advanced Manufacturing 3.0
Semester 3 Total - Design and Automation Major 15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering and Technology I 3.0
DSGN-380 Machine Design 3.0
PROJ-375 Capstone Project 3.0
EMSI-360 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 3.0
ECON-209 Engineering Economics 1.5
FLDS-320 Fluid Power 1.5
Semester 4 Total - Design and Automation Major 15.0
Second Year Total - Design and Automation Major 30.0
Program - Design and Automation Major - Total 60.0

Design and Development Major

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills 3.0
EMTL-300 Mechanics of Materials 3.0
MNFG-310 Advanced Manufacturing 3.0
PRDT-300 Product Development 3.0
PRDT-305 Model Making and Prototyping 1.5
PRDT-310 Applied Product Development 1.5
Semester 3 Total - Design and Development Major 15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering and Technology I 3.0
DSGN-380 Machine Design 3.0
PROJ-375 Capstone Project 3.0
ECON-209 Engineering Economics 1.5
PRDT-320 Product Analysis 3.0
FLDS-320 Fluid Power 1.5
Semester 4 Total- Design and Development Major 15.0
Second Year Total - Design and Development Major 30.0
Program Total - Design and Development Major 60.0
* Available by correspondence and/or e-learning. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the program outline.

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $4,284 $440 $523 $5,247
2 $4,284 $440 $523 $5,247

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $15,445 $440 $523 $16,408
2 $15,445 $440 $523 $16,408

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,500 per year.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Manufacturing and Automation
403.284.8641
ma.training@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Combining theory and hands-on learning is a key part of the program, and having instructors who have industry knowledge helps prime students for careers, says Gerald.

Spencer knew he wanted to work with his hands and that meant only one school to him. He also praised the instructors who were helpful throughout the program.

William valued the instructors who were eager to help their students throughout the program.

Gerald Marple
Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Analysis | 2016

“The teachers brought in their experiences from industry and related it to what we were learning. That prepared us for the workplace.”

Spencer Pelzer
Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Automation | 2017

"SAIT offered that experience the most of anywhere," he says. "They [teachers] work to make sure everyone succeeds."

William Gaqui
Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Analysis | 2017

"All the instructors wanted to make sure you understand."