Mechanical Engineering Technology

Fall 2017 start: applications open on Oct. 19, 2016.

  • Two-year diploma
  • Design and Analysis, Design and Development, or Design and Automation majors
  • Fall start

Program Description

The Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program is a practical, hands-on, two-year diploma program that lets you develop strong technical, analytical, and problem solving skills essential for a range of exciting careers in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Majorschallenging 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 will attempt to help students complete the program major of their choice, grade point average after the first year will be used in the selection criteria for each major.

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

  • Design and Analysis (formerly Mechanical Engineering Technology)
  • Design and Development (formerly Mechanical Design Technology)
  • Design and Automation (formerly Automated Systems Engineering Technology)

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

Student Success

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