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Mechanical Engineering Technology

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

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Overview

Develop strong technical, analytical and problem solving essential for a career in mechanical engineering. Find your fit by choosing from one of three majors - design and development, design and automation or design and analysis.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program is a practical, hands-on, full-time, two-year diploma program. 

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, the selection of your major will occur.

Although SAIT 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 specific areas of study for the three majors will be:

    Design and Analysis 

    • Mechanical system design
    • Vibration Analysis
    • Thermodynamics
    • Fluid Mechanics

    Design and Development 

    • Model Making
    • Prototyping
    • Ergonomics

    Design and Automation 

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

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

    Accreditation

    All three majors are nationally accredited by the Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). 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).

    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

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    Career opportunities

    Graduates can pursue job opportunities in a wide range of sectors including manufacturing oil and gas, energy, electronics, aerospace, plastics, wood products, warehousing, food processing and technical sales.

    Potential positions include: 

    • mechanical engineering technologist 
    • project manager 
    • agricultural engineering technologist  ;

    Related careers include: 

    • aerospace engineer 
    • biomedical engineer 

    Tuition and fees per year*

    Year 1: $5,934
    Year 2: $5,934

    Year 1 (International): $18,508 
    Year 2 (International): $18,508

    Year 1: TBA 
    Year 2: TBA

    Year 1 (International): $17,367 (+fees TBD)
    Year 2 (International): $18,583 (+fees TBD)

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

    Full costs

    Tuition and financial aid

    Requirements

    You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

    Admission Requirements

    When can you apply?

    • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020, and are accepted until program start.
    • Applications for spring and fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, and are accepted until program start.  
    Term Program start
    Winter 2021* Jan. 11, 2021
    Spring 2021 May 10, 2021
    Fall 2021 Sept, 7, 2021

    *Students will study for four consecutive semesters with a one or two week break between semesters.

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    It wasn’t a typical day at SAIT — at least, not for about 30 Mechani­cal Engineering Technology students. They weren’t expecting to be greeted by a Juno Award-winning country singer during their Product Devel­opment class, but there he was: big black cowboy hat, jean jacket and all — Paul Brandt.

    Admission Requirements

    Admission and selection

    • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change. 
    • Spring or fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.

    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.

    SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

    Direct Entry: four-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: Apply and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

    • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full. 

    Step 4: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status and monitor changes to your application status

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

    Courses

    Program Outline

    Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

    First Year

    Semester 1 - Common

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

    Semester 2 - Common

    Course Code Course Name Credit
    DYNA-265 Dynamics 1.5
    EMTL-250 Engineering Materials 3.0
    ENGD-250 Technical Modeling 3.0
    MATH-288 Math for Engineering and Technology II 3.0
    MECH-202 Technology and Society 1.5
    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 Code Course Name Credit
    COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills 3.0
    EMTL-300 Mechanics of Materials 3.0
    FLDS-350 Fluid Mechanics 1.5
    MACH-380 Machine Dynamics 1.5
    MNFG-310 Advanced Manufacturing 3.0
    THRM-320 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 3.0
    Semester 3 Total - Design and Analysis Major - Total 15.0

      Semester 4

    Course Code Course Name Credit
    DSGN-303 Mechanical Systems Design 3.0
    DSGN-380 Machine Design 3.0
    ECON-209 Engineering Economics 1.5
    FLDS-320 Fluid Power 1.5
    PROJ-375 Capstone Project 3.0
    STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering and Technology I 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 Code Course Name Credit
    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 Code Course Name Credit
    DSGN-380 Machine Design 3.0
    ECON-209 Engineering Economics 1.5
    EMSI-360 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 3.0
    FLDS-320 Fluid Power 1.5
    PROJ-375 Capstone Project 3.0
    STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering and Technology I 3.0
    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 Code Course Name Credit
    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 Code Course Name Credit
    DSGN-380 Machine Design 3.0
    ECON-209 Engineering Economics 1.5
    FLDS-320 Fluid Power 1.5
    PRDT-320 Product Analysis 3.0
    PROJ-375 Capstone Project 3.0
    STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering and Technology I 3.0
    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

    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.

    Transfer Options

    The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

    • Athabasca University
    • Camosun College
    • Lakehead University
    • Montana Tech
    • Thompson Rivers University
    • University of British Columbia
    • University of Calgary
    • University of Victoria
    • University of Wyoming

    To learn more, visit  Transfer Options.

    Costs

    2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

    Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
    1 $4,712 $682 $288 $252 $5,934
    2 $4,712 $682 $288 $252 $5,934

    2020/21 International Tuition and Fees *

    Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
    1 $17,195 $682 $288 $344 $18,508
    2 $17,195 $682 $288 $344 $18,508

    2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

    Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

    Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
    1 TBA $- $- $- TBA
    2 TBA $- $- $- TBA

    2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

    Check back for updates on the 2021/22 fees and program total.  

    Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
    1 $17,367 $- $- $- TBA
    2 $18,583 $- $- $- TBA

    *Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

    SAIT Fees

    Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
    Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
    Student support fee: $100
    Student technology fee: $100

    Health and Dental Fees

    Domestic Students 

    • Health Plan: $122
    • Dental Plan: $130
    • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

    International Students 

    • Health and Dental Plan: $344
    • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

    Books and supplies*

    • Books and supplies are approximately $1,500 per year.
    • Students are required to have a personal computer and access to Internet. Computers must meet the specifications listed in the Next Steps tab. 

    Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

    Next steps for incoming students

    Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

    Winter 2021

    Orientation

    Orientation details for new students will be available closer to the program start date. Watch your inbox!

    Visit our orientation page.

    Delivery 

    This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Winter 2021 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

    How to register for classes

    You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

    Computers and laptops

    This is a bring your own device program with a minimum standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

    The preferred hardware requirements for this program are as follows:

    Standards
    Processor Intel i7 (gen 7 or newer) or AMD Ryzen 7
    RAM (memory) 16 GB
    Hard drive storage 1 TB
    Video card Nvidia Quadro or AMD Radeon Pro
    Operating system Windows 10 PC (build 1906 or higher)
    Software SolidWorks

    You will be using some industry-standard software during your Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) course and, although the minimum specification will work, we recommend the best computer that you can afford.

    Required equipment/tools

    The required tools will be provided. 

    Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

    CSA-approved steel-toe boots and safety glasses are required on the first day of class.

    Preparation courses

    To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start. Students in this program are required to take ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

    Required textbooks

    The Winter 2021 booklist will be available beginning in late November.

    Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

    Contact 

    Phone: 403.210.4343
    Email: ma.info@sait.ca

    Academic Chair

    Olga Malikova, Academic Chair
    Email: olga.malikova@sait.ca

    Next steps for students who began in Fall 2020

    Orientation

    Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.

    To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

    Delivery 

    This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

    How to register for classes

    You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

    Computers and laptops

    This is a bring your own device program with a minimum  standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

    The preferred hardware requirements for this program are as follows:

    Standards
    Processor Intel i7 (gen 7 or newer) or AMD Ryzen 7
    RAM (memory) 16 GB
    Hard drive storage 1 TB
    Video card Nvidia Quadro or AMD Radeon Pro
    Operating system Windows 10 PC (build 1906 or higher)
    Software SolidWorks

    You will be using some industry-standard software during your Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) course and, although the minimum specification will work, we recommend the best computer that you can afford.

    Required equipment/tools

    The required tools will be provided. 

    Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

    CSA-approved steel-toe boots and safety glasses are required on the first day of class.

    Preparation courses

    To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start. Students in this program are required to take ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

    Required textbooks

    The  booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

    Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

    Next steps for all students

    Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

    Next steps for accepted students

    Important dates and deadlines

    Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

    Important Dates

    Have questions about this program?

    Contact us at

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

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