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Mechanical Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2021

Length: 3 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Blended

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Build a career as a mechanical engineering technologist with a focus on design and analysis. Combine engineering fundamentals and analytical skills with hands-on learning using high-tech equipment in this blended program offered on campus and online during the evenings and weekends.

This practical diploma program will give you strong technical, analytical and problem-solving skills in mechanical engineering. Learn the design process of mechanical systems that require analytical skills and troubleshooting to verify a design concept and its functionality.

You will be exposed to a variety of topics including math and physics, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and additional specialized courses to prepare you for the Design and Analysis major.

This program is now being offered during evenings and weekends, in the classroom and online, to allow the flexibility to work while studying.

Areas of study:

  • vibration analysis
  • thermodynamics
  • fluid mechanics
  • mechanical systems design


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Analysis.

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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: $2,785
Year 2: $2,785
Year 3: $2,999

Year 1 (International): $10,240
Year 2 (International): $10,240
Year 3 (International): $11,028

Full Costs

Tuition and Financial Aid

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


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 fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021

How to apply

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Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • 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.


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
MATH-238 Math for Engineering and Technology I 3.0
MECH-200 Mechanical Engineering Technology Concepts 3.0
Technology and Society 1.5
COMP-213 Computing for Engineering Technology 3.0

 *MECH-202 - every second Saturday, six hours each.

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
MATH-288 Math for Engineering and Technology II 3.0
*STCS-255  Engineering Statics   1.5
THRM-200 Introduction to Thermodynamics 1.5
MECH-205 Electro-Mechanical Systems 3.0

*STCS-255 Labs - three Saturdays per semester, four hours each

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
*DYNA-265 Dynamics 1.5
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering and Technology I 3.0
*EMTL-250 Engineering Materials 3.0
ENGD-250 Technical Modeling 3.0

*DYNA-265 (4 hrs.) and EMTL-250 Labs (2 hrs.) - four Saturdays per semester, six hours each. 

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
THRM-320 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 3.0
EMTL-300 Mechanics of Materials 3.0
*MNFG-290 Manufacturing Process
FLDS-350 Fluid Mechanics 1.5

 *MNFG-290 Machining Lab - every Saturday, four hours each.

*Semester 5

Course Code Course Name Credit
MACH-380 Machine Dynamics 1.5
DSGN-303 Mechanical Systems Design 3.0
COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills 3.0
ECON-209 Engineering Economics 1.5

*No Saturday classes.

Semester 6

Course Code Course Name Credit
FLDS-320 Fluid Power 1.5
*PROJ-375 Capstone Project 3.0
DSGN-380 Machine Design 3.0
MNFG-310 Advanced Manufacturing 3.0

 *PROJ-375 Lab - every Saturday, four hours each.


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 Victoria
  • University of Wyoming
  • (via Camson bridge program)

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


Costs for the 3-year blended delivery is equivalent to costs for the 2-year full-time delivery. Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change and will be assessed based on individual course load.

Domestic Tuition*

3-years, evening and weekend

Year Credits Tuition fees
1 19.5 $2,785
2 19.5 $2,785
3 21 $2,999

International Tuition*

3-years, evening and weekend

Year Credits Tuition fees
1 19.5 $10,240
2 19.5 $10,240
3 21 $11,028


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • 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: $460
  • 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.

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.

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

Fall 2020


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 an adjustable 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:

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.


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

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