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Mechanical Engineering Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

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

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

Program Highlights

Develop strong techinical, 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 .

New evening and weekend program

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Our new Mechanical Engineering Technology - Evening and Weekend program is offered online as well as in-classroom on evenings and weekends on campus, allowing you the flexibility to work while studying.  

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Tuition and fees per year*

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

Year 1 (International): $18,625
Year 2 (International): $18,625

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

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Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for Fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until program start.  
  • Applications for Winter 2021 open March 30, 2020 and are accepted until program start.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

Winter start: students will study for four consecutive semesters with a one or two week break between semesters.

Fall start: students will study for two semesters per year with a summer break in between.

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 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 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

    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.

    Your Career

    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.

    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.

    Credentials and accreditation

    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

    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).

    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.

    Contact

    Have questions about this specific program?

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

    Admission Requirements

    Admission and selection

    • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
    • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2 2019
    • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020.

    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.

    Selection Criteria 

    This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

    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 sender's list or you risk missing critical email messages.

    Courses

    Program Outline

    • SAIT students are offered an opportunity to develop lifelong learning skills in an online environment. One or more courses in the program are offered fully or partially online.
    • View additional Mechanical Engineering Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites. 

    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.

    Costs

    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

    International Tuition and Fees*

    Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
    1 $17,195 $682 $288 $460 $18,625
    2 $17,195 $682 $288 $460 $18,625

    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: $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. 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.

    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

    Orientation date

    Thursday, Sept. 3

    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 Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.

    Contact 

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

    Academic chair

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

    Inspiring Stories

    Tye enjoyed the freedom and flexibility he was given when completing his capstone project. 

    Austin took advantage of SAIT's Transfer Options and is now attending the University of Victoria to complete his Mechanical Engineering degree. 

    Terry knows the hands-on experience he received during his education at SAIT will give him an edge when he moves on to complete his Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Victoria. 

    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.

    Tye Ikeda
    Mechanical Engineering Technology | 2018

    "There's a lot of teamwork and group projects — it's fairly similar to what's going to be in industry. Lots of collaboration."

    Austin Levesque
    Mechanical Engineering Technology | 2018

    "The amount of resources at SAIT — there's a lot of stuff to help you learn," he says. "The equipment, facilities and staff were all good." 

    Terry Welton
    Mechanical Engineering Technology | 2018

    "I enjoyed the hands-on stuff, the labs and all the teachers are from industry. They can teach you the little ins-and-outs that you might not get from regular professors." 

    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."

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