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Mechanical Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2020

Open for Spring 2020

Waitlisted for Winter 2020

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

Program Highlights

Build a career as a mechanical engineering technologist — major in 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: $5,269
Year 2: $5,269
Year 1 (International): $17,279
Year 2 (International): $17,279

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

Requirements

This is a competitive program. If applicants meet the admission requirements they will be assessed based on additional criteria. Applicants will be offered admission to this program if they’re qualified through the competitive process and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until program start. 
  • Applications for Winter 2020 open May 1, 2019.
  • Applications for Fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Applications for Spring 2020 open Oct. 2 2019.
Term Program start
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Spring 2020 May 4, 2020

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2020 start: applications open May 1, 2019
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.  Competitive average will apply to the selection process for fall 2020. Please refer to Phase 1 below.

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. 

Competitive average will apply to the selection process. Please refer to Phase 1 below. 

Winter 2020 competitive entry: six-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 to be included in the selection.

In the selection process, applicants will be assessed on academic ranking and seats will be offered accordingly.

Once the program is full, applicants will be placed on a waitlist in order of their ranking.

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

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Fall 2020 competitive entry: six-step process

Competitive average will apply to the selection process. Please refer to Phase 1 below. 

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.

Selection Criteria 

This program is competitive. In addition to meeting the minimum admission requirements, you must meet the competitive average outlined below to be considered for admission.

Phase 1: Competitive average
Course Required Combined Average
Applicants with Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30 and Phys 20 or Science 30 65%
Applicants with Math 30-2 and Phys 20 or Science 30 72%

Only applicants meeting the competitive average will progress to Phase 2 of selection.


Phase 2: Program Selection

Applicants who meet the competitive average minimum will receive an email and be required to complete a Career Investigation Report.

  • We encourage applicants to apply early as the program typically fills quickly. Offers will be extended based on completed Career Investigation Reports. Once the program is full, qualified applicants will be waitlisted.

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

Step 5: Complete and submit the Career Investigation Report.

  • Log in to mySAIT to check your admission status. If your status indicates you're "in selection", you will receive the Career Investigation Report via the email you provided in your application.
  • You must submit your Career Investigation Report within 10 business days of receiving it to be considered for admission.

Step 6: 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 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 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*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $4,284 $462 $288 $235 $5,269
2 $4,284 $462 $288 $235 $5,269

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $16,069 $462 $288 $460 $17,279
2 $16,069 $462 $288 $460 $17,279

Use our cost calculator to get your estimated yearly costs for the program.

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 

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 and adding dependants. 

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.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

Contact 

School of Manufacturing and Automation
403.284.8641
ma.info@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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