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Mechanical Engineering Technology (Evening & Weekend)

Open for Fall 2020

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

Program Highlights

Build a career as a mechanical engineering technologist — major in 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.

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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

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


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 are accepted until program start. 
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

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

Program Details

Program Description

This practical, hands-on 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

Your Career

Graduates will have obtained the designation of Mechanical Engineering Technologists, with a specialization in Design and Analysis.

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 Design and Analysis major — design, analysis, troubleshooting of various systems including mechanical, thermal and fluids.


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

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

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

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.

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.



*Subject to change.

Students are expected to attend classes Monday to Friday from 5 to 9 pm and Saturdays as per the below schedule. The schedule may vary based on the semester.

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.


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: $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.

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 are approximately $1,500 per year.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.
†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.


School of Manufacturing and Automation

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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