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The Electro-mechanical Engineering Technology program at Durham College has given me the diversity professionally and academically to excel in my c [...]

Jean-Paul Moniz
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Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology

Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology

Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology

If you are interested in bringing machines to life, then this is the program for you. Electro- mechanical engineering technologists have the education and skills required to design and troubleshoot automated systems used in a variety of industries. These systems can be found in building automation, water treatment and manufacturing and food processing industries. Automation is an ever-expanding field that can be applied to an endless amount of applications.

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Program Description

This three-year program will prepare you for a career in multiple facets of technology, spanning the electrical and mechanical engineering boundaries. It primarily focuses on industrial automation and its associated control systems, programming, design and documentation. Students in this program are the primary users of the Integrated Manufacturing Centre (IMC) and Industrial Programming lab. Durham College’s excellent industrial automation facilities will give you an edge upon graduation.

Key automation technology career opportunities are available in several areas including:

  • Building automation
  • Manufacturing
  • Nuclear
  • Plant automation
  • Process instrumentation and control
  • Renewable energy
  • Technical sales

As a graduate you will specialize in designing, analyzing, troubleshooting, modifying, maintaining and repairing automated electromechanical equipment, components, systems and subsystems. In addition, you will be able to:

  • Apply communication, documentation, computer applications and teamwork skills to support the engineering activities of an organization
  • Assist with project management
  • Conduct quality assurance functions
  • Manage customer service quality-control
  • Perform purchasing.

A superior, modern training facility, the IMC is a world class, industrial-grade, automated facility that houses major equipment components including:

  • Automatic identification (bar code and radio frequency ID)
  • Human machine interface screens
  • Industrial networks
  • Industrial robots
  • Material handling systems
  • Process instrumentation and control hardware, software and networking
  • Programmable logic controller hardware
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition software
  • Vision cameras.

Please note: You will be required to purchase green tag safety boots in order to participate in many laboratory settings.

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Admission Requirements


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C, M or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (MCT4C) (alternate available)
  • Grade 12 physics (C or U)

Alternate mathematics entrance opportunity
If you apply to this program with an alternate mathematics credit as listed below, completed or in progress, you will be considered for admission.

Alternate math credit:

  • MHF4U
  • MFM4U
  • MCB4U
  • MCV4U
  • MGA4U
  • Post-Secondary math credit
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Career Options


  • Automation specialist
  • Building automation tech systems specialist
  • Control designer
  • Control technician
  • Electrical engineering/robotics technician
  • Electrical technologist
  • Electrician apprentice
  • Electro-mechanical engineering technologist
  • Engineering technician/technologist
  • Junior electrical designer
  • Junior electro-mechanical engineering technologist • Mechanical technologist
  • Outside commercial sales representative
  • Process technician
  • Robotic programmer
  • Robotics/automation technologist
  • Service technician/technologist


  • Automotive and parts manufacturers • Food processing companies
  • Military
  • Nuclear power industries
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Robotics and automated machining companies
  • Water treatment facilities
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$340$340
Total Fees:$4,199$14,675

Please note: fees are based on the 2015-2016 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placements

Your learning experience will be complemented by a 100-hour field placement related to your program of study, which will provide you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

UOIT Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc ) (Honours) – Nuclear Power Bridge

Graduates of this program with a minimum 70 percent or better average can apply to the UOIT Nuclear Power Bridge program, which leads to a BASc in Nuclear Power degree. You can apply to this program through the Ontario Universities Application Centre website ( using the program code DNB.

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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Students applying to this program may be eligible to apply for the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award. Qualified recipients of the award will receive $5,000 per year, for up to two years, including $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies. For more information, please visit the award page.

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  • code: EMTY
  • Program length: Three-year
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Primary location Oshawa (some courses may be offered in Whitby)
  • School: School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,768 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
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