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Mechanical Engineering Technician

Mechanical Engineering Technician

Mechanical Engineering Technician

The role of the mechanical engineering technician is to provide technical support to a wide range of engineering activities in areas such as manufacturing, construction, and energy generation. Their duties may include the construction of prototypes, devices, components, tooling, and the maintenance of manufacturing systems. The Mechanical Engineering Technician program provides the tools and confidence to meet the needs of today’s ever challenging industrial environment.

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Program Description

This program will appeal to you if you prefer hands-on experience and like technology. You will learn to create computer-aided drawing (CAD) models of machine parts and assemblies, program computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software and manufacture designs using computer numerical control (CNC) code. The program is taught in up to date laboratories, utilizing the latest design software and manufacturing and testing equipment.

From the manufacturing and production to power generation and oil and gas industries, employment opportunities exist in:

  • Engineering design and drafting
  • Installation
  • Manufacturing
  • Product/system testing
  • Operating
  • Quality management and evaluation
  • Technical sales
  • Servicing of mechanical systems

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 or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
  • Technical mathematics (recommended)
  • Grade 11 or 12 physics and drafting (recommended)


If you apply to this program with an alternate mathematic credit as listed below, completed or in progress, you will be considered for admission. However, you must complete an in-house, post-admissions math assessment test. Depending on the results you may be required to complete an upgrading math course at the college.

More information will be provided upon acceptance to the program. Please note: there is no additional fee for this math upgrading. 


  • Grade 11 mathematics university/college preparation (3M), university preparation (3U) or
  • Grade 12 College and Apprenticeship Mathematics (MAP4C)
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Career Options


  • CAD specialist
  • Co-ordinate measuring machine programmer/operator
  • Computer numerical control (CNC) machine set-up/operator
  • CNC programmer
  • Fluid power technician
  • Maintenance technician
  • Quality assurance/control inspector
  • Process control technician
  • Process planner/co-ordinator
  • Technical sales and support representative


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical processing
  • Construction
  • Energy generation and distribution
  • Food processing and packaging
  • Mass production facilities
  • Oil and gas production
  • Telecommunication
  • Transportation
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary$1,141$1,541
Program Incidental$120$120
Total Fees:$4,111$14,283

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

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: METC
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Primary location Oshawa (some courses may be offered in Whitby)
  • School: School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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