Mechanical Engineering Program Focuses on Practical Application
Becoming comfortable with what you learn within your Mechanical Engineering program is just as important as the topics covered. That’s why Centennial College’s Mechanical Engineering Technology – Industrial (PTY) offering focuses on offering students theory and labs, projects and a co-op option. As a result, there is a 60-40 balance of theory and practice.Those interested in a long-lasting career in the manufacture and production of mechanical equipment should consider this mechanical engineering program.
The first step to gaining the Ontario College Advanced Diploma that result upon completion of this program’s two year’s worth of mechanical engineering courses is applying. To do so, applicants must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they are required to have completed English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment; and Math Grade 11 M or U or Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment.
The project approach to mechanical engineering courses simulates actual workplace assignments and includes two individual projects, which give students practical experience in designing, building and testing an original piece of equipment. Helping students to fully experience the benefits of the project approach to Centennial College’s mechanical engineering courses is Progress Campus. This location houses a new mechanical engineering lab that includes: Thermodynamic Fluid Power testing modules, and Tensile, Hardness and Impact Testers. In these labs, students become comfortable with machine shop operation, tool design, plus computer numerical control programming, designing, as well as building and testing an original piece of equipment. In addition, they learn essential computer-assisted drafting and manufacturing (CAD/ CAM), as well as industry-current software instruction in Auto CAD, Inventor and Master cam. All of this learning begins with mechanical engineering courses that offer a foundation in basic engineering skills and science before moving onto more specific and advanced topics relating to modern manufacturing and production processes.
As previously mentioned, there is also a co-op component to the Mechanical Engineering program. Qualified students enhance their education by working three terms as paid employees in the field. This experience not only allows them to put classroom learning into practice, but also provides valuable networking opportunities for future careers. Please note that a minimum C grade required in COMM-170/171, minimum 2.5 GPA and minimum 80 percent of year 1 and 2 courses are required for COOP-221.
Completion of the Mechanical Engineering program sees students prepared for positions such as: supervisor (which offers additional opportunities), junior engineer, assistant to professional engineers, lab technician, quality control, CAD operator, technical sales and marketing, production control, and product design and development. Among the graduates’ knowledge is the ability to: develop quality control systems, assist in plant expansions and layouts, conduct time and motion studies, plan and schedule new facilities and prepare job safety programs and manuals.