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Mechanical Technician

Available at: Kingston


The Mechanical Technician program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career as a Mechanical Technician or as an Industrial Mechanic (Millwright). Upon completion graduates will receive an Ontario College Diploma as a Mechanical Technician.

Industrial Mechanic (Millwrights) perform some or all of the following duties: 

  • Read blueprints, diagrams and schematic drawings to determine work procedures. 
  • Install, align, dismantle and move stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment, such as pumps, fans, tanks, conveyors, furnaces and generators according to layout plans using hand and power tools. 
  • Operate hoisting and lifting devices to position machinery and parts during the installation, set-up and repair of machinery. 
  • Inspect and examine machinery and equipment to detect and investigate irregularities and malfunctions. 
  • Install, troubleshoot and maintain power transmission, vacuum, hydraulic and pneumatic systems. 
  • Adjust machinery and repair or replace defective parts. 
  • Operate machine tools such as lathes, mills and grinders to fabricate parts required during overhaul, maintenance or set-up of machinery. 
  • Clean, lubricate and perform other routine maintenance work on machinery.


Graduates will also have completed the equivalent of all levels of in-school training required for the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Apprenticeship Program and are well-prepared to write the exemption exams required for this trade. Completing the in-school training is attractive to employers who may wish to register you in an apprenticeship program.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this two-year program will work in a broad range of automated manufacturing facilities. Mechanical engineering technicians perform some or all of the following duties: 
  • Assist in preparing conventional and computer-assisted designs, drawings and specifications. 
  • Carry out a limited range of mechanical tests and analyses of machines, components and materials. 
  • Assist in inspection of mechanical installations and construction projects.
  • Participate in the installation, repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment.

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Program Name

Mechanical Technician

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

Special May Intake - International Students Only

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 tuition fees are $2,935.68. Compulsory fees are $1,202.15. All fees are subject to change in 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fees are $13,800.00. Compulsory fees are $1,806.15. All fees are subject to change in 2018-19.

May 2017 intake for International students

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Special Scholarship Opportunity:
Qualified students may be eligible for special financial support, made possible through a generous gift donated to the St. Lawrence College Foundation, from the Advanced Technology Education Consortium (ATEC). For full details regarding the ATEC Technology Scholarships, applicant criteria and application forms, visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1 - 15 weeks
MECT 101 Mechanical Maintenance I
MECT 102 Welding and Fabrication
MECT 103 Technical Drawing I
MECT 106 Basic Technical Math
MECT 109 Mechanical Maintenance 1 Practical
MECT 205 Computer Skills
GENE General Education Course

Semester 2 - 15 weeks
MECT 107 Math for Technicians
MECT 201 Mechanical Maintenance 2
MECT 202 Welding and Fabrication
MECT 203 Basic Electricity
MECT 204 Mechanical Drafting
MECT 209 Mechanical Maintenance 2 Practical
GENE 60 Contemporary Topics in the Workplace

Semester 3 - 15 weeks
MECT 401 Mechanical Maintenance 3
MECT 402 Physics for Technicians
MECT 403 Design Drafting and Estimating
MECT 404 Computer Numerical Control
MECT 405 Computer Aided Design
MECT 409 Mechanical Maintenance 3 Practical

Semester 4 - 15 weeks
MECT 206 Basic Technical Writing
MECT 501 Mechanical Maintenance 4
MECT 502 Fluid Power
MECT 503 Welding and Fabrication
MECT 504 Design Project and Report
MECT 505 Manufacturing for Technicians
MECT 509 Mechanical Maintenance 4 Practical

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


I have recently written (and passed!) my C of Q exam in Kingston, and wanted to thank you for the work that you put in teaching me to think like a millwright. "Proper planning prevents poor performance" is something to live by really...
The C of Q had lots of procedure questions, what to do and when, and I found a lot of the questions involved turbines to some degree. There were a couple of questions involving troubleshooting a hydraulic system using a given schematic, and more than a couple of questions covering all aspects of vibration analysis. Here are some of the ideas that I remember seeing.
- Bevel protractor and mic readings
- Crane lift signals involving movement of the boom
- Good old Pythagoras
- Sling types and % of SWL (choker, basket)
- Regular lifting vs. lifting people ratios
- What to check on a crane if it starts to become out of alignment
- What tool to use when checking continuity in an electric motor
- F = A x P
- Actuator problems in pneumatic circuit (erratic operation, how to fix 'hammer')
- Proper placement of a sequencing valve in a hydraulic circuit
- How and where to check pipe stresses after pump install
- Procedure of motor install to existing pump
- Procedure for drain/check/fill of a fan bearing
- Possible cause of immediate bearing failure upon startup in a condensate pump after long shut down
- Solution to vibration in turbine rotor
- How many/which bearings to fix in a multi bearing system
- Material handling rollers turning corners and weight ratios (4 rollers hold 30 tons, how much should 2 rollers be rated for)
- Fan speed ratios (CFM/HP)
- Alignment readings, figuring out where and how much to shim
- Belt splice angles for belts on small diameter pulleys
- Which way to face spring pin in roller chain when installing
- Where to place vibration analysis equipment for couplings and closed gear boxes
- Where unbalance and coupling misalignment shows in vibration readings
- The difference between predictive and preventative maintenance and what each entail.
I hope that some or all of this will help in preparing another squad for success. 
Kevin Latocha

Kevin Latocha

Program Contact

Aidan Wornes

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Advanced Standing

High school students who have successfully completed a multi-credit (2 to 3 credits), grade 12 Manufacturing based Technology Design program that includes any combination of the following credits, Technological Design TDM4 or TDJ4M with a minimum overall average of 70% are eligible to receive advanced standing in St. Lawrence College Technical Drawing, MECT 103.

High school students who have successfully completed a multi-credit (2 to 3 credits), grade 12 Manufacturing Technology program that includes any combination of the following credits, Manufacturing Technology Industrial Maintenance, TMI4C, Manufacturing Engineering Technology TMJ4C or Manufacturing Technology for Welding Technician TMW4C with a minimum overall average of 70% are eligible to receive advanced standing in St. Lawrence College Welding and Fabrication I, MECT 102.

Once you have been accepted into your college program, contact your program coordinator for details.

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