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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 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.
  • Operate manufacturing equipment as well as CNC production machines
  • Fabricate and weld components

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

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

All students are required to supply their own CSA certified footwear (boots preferably) and safety glasses. Students are required to purchase the Millwright Manual and the Technology of Machine Tools textbook for use in the majority of the classes. Other textbooks are defined in the course outlines. All students are required to purchase a tool kit or supply their own matching tools for use in the labs.

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 2020-21

Semester 1 (15 weeks)
MECT 101 Mechanical Theory 1
MECT 102 Welding and Fabrication 1
MECT 106 Basic Technical Math
MECT 103 Technical Drawing & CAD
MECT 110 Occupational Health and Safety
MECT 109 Machining Skills 1
GENE 60 Topics in the Contemporary Workplace

Semester 2 (15 weeks)
MECT 201 Mechanical Theory 2
MECT 202 Welding and Fabrication 2
MECT 402 Physics for Technicians
MECT 207 Computer Numeric Control 1
MECT 204 Computer Aided Design
MECT 209 Machining Skills 2
MECT 208 Mechanical Drive Systems

Semester 3 (15 weeks)
MECT 401 Mechanical Theory 3
MECT 306 Fluid Power 1
MECT 203 Basic Electricity
MECT 404 Computer Numerical Control 2
MECT 403 Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
MECT 409 Machining Skills 3
MECT 307 Quality Control and Assurance
GENE General Education Course (Online)

Semester 4 (15 weeks)
MECT 501 Mechanical Theory 4
MECT 406 Fluid Power 2
MECT 500 Advanced Electricity
MECT 503 Welding and Fabrication 3
MECT 504 Design Project and Report
MECT 505 Manufacturing for Technicians
MECT 206 Technical Writing
MECT 509 Machine Disassembly and Reassembly
GENE ED General Elective

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

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.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


Health Requirements


My years at SLC were among the most memorable of my life. Not only did I receive excellent exposure to many facets of the mechanical world in which I have spent my entire working life, but the program I was in also served to open doors and allow me choices that would not have been unavailable otherwise.

Brian McEwen

Program Contact

Aidan Wornes

Admissions Information

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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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