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Mechanical Technician

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0507 | Open for International Students
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Overview

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.

Program Details

Code 0507
Start Date May, September
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Campus Kingston
Program Length 2 Years
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students
Special May Intake - International Students Only

Program Highlights

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.

Program Outline

2020-2021

This course offers students the opportunity to learn metrology, machining, and handtool theory. This theory complements the hands-on projects in the lab course (MECT 109) and gives students the foundation necessary to develop machining skills. Students learn the theory for hand tools, measuring instruments, layout tools, cutting tools, drill presses, engine lathe, surface grinders, lubrication, as well as the safety rules that are applicable to each.

This course develops the basic welding skills required by the Mechanical Technician to enable them to join metals. Students develop the knowledge and ability to safely set-up and operate oxyacetylene and arc welding equipment to weld, braze, and cut to specifications. Students learn about flat and horizontal welding positions using plate steel.

A Mechanical Technician is frequently required to interpret and prepare information in a graphical format. This course outlines the concepts and techniques of producing mechanical drawings using freehand sketching and conventional drawing methods as well as computer-assisted drafting methods. Assignments are chosen from mechanical applications.

Technical Mathematics begins with a review of elementary mathematical concepts then presents topics in algebra and working with equations. This course also introduces practical applications in trigonometry and geometry.

This course allows students the opportunity to apply machine shop theory and practice skills at the basic level. Students develop skills related to hand tools, measuring instruments, layout tools, cutting tools, engine lathe, milling machines, surface grinders, and practice current safety rules.

This course introduces students to relevant legislation, occupational health hazards, safety requirements, and protective measures including the use of personal protective equipment in the manufacturing industry. Students learn the safety rules for hand tools, cutting tools, machine shop equipment, lubrication, fire extinguishers, and rigging. This course prepares students to recognize and prevent unsafe conditions in a team-oriented fashion.

This is a course designed to help students adapt to the rapidly changing workplace. It provides an historical overview of our working society and how it has evolved. Issues such as employment equity, harassment, regulation of health and safety, unionization, professional organizations and codes of ethics are discussed. Students also identify strategies to meet the needs of current employers and to make interview processes work to their advantage.

This course will allow the student the opportunity to learn Maintenance theory and practice at the Intermediate level. The student will obtain theory and practical skills related to machine tools, pumps, valves, bearings and seals, power transmission systems and compressors.

Prerequisite(s): MECT101

To develop in the student, knowledge, and additional skills in welding practice and techniques. This course emphasizes a hands on practical approach.

Prerequisite(s): MECT102

A Mechanical Technician is frequently required to interpret and prepare information in a graphical format. This course outlines the concepts and techniques of producing mechanical drawings using conventional drawing methods including information on materials and manufacturing processes.

Prerequisite(s): MECT103

Computer Numeric Machining, (CNC) is fast becoming the economic backbone of most modern machine shops. The CNC workstations of today are robotic marvels. Traditional machining may be faster to fabricate one off projects and prototypes, but a quick thinking programmer with the resources available today may be catching up! For large runs of parts, CNC technology has made the speed at which a job can be done much faster, with precision and consistency. This course introduces the student to CNC machining. Students learn to program a two axis CNC lathe and a three axis CNC mill.

Prerequisite(s): MECT103

This course allows students the opportunity to apply machine shop theory and practice skills at the intermediate level. Students demonstrate practical skills related to hand tools, measuring instruments, layout tools, cutting tools, engine lathe, milling machines, surface grinders as well as the safety rules that are applicable to each.

Prerequisite(s): MECT109

A technician needs to understand the basics physics and related sciences that form a fundamental base for engineering projects. This course is designed to introduce the student to basic physics.

Prerequisite(s): MECT106

This course will outline the concepts of basic electricity and electronics to the student. It will include electrical safety, codes, and basic electrical circuits.

In this course students learn trade specific applications as they relate to fluid power. Typical hydraulic and pneumatic systems found in industrial applications are highlighted. Students receive a basic introduction to hydraulic and pneumatic principles, components, symbols and applications.

This course will allow the student the opportunity to learn Maintenance theory and practice at the Advanced level. The Student will obtain theory and practical skills related to machine tools, precision measuring, material handling systems, prime movers, fans and blowers, preventive and predictive maintenance.

Prerequisite(s): MECT201

This course outlines the concepts and techniques of producing mechanical drawings using engineering principles and data collected from manufacturer’s catalogues and handbooks. The student examines the functions of mechanisms, jigs and fixtures. Estimating of project costs and completion times will also be covered.

Prerequisite(s): MECT204

This course introduces the student to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining. The student will program a two axis C.N.C. Lathe and a three axis C.N.C. Machining centre. Work pieces and tooling will be set-up and the C.N.C. program will be executed to ensure correct machining processes.

Prerequisite(s): MECT207 

This lab course provides the opportunity to practice advanced machine shop skills. Students obtain practical skills related to hand tools, measuring instruments, layout tools, cutting tools, engine lathes, milling machines, surface grinders as well as the safety rules that are applicable to each. Students complete individual projects related to manufacturing and repair.

Prerequisite(s): MECT209

Technicians need to be seen as responsible, logical, and thorough. This course assists the individual in responding to situations where short reports and instructions are required. We will explain “how things work”, and what to suggest when “things don’t work”. In this course for mechanical technicians, our approach will be to develop our confidence and authority in the practical use of language.
Pre requisite MECT105

In this course the students continue to learn trade specific applications as they relate to hydraulics and pneumatics. Typical hydraulic and pneumatic systems found in industrial applications are highlighted. Students further develop skills and knowledge in hydraulic and pneumatic principles, components, symbols and applications. They practice the safety regulations as prescribed by OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Act) and learn to appreciate the critical aspect of maintaining superior cleanliness of hydraulic equipment and systems.

Prerequisite(s): MECT306

In this course the student will expand the basic knowledge of electric and electronic devices, and will be introduced to the electrical fundamentals of magnetism, transformers, and AC and DC motors. The student will also learn to read control schematics, ladder logic, and will be introduced to applications of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's).

Prerequisite(s): MECT203

This course will allow the student the opportunity to learn Maintenance theory and practice at the Advanced level. The student will obtain theory and practical skills related to machine tools, precision measuring and programmable logic controllers.

Prerequisite(s): MECT401

To develop in the apprentice the knowledge and ability to read welding drawings, apply safety rules, layout, measure, cut, tack, weld and assemble metal and other components to specification.

Prerequisite(s): MECT202

This course outlines the skills required to design a complete mechanical working project, using the design process, a knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes and drafting techniques. A complete set of engineering drawings will be produced that would enable the project to be manufactured.

Prerequisite(s): MECT403

This course will allow the student to improve on their knowledge of manufacturing processes industrial materials, process planning and quality control methods. The student will engage in classroom and lab activities as well as industry field trips.

Prerequisite(s): MECT401 + MECT409

In this course students research, disassemble, catalog, diagnose, clean and reassemble mechanical components such as pumps and gearbox assemblies, compressors and valves. Attention to detail and organization as well as safe working habits are key to reassembling components to original state.

Prerequisite(s): MECT409

Requirements

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.

Fees

2021-2022

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,390.92 CAD
Total
$4,112.28 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$14,600.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$2,102.25 CAD
Total
$16,702.25 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Kingston

Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

New Gym
Kingston Campus Exterior
Kingston Campus

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 the 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

Other Information

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.

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.

Program Contacts

Program Contact

Aidan Wornes
awornes@sl.on.ca
613.544.5400 ext. 1461

Admissions Information

Contact a member of our recruitment team
ask@sl.on.ca
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting

International Students Contact

international@sl.on.ca
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514

Scholarship & Bursary

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.