School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology

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With emphasis on engineering fundamentals combined with high-tech equipment and analysis techniques, the Mechanical Engineering Technology program will provide you with the flexibility and portability of skills required to become a mechanical engineering technologist and find work in industries such as oil and gas, agriculture and pulp and paper.

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas and Certificates are credit programs that take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Median Starting Salary

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Design concepts, process planning and analysis techniques will be studied and you will receive sound supporting theory from courses such as Dynamics, Design of Machine Elements, Drafting and CAD, and Plant Engineering.

Some of the skills you will acquire include:

  • design of mechanical components, assemblies and systems
  • specifications for machining operations/production methods and tooling for the manufacture of metal parts
  • cost estimating for fabrication, pressure vessels, construction, manufacturing, piping systems and projects
  • selection and evaluation of machinery
  • layout design for office, warehouse and plant
  • production activity evaluation
  • methods analysis techniques using quality-management and quality-control tools

Opportunities for further education

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program can also prepare you for studies in the following programs:

Enter the workforce with confidence

On completion of the program, graduates typically work in mechanical design, manufacturing, estimating, plant and productivity improvement. Areas of specialization can cover a very broad range, including drafting and design, planning, estimating, inspection, sales, purchasing and production. 

The portability of skills allows graduates to pursue careers overseas, in the United States and across Canada.

Typical employers

  • Mechanical equipment manufacturing and supply firms
  • Mechanical equipment research and development laboratories
  • Petroleum processing and refining industries
  • General contractors
  • Consulting engineering firms
  • Government agencies

Is this program for you?

To be successful mechanical engineering technologists, graduates of the program must possess:

  • sound people and personal skills, including working as a team player
  • effective listening and written communication skills
  • attention to detail
  • personal initiative
  • professionalism with colleagues and customers
  • a commitment to lifelong learning
  • a mechanical aptitude to assist in problem-solving and design

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology. 

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation. 

Bachelor of Technology

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology degree.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

Technology Accreditation Canada

This program has been nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada.

Sydney Accord

This program is a national accredited program recognized by the International Engineering Alliance under the Sydney Accord.

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Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 2 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of B in the course(s) or program

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

How to Apply

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  • Program details
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