This program is specifically designed to complement university engineering students' theoretical knowledge with applied practical techniques. Topics include manufacturing protocol, engineering drawing, solid modeling (Solidworks), precision machining, welding, CNC machining with Mastercam, pneumatics/electro-pneumatic circuits, and microprocessor control systems. Coursework emphasizes practical techniques through applied learning and hands-on lab activities.


Program name
Mechanical Techniques
14 weeks (2 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 N/A
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 Open
International students
Sept. 2020 N/A
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

The Mechanical Techniques program is specifically designed to introduce currently enrolled and recently graduated university engineering students to practical engineering concepts that include:

  • Industrial safety
  • Dimensional inspection
  • Machining practices
  • Metal forming
  • Welding
  • Pneumatics/electro-pneumatic circuits
  • Embedded electronics
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining techniques

Course work will cover both theoretical and practical concepts with a focus on lab-based application of course content.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Complete all work in compliance with current legislation, standards, regulations and guidelines.
  2. Contribute to the application of quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements.
  3. Comply with current health and safety legislation, as well as organizational practices and procedures.
  4. Support sustainability best practices in workplaces.
  5. Use current and emerging technologies to support the implementation of mechanical and manufacturing projects.
  6. Troubleshoot and solve standard mechanical problems by applying mathematics and fundamentals of mechanics.
  7. Contribute to the interpretation and preparation of mechanical drawings and other related technical documents.
  8. Perform routine technical measurements accurately using appropriate instruments and equipment.
  9. Assist in manufacturing, assembling, maintaining and repairing mechanical components according to required specifications.
  10. Select, use and maintain machinery, tools and equipment for the installation, manufacturing and repair of basic mechanical components.

Required Courses

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SEMESTER 1: First 7 weeks (26 hours)

semester courses
CodeCourse TitleHrs/wk
MENG 1048Machining Fundamentals8
MENG 1049Mechanical CAD with SolidWorks12
MENG 1058Computer Numeric Control & 2D Computer Aided Manufacturing4

SEMESTER 2: Second 7 weeks (26 hours)

semester courses
CodeCourse TitleHrs/wk
MENG 1040Welding Practices6
MENG 1058Computer Numeric Control & 2D Computer Aided Manufacturing4
MENG 1059Intermediate Machining 8
MENG 1060Electronic and Pneumatic Systems6

The fast-track program is specifically designed to introduce university engineering students to practical engineering concepts. Students will already be enrolled in, or graduated from, an undergraduate degree university program and have completed University Calculus 1 and Engineering Strategies and Practices courses or their equivalent.

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Your Career

Upon completion of the program, students will have a strong hands-on foundation in understanding the capabilities, limitations, applications and safe operation of machining tools and equipment.

The skills attained through this fast-track certificate program relate directly to employer requirements for university engineering program theory to be complemented by hands-on skills.


$3,735.00 * †

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

† Note that this is a fast-track program where a full two semesters of work is completed in the May to August period.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Currently attending (or out of school for one semester) a university in Canada in a mechanical and/or industrial engineering undergraduate program
  • Must have completed university Calculus I and Engineering Strategies and Practices (or Praxis) courses or their equivalent.
  • Applicants who are 18 years and younger will need to submit proof of an Ontario Secondary School diploma in addition to post-secondary transcripts.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

School of Mechanical Engineering Technologies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4365


Our office hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., room D305

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