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PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering Technology

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Program Description

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program is a practical, hands-on, full-time, two-year diploma program that lets you develop strong technical, analytical, and problem solving skills essential for a range of exciting careers in the challenging field of mechanical engineering.

During the common first year you will be exposed to a variety of topics including foundational math and physics, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and additional specialized courses to prepare you to enter into one of three specialized majors. Upon successful completion of the common first year, selection of your major will occur. Although SAIT Polytechnic will attempt to help students complete the program major of their choice, grade point for specific courses will be used in the selection criteria for each major, in case of a seat shortage for specific majors.

The following majors are available for the Mechanical Engineering Technology program:

  • Design and Analysis
  • Design and Development
  • Design and Automation


Common to all: In all three available majors, a focus will be placed on professionalism, creativity, team work, effective communication and collaboration. Each student will also participate in a major capstone project that will address a real-world industry challenge.

The specific areas of study for the three majors will be:

Design and Analysis Major:

  • Mechanical system design

  • Vibration Analysis
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics

Design and Development Major:

  • Model Making
  • Prototyping
  • Ergonomics

Design and Automation Major:

  • Automation Systems Design
  • Control Systems (PLC)
  • Industrial robotics

Program Overview

Your Career

Graduates will have obtained the designation of Mechanical Engineering Technologists, with a specialization in either Design and Analysis, Design and Development or Design and Automation.

As a Mechanical Engineering Technologist, you may find employment in the areas of research and development, mechanical equipment design, testing, quality control or project management.  Mechanical Engineering Technologists are needed in a wide range of professional and technical industry sectors including:  manufacturing, oil and gas, energy production, electronics, aerospace, plastics, wood products, warehousing, food processing and technical sales.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will have gained specialized skills in the area of your major:

  • Design and Analysis major - design, analysis and troubleshooting of various systems including mechanical, thermal and fluids
  • Design and Development major - product design and development, prototyping, ergonomics and industrial design.
  • Design and Automation major - automated systems design and maintenance, manufacturing controls, and robotics.

Did you know graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program have a 92% employment rate?

Student Success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in either:

Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Analysis

Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Development

Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Automation


All three majors are nationally accredited by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). Graduates may apply for their Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) designation after two years of appropriate work experience.

While attending SAIT, Mechanical Engineering Technology students can become members of the following societies:

  • Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals (ASET).
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ).


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1, or at least 75% in Math 30-2, AND,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • At least 60% in Physics 20 and Chemistry 20, or at least 60% in Science 30.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

First Year

Second Year


Design and Analysis

Design and Automation

Design and Development

Total Credits 60

Program Outcomes

1. Research, analyze, prepare, document, submit and present a Technology Report (Capstone Project) relating to a significant technology-related issue.

2. Demonstrate capability in mathematics consistent with the discipline requirements and program objectives.

3. Apply the current practices of project management to applied science and engineering technology projects consistent with the discipline requirements.

4. Apply the principles of physical and natural science.

5. Apply the knowledge of business/management principles, ethics, sustainability, contracts, codes and standards.

6. Obtain and analyze data, and prepare and document data.

7. Utilize computer software, hardware and other technological tools appropriate and necessary to performance of tasks.

8. Apply knowledge of health and safety practices to minimize exposure to unsafe conditions and ensure a safe working environment for oneself and co-workers.

9. Mechanical Machine Design: Analyse, design and specify machine elements and mechanical parts.

10. CAD Drawings: Prepare CAD drawings, specifications, estimates and other technical documentation.

11. Fabrication Processes: Apply knowledge of material and engineering principles to manufacturing operations and processes.

12. Applied Thermodynamics: Apply concepts of conduction, convection, radiation and heat transfer in the analysis of properties and heat transfer problems.

13. Process Instrumentation and HVAC Controls: Design and specify automated manufacturing operations.

14. Fluid Mechanics: Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of fluid mechanics.

15. Equipment Commissioning: Assist in the commissioning of mechanical building systems.

16. Project Management: Apply the principles of project management in mechanical engineering work.

17. Computer Aided Engineering: Use appropriate integrated asset management software.


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