Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical Systems Engineering
Program DetailsCredential: 4-Year Bachelor of Engineering
This program is accredited by Engineers Canada. Graduates are qualified to register as Engineers-in-Training (EIT), part of the process to full licensure as practicing Professional Engineers (P.Eng.).
The MSE program offers more than 2,700 hours of applied learning centered on practical engineering projects. It is geared to motivated individuals looking for challenging careers in mechanical, manufacturing and control system design. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume leadership roles in the critical engineering disciplines of product and system design, process design and process control. The MSE program is innovative and challenging, delivered using a project-based curriculum in which the students learn by doing. As they work through four years of increasingly demanding and complex projects, students progress from the technical basics to advanced leading technologies in design, manufacturing and automation. They also develop strong skills in business methodologies, project management, environmental protection and interpersonal and team dynamics.
To provide breadth of learning in this program, courses in liberal studies complement professional studies. In addition, generic skills are taught, practiced and assessed throughout the curriculum.
To commence the program there is a two-week foundation module designed to introduce students to the academic team, the profession, the program design, and to generic and liberal studies. There is an assessment of current skills in mathematics, physics and written and spoken English with opportunities to enhance these skills throughout the module. All studies in the foundation module are designed to ensure that students succeed in their chosen professional field.
Student AvailabilityConestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.
Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.
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Work Term CapabilitiesSpecific skills and abilities that students are typically capable of performing during a given work term are listed below.
Work Terms I and IIStudents are able to apply relevant principles of mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering science to the solution of basic design, manufacturing and automation challenges in industrial settings. They have a fundamental appreciation of relevant product and process design principles and techniques, including understanding of design and functional requirements. Generic skills they have studied up to this point include the understanding of teamwork and individual accountability, conflict resolution techniques and effective verbal and written communication.Examples of specific capabilities:
- Work as part of an engineering team in the design or manufacturing environment
- Prepare drawings using 3D CAD software (SolidWorks)
- Perform static equilibrium analysis
- Design, build, and troubleshoot electrical and electronic circuits
- Design, build, and troubleshoot pneumatic and hydraulic circuits
- Assist with the selection of engineering materials for engineering projects
- Operate lathes, mills and drilling machines
- Schedule and manage short term projectsStudents are able to apply design, manufacturing and automation techniques. At this stage they have completed courses in Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials and have a working knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers, Structured Programming, Design and Analysis of Mechanisms, numerical methods and automation control. They have a working knowledge of manufacturing processes and project management. Since the program emphasizes integration of product design with process design and process control, examples of specific capabilities are listed under the appropriate headings:
- Prepare detail and assembly drawings, 3D models, and animations using Solidworks software
- Perform engineering mechanics and strength of materials analysis and materials selection for machine components
- Utilize structured programming techniques and implement numerical methods to obtain solutions to engineering problems
- Manufacturing process design, implementation and monitoring including casting and forming and surface engineering of a variety of engineering materials
- Design and program automated manufacturing operations and processes incorporating sensors and actuators
- Generate PLC programs to control industrial processes
- Generate programs for HMI devices
Work Term IIIThe students are able to creatively solve more demanding engineering problems encountered in product design, process design and process control using sophisticated analytical engineering tools. At this stage they have completed courses in Machine Design, System Control, Industrial Engineering and Electric Motors and Drives and have a sound understanding of the principles used in Analysis and Design of Mechanisms. They also have an appreciation for project management techniques and they know how to make effective presentations using a multimedia approach.Examples of specific capabilities:Product Design
- Design analysis of machine components and their integration
- Design linkages and mechanisms to satisfy a set of functional requirements
- Select optimum electrical drive and speed controls for industrial applications
- Assist in the design and integration of flexible manufacturing systems using current computer technologies such as ERP, JIT, and others
- Recommend cost-effective manufacturing and assembly processes
- Assist in the design and implementation of control systems including On-Off, differential gap, and PID controllers
Sample Job TitlesWork Terms 1 and 2:
Engineering Co-op, Mechanical Design Student/Assistant, Junior Mechanical Designer, Test Technician, First Line Manager, QA Student, Operations Intern, Manufacturing Engineering Co-op, Process Engineering Student, Assistant Coordinator, Maintenance Co-op, Drafting Co-op, Manufacturing Process Designer, Specification Writer, Control System Analyst, Control Systems Hardware Designer, Graphics/Model Coordinator, First Line Manager, QA/QC Student
Work Term 3:
Engineering Co- op, Control System Designer, Assistant Project Manager, Manufacturing Process Designer, Specification Writer, Control System Analyst, Control Systems Hardware Designer, Graphics/Model Coordinator, QA/QC Student
Program CoursesTo see a typical course list for this program, see the current program course information.
Wage DataConestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students. See the Schedule and Wage Data for details.
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