Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Analysis (Co-op)
Program DetailsCredential: 3-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma
This three-year program is designed to give students a broad exposure to mechanical engineering technology. Emphasis is placed on mechanical design using standard procedures, computer graphics and related computer-based analyses. Relevant aspects of manufacturing processes and materials are covered to facilitate an understanding of the integration between design and manufacturing. Effective technical communications through verbal, written, graphic and computer skills are also stressed. Graduates of this program are prepared for employment in areas such as mechanical design, research and development, CAD operations, equipment installation and testing, technical sales and production-related areas.
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.
|Year||Fall (Sept. - Dec.)||Winter (Jan. - Apr.)||Spring/Summer (May - Aug.)|
|Year 1||Classes||Classes||Work Term 1|
|Year 2||Classes||Work Term 2||Classes|
|Year 3||Work Term 3||Classes||Classes|
Work Term CapabilitiesSpecific skills and abilities that students are typically capable of performing during a given work term are listed below.
Work Term I
- Computer literate with Windows, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Provide assistance to engineering teams on fundamental problems, extracting information from manuals and interpreting drawings and standards
- Conduct materials testing (tensile, hardness)
- Perform static analysis
- Create engineering drawings using AutoCAD and SolidWorks, applying both traditional dimensioning and geometric tolerances, intermediate modeling skill level using SolidWorks
- Familiar with manufacturing processes including machine shop practices
Work Term II
- Perform junior mechanical design
- Able to model using 3D CAD software (SolidWorks)
- Perform materials testing and analysis
- Work with Quality Assurance and Systems
- Apply strength of materials concepts to determine material type, sizes and cross sections
Work Term III
- Perform mechanical design including, but not limited to, weldments, power transmissions and linkage systems
- Hydraulic and pneumatic circuit design
- Program in Visual Basic
- Write technical reports
- Conduct experimental design and interpretation of results
Sample Job TitlesWork Term I: CAD Technician, CAD Designer, Engineering Assistant, Junior Mechanical Detailer
Work Term II: Junior Mechanical Designer, Quality Assurance Assistant, Materials Tester, Fabrication Technician
Work Term III: Mechanical Designer
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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