Credential: 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 availability & wage data
Conestoga 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 (May - Aug)|
|Year 1||Classes||Classes||Work Term 1: $15.50–20|
|Year 2||Classes||Work Term 2: $16–22.50||Classes|
|Year 3||Work Term 3: $16–22.50||Classes||Classes|
Conestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students and offers suggested ranges as a service to employers for the purpose of establishing fair and competitive compensation.
Our experience has been that employers increase wages as skills increase, particularly when employing students for more advanced work terms. The Co-operative Education Office can provide assistance to employers in establishing appropriate wage rates.
Work term capabilities
Specific skills and abilities that students are typically capable of performing during a given work term are listed below.
Work term 1
- 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 machine shop practices
- Program in Visual Basic
- Hydraulic and pneumatic circuit design
Work term 2
- Perform junior mechanical design
- Able to model using 3D CAD software (SolidWorks)
- Perform materials testing and analysis
- Apply strength of materials concepts to determine material type, sizes and cross sections
- Familiar with manufacturing processes
Work term 3
- Perform mechanical design including, but not limited to, weldments, power transmissions and linkage systems
- Write technical reports
- Conduct experimental design and interpretation of results
- Work with Quality Assurance and Systems
Sample job titles
Work term 1:
- CAD Designer
- CAD Technician
- Engineering Assistant
- Junior Mechanical Detailer
- Fabrication Technician
- Junior Mechanical Designer
- Materials Tester
- Quality Assurance Assistant
- Mechanical Designer
Contact informationDo you need help developing a recruitment plan or job posting, accessing wage information, or connecting with a talented co-op student? Contact:
Employer Relations Consultant
519-748-5220 ext. 2817