Applied Manufacturing Management - Automation Stream (formerly Applied Manufacturing Management - Mechatronics Stream)

Select start date and campus

Close

Applying as a Canadian applicant

Domestic students should apply using a Conestoga College Program Application Form.

Applying as an International applicant

International students should apply online. Note: not all programs are open to international students.
Close

Campus tours

Campus tours are one of the best ways to experience Conestoga. During this time, we are offering online guided tours to show you all Conestoga has to offer.

Book your tour

Virtual tours

If you can't make an on-campus tour or attend one of our events, the virtual tour is a great way to visit us.

View our Virtual tour

Courses - January 2024

Level 1

Course details

Communications for Effective Management in Industry
COMM8381

Description: This course emphasizes professionalism as a key foundation for communicating as a supervisor in an industrial environment. Emphasis will be placed on effective oral and written communications with all related stakeholders to include all levels of employees and management. A strong focus will be placed on the use of technology to deliver professional presentations, create effective business reports and professional correspondence.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Mechanical Drawing
DRWG8016

Description: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to interpret and create engineering drawings. This course will begin with basic engineering drafting skills of mechanical parts and progress to more complex parts. The student will gain knowledge of the creation of templates, borders and title blocks that are used in the current version of AutoCAD. The main areas of study are basic system customization, drawing and editing tools, dimensioning techniques, multiple view drawings, attribute definitions, blocks, and external references.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
DRWG8046

Description:

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing is a symbolic language for defining part geometry and communicating engineering tolerances and dimensions on CAD models and engineering drawings. Students will extend basic drafting skills and knowledge to the applied principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. An emphasis will be placed on the interpretation and application of rules and symbols to drawings, measurement techniques, and quality control.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Principles of Metrology for Quality Management
MACH8006

Description: In this course the student will investigate dimensional metrology and the use of measuring equipment to ensure quality requirements compliance in a manufacturing shop. The student will use a variety of precision measuring instruments to check machined features of pieces for size and geometric conformity. Legislative health and safety requirements are an important component of this course. Students will discuss the impact of quality related decisions on operating principles, techniques, inspection and checking procedures.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

A/C and D/C Electrical Circuits for Automation
MACH8091

Description:

This course introduces students to electrical circuit operation, design principles, and applications for industrial automation. Both A/C and D/C circuits will be explored. Students will learn the components, function, analysis, and design of electrical circuits. They will also learn how electrical components are included in an automation system design.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Designing Jigs and Fixtures
MECH8031

Description:

Jigs and fixtures are essential tools that are widely used in industry to facilitate a variety of manufacturing processes. Students will determine the efficient methods of securing a workpiece for manufacturing while choosing various locational, clamping, indexing and tool guiding devices. Students will be asked to design a simple jig and fixture while evaluating the process from a managerial viewpoint.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Essentials in Programming
PROG8046

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the field of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) G-Code programming while comparing it to other manufacturing processes in industry. The course will begin with the basic elements of identifying requirements and exploring CNC best practices up to the development of programs suitable for use for part production. Programming skills and knowledge will be enhanced with the use of simulation software.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Level 2

Course details

Solid Modelling for Manufacturing
DRWG8036

Description:

This course introduces students to the uses of SolidWorks for manufacturing and mechanical design. Students will learn to use SolidWorks to create and modify simple sketches, parts, assemblies, and drawings. Topics include the user interface, file structure, 2D sketches, plane creation, basic modelling features, part modifications, bottom-up assembly, and blueprint drawings.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Engineering Economics
ECON8002

Description: This course covers the basics of project investment and appraisal and selection. Topics include: time value of money; cash flow analysis; cost of capital; elements of cost & cost estimation; decision making among alternatives; break even analysis; effect of depreciation, taxes, replacement analysis, inflation and uncertainties and risk.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Human Resources for Manufacturing Management
HRM8401

Description:

The primary focus in this introductory course is to offer the student an in depth view into Canadian human resource (HR) management functions as it relates to the manufacturing industry. The course emphasis is on the skills and techniques utilized by HR professionals and manufacturing managers in each of their specialty areas, and how they are related to the organization's overall strategy and objectives in Canada.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Fluid Power for Automation
MACH8101

Description:

This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of fluid power to enable them to understand the principles, function, and application of pneumatic and hydraulic structures and components within automation systems. Students will learn the design, installation, documentation, and analysis of simple circuits of pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Electrical controls for fluid power and electro-pneumatic systems are studied. Students will learn how to integrate fluid power components into an automation system design using electrically actuated directional control valves.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: MACH8091
  • CoRequisites:

Operations Management
MGMT8911

Description: This course will discuss the process of manufacturing and how manufacturing operations are planned and managed. Special emphasis will be placed upon the process from the viewpoint of the manager. Projects will challenge students to work through typical issues of operations management found in the manufacturing industry.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety Legislation
OHS8196

Description:

This course introduces students to health and safety legislation in Ontario. This will include an exploration of the main components of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, industry and hazard specific regulations made under the Act, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. Students will learn to distinguish between legislative requirements, industry standards and best practices and apply their knowledge to a workplace to assess compliance. Students will be introduced to common workplace hazards, and the concepts of hazard identification and mitigation. Students will also explore how inspections, investigations and penalties are used in the enforcement of occupational health and safety legislation.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Introduction to Robotics
ROBO8046

Description:

This course aims to provide students with fundamental concepts of Industrial Robotics. Topics include the history and application of robotics in manufacturing systems, robot specifications and classification, degrees of freedom and work envelope, robot forward and inverse kinematics, building blocks of industrial robotics virtual workstation, motion instruction and robot controllers, robot programming modes, robotic end-effectors, actuators, sensory devices, and robotic safety standards. The robotic systems selection and analysis using an industrial robot simulation software.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Level 3

Course details

Networking Planning and Implementation
INFO8168

Description: This course providing students with the skills and knowledge to design, implement and troubleshoot basic networks is essential to anyone working in IT. Students will learn to plan and implement Ethernet LANs and switches, IPv4 addressing and subnetting. Through simulation software, students will experience configuring and troubleshooting Cisco switches and routers, static and dynamic routing, ACLs, NAT, STP, basic VoIP, basic WLAN and IPv6 will be gained. In addition, various WAN technologies will be identified and configured.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Programming for Automation
MACH8111

Description:

This course provides an introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and focuses on the practical applications of using them in an automated plant or manufacturing system. Students will learn to program PLCs and HMIs using common industry techniques. They will also learn to integrate PLC and HMI components into an automation system design . Using industry recognized development software, students will learn to plan, create, and execute fully functional PLC programs.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: MACH8091
  • CoRequisites:

Introduction to Project Management For Industry
MGMT8631

Description:

This course covers the necessary tools and processes to manage the life cycle of a project in an industrial environment. Students will utilize the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), applying standard terminology and methods in a number of small sample projects including creation of project charter, risk management, procurement, and project scheduling and project reporting.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Hazard Identification
OHS8036

Description:

This course allows students to examine workplace hazard identification and risk management principles in the context of manufacturing and construction environments in Ontario. Students will learn how to asses occupational hazards and exposure pathways, in accordance with applicable legislation. Using industry standard tools and processes, students have an opportunity to conduct a hazard identification and risk evaluation processes. Students will learn how to apply the appropriate hazard controls and how to determine the effectiveness of the selected controls after implementation to ensure for effective risk mitigation.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Principles of Lean Six Sigma
QUAL8201

Description: This course will enable students to analyze and solve quality problems as part of a team using the complementary methodologies of Lean and Six Sigma. Through the application of a structured approach students will learn how to apply the principles of waste reduction and minimizing of defects in manufacturing and transactional processes
  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Quality, Strategy and Value Creation for Industry
QUAL8321

Description: This course introduces the philosophy and guiding principles that represent the foundation of continuously improving an industrial organization. Students learn the roles of leadership, strategic planning and deployment to exceed customer expectations. Additional topics include the role of teams and associated processes to maximize profitability.
  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Level 4

Course details

Career Management
CDEV8133

Description: This course focuses on career management skills needed to navigate the evolving workplace. Students will evaluate their skills, attitudes, and expectations within their chosen careers and explore emerging trends in the workplace. Students will refine their networking strategies and create marketing documents to position them for success. Mock interviews will provide the opportunity for practice, feedback and reflection as students prepare for future interviews. Students will explore communication strategies that support workplace success and advancement. By the end of this course, students will have created a personalized career management plan.
  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Prototyping and 3D Printing
MECH8041

Description: Rapid prototyping puts digital designs into the real world. This course will examine the various options available including machining and 3D printing as the Prototyping Process Model is studied. Students will work in groups to design, and 3D print components.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Capstone Project Advanced Manufacturing Management
MECH8152

Description:

This capstone project course is a culmination of the theoretical knowledge gained within this program for the purpose of challenging the student to successfully create or improve on an existing manufacturing process. Successful completion of this course will require the application of skills learned throughout the program. Small groups of students, usually working in teams will research, design, document and present their project. This semester-long project will demonstrate the students’ competence in applying the knowledge and skills acquired through the program courses as they relate to an advanced manufacturing environment. This course requires the students to practice self-directed learning with the aid of faculty guidance to achieve course outcomes.

  • Hours: 126
  • Credits: 7
  • Pre-Requisites: MGMT8630 AND MGMT8631
  • CoRequisites:

Team Dynamics and Employee Engagement in Industry
MGMT8641

Description: Success in any professional environment requires employees to operate effectively as a team member, acknowledging and functioning as part of a group. This course will define, within an industry context, the nature and dynamics of a team. Students will learn to assess a team to determine its efficiency and function, identify opportunities for improvement, and establish conflict-prevention measures. Students will practice using the learnings through projects and in-class practical applications.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Health and Safety Management
OHS8226

Description: Effective Occupational Health and Safety programs recognize the connection between employee health, safety, productivity and quality. They are essential for the workplace. This course will explore the reasons why a comprehensive health and safety program is of benefit to workplaces, and the importance of involvement by all levels of workers and management in an occupational health and safety program. It will cover the principles of developing and monitoring a workplace health and safety programs using a management system model. This course will also cover the requirements of creating a safe workplace environment through the interpretation and application of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and related safety legislation. Accident investigation and analysis, assessing allegations of unsafe work, managing health complaints, training needs, conducting meetings, ergonomics, and emergency planning will also be covered.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Program outcomes

  1. Make management level decisions within a manufacturing environment that align with organizational strategic and operational goals.
  2. Formulate human resource planning strategies that support operational goals and company culture to include budget, output volume, and succession planning.
  3. Analyze manufacturing methodologies, incorporating the principles of floor level operations in order to make effective management decisions.
  4. Integrate decision making strategies with practical applications of manufacturing processes in a typical industrial environment.
  5. Use current technology to create written, oral, and graphic communications that are professional and accurate.
  6. Use principles and best practices in team-building and problem solving to negotiate and resolve conflict in an interdisciplinary setting.
  7. Optimize manufacturing processes based upon learnt program knowledge, operation procedures and process parameters.
  8. Ensure that manufacturing equipment is operated in compliance with occupational health and safety regulations and established standard operating procedures.
  9. Develop and use personal/professional strategies and plans to improve professional growth, job performance, and working relationships in a Canadian context.