Are you fascinated by the design and construction of mechanical devices?

Mechanical engineering technicians are essential spokes in the wheels of almost every industry by innovating, problem-solving, and providing insights into how all types of machinery work. Your computer is your go-to tool. You’ll use programs like AutoCAD and SolidWorks to create and analyze designs, run simulations, and test how machines will operate. You’ll explore manufacturing techniques like 3D printing and CNC machining throughout the program. On-campus labs will bring your 3D designs to life.

Upon graduation, you can boost your leadership and technical skills by applying to enter directly into the final year of Cambrian’s Mechanical Engineering Technology (METY) program and open the door to more career opportunities.  

Program highlights

  • Computer-aided design (CAD) tools like AutoCAD and SolidWorks 
  • Explore manufacturing techniques like 3D printing and CNC machining 
  • Real-world community and applied research projects in state-of-the-art labs 
  • Grads can apply for the final year of Cambrian’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program 
  • Careers available in variety of industries including mining, health care, manufacturing, and more 
  • Graduates may be eligible to register as a Certified Technician (C.Tech) with the Ontario Association of Certified Technicians & Technologists (OACETT) 

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
MEC 1003 Engineering Materials 3
MTH 1050 Algebra I 3
PHY 1112 Physical Principles I 1 4
MEC 1002 Introduction to Metrology and Geometric Dimensioning 3
CAD 1001 Engineering Graphics 3
One General Education Course. 2 3
Semester 2
ENG 1754 Technical Communication 3
MTH 1250 Algebra II 3
PHY 1212 Physical Principles II 3
MCH 1207 Fluid Mechanics 4
MCH 1165 Industrial Design I 1 3
CAD 1003 Solid Modeling 1 3
MCH 1153 Mechanical Lab I 1 3
Semester 3
MTH 2325 Technical Math III 3
MTH 2332 Applied Calculus 3
MCH 1301 Dynamics of Machines 1 3
MCH 1303 Strength of Materials 5
MCH 1365 Industrial Design II 1 3
ELC 1013 Electrical Fundamentals 4
One General Education Course. 2 3
Semester 4
CAD 1004 Advanced Solid Modelling 1 4
INT 1001 Instrumentation I 3
MCH 1002 Thermodynamics 3
MCH 1401 Advanced Structural Design 4
MCH 1402 Materials and Processes 3
MCH 1410 Codes and Standards 3
One General Education Course. 2 3
 Total Credits91

Course with Lab Component


For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.

Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U) (MCT4C is highly recommended)

Additional admission requirements


  • Any grade 12 physics (C) or (U)
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Specific program pathways

Furthering your studies

Graduates of Cambrian's Mechanical Engineering Technician (METN) program may apply to enter directly into Semester 5 of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (METY) program.  This is a competitive process.

College or university degree opportunities

If you are a graduate from this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information.

Employment opportunities

Graduates may find employment in areas such as:

  • Consulting engineering firms
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Resource industries
  • Mechanical designer
  • Sales representative
  • Government departments

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.