Mechanical Technician (Co-op)

CampusStart Date
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Mechanical Technicians are experts in mechanical devices and manufacturing. They have a unique skill set that shares common practices with Industrial Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering Technologists. You'll learn the basic functions of pipefitting, welding, rigging, electrical and machining. Our programs offers hands-on training in mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, lubrication, cooling and exhaust systems in industrial plants. Mechanical Technicians have a wide training base that offers employers two specialized forms of knowledge in a competitive job market.


Duration

The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two years of full-time study. A co-op designation may extend the duration of study by up to 12 months.


Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Foundations of Mathematics 110
      or
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112

      (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)


      Career Possibilities

      As a graduate, you may be employed in power generating stations, pulp and paper mills, steel mills, mining operations, oil refineries and food processing plants as maintenance staff, operators, supervisors, quality assurance inspectors, maintenance planners or safety coordinators. As well, you may be hired by inspection service providers, as an Inspection and Testing Technician, a Quality Assurance Technician, a Laser Alignment Specialist or a Vibration Analysis Technician. You may also work with various industrial based companies as a supervisor, industrial sales representative, maintenance planner or mechanical estimators. Positions may also be available with municipal water and sewerage departments as a maintenance personnel or operator.

      As a graduate, you may be eligible to challenge the Block 1 Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) examination. The Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) occupation is apprenticeable in New Brunswick. For more information, see the Apprenticeship and Certification info sheet.

      Find potential employment in power generating stations, pulp and paper mills, steel mills, mining operations, oil refineries and food processing plants as maintenance staff, operators, supervisors, quality assurance inspectors, maintenance planners or safety coordinators.

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      NOC Codes

      7311 - Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics


      What you will learn

      • Communications
      • Blueprint Reading and Sketching
      • Shop Practices
      • Measurement and Layout
      • Drills, Taps and Reamers
      • Mathematics and Physics
      • Computers
      • Installation Drawings and Schematics
      • Fasteners
      • Machine Shop
      • Materials
      • Bearings, Lubricants and Seals
      • Welding
      • Applied Mechanics
      • Pipefitting Components
      • Fans, Engines and Compressors
      • Conveyors
      • Pumps
      • Basic Electrical Theory
      • Maintenance Planning
      • Steam Power
      • Equipment Installation and Alignment
      • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
      • Vibration Analysis
      • Fluid Mechanics
      • Non-Destructive Evaluation
      • Power Transmission


      Program Courses

      This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

      This course will introduce students to Voltage current and resistance, Ohm’s Law, AC and DC, Multimeters. This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to perform basic electrical practices, such as disconnecting motors of determining wire size, and performing electrical math calculations.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G

      This course will provide the student with an understanding of basic fluid mechanics. Specifically, it deals with hydrostatics, hydrodynamics, flow measurement devices, head loss in pipe, and pumping systems.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1089

      This course will provide the student with the knowledge on in basic hydraulic theory, interpreting hydraulic system schematics, operating characteristics, system maintenance, and troubleshooting.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G

      This course provides students with an introduction to the theory of operations as well as the maintenance and overhaul procedures for centrifugal, rotary, and reciprocating pumps.

      Prerequisites:

      • META1059
      • SECU1303B

      This course provides student with a basic overview of steam generation and its uses.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G

      This course is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to understand the theory of operations, installation, repair procedures and troubleshooting techniques as they apply to pneumatic systems. This course is designed to provide instruction in the troubleshooting methods, schematic use, and testing equipment used to locate system faults and to provide the student with a basic understanding of the classification, theory of operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance procedures related to compressors.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G

      This course provides students with an introduction to PLC hardware and software.

      The goal of the co-op placement is to complement academic studies with related work experience. This placement provides an introduction to basic maintenance, basic machining, and rigging.

      The goal of the Co-op Work Placement is to complement academic studies with related work experience. The students will apply their knowledge in hydraulics, pneumatics, turbines, and vibration analysis.

      The Co-op Work Placement is to complement academic studies with related work experience. This work placement will provide the student with experience in basic maintenance, equipment installment and alignment, welding, pump maintenance, and maintenance planning.

      This course provides students with a sound mathematical foundation in preparation to higher level mathematics (calculus) and other technology courses.

      The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

      In this course, the students are presented with a balance of theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Instructional emphasis is focussed on the information, principles and formulas required to perform trade related mathematical calculations.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1208

      Students are equipped to identify lathe components, accessories and tooling. They learn to grind cutting tools and carry out basic lathe operations according to appropriate safety standards.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G
      • META1060

      This course is designed to provide the student with the theory and practice in the use and maintenance of portable hand and power tools, air tools, explosive actuated tools, offhand and pedestal grinders, power saws and various fasteners and various locking devices.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G

      This course will provide students with the knowledge and skill too accurately measure and layout specific shop projects for machining operations.

      Prerequisites:

      • META1059
      • SECU1194G
      • MATH1208

      Students build on their practical skills in machining to perform milling machine operations.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G
      • META1060

      This course instructs students on the correct use and selection of bearings, lubricants and seals as they relate to the trade.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G
      • META1060

      In this course students will learn dynamic balancing terms and procedures.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G

      This course is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to install and align machinery, perform alignment procedures, and use precision levels, sole plates, leveling equipment and laser alignment.

      Prerequisites:

      • META1059
      • META1060
      • PRLP1059
      • SECU1194G

      This course is designed to provide students with the fundamentals of vibration analysis theory, proper information gathering skills and interpretation of data. Its emphasis is on fundamental relationships of displacement, velocity, acceleration and phase, transducer selection for optimum results, FFT spectra and waveform interpretation, F Max, case studies and how to collect data. The lab portion of the course will be dedicated to practical use of a data collector, interpreting the result and recommending solutions for the information recorded

      Prerequisites:

      • MPMI1005
      • SECU1194G

      This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain equipment and machinery.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1011
      • META1061
      • META1059
      • SECU1303B

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.
       
       

      In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.
       

      Applied physics is intended to develop the students’ problem solving skills. It makes the connection between physics and math to solve real world problems. The typical problems are in motion, dynamics, energy, power, pressure, hydraulics, fluid flow. Considerable emphasis is placed on problem-solving techniques.

      This is a core course and contributes greatly to students’ ability to solve engineering problems.

      Students are enabled to apply physical and physics concepts to the field of Mechanical Trades in an applied fashion at an intermediate level.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1208

      This course provides students with an understanding in the proper use and selection of basic piping, tanks, containers, tools, fittings, and components as they relate to the Industrial Mechanic / Millwright trade.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G
      • SECU1303B

      This course is designed to provide instruction in the theory of operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance procedures of belt, chain, screw and pneumatic conveyors.

      Prerequisites:

      • MPMI1005
      • SECU1194G
      • SECU1303B

      Students acquire the skills necessary to install and maintain various industrial drive units and their internal components.

      Prerequisites:

      • META1059
      • META1060
      • SECU1194G

      This course is designed to provide students with the skills to sketch and read blueprints to extract information. Students learn to interpret information from blueprints and use proper instruments and techniques to produce drawings.

      This course extends the knowledge gained in the preceding course,Blueprint Reading Fundamentals. It is designed to provide students with the necessary skills required to read technical drawings and interpret critical information. Students practice material identification and interpretation of drawings and specifications.

      Prerequisites:

      • PRLP1058D

      This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge required to function safely in their work environment. Included within this course are the specific WorkSafeNB competencies required for all NBCC graduates. Participants cover the safety and security standards required on the job so that they are aware of potential hazards and can prevent them.

      The safety procedures introduced in the course focus on preparing the students to function efficiently and safely as they get more practice and applied knowledge specific to their trade.

      This course provides students with an understanding of:

      - their responsibilities when working in areas where fall hazards exist;

      - the use of and inspection of the required equipment; and

      - the critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall.

      This course provides students with an understanding of the hazards related to working in a confined space environment. It looks at the proper safe work practice and procedures for confined spaces as well as rescue considerations.

      This course is designed to prepare students to work with crane operators and, where applicable, engineers to set up equipment and perform lifts.  This course examines the intricacies of planning and carrying out common rigging, hoisting, lifting and positioning tasks.  Students continue to learn about care and maintenance of equipment and tools.  Workplace safety is emphasized.


       

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G

      Industrial mechanics (millwrights) utilize welding and cutting equipment to heat, repair and fabricate components on machinery.  In this course, students learn through a combination of theory and practical application about oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting, equipment and accessories, safe procedures for cutting. Next, students learn to weld material using shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW) equipment.  Finally, students learn to perform regularly maintenance on welding units to ensure safety in welding and cutting processes.
       


      Specific Considerations

      Some co-op placements may require you to achieve an acceptable minimum score on a standardized aptitude test. Though this is offered as a co-op program, there are limited seats available with this option. Co-op seats will be determined at the beginning of second year. The co-op option is only available at NBCC Saint John Campus.


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