Mechanical Engineering Technology

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Keep the wheels in motion. Our two to three year Mechanical Engineering Technology program trains you to provide technical support and services in the design, development, maintenance and testing of machines, components, tools, heating and ventilation systems. In your first year, you'll learn the basics of mechanical engineering technology. In your second year, you'll learn advanced machine design, computer-aided drawings and specifications, building systems including HVAC, and engineering manufacturing operations and processes.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma
    • Pre-calculus 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Total of two (2) sciences, including at least one (1) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122

      NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
      International Student Admission Equivalencies

      Career Possibilities

      Graduates of this program can work in technical and industrial areas including mechanical and machinery maintenance and operations, manufacturing, processing, inspection, mechanical design, engineering sales and research and development.

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      Specific Considerations

      Mechanical engineering technologists need the following qualities:
      • the capability to visualize 3-D objects
      • the ability to detail a project from two-dimensional drawings
      • the ability to perform with defined detail and within narrow tolerances
      • good analytical skills
      • good sketching and drawing skills
      • the ability to solve mechanical problems by applying of theories
      • conduct tests with a methodical approach
      • good mathematical skills
      • effective communication skills
      • capable of working independently or as part of a team when required

      Local campuses can provide information on courses that are the prerequisites for technology programs at NBCC. Many universities give credits for courses completed in this program, however, assessment is normally completed on an individual basis.

      Students accepted into this program may be eligible for financial awards offered through the J.D. Irving Limited Training Incentives Program.

      Program Courses

      Courses are subject to change.

      This course prepares students for the task of estimating the cost of projects by introducing various methods that can be employed. The tendering process is covered. Emphasis is given to the preparation of bids.

      This is a first year technology course that develops competencies in both DC and AC electrical theory and circuit applications. Topics discussed include: Ohm’s law, Kirchoff’s laws, voltage, current, impedance, power, sine waves, series circuit characteristics, parallel circuit characteristics, combination circuit characteristics, electromagnetic induction, mutual inductance, and transformers. This course contains a practical component that will involve the use of electrical measuring devices such as multi-meters and oscilloscopes.

      Completion of this course prepares for advanced studies in electrical machines and control circuits that require fundamental knowledge of electrical theory and the ability to properly operate circuit measurement devices.

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to plan, organize, and control engineering tasks and projects. This includes theoretical concepts and application pertaining to the coordinating and controlling of project schedules and costs as well as human and material resources. Students are taught financial management from high-level tasks such as creating a budget to daily operational tasks such as balance sheets and income statements. They learn to calculate such things as: return on investment, net present value, future value, payback, capital cost etc. They are also taught the variables associated with multi-disciplinary teams and its impact on engineering projects. 

      This course provides an in-depth study of the following building services: water supply, waste water drainage, storm water collection and drainage, lighting (lumens) systems, and associated code requirements.


      • FLUI1027C

      In this course building heating and cooling loads as well as psychrometry of air are determined as critical data needed to calculate HVAC requirements for buildings.


      • ETTG1004

      Emphasis in HVAC Systems is on the design of hydronic and air handling HVAC systems to achieve stated design criteria for a building occupancy or process requirements, including indoor air quality and air and gas cleaning systems.


      • BSSI1013D

      Students will learn to write a variety of technical documents and business correspondence suitable to a specific audience and purpose as well as learn how to conduct research and document sources.

      This course prepares students to write a formal technical report on a technical topic with sufficient technical and communication quality as to be judged capable of meeting the certification requirements of such outside agencies as the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, federal government agencies such as Transport Canada, or any other accrediting body.

      This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

      This course introduces students to ethical principles and codes of conduct applicable to professional practices. The subject of ethics is a requirement of many accredited programs. Therefore, successful completion of Professional Ethics is a graduation requirement for engineering technology programs.

      Students in this course learn the theory and application of thermodynamic cycles including Carnot, Otto, Diesel, Brayden and refrigeration cycles. Students also learn the principles of heat transfer and heat transfer equipment.

      This course provides students with drafting skills and familiarizes them with proper drafting tools and mechanical drafting fundamentals.

      Students submit a formal, researched report and make a formal oral presentation on an approved technical topic related to their program of studies. The technical and communication quality may be judged on the basis of the certification requirements of outside agencies such as the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (NBSCETT), a government department, or other accrediting body. This is primarily an independent study course allowing for consultations with academic and industry personnel.

      This course provides students with the ability to analyse and design fluid flow systems. The major topics of study are the calculation of minor line losses, the analysis of series pipeline designs (using class 1, 2, and 3 situation), parallel pipeline system, and detailed discussion of pumps (the different types and selection criteria).


      • FLUI1030

      This course is intended to give the student an introduction to basic fluid mechanics. Covering topics in hydrostatics, hydrodynamics, flow measurement devices, head loss in pipe, and pumping systems, the acquired knowledge will enable the student to understand, analyse, and design fluid flow systems.


      • MATH1089

      This course focuses on the instrumentation and controls components. The following topics are covered: process measurement of temperature, level, pressure and flow, automatic control system characteristics and operation, open, closed and combination loops, control modes (two position, proportional, integral, derivative), diagrams, and boiler feed water control systems (specific to Power Engineering Technology).


      • BEEB1033

      This course will provide students with basic knowledge of materials technology by using a methodological approach in examining materials related problems.

      This course provides students with basic knowledge of polymeric and ceramic materials, their microstructures, properties and behaviour.


      • MATE1063B

      This course introduces students to the application of the ASTM Non-Destrutive Testing standards in relationship to basic welding principles and practices using various ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The practical part of the course takes place in the welding shop.


      • MPMI1097
      • QUAL1040

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

      Building on the foundation of Mathematics Fundamentals, this course is designed to provide the student with the necessary mathematical skills to better manage differential calculus.


      • MATH1089

      This course, built on the foundation of Pre-Calculus Mathematics, is intended to provide the student with the tools of differential and integral calculus. These skills will be applied to the solution of technical problems.


      • MATH1157

      This course provides students with a general knowledge of the many processes used by industry to manufacture goods for sale. The topics include drilling, tapping, sawing, grinding, turning, and milling. Students study advanced manufacturing methods such as lasers, EDM, and Rapid Prototyping. Wherever possible, the student receives ’hands on’ experience in the college’s machine shop.


      • MATE1063B
      • TOFO1010

      This course is the second in the series of CAD applications for manufacturing. Students learn how to turn designs into actual parts using advanced manufacturing technologies.


      • SAAL1508
      • MNFT1031

      This course introduces students to the concept of Lean Manufacturing. It examines the benefits of Lean thinking and its practical approach to reducing waste.

      This course introduces students to the principles for designing piping systems. Topics covered will include piping isometrics, code design, pipe selection, fasteners, hangers, and piping system accessories.

      This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to design simple and compound machines and their components. It covers the nature and composition of machines, designing for strength, stress concentration, safety, fatigue, surface, and size influences. It also looks into failure theories and factors of safety. Students examine the design of components for shafts, design of permanent and detachable connections, springs, power and ball screws, gears and gear trains, rolling element contact bearings, chain and belt drives, and clutches/brakes.


      • MPMI1097

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to solve problems and perform calculations related to forces acting on bodies and structures at rest and in motion.

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform the calculations required to determine stress and forces on static components.


      • MPMI1096

      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. 

      The course provides the ability to develop and implement statistical analysis tools within the context of quality assurance in areas such as chemical processing, manufacturing and construction. Topics covered include central tendency, distribution analysis, linear regression, control charts and statistical process control.

      Statistical analysis includes methods such as central tendency, distribution analysis, linear regression, statistical process control.

      In this course, students are introduced to the skills and strategies necessary to present themselves and ideas to others in an effective manner. The course focuses on the goal of obtaining employment while developing presentation skills sought by potential employers.

      This course familiarizes students with AutoCAD while producing drawings that incorporate tolerancing, welding symbols, piping symbols, and instrumentation symbols. This course also provides students with design skills and familiarizes them with proper design practices.


      • ETTG1011

      This course teaches students how to develop reports, spreadsheets, and presentations using computer applications, and to use the internet for basic research in a network environment. The course is instructor led in a classroom or lab environment and requires the completion of several assignments and tests. Students taking this course are expected to have prior knowledge and competence in using the basic functions of a personal computer and its operating system including the following: manage and organize files/directories/folders/email; copy, move and delete files/directories/folders/email and; demonstrate the ability to work with desktop icons and to manipulate windows.

      This course introduces students to computer-aided drafting and design using the UniGraphics NX CAD/CAM system. Students learn to draw in 2D, 3D-wireframe, and with 3D surfaces and 3D solid models. Project work includes producing a detailed set of manufacturing and assembly drawings for a mechanical device using solid modeling techniques and associative orthographic views.


      • SAAL1396

      In this course students learn to use software to generate engineering drawings, focusing on process piping layouts. Three dimensional and isometric drawings, and spool sheets are among the areas covered.


      • SAAL1396

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      This course provides students with a working knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), to ASME Y14.5M-1994, and the measuring skills and fundamental knowledge of metrology required for a career in the metal-working sector of manufacturing.

      NOC Codes

      2232 - Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians


      Organization: Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB)
      Accreditation Period:
      Information: The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) nationally accredits this program at the technologist level.

      External Certifications

      Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

      Institution: NBSCETT - New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
      External Certification: Mechanical Engineering Technology
      Information: Certification by the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (NBSCETT) with two years of acceptable work experience.

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