Applied Manufacturing Methods

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

New Brunswick has a strong manufacturing base. Mastering the advanced technology and techniques used to make things will make you a valuable asset in any manufacturing environment. If you already have a diploma in engineering technology, maybe it’s time to make your next move. Advanced manufacturing methods will give you the tools to take ideas from plans through production and quality assurance to finished products.
In our Applied Manufacturing Methods program, you’ll gain a broad range of knowledge in all aspects of manufacturing processes, including design, computer modelling, 3D printing, reverse engineering, quality control and quality assurance, continuous improvement methodologies, and safety practices and procedures. You’ll graduate with the communication, computer, critical thinking and problem solving skills to support the manufacturing activities of an organization. As manufacturing technology advances, you can be on the leading-edge of engineering new solutions. Enroll today, learn the technology, push design boundaries, and produce amazing things.


The requirements for this graduate certificate may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • Diploma in Engineering Technology (any discipline), Degree in Engineering (any discipline), or an equivalent combination of education and work experience in the manufacturing industry.

    Career Possibilities

    New Brunswick’s advanced manufacturing sector includes operations in the aerospace, defence, forestry & mining, food, oil & gas, and oceans industries. Graduates of the Applied Manufacturing Methods program may find employment in a wide range of technical and industrial positions with consulting, engineering, manufacturing, and processing companies. Our graduates’ knowledge about all stages of the production process opens the widest variety of options for work today and future career growth.

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    Specific Considerations

    The work duties may include designing, drafting and fabricating machine parts, computer modelling, 3D printing, 3D scanning, developing production methods and processes, as well as contributing to quality assurance and quality control, safety and production requirements.

    Technologists and technicians of mechanical engineering and industrial engineering and manufacturing need the following qualities:
       • capability to visualize 3-D objects
       • ability to detail a project from two-dimensional drawings
       • ability to perform with defined detail and within narrow tolerances
       • good analytical and problem-solving skills
       • good sketching and drawing skills
       • ability to solve problems by application of theories conducting 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 New Brunswick Community College. Many universities give credits for courses completed in this program; however, assessment is normally completed on an individual basis.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Manufacturing Processes
    • Computer Modelling
    • 3D Printing
    • Reverse Engineering/3D Scanning
    • Engineering Materials and Design
    • Statistical Process Control
    • Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course provides an overview of the properties, classification, and testing of various materials used in engineering manufactured products. Learners examine the steelmaking processes, analyze phase diagrams, and learn alloying and heat treatment techniques. The course also examines the properties and applications of polymers, with a focus on 3D printing technologies. Additionally, they learn about the strength of materials, including stress, strain, and deformation, and the effects of thermal expansion. Through a combination of lectures and demonstrations, students gain the foundational knowledge of materials to apply to various topics in manufacturing.

    This course provides an overview of principles and practices of learn thinking in manufacturing. The course explains why waste elimination is a core component of lean thinking. Students will examine the benefits of lean thinking and its practical approach to reducing waste and continuous improvement. Students will also learn how to apply principles of leaning thinking to develop and implement lean manufacturing.

    This course introduces the fundamental concepts, manufacturing processes, and machine tools used in industries to produce mechanical parts and products. Various processes, machinery, materials, process actions and operations will be examined.


    • TOFO1016C

    This course provides students with hands-on experience to apply manufacturing processes and standard machine and hand tools to create mechanical parts or products. Students will use the tools such as ban saw, files, hacksaw, drill press, taps, dies, press and broach to create a part or product in a manufacturing lab environment.


    • MNFT1062A

    This course studies various manufacturing processes (i.e., formative, subtractive and additive manufacturing) used in manufacturing industries. Students will examine how each process works and its advantages and limitations, as well as the interaction of the selected material and process. Students will learn how a design is turned into a product and how a suitable manufacturing process is chosen for that product in the context of a production environment.

    This course introduces the process for turning CAD modeled designs into actual parts using Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) milling machines. Students will learn how to program, set up and operate a CNC milling machine to manufacture parts. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities, and also through practical experience in a CNC machine lab.


    • SAAL1855A
    • TOFO1016C

    This course introduces the basic concepts and procedures of programming, setup, operation and application of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) lathes. Students will learn how to set up, program and operate a CNC lathe to produce simple parts on the CNC machining center. They will learn to grind cutting tools and carry out basic lathe operations according to appropriate safety standards. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities, and also through practical experience in a CNC machine lab.


    • SAAL1855A
    • TOFO1016C

    This course offers an exploration of material handling principles and techniques crucial for optimizing manufacturing environments. Topics include plant layout, material flow analysis, process design, activity relationship analysis, ergonomic principles, and material handling equipment selection. Through theoretical learning and practical exercises, learners develop skills in efficient workstation design, and strategies for effective material handling, leading to enhancing productivity in manufacturing settings.

    This course introduces computers and how to network them together. Students learn how to set up a local area network and configure various devices and operating systems to connect to the network and the internet. Part of the course involves assembling a basic computer system with peripherals, and installing an operating system and drivers. Additional topics include network cabling, wireless networks, network hardware, and addressing. Students also are introduced to network analysis and troubleshooting software and equipment. Learning is achieved through in-class lectures and activities, as well as practical experience in a lab setting.

    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.

    This course introduces the concepts of quality management as it applies to the manufacturing sector.
    Students will learn how to apply the principles of total quality management (TQM) and statistical process control (SPC) to manufacturing operations with the goal to maintain or improve product quality.

    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of solid modelling and basic skills relating to application of solid modeling software (i.e., SolidWorks) to create 3D models of simple parts for manufacturing operations and production. Learning is achieved through lectures and hands-on application of the modelling software.

    This course, building on the knowledge and skills covered in the previous course, Model Simple Parts, introduces concepts and applications of advanced features of solid modelling software (i.e., SolidWorks). Students will learn how to create 3D models of complex parts for manufacturing operations and production. They will build parametric models of mechanical parts and assemblies and make drawings of parts and assemblies. Learning is achieved through lectures and hands-on application of the modelling software.


    • SAAL1855A

    This course introduces basic concepts and process of creating 3D models and exporting for 3D printing. Topics include 3D printing software, 3D printing technologies, support material, post-production processes, basic maintenance and troubleshooting of simple problems of 3D printers.
    Students will learn how 3D printing works. They will apply the basic 3D printing concepts and principles to determine the best suitable 3D printing technology for a particular application, prepare the model for printing, and use the chosen 3D printing technology to print the model.


    • SAAL1856A

    This course provides the fundamentals and basic process of 3D scanning. Students will understand how data from laser scanning and images can be used for reconstruction of 3D objects and their applications. They will know the purpose and different types of 3D scanners and associated technology used in 3D scanning.

    Students will learn how to determine the best suitable 3D scanners for different applications. They will use a variety of 3D scanners to create a 3D scanned image of an existing object. Learning will be achieved through lectures, laboratory activities and practical demonstrations.


    • SAAL1856A

    This course introduces the basic concepts and applications of reverse engineering. Students will learn how to apply reverse engineering to the design of a new component, reproduction of an existing component and/or improving quality and efficiency of existing parts. They will be able to make or revise 3D models of parts that reference, incorporate, or modify existing designs.


    • SAAL1856A
    • SAAL1858B

    This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge about the implementation of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for engineering analysis. Students will use FEA software and tools to analyze the design and simulate how a particular part will behave under load before putting a design in place. Learning will be achieved through lectures and computer laboratory activities.


    • SAAL1855A

    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 a foundation in metrology as applied to metal-working manufacturing. Topics include the basics of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) and measuring skills as per ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) standard for the design and manufacturing process of mechanical parts. Learning is achieved through lectures, in-class activities, and labs and demonstrations.

    This course introduces the basic welding principles and practices on safe use of various types of welding equipment and welding processes. Students will read and interpret blueprints and welding process specifications, and gain knowledge of metallurgy. They learn how to use different welding equipment for different welding and cutting processes. Learning will be achieved through lectures, in-class activities, and laboratory experiments.

    NOC Codes

    22301 - Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
    22302 - Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians

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