Mechanical Engineering Technology - Automated Manufacturing (Co-op)
- Ontario College Advanced Diploma
- College Code:
- Engineering & Information Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2018 / 2019
About the ProgramThis diploma program will provide students with broad exposure to the mechanical engineering technology field. Emphasis is on the modern industrial production environment, which calls for knowledge of standard manufacturing procedures, computer-aided manufacturing and industrial robotics.
Students learn the role of computer integration in linking the manufacturing and design functions. The emphasis throughout is on effective problem-solving and students have the opportunity to apply their skills in both individual and team projects. Effective communication, a must in modern industry, is also stressed.
There is also an emphasis on combining standard manufacturing processes with computer-aided manufacturing and utilization of industrial automation equipment in a production environment.
The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) conditionally recognizes this program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) category.
For more information contact the Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program InformationLength: Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Cambridge - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
First-Year Capacity: 15
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U (MCT4C or MHF4U or MCV4U or MDM4U), or equivalent, or Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics for Technology & Apprenticeship (MATH1385)
- The minimum acceptable grade for MDM4U is 70%.
- Applicants with MAP4C will only be considered after writing the College Math Admissions test. Minimum grade cutoffs apply. Applicants with MAP4C may be given an alternate offer to the one-year Technology Foundations program which serves as a preparatory pathway into this program.
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants not meeting the math admission requirements may arrange for testing to assess mathematical ability.
- Grade 11 or 12 Physics or Science or Conestoga College Preparatory Physics, technical shops/labs, technical drafting, electricity, electronics and basic computer literacy are desirable but not mandatory.
Applying to the Co-op Stream
- All applicants apply to the non co-op program. Students will be informed of the application deadline and process. Labour market conditions determine co-op seats in optional co-op programs. Every student who meets academic eligibility requirements may not be admitted to the co-op stream.
- To be considered for admission to the co-op stream, students are required to achieve a minimum 60% in Level 1 with no dropped or failed courses.
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound mathematical background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- Applicants are required to have basic computer literacy.
- Academic eligibility for a co-op work term is based on the term that occurs two terms prior to any work term. If this term is also a co-op work term, then work term eligibility will be based on the student's achievement during the preceding academic term.
- Should a student's academic performance decline considerably (including cumulative missed courses) during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
- Only one work term can be missed or deferred to the end of academic studies.
- Should a student miss two co-op work terms, they will be removed from the co-op stream.
- Students who are discontinued are not eligible for co-op work terms.
- To be eligible for a co-op work term, students must achieve a minimum 2.5 SWA (65% session weighted average) and a maximum of two failures or dropped courses during the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op work term.
- Outstanding core courses must be completed prior to commencing subsequent co-op work terms.
Tuition & Fees
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Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
- Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn while you apply what you learn in a real workplace environment. See the Co-op webpages for more details.
- The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
- Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates are prepared for employment in production and manufacturing, NC manufacturing systems, quality control, production planning and control, tool design, plant layout, materials handling, industrial engineering, and manufacturing integration.
On average, 86% of the graduates from the last three years (2014 to 2016) found employment within six months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|CEPR1000||Co-op and Career Preparation
Description: This mandatory course prepares students for job searching for their co-op work terms and for post-graduate careers. Students will reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate and interpret available opportunities in the workplace. Self-marketing techniques using resumes, cover letters, cold-calls, and interviewing will be learned and students will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace with regards to social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues while developing an awareness of self-reflective practice.
|COMM1085||College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
|COMP1347||Excel for Engineering Technology
Description: This introductory course will enable the learner to effectively use Microsoft Excel to view, print, modify, and create spreadsheets, with a focus on applications for Engineering Technology.
Description: This course provides an extensive review and upgrading of some of the topics taken by students in high school. Its purpose is to ensure that the student has a fluent background in algebra and trigonometry in order to succeed in subsequent work in technology. The material covered includes fundamental arithmetic and algebraic operations, geometry, trigonometry and vectors. Functional notation and the graphical representation of a variety of functions are discussed. As well, the solution of systems of linear equations by algebraic methods and the solving of quadratic equations using examples and problems relating to the building industry are also discussed.
|MECH1050||Engineering Drawing I
Description: In this course, both freehand drawing and computer-aided drawing techniques (using AutoCAD) are used to introduce the student to Mechanical Engineering drawings. The material covered will include orthographic representations and projection, auxiliary views, sections, dimensioning and isometric drawing. During the course, the student will create detail, working, and assembly drawings conforming to CSA/ANSI standards.
Description: This course investigates the selection and application of materials to engineering practice. The material and mechanical properties of metallic, polymeric, ceramic and composite materials and their uses are studied. The effects of loading environment, microstructure, heat treatment and other strengthening mechanisms are also analyzed.
|DRWG1405||Introduction to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Description: This course extends basic engineering drafting skills to the applied principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Emphasis is placed on interpretation and application symbols to drawings, measurements and quality control.
|MACH1010||Conventional Machining Processes
Description: This course is designed to expose the student to the practical and theoretical aspects and basic knowledge of conventional metal removal machine tools and their various cutting tools used in manufacturing processes. In addition, the student will understand the fundamentals of metric and imperial system of measurement, and the use and application of precision measuring instruments.
Description: This course introduces students to common manufacturing processes outside the traditional machining processes. Solidification processes including common metal casting and plastic forming methods are discussed. Students will learn the capabilities and applications of solidification processes, bulk metal deformation processes, sheet metal working processes and powdered metal processes. Non-traditional metal removal, cleaning, finishing, joining and rapid prototyping processes are also reviewed in detail. Students are offered the opportunity to tour local industries presenting state-of-the-art applications of these processes.
Description: This course is a continuation of the Mathematics I and it is oriented towards the direct application of mathematical techniques to mechanical and electrical fundamentals. It covers inequalities, variation, sequences and the binomial theorem, trigonometry, plane analytic geometry as well as probability and statistics.
|MECH1065||Engineering Drawing II
Description: This course introduces 3D parametric modeling to expand on the basic techniques and information presented in Engineering Drawing I. Topics include: limits and tolerances (both Imperial and Metric), surface texture, and threads and fasteners.
Description: Mathematics I (90130500) or with permission of instructor. This introductory course covers the effects of forces or rigid bodies at rest and in motion. Trusses and two-dimensional frames are studied along with friction and centre of gravity. In addition, systems involving work, energy, power and impulse, and momentum are studied.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|COOP1400||Co-op Work Term I (Automated Manufacturing Technology)
Description: This course will provide the student with college-approved work experience in a manufacturing environment and increase the student's understanding of employer expectations related to attitudinal, practical and academic skills. These skill areas will improve during the work term as the student responsibly performs the duties defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience.
|DRWG2220||Advanced Solid Modeling
Description: This is an advanced course that expands on the use of SolidWorks for mechanical design. Topics include user interface, file structure, 3D sketches, plane creation, advanced sweeps, lofts and surfaces, sheet metal, weldments, top-down assembly and introduction to motion and simulation analysis.
|DSGN2100||Design of Jigs and Fixtures
Description: When successfully completed, the learner will be able to understand the concept and operating principles of Jigs and Fixtures. The student will evaluate the efficient method of machining a workpiece in correct sequence to obtain proper surface and geometric relationships. The student will be able to utilize various locational, clamping, indexing and tool guiding devices as used on Jigs and Fixtures, for the successful design of metal machining, fabricating and component inspection operations. The student will be able to recognize and utilize materials and standard catalogued components to create efficient Jig and Fixture designs. The student will evaluate the benefits of additive manufacturing, how it can save time and money for inspection, assembly and other jigs and fixtures.
|MECH2010||NC Programming (Manual/Mastercam 2D)
Description: This course is designed for a student to study the principles and economic significance of numerical control. An understanding of the functions of the major components of NC systems, the application of cartesian coordinates to CNC machine tool motions, axis designations and the types and classifications of CNC equipment will be obtained. In addition, the student will be given an understanding of CNC standard coding and various program formats. The student will also be introduced to the fundamentals of manual programming involving linear and circular interpolation of curves and straight lines of a more complex nature using various control functions such as canned cycles, subprograms, subroutines and cutter compensation.
|MECH2030||Mechanics of Materials
Description: This course enables the student to recognize the basic principles of strength of materials and apply them to solve practical problems. The design material properties, the mechanical tests and theories used to determine these properties, as well as the stress effects resulting from tension, compression, shear, torsion and bending loads are developed.
|PROG2170||Introduction to Programming
Description: This course introduces the student to the principles of structured programming. Using the Visual Basic programming language students will plan, enter, run, and debug programs of increasing complexity using various data-types, loops, branches, functions, and data stream input and output. This course is intended for the novice programmer who wishes to create modest applications. It also serves as an introductory-level course for students who will be continuing on to more advanced programming.
|QUAL2010||Quality Assurance and Systems
Description: The course will give an understanding of concepts and practical skills on quality engineering and management. The topics covered are as follows: normal distribution and presentation of data, control charts for variables and attributes, interpretation of chart patterns using probabilities, statistical sampling plans (MIL STD 105 & 414), gage R & R studies and measuring errors, design of experiments and other quality tools. A major project is based on application of the ISO 9000 quality management system, interpretation of the elements, and writing procedures.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|COOP2400||Co-op Work Term II (Automated Manufacturing - Technology)
Description: This course will provide the student with college-approved work experience in a manufacturing environment and increase the student's understanding of employer expectations related to attitudinal, practical and academic skills. These skill areas will improve during the work term as the student responsibly performs the duties defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience. The student's written communication skills are evaluated by the Employment Advisor after the work term through submission of work term report.
|DIMM1070||Dimensional Metrology and Coordinate Measuring Machines
Description: This course will provide the student with the principles of dimensional metrology and its applications to quality control. A variety of precision measuring instruments and equipment will be used to check work piece features for size and geometric conformity.
|EECE2330||Electrical and Electronic Principles
Description: This introductory course introduces the student to the basic concepts involving D.C. and A.C. electrical circuits; voltage and current concepts and definitions, magnetic field theory and applications, etc. Electronic fundamentals such as solid-state fundamentals, transistor circuitry, amplifiers and rectification are also included.
|IFME1020||Introduction to Fluid Power and Automation
Description: This course introduces the students to the field of industrial fluid power and control. Students will learn fluid power terminology, component sizing and selection methods, circuit design and documentation. Students will understand the fundamental principles as well as the practical applications of fluid power as it applies to industry. In the lab, students are required to design and build a variety of circuits using a combination of hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical components. The hands-on approach provides an excellent learning environment with a significant focus on trouble-shooting and problem solving.
|MECH2050||Tool and Die Design
Description: This course is designed to give the student an understanding of various types of sheet metal dies, including blanking, piercing, bending, forming and drawing dies. The study of progressive dies, principle types of press and press feed equipment are also introduced.
|MECH2060||NC Graphics - Mastercam 3D
Description: This course will provide the student with an advanced knowledge of using MasterCam for producing CNC programs for Horizontal Machining Centres with rotary tables and the machining of 3D Solids and surfaces, including revolved, swept, coons, derived and free-form surfaces. An introduction to programming a CNC turning centre will also be given. This is a process based course where the focus will be on the process and procedures used to complete CNC programs in a manufacturing environment as well as hands on practice.
|ROBO2010||Introduction to Robotics
Description: Prerequisites: Electrical Fundamentals, Industrial Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Programming - Structured Basic This course introduces the student to the history and use of robots in industry. Standard arm configurations and hardware are examined including the principles of path control, motion sensing, speed and position control, and servo-actuators. End-effectors, supplemental tooling hardware, and sensors are examined for their interaction with other workcell elements. Students program various types of robot controllers ranging from stop-to-stop sequencers, to point-to-point servocontrollers that use high-level control languages.
|COOP3400||Co-op Work Term III (Automated Manufacturing - Technology)
Description: This course will build on the skills developed during previous work terms and will provide the student with college-approved work experience in a manufacturing environment. It will also increase the student's understanding of employer expectations related to attitudinal, practical and academic skills. These skill areas will improve during the work term as the student responsibly performs the duties defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience. The student's written communication skills are evaluated by the Employment Advisor after the work term through submission of work term report.
Description: Contemporary engineering professionals are widely recognized as principal decision makers who have to decide among alternatives with respect to expected costs and benefits, while taking into account strategic and policy issues affecting their corporations. The course is based on thorough develop and understanding of the concept of the time value of money, cash flow analysis, present and future worth analyses, depreciation and financial accounting, effects of inflation, income taxes and marketing goals.
|EECE3110||Microprocessors In Automation
Description: The hardware and software requirements of computers, primarily Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) are examined. The differences and similarities between PLCs and Personal Computer (PC) are discussed. The course prepares students for selecting and programming computers for the control of automation.
|IENG3000||Industrial Engineering and Time Study
Description: This course studies methods of calculating standard times, facilities planning, industrial ergonomics, the Ontario Occupational Health Safety Act and Regulations for industrial establishments. Motion and time study theory, standard data and a pre-determined time study system (Basic MOST), and work sampling are used to derive the standard time. Charting techniques, effort rating, worker allowances, learning curve theory and line balancing of single and parallel systems are also studied. The importance of accurate standard times on manufacturing decisions is discussed. Facilities planning includes a major green field plant layout project that describes the machines, direct labour, management structure and organizational design, material handling equipment, shop and office layouts, site plan and construction schedule. Labour relations are also studied.
|MECH3210||Manufacturing Project and Report - A
Description: This is the first half of a two-term manufacturing project. This project will simulate as nearly as possible the manufacturing technologist's activities.
|MANU3030||Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
Description: This course introduces the student to the planning and implementation of CIM. The development and control of computer databases and database management systems (DBMS) are examined. JIT methods to improve manufacturing processes are studied. The MRP portion of this course will give students hands-on experience using MRP software on a microcomputer. (Group C)
|MECH3220||Manufacturing Project and Report - B
Description: This is the second half of a two-term manufacturing project. This project will simulate as nearly as possible the manufacturing technologist's activities.
|ROBO3030||Robotics And Electrical Control
Description: This course teaches the student about controlled automation equipment. Systems of actuators including AC, DC and electronically commutated motors and mechanical power transmission are covered. Robot control, servo control and PLC control of analog and discrete automated systems are taught. Sensors, from limit switches to vision systems, are examined. This course includes a significant lab portion.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
- Apply manual (NC), CNC, and computer-aided manufacturing techniques in planning and controlling manufacturing systems.
- Apply the principles of physics and mathematics to analyze, design and solve mechanical engineering problems.
- Communicate technical information effectively, at appropriate levels through the use of written and oral language, graphics and computers.
- Apply a knowledge of manufacturing processes and materials to component assembly, product conformity, production planning and the design of production tooling.
- Employ current industrial automation systems to minimize production costs and improve quality.
- Effectively contribute to the design of integrated cells, flexible manufacturing systems and production plants.
- Select appropriate operations management and industrial engineering cost reduction techniques to a manufacturing environment.
- Complete and present a comprehensive report documenting the design, manufacturing and engineering of a product from the planning stage to production.
- Apply safety concepts that comply with safety regulations applicable to the manufacturing environment.
- Acquire an increased appreciation and understanding of the concepts and values required to enhance the quality of life for self and others in the home, workplace and the local and global community through an exploration of selected broad goals of education in the areas of aesthetics, civic life, culture, personal development, society, work and the economy, science and technology.
- Demonstrate an understanding of employer expectations with regard to academic, practical, and attitudinal skills.
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