Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Start Your Career in Mechanical Engineering at Centennial College

In the field of Mechanical Engineering Technology – Industrial, professionals manufacture and produce mechanical equipment. This encompasses a few tasks that include: developing quality control systems, assisting in plan expansions and layouts, conduction time and motion studies, planning and scheduling new facilities, preparing job safety programs and more. Job titles within this field include: supervisor, junior engineer, assistant to professional engineers, lab technician, quality control, CAD operator, technical sales and marketing, production control, product designer and developer. Each position has varying tasks but all you need is one program to be able to apply for any of them.

Centennial College’s three-year Mechanical Engineering Technology – Industrial program teaches theory and practice in manufacture and production of mechanical equipment. Also covered are basic engineering skills and science, as well as more specialized topics relating to modern manufacturing and production processes. One part of the hands-on aspect of the program is the opportunity that students have to learn computer-assisted drafting and manufacturing, which are widely used today. The program also makes use of industry-current software instruction such as MasterCAM V9.1 & Version “X”, AutoCAD 2007, Autodesks Inventor R11. Another part of the practical learning is a project-driven approach including group work that focuses on specific projects, learning how to plan, schedule, create, design and build as a team. This is great practice for the field because you will always be working with other people. As if that weren’t enough hands-on training, there are also two individual semester projects that offer experience in designing, building and testing an original piece of equipment. The project approach simulates actual workplace assignments.

Overall, there is a 60 per cent to 40 per cent balance of theory and practice within the Mechanical Engineering – Industrial Technology program. Theory-type courses include: Technology, Society, Ethics and Environment; Technology Mathematics, Mechanical Blueprint Reading, Applied Statistics, Technical Writing and more.

To apply for the Mechanical Engineering Technology – Industrial program, Centennial College expects students to present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Students should also posses the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and the Math 11M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent. Please note that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

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