Monday, March 24, 2014

Mechanical Engineering Technology Industrial Program Takes Students From Classroom to Real World Experience

Centennial College's Mechanical Engineering program - Mechanical Engineering Technology - Industrial (PTY) is all about teaching students about manufacturing and production of mechanical equipment.

During the three years that students spend in the program, they attend a wide range of courses, complete hands-on projects that mimic real world assignments and attend a number of co-op terms to apply what they have learned and enhance their knowledge even further. In total, there is about a 60-40 balance between theory and practice.

Here is a closer look at some of the specific courses included in the program.

Manufacturing Automation: Using different control system techniques and various automation concepts, the course introduces supervisory controls and use of data acquisition systems to improve quality, productivity and overall performance of the automation machinery. This course teaches students to effectively analyze the manufacturing automation.

Machine Shop: Various projects are used to teach students a range of topics such as: metrology, bench work, saws, drills, mills, lathes, grinders, safety, tables/charts, layouts, trade calculations and engineering drawings.

Quality Assurance: Students are introduced to quality concepts, tools and techniques, which emphasize the interpretation, understanding, and use of quality principles and concepts. A follow-up course called Advanced Quality Concepts is offered in the next semester. It teaches students to effectively analyze business and quality problems using six sigma methodologies, tools and techniques to improve quality, productivity and overall performance of the organization.

Hydraulics & Pneumatics: These fluids enable industrial designers to provide effective methods of power transmission to meet a variety of needs. The result is a range of applications from a simple hydraulic jack to complex applications in automated manufacturing lines. Students are introduced to design principles/calculations, component and circuitry construction/operation, and troubleshooting of fluid power circuits. The courseware includes theory lectures and corresponding hands-on labs.

Shop Floor Management & Continuous Improvement: The emphasis of this course is on teaching students to analyze and solve complex system problems related to manufacturing or business environments through the application of quantitative analysis, decision making and application of problem solving, team building and leadership principles.

Applicants who wish to attend these Mechanical Engineering courses, are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they must possess English Grade 12 C or U credit, or equivalent, or skills assessment; and Math Grade 11 M or U or Grade 12 C or U credit, or equivalent, or skills assessment.

Graduates are prepared for jobs in the manufacture and production of mechanical equipment as supervisors, junior engineers, assistants to professional engineers, developers of quality control systems, assistants of plant expansions and layouts, conductors of time and motion studies and more.

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