Friday, July 4, 2014

Mechanical Engineering Technology Industrial Offering Combines On-Campus Learning with Field Experience

Did you know that Mechanical Engineering Technology - Industrial (PTY) program at Centennial College not only teaches its students basic engineering skills and science, but also more specialized subjects relating to modern manufacturing and production processes? This fully rounded approach is beneficial in preparing students for the field.

The program, through a project-driven approach, offers students experience in machine shop operation, tool design, building and testing; plus computer numerical control programming in fully-equipped labs and facilities. In fact, the location from which the program is facilitated - Progress Campus - boasts a new mechanical engineering lab that includes: Thermodynamic Fluid Power testing modules, and Tensile, Hardness and Impact Testers.

Among the specific Mechanical Engineering courses offered at Centennial College are:

Properties of Materials: As a foundational course, this aspect of the program deals with the properties of materials based on their atomic structure. Students not only learn constituents and structure of engineering materials when alloying takes place and identifies the structural changes during elastic and plastic deformation but also how to identify change in structure and, as such, mechanical properties with heat treatment.

Machine Shop: Because hands-on application is a significant part of the program, this course covers subjects such as metrology, bench work, saws, drills, mills, lathes, grinders, safety, tables/charts, layouts, trade calculations and engineering drawings through projects.

Manufacturing Processes: There is a wide spectrum of manufacturing processes. As such, this course first teaches students how each process works and its relative advantages and limitations. It then looks at the interaction of the materials and the process. Major emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of production processes in order to produce quality products in a competitive manner.

Tool Design: Jig and fixture design and die design are the fundamental topics covered in this course, while fundamental concepts of design in respect to drilling and milling, holding fixtures, assembly fixtures and pressworking dies (blank and pierce) round it out. Using a C.A.D. environment, students develop a working design for an assigned part and produce fully annotated and dimensioned general assembly and detail drawings.

To complement on-campus lessons, the program offers a co-op component to academically-qualified students. These students work three terms as paid employees in the field. As such, not only do they get to test out their knowledge but also gain valuable contacts for future careers.

Once students successfully complete the mechanical engineering program and receive their Ontario College Advanced Diploma, they are equipped to launch careers in the manufacture and production of mechanical equipment as. In this area, they will fill roles such as: developers of quality control systems, supervisor positions, junior engineers, assistants to professional engineers, assistants in plant expansions and layouts, conductors of time and motion studies, planners of new facilities, and developers of job safety programs and manuals.

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