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    Mechanical Engineering Technician (Tool Design)

Program Code:MATD
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Upon graduation from this program, you will have gained the skills and knowledge necessary to use the latest computer software to assist in the manufacture of production tools. You’ll learn to develop basic press tooling and moulds, in accordance with production requirements. The program includes practical instruction using the following modern manufacturing aids:

  • Computer Aided Design (SolidWorks);
  • Computer Aided Drafting (AutoCAD);
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programming;
  • Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) (Mastercam) software.

You’ll also have the opportunity to experience the practical production considerations of tool design as you gain experience in a fully equipped machining lab. After four semesters, you’ll be ready to accept exciting and rewarding entry–level positions with a wide variety of tooling manufacturers. After graduation, you can transfer directly into the third year of the Mechanical Engineering Technology – Industrial Design program.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Complete all work in compliance with current legislation, standards, regulations and guidelines.
  • Apply quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements.
  • Comply with current health and safety legislation, as well as organizational practices and procedures.
  • Apply sustainability best practices in workplaces.
  • Use current and emerging technologies to support the implementation of mechanical engineering projects.
  • Analyze and solve mechanical problems by applying mathematics and fundamentals of mechanical engineering.
  • Interpret, prepare and modify mechanical engineering drawings and other related technical documents.
  • Contribute to the design and the analysis of mechanical components, processes and systems applying fundamentals of mechanical engineering.
  • Manufacture, assemble, maintain and repair mechanical components according to required specifications.
  • Verify the specifications of materials, processes and operations to support the design and production of mechanical components.
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


Applicant Selection:

  • In the event of oversubscription, assignments given at an orientation, previous academic achievement and grades in pre–requisite courses (or their equivalents) may be used to select candidates.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

There is a critical need for people who possess the necessary knowledge and skills to design the production tools used to mass–produce plastic or metal parts. Build a rewarding career in Mechanical Engineering Technician – Tool Design with this four–semester diploma program. You’ll learn important skills for career success in a variety of industries which produce cars, airplanes, home appliances, medical equipment, computers, and household goods.

Areas of Study

Your studies will include both the theoretical and practical aspects of designing production tools. Areas of study include die design, jig and fixture design, mould design, metallurgy, mathematics, pneumatics and hydraulics, manufacturing processes, interpreting engineering drawings, and machine theory and practice. To maximize your practical introduction into the field of manufacturing, semesters one and two follow the required Ontario Government In–School Curriculum for the Tool and Die, Mould Maker and Machinist trades (Level 1/Common Core and Level 2).

Seneca’s Mechanical Technician and Technology (MATD and MIT) programs are now fully recognized for their academic and practical content by OACETT. Graduates from these programs may enjoy enhanced opportunities for employment and the potential to earn higher salaries.

FAST TRACK into Semester 3

If you have prior post–secondary education in Mechanical Engineering or other related technology disciplines you may qualify to FAST TRACK your studies through direct entry into the second year of this program. The granting of credits beyond semester two is possible in exceptional cases. FAST TRACK entry may, at the discretion of the department, be offered to partially qualified candidates, in conjunction with requirements to complete additional courses from semesters one or two.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major

Important Academic Dates

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Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BPR101 Blueprint Reading 2
CNC101 Computer Numerical Control 2
EAC150 College English 3
MTH101 Mathematics 2
SHP101 Shop 13
THY101 Machining Theory 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAM201 Computer Assisted Machining 2
MTH201 Technical Mathematics I 2
SHP201 Shop 13
THY201 Machining Theory 3
TLD201 Tool Design 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HPN301 Hydraulics and Pneumatics 3
JFX301 Jig and Fixture Design 4
MAN301 Manufacturing Processes I 4
MDD301 Mould Design 4
MTH301 Technical Mathematics II 4
PLC301 PLC Electrical Control Systems 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DIE401 Die Design 4
EAC392 Effective Business and Technical Writing 3
EST401 Estimating 3
MAN401 Manufacturing Process II 4
MCD401 Machine Design 4
QLA401 Quality Assurance CMM 4
SHP401 Machine Shop 3

Contact Us

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Margaret Lim
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22806
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Yuliya Krasko
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Romel Cipriani
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 44361
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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Graduate Success


Mechanical Engineering Technician (Tool Design) graduates Fabrizio and Stefano Beninati have gone from the shop floor to hollywood.


Centre for Advanced Technology graduates discuss career options

Students Fabrizio and Brian discuss the options available to graduates of the programs at Seneca College's Centre for Advanced Technologies - Jane Campus. Video

Learn more about the state-of-the-art equipment used at the Centre:

Co-ordinate Measuring Machine
This machine can measure to 1/10 of a thousandth-of-an-inch. Video

Stereo Lithography Machine
Program Co-ordinator Romel Cipriani talks about this "printer" that creates three dimensional objects. Video

White Light Scanner
Fabrizio and Program Co-ordinator Romel Cipriani Scanning explain how the scanner turns objects into computer files. Video

Wire Electrical Discharge Machine
Program Co-ordinator Romel Cipriani explains how steel is cut with a wire. Video

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