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    Mechanical Engineering Technician (Tool Design)

Program Code:MATD
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
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.

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 the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). Graduates from these programs may enjoy enhanced opportunities for employment and the potential to earn higher salaries.

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).



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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.

Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in mechanical engineering or other related technology disciplines, applicants may qualify to begin their Seneca College studies in a higher semester than 1. At the discretion of the academic area, upper level entry may be granted to applicants who partially qualify with the understanding that they need to take additional courses from previous semesters.

Transfer Pathways

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

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Blueprint Reading
Computer Numerical Control
College English
Machining Theory
Semester 2
Computer Assisted Machining
Technical Mathematics I
Machining Theory
Tool Design
General Education Option
Semester 3
Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Jig and Fixture Design
Manufacturing Processes I
Mould Design
PLC Electrical Control Systems
General Education Option
Semester 4
Die Design
Effective Business and Technical Writing
Manufacturing Process II
Machine Design
Quality Assurance - CMM
Machine Shop

Contact Us

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Aleksandra Sasin
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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