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  • Mechanical Engineering Technology - Building Sciences

    Mechanical Engineering Technology - Building Sciences

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:MBT
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

As a student in this program, you’ll benefit from:

  • advanced studies in theory and practice of heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, air handling, electricity and control systems
  • advanced studies in emerging renewable energy technologies
  • advanced studies in energy efficiency principles
  • training in building systems software training
  • practical hands–on experiences throughout the program.

Receive Designation as a Building Environmental Systems – BES™ Operator

In addition to your diploma, upon successful completion the following will earn you a Seneca Certificate with the designation of Building Environmental Systems – BES™ Operator Class II:

  • Building Systems: Practical Overview
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Handling
  • Electrical
  • Controls
  • Water Treatment.

Successful completion of the above, as well as the following, earns a Seneca Certificate with the designation of Building Environmental Systems – BES™ Operator Class I:

  • Energy Efficiency in Large Buildings

and ONE of the following

  • Pipe Systems Design
  • Air Systems Design
  • Hospital Building Systems.

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

Be an expert in managing sophisticated and environmentally sustainable building systems. As a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering Technology – Building Sciences program, you’ll examine, implement and manage the integration of a building’s business goals with strategies for its energy systems, both traditional and renewable. You could find dynamic career opportunities with building owners, energy engineers, property management companies, new service deliverers, and both the public and private sectors.

Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in mechanical engineering or directly 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.

Co-operative Education Option

You’ll benefit from opportunities for co–op placement and involvement with employers throughout the entire building industry while studying.

Once you’ve completed semester one with passing grades in all subjects, and meet the appropriate GPA requirements, you’ll be eligible to apply.

There are valuable services to facilitate placement opportunities available for students enrolling in the program in semester two. You’ll gain access to them through the Co-op Professional Practice subject and co–op facilities. The co–op program consists of one work–term from May to August, that provides a wealth of valuable course–related experience, employer contacts and greater opportunities for permanent placement after graduation.

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
BEA001 CAD Fundamentals 4
BES700 Building Systems: Practical Overview 3
BGS161 Building a Sustainable Future 3
EAC150 College English 3
EBE161 Introduction to Engineering and the Built Environment 4
HSP161 Health and Safety Practices 1
MTA001 Mathematics I 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BES701 Heating 3
BES702 Air Conditioning 3
BGA261 Heating Practices 2
BGB261 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Practices 2
BGL261 Electricity Fundamentals 3
MTA002 Mathematics II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
CWT261 Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BES703 Air Handling 3
BES704 Electrical 3
BES706 Water Treatment 3
BGD361 Building Systems CAD 4
BGM361 Codes and Regulations 3
BGP361 Plumbing and Pipe Systems 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only) 1
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BES705 Controls 3
BES709 Hospital Building Systems 3
BES710 Energy Efficiency - Large Buildings 3
BGN461 Energy Technologies 3
MTA003 Mathematics III 3
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BES910 Energy Auditing - Large Buildings 3
BGB561 Fire Protection Systems and Procedures 3
BGI561 Intelligent and Integrated Buildings 3
BGN561 Renewable Energy Technologies 3
BGT561 Thermodynamics 3
BGQ561 Energy Efficiency Design 3
PMA561 Project Management 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BES803 Strategic Financial Planning - Facilities 3
BGC662 Energy Accounting 3
BGE661 Environmental Management Systems Standards 3
BGI661 Intelligent Building Systems 3
EMG002 Energy Modeling Project 5
FPL661 Field Placement (co-op option only)

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
CAD Fundamentals
Building Systems: Practical Overview
Building a Sustainable Future
College English
Introduction to Engineering and the Built Environment
Health and Safety Practices
Mathematics I
Semester 2
Air Conditioning
Heating Practices
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Practices
Electricity Fundamentals
Mathematics II
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 3
Air Handling
Water Treatment
Building Systems CAD
Codes and Regulations
Plumbing and Pipe Systems
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
Semester 4
Hospital Building Systems
Energy Efficiency - Large Buildings
Energy Technologies
Mathematics III
Effective Technical Writing
General Education Option
Semester 5
Fire Protection Systems Procedures
Intelligent and Integrated Buildings
Energy Auditing - Large Buildings
Renewable Energy Technologies
Energy Efficiency Design
Project Management
Semester 6
Strategic Financial Planning
Energy Accounting
Environmental Management Systems Standards
Intelligent Building Systems
Sustainable Buildings Design Project
Field Placement

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Anne Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: June Lewis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26038
Program Coordinator: Filimon Tsionas
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22113
Co-op Coordinator: Ian MacLeod
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22361
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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