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    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 MBT, 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.

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:

  • Analyze and solve complex technical problems related to mechanical environments through the application of engineering principles.
  • Design and analyze mechanical components, processes, and systems through the application of engineering principles and practices.
  • Analyze and prepare graphics and other technical documents to appropriate engineering standards.
  • Use computer hardware and software to support the engineering environment.
  • Apply knowledge of manufacturing processes to the design of components.
  • Apply knowledge of materials and engineering principles to manufacturing operations and processes.
  • Apply knowledge of machinery, tools, and other equipment used in manufacturing processes.
  • Specify, coordinate, and conduct quality control and quality assurance procedures.
  • Recognize the environmental, economic, legal, safety, and ethical implications of mechanical engineering projects.
  • Use and maintain documentation, inventory, and records systems.
  • Participate in the management of an engineering project.
  • Develop strategies and plans to improve job performance and work relationships.

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*: MCT4(C) Mathematics for College Technology (recommended grade 60% or over) or Grade 12 (U) Mathematics, MHF4(U) (Advanced Functions) or MCV4(U) (Calculus and Vectors)
  • 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).

* Seneca may also consider applicants with good grades in MAP4(C) (80% or over recommended) or MCR3(U) (70% or over). Students with grades lower than these recommended benchmarks and who test below the appropriate level in the skills assessment can expect to be placed into a preparatory mathematics course or will be counselled to enroll in the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals Certificate Program.

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

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.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Engineering and Built Environment
  • Mathematics l, II, III
  • CAD Fundamentals/Building Systems CAD
  • Health and Safety Practices
  • Building Systems: Practical Overview
  • Building a Sustainable Future
  • Heating/Heating Practices
  • Air Conditioning/Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Practices
  • Electrical/Electricity Fundamentals
  • Air Handling
  • Water Treatment
  • Codes and Regulations
  • Plumbing and Pipe Systems
  • Controls
  • Hospital Building Systems
  • Energy Efficiency – Large Buildings
  • Energy Technologies
  • Energy Efficiency Design
  • Energy Technologies
  • Energy Auditing – Large Buildings
  • Energy Accounting
  • Fire Protection Systems and Procedures
  • Intelligent and Integrated Buildings/ Intelligent Building Systems
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Thermodynamics
  • Sustainable Buildings Design Project

Receive Designation as a Building Environmental Systems Operator Upon successful completion of BES700 through BES706, you will earn a Seneca Certificate with the designation of Building Environmental Systems Operator Class II. Successful completion of the above, as well as BES710 and one of BES 707, 708, or 709, earns a Seneca Certificate with the designation of Building Environmental Systems Operator Class I.

Workplace and Co-op Learning

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

Once you’ve completed semester one with passing grades in all courses, and meet the appropriate G.P.A. 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 CPP100 course and co–op facilities. The co–op program consists of one work–term from MAY – AUGUST, that provides a wealth of valuable course– related experience, employer contacts and greater opportunities for permanent placement after graduation.

Fast Track into Semester 3

Use your existing post–secondary education in Mechanical Engineering or a directly related Technology discipline to apply for the FAST TRACK assessment of your credentials. Qualify and you may gain 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.

Important Academic Dates

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


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)

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angela Li
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22036
International Admissions Advisor: Sarah Lee
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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