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    Mechanical Engineering Technology - Industrial Design

Program Code:MIT
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

The Mechanical Engineering Technology – Industrial Design program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to design and develop products and devices that may be offered for retail or commercial sale.

Many good ideas and inventions fail simply because the inventor does not have the means to take his/her concept sketches through the basic design, engineering, production and marketing stages that are required before a customer can purchase a finished article.

You’ll learn machining and production techniques, rapid prototyping, principles of mechanical design, engineering analysis, marketing, basic accounting practices, engineering design analysis, negotiating techniques, entrepreneurial skills, ergonomics, basic electricity and electronics.

The program will provide you with several career options and educational pathways. Upon graduation from this three–year advanced diploma program, you’ll be prepared to enter modern manufacturing environments, or you may choose to undertake freelance consulting or development work of your own. You’ll also have the option to complete the first year of the program, receive a certificate in Mechanical Techniques and enter an apprenticeship as a tool and die maker, mould maker or general machinist. Alternatively, you may choose to complete the first two years of the program, receive a Mechanical Engineering Technician diploma and obtain a position as a tool or mould designer. This concept of laddering will allow you flexibility and the option to increase your level of education incrementally.

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)



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Your Career

Pursue a career as an industrial designer or a tool and die/mould designer or tool and die/mould maker with this six–semester advanced diploma program. You’ll learn to design and develop products and devices that may be offered for retail or commercial sale. Your career could include modern manufacturing design environments, freelance consulting or independent development.

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


University/CollegeDegrees Available
McMaster University• Bachelor of Technology, Energy Engineering Technologies
• Bachelor of Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Science in Science and Technology – Engineering Technology Stream
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) (Honours) in Nuclear Power – Bridge


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Cape Breton University• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Manufacturing
• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Petroleum

Important Academic Dates

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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 Processes II 4
MCD401 Machine Design 4
QLA401 Quality Assurance CMM 4
SHP401 Machine Shop 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC501 Management Accounting 2
ELF501 Electricity 3
IND501 Industrial Design Ergonomics 3
MAN501 Project Management 4
MKM501 Marketing Fundamentals 2
MTH501 Software Mathematics 4
PRD501 Prototype Management 4
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ADM601 Advanced Modeling Design Techniques 4
BMK601 Brand Management 2
EEA601 Engineering Analysis 4
ETR601 Electronics 3
IBL601 Industrial Business Law and the Patent System 2
MKM601 Entrepreneurship 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 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
Technical Mathematics II
PLC Electrical Control Systems
General Education Option
Semester 4
Die Design
Effective Business and Technical Writing
Manufacturing Processes II
Machine Design
Quality Assurance CMM
Machine Shop
Semester 5
Management Accounting
Industrial Design Ergonomics
Project Management
Marketing Fundamentals
Math - Calculus I
Prototype Management
Semester 6
Advanced Modelling Design Techniques
Brand Management
Engineering Analysis
Industrial Business Law and the Patent System
General Education Option

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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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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