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    Mechanical Engineering Technology - Industrial Design

Program Code:MIT
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
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 OACETT. Graduates from these programs may enjoy enhanced opportunities for employment and the potential to earn higher salaries.

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:

  • Monitor compliance with current legislation, standards, regulations and guidelines.
  • Plan, co-ordinate, implement and evaluate quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements.
  • Monitor and encourage compliance with current health and safety legislation, as well as organizational practices and procedures.
  • Develop and apply sustainability best practices in workplaces. • use current and emerging technologies to implement mechanical engineering projects.
  • Analyze and solve complex mechanical problems by applying mathematics and fundamentals of mechanical engineering
  • Prepare, analyze, evaluate and modify mechanical engineering drawings and other related technical documents.
  • Design and analyze mechanical components, processes and systems by applying fundamentals of mechanical engineering.
  • Design, manufacture and maintain mechanical components according to required specifications.
  • Establish and verify the specifications of materials, processes and operations for the design and production of mechanical components.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate projects by applying project management principles.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
  • Apply business principles to design and engineering practices.

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).


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

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.

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):

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 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


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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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
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