Applied Mechanical Design

Applied Mechanical Design is a one year Ontario college graduate certificate program. The program is designed for students to build on their previous education in engineering. Students will learn the skills required to work in the mechanical design and manufacturing sector through a combination of in-class learning, labs, and hands-on experiential learning


This graduate certificate program is designed to enhance and build on the theoretical knowledge gained from studies in mechanical engineering and provides students with training in finite elements analysis, geometric tolerancing and computer aided design (CAD) with a focus on fast, inexpensive and quality design. Topics related to metrology, industrial communication, quality systems and design guidelines will be reviewed. An applied capstone project will provide students with the opportunity to design, implement and manage real world solutions using skills in industrial communications, supervision, project management and documentation.


Career Information ​​​​​​

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Applied Mechanical Design program will acquire the skills needed to pursue a career in the mechanical engineering design and manufacturing sector, including:

  • computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing (CAM);
  • mechanical engineering design;
  • product design;
  • research and development;
  • prototype development and testing;
  • production and manufacturing engineering;
  • quality control; and
  • technical sales.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Applied Mechanical Design program:

CAD/Design Technician
Responsible for all facets of designing technical drawings and plans for products and parts used in the engineering, construction and manufacturing industries. 

Wind Turbine Technician 

Responsible for the inspection, repair and maintenance of wind turbines.


"I believe the Applied Mechanical Design program pushed me in the right direction to begin my career as a product design engineer. The reverse engineering project that I was a part of helped me understand many phases of the product design."

Amritpal Singh
2018 graduate
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Develop design solutions for mechanical problems utilizing complex engineering principles and practices.
2. Analyze and synthesize technical data to develop graphics and related technical documents conforming to engineering standards.
3. Select and manage appropriate hardware and software used in the creation of engineering designs.
4. Develop engineering designs utilizing a combination of principles and knowledge of manufacturing processes and engineering methods.
5. Determine reliability and quality control measures and procedures to evaluate and manage advanced manufacturing and mechanical design processes and systems.
6. Incorporate sustainable, economic, ergonomic, safe and ethical approaches into design projects.
7. Plan, implement and manage mechanical engineering design projects in response to stakeholder and industry needs and requirements.
8. Design experiments that evaluate fit, form and function of critical components utilizing principles of statistical process control and finite element analysis.
9. Communicate clearly and concisely in written, graphic and spoken form using appropriate vocabulary and formats for professional engineering projects.


Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
2023 January
2023 May

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 January
2023 May

Program Details

Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Sinan Ozlu

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements

A Three-Year Advanced Diploma in a related field or a Degree in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering from a recognized college or university both paired with two years of applied experience
An Ontario College Graduate Certificate from Fanshawe College in:
- Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering OR
- Applied Aerospace Manufacturing
Equivalent work experience in a related field.
An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College.
A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above
Applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

Completion of Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering program from Fanshawe College.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.



Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
COMM-6027Industrial Communications4
This course focuses on written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of professional documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone are reinforced throughout the course. Students will also practice oral communication skills in a variety of situations. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace and/or future education in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve. This course will also help to prepare students for their work in COMM-6028.
METH-6009SPC, Metrology & GD&T4.5
This course concentrates on advanced Statistical Quality Control, the collecting of data using advanced technologies through metrology for reverse engineering and advance application of geometric dimensioning and tolerances (GD&T) on engineering drawings. Non-Destructive Testing methods will be examined in theory and implemented through practical experiments
This course introduces the student to the concepts and methods of design of experiments. Statistical methods applicable to the engineering analysis of process control are taught. This course also provides the foundation for Finite Element Analysis and advanced quality systems courses in the later semester.
MACH-6001Design 13.5
Students will be exposed to the design process with a real-world focus on component selection and system level design from a business and manufacturing perspective. Students will learn how to make design decisions based upon consideration of design criteria, functionality, reliability, quality, manufacturability, serviceability, and safety. Students will analyze various mechanical components including, but not limited to bearings, bushings, O-rings, gaskets, and fasteners with a strong focus on suitable component selection for the intended application and/or method of component/assembly manufacturing. Students will also learn how to determine suitable fits and clearances between mating components to ensure all design criteria are met.
MECH-6001Advanced Modeling4
An advanced modeling course using state-of- the-art parametric modeling software. Students will develop and troubleshot complex 3D solid and surface models, assemblies and drawings. Students will be introduced to surface modeling and design sheet metal and parts development with real life designs. Advanced parametric modeling, configuration management, troubleshooting model history, parent/child relationships, parametric constrains & relations, use of modeling, surfacing and assembly tools.
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