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Overview - 2022/2023

The machines that build our economy and help businesses thrive don’t make themselves. They don’t fix themselves and they certainly don’t run themselves. If a career in the manufacturing sector excites you, and you’re looking for an opportunity to gain hands-on experience while studying, the Manufacturing Engineering Technician (Co-op) program is for you. By choosing the Co-op stream of the program, you’ll gain real-world experience with two paid work terms, learning how to keep the economy running.

Once in the manufacturing technician course, your technical skills will be put to the test, learning and enhancing your skill-set for the modern manufacturing sector. You’ll begin the CNC machine operator course by examining the finer points of numerically controlled machine programming, tool design, production planning, statistical process control, value engineering, advanced machining and maintenance engineering throughout the manufacturing industry. You’ll be trained on cutting-edge numerically controlled CNC and CAD/CAM equipment, giving you an advantage in the work force once you graduate. In the pursuit of your manufacturing technician certification, you’ll also be trained to evolve your skills alongside the always changing manufacturing sector – an opportunity for lifelong learning.

CEWIL Canada: Co-operative education and work-integrated learning.This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.

After graduation:

Upon graduation from the CNC machine operator course, you'll be ready for work as a technical analyst, project engineering technician, AutoCAD designer or CNC machine operator. Or, you might pursue a career in research and development, sales, or construction equipment inspection and maintenance.

MEN1 program progression:

Year Fall Winter Summer
Year #1 Start Year 1 Class Level 2 Class Level 3
Year #2 Co-op Class Level 4 Co-op/End



Admission Requirements - 2022/2023

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Mathematics ONE OF: 
    - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
    - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
    - Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
    - Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
    - Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U) 
    - Grade 11 Functions (U)
    - Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
- Mathematics ONE OF: 
    - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
    - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
    - Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
    - Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
    - Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U) 
    - Grade 11 Functions (U)
    - Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M) 
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

  • *Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) preferred.
  • Applicants who lack the required Mathematics course may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.

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 79 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 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 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 60 with no score less than 50 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 53, 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 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% 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 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M) OR Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U) and Grade 12 Computer Science (U)
  • Grade 12 English (C) OR Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Manufacturing Technology (C)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Technological Design (M)  
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Training or experience in any one of the following areas would be a helpful preparation for this program: Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Drafting, Machine Shop, Welding, Computer Programming

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
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Manufacturing Engineering Technician (Co-op) program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Manufacturing Engineering Technician (Co-op) program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Manufacturing Engineering Technician (Co-op) program.


Manufacturing Engineering Technician (Co-op)-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1039Reason & Writing 1-Technology3
This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
LAWS-1038Law, Ethics & Occupational H&S3
This course explores the structure, practice, and ethics related to the world of work. The fundamental legal principles and ethics practised by employers are examined. Maintaining a safe, healthy, and stable work environment is a focus of this course where students learn elements of the regulations and codes of conduct for the workplace. Students develop an understanding of the history and relevance of various workplace mandates such as WHMIS, health & safety committees, and the Canadian legal system.
ENGR-1024Engineering Graphics3.5
This course is an introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of engineering drawings. 2D (AutoCAD) and 3D (Solid Works) CAD software will be introduced and applied to related projects and assignments. Orthographic reading, dimensioning and fasteners will also be covered. Drawings will be produced and plotted using both the AutoCAD & Solid Works software.
MATH-1219Math Fundamentals4
This course is an introduction of fundamental math that includes basic algebraic operations, unit conversions and data accuracy, functions & graphs, trigonometric functions, basic factoring, working with fractions and exponential & logarithmic functions.
MACH-1154Machining 12
This course will provide the student with an understanding of basic conventional machine tool theory and processes with an emphasis on machine setup & tooling. Calculations for speed, feed rate, machining times & production cost will be explored. Practical, hands-on machining projects will be assigned to students which will be submitted and evaluated.
WELD-1054 Is designed to provide both theoretical and practical instruction in: welding shop safety, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Oxy-Fuel and Plasma cutting.
COMP-1555Computer Applications Fundamentals1.5
This course is an introduction to the use of common computer applications such as MS Word, Excel & Power Point. The students will be introduced to the formatting, manipulation and presentation of data.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PSYC-1027Human Relations3
To a very large degree, the satisfaction we experience in life is greatly influenced by the quality of our interpersonal relationships. There are numerous personal and social factors that play a role in shaping our thoughts, feelings and behaviour with others. As such, this course is designed to examine some of the fundamental variables underlying the dynamics of human relations. The particular topics of interest will include culture, socialization, personality, the self-concept, perception, emotions and communication factors. At the end of this course, the successful student will have learned the skills and knowledge essential for both personal and career development.
MACH-3056Machining 2/Intro to CNC Processes3.5
This course is a continuation of theoretical and practical aspects of conventional machining incorporating an introduction to CNC Turning Center processes and applications. Students will operate conventional machinery and CNC Turning Center equipment to produce components conforming to given specifications as well as create, edit, troubleshoot and simulate CNC programming assignments.
PHYS-1043Engineering Fundamentals4
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of mechanical, fluid, thermal and electrical energy. It will provide students with a basic understanding of the relationships between force, work, and power. An overview of the various laws and principles related to the power requirements for Mechanical, Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Thermal, and Electrical energy systems will be undertaken. The application of formulas and calculations related to these concepts is also included.
MATS-1026Materials Engineering2.5
The basic metallurgy and properties of metals and their alloys is introduced. The nature and properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals is covered. Students learn about a wide range of manufacturing methods with an emphasis on the quality aspects as they relate to the processing of metals. A hands-on lab component in the course exposes students to a variety of materials testing experiments. Writing of laboratory reports is an integral part of this course.
ENGR-1025Engineering Design 12.5
This course is an introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of engineering drawings. 3D CAD software will be introduced and applied to related projects and assignments.
METH-1044Quality Assurance 14
This course introduces the student to the concepts of quality management within a defined quality system typically found in business and industry, through both lecture and lab exercise. Fundamentals of metrology using both Imperial and metric systems combined with GD&T principles will be introduced, explored, and applied to Statistical Process Control, analysis and information presentation.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MGMT-1007Project Management3
This course is an introduction to the philosophy of Project Management. It introduces the history and basic principles of project management. The course discusses the most important aspects of project management through the initiation, development, execution and closure phases of the project, going over historical examples, and discussing the evolution of project management to its present form. The implications on the organizational culture and best practices are discussed. Concepts of scheduling, budgeting, risk estimation and scope management are examined.
MECH-1118Robotics & Automation Fundamentals2
This course will introduce students to the robotics applications and electrical controls in the automated manufacturing environment. Robotic work-cell and engineering software are used to resolve technical problems, and to support the design and analysis of robot safety, configuration, and programming. This course also covers the basics of automation control standards: IEC and NEMA electrical symbols, ladder diagrams, and circuit-wiring.
ENGR-3015Engineering Design 23.5
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of mechanical design, geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), as well as jigs and fixtures. 2D and 3D CAD software will be applied to related projects and assignments.
METH-3023Quality Assurance 23
Designed to provide the student with the philosophy, customer focus, quality principles, management techniques, technical tools, quality systems, and critical skills required to implement continuous improvement within various organizations.
ELEC-1127Electrical Devices & Instrumentation3
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of applied electricity in DC circuits used in manufacturing. Students will study resistive, capacitive and inductive circuits, transformers, basic power supplies, and DC motors. The basic electricity laws and theorems will be applied both in the classroom and the laboratory environment.
MACH-3057CNC Applications & Intro to CAD/CAM3.5
As a progression to Machining 2 students will operate CNC vertical machining center equipment to produce components conforming to given specifications as well as create, edit, troubleshoot and simulate CNC programming assignments. CAD/CAM as it applies to CNC machining and automated processes will be introduced.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CADD-3032CAD/CAM Apps & Automated Processes3.5
This course emphasizes creation of 2D and 3D CAD models combined with computer assisted manufacturing software applications utilized in modern CNC & automated processes. Students will prepare CAD models and combine the proper selection of tooling, calculation of machining parameters, process planning, order of operations, fixturing / work holding devices required to develop an efficient means to produce a finished product. An opportunity for multiple levels of CAD/CAM Certification may be made available through testing at specific times during the semester.
ENGR-5012Engineering Design 32.5
This course will continue with design concepts relating to plastic injection molds and sheet metal die sets including blanking punches and dies. Theoretical principles related to the design of manufacturing related tooling will be introduced. Students will use CAD software to prepare assignments which will further enhance related skills.
MECH-3038Fluid Power Machine Control3
Students will be introduced to the basic principles of hydraulics and pneumatics including power, pressure, and flow. Students will recognize the symbols, characteristics and functions of various fluid power components; design simple hydraulic, pneumatic and electro-hydraulic/pneumatic circuits using standard schematics. This course also introduces the students to relay control and programmable logic controller (PLC). Topics included the main components and functioning of a Programmable Logic Controller; and how to write, load and test a PLC program to control a simple hydraulic/pneumatic circuit.
MGMT-3101Capstone Project Technician2
The student will develop a plan, execute, control and close a project of which some are industry sponsored. Projects are either of the type: design, build and verify; or data acquisition and analysis. Students will prepare project based documentation, i.e. reports while working on a major project in their field. Students will improve oral communication skills by making presentations.
COMM-3069Technical Communication for Technicians3
This course develops the project-based communication skills required by technicians in their fields of study and in their careers. The skills taught include those needed to work as part of a professional team, to prepare reports, to compose emails, to supply information in brief updates, and to present findings to an audience.
WELD-5007Manufacturing Processes & Welding-Adv2
This course will explore modern material joining techniques used in manufacturing. Technology as it applies to high production and live process application in welding cells will be introduced and explored. Students will be introduced to the standards associated with product development and will investigate cost analysis and inspection techniques used in manufacturing facilities.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 3 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Level 4

Program Residency
Students must complete a minimum of 20 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2022/2023

Career Opportunities

The placement record is good. The graduate technician will have the fundamental skills and knowledge to enable him/her to function as a junior analyst in numerical control programming, tool design, basic production tooling and process planning, manage SPC methods, undertake cost reduction studies, provide value analysis assistance, work on production equipment maintenance methods and many other careers in the manufacturing industry.

More Information - 2022/2023

A Co-operative Education Program
A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: MEN1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Applied Science and Technology: 519-452-4419

Program Description

The program consists of four academic levels and eight months of co-op working in industry. The program prepares graduates for employment in areas such as numerically controlled machines programming, tool design, production planning, statistical process control, value engineering, advanced machining and maintenance engineering throughout the manufacturing industry. Modern numerically controlled CNC and CAD/CAM equipment is utilized in this program.

Other Information

  • Graduates of the two-year Manufacturing Engineering Technician (Co-op) Ontario College Diploma program may apply to Level 5 of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology (Co-op) program to complete the requirements for an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Students wishing to continue into the Manufacturing Engineering Technology (Co-op) program must complete an "Application for Program Transfer" form available from the Office of the Registrar, Room E1012.
  • This program will be delivered over two years, which includes four academic levels and two 4-month co-op terms.
  • A CONNECT lab fee of $50.00 per academic term is included in the Additional Program Fees stated in the Fee Schedule. This fee helps cover costs associated with the delivery of the CONNECT mobile computing program.   

Co-operative Education

In order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.

This is a two-year Co-operative Education program.  Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma.  More information about co-operative education can be found at

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. analyze and solve routine technical problems* related to manufacturing environments through the application of engineering principles.*

2. conduct routine analysis* of components, processes, and systems through the application of engineering principles* and practices.*

3. interpret and prepare graphics* and other technical documents* to appropriate engineering standards.

4. use computer hardware and software to support the engineering environment.

5. apply knowledge of manufacturing materials, operations, and processes to support the production of components.

6. apply knowledge of machinery, tools and other equipment to manufacture and assemble components.

7. conduct quality control and quality assurance procedures as required.

8. recognize the environmental, economic, legal, safety, and ethical implications of manufacturing projects.

9. use and maintain documentation, inventory, and records systems.

10. contribute to the implementation of a manufacturing project.

11. develop strategies and plans to improve job performance and work relationships.

Program Pathways

For information about Program Pathways visit

Program Details

More details

2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September

International Students

Start Dates
2022 September
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Martin Volkening

Co-op Consultant:

Rachel Pender

Day Time
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks