Program Overview

Manufacturing Engineering Technology (Co-op) is a three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program with a paid co-op component. Students will combine hands-on industrial training with academic studies to prepare for a management or leadership position in the manufacturing industry. Graduates will be able to interpret product design drawings, develop and implement a production process, and provide manufacturing and quality control standards.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
90 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

If your career ambitions go beyond the status quo, and you’re interested in the concept of life-long learning, the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program will help you add to your already impressive and specialized skill-set. And by choosing the co-op stream of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program, your two paid work terms will impress future employers.


In our operations management course, you’ll combine hands-on industrial training with your academic studies, preparing you for management and leadership positions in the manufacturing industry. Refining your people skills is a major focus of the program. You'll also learn how to interpret product design drawings, develop and implement a production process, and apply manufacturing and quality control standards as a certified quality engineer. And, in addition to technical skills, you'll learn business skills such as accounting, production cost estimating, statistical analysis, operations and resource management and customer service in the pursuit of your operations management certification.


Provides a broader experience (academic and industrial) in the more important aspects of manufacturing engineering. As a co-operative program, the student will spend four months in a related work experience in the industry. Industrial relations, advanced quality principles and project management are emphasized, since the graduate will need to be 'people oriented', being part of, and leading teams in an industrial setting.



Co-op Opportunities & Career Information

Co-op Opportunities 

The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program offers a cooperative education component, which provides students the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand workplace experience in their chosen field. Here are some co-op jobs that have kick-started the careers of Manufacturing Engineering Technology students before even graduating! 

Manufacturing Engineering
Design arrangement of machines within plant facilities to ensure most efficient and productive layout.

Lean Manufacturing Engineer
Pursue waste reduction targets on projects related to turning, grinding and/or assembly processes without losing productivity.

Manufacturing Engineer
Develop ways to improve work layouts and structures to create more efficient work stations within a manufacturing plant.

For more information regarding co-op, please check out our co-op site or contact the Co-op Office at to connect with a consultant.


Career Information

The demand for graduates of Fanshawe’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology program is consistently very high. Manufacturing engineers have a high level of career satisfaction and longevity. Graduates find career opportunities predominantly in these five manufacturing engineering fields:

  • machining
  • drafting/design
  • production quality
  • automation
  • operations/functional and program management


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 Manufacturing Engineering Technology (Co-op) program:

Mechanical Engineering
Work across a variety of functional groups that are involved in project management, programmable logic control, machine design, failure analysis, troubleshooting and commissioning of new installations.

Manufacturing Service Technician
Assist distributors and users in the repair of industrial equipment.

Manufacturing Process Engineering Technician

Review prints and specifications, develop machining concepts, review and approve drawings from work holding and tooling suppliers.

Program Progression


Year #1Start Year 1Class Level 2Class Level 3
Year #2Co-opClass Level 4Co-op
Year #3Class Level 5Co-opClass Level 6/End


Faculty member educating students within the manufacturing engineering technology program


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.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

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

2. design and analyze components, processes and systems through the application of engineering principles and practices.

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

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

5. assist in the specification of manufacturing operations and processes.

6. apply knowledge of machinery, tools, and other equipment used in manufacturing and assembling components.

7. specify, coordinate, and conduct quality control and quality assurance procedures.

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

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

10. participate in the management of a manufacturing project.

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


Program Coordinator:

Martin Volkening


Admission Requirements

Manufacturing Engineering Technician Ontario College Diploma from Fanshawe College
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

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Training or experience in any one of the following areas would be a helpful preparation for this program: Physics, Chemistry, Electricity, Electronics, Refrigeration/Air Conditioning, Blueprint Reading, Environmental Science, Computer Programming
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

  • Credit for any course in the program will be given to students who can demonstrate that they have the required skills to meet the objectives of the course.
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 May 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
  4. Preference will be given to graduates of the Fanshawe College Manufacturing Engineering Technician program


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.
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Tuition Summary


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*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.