Program Overview

The Mechanical Engineering Technician program teaches students to work on computer systems within the manufacturing industry. Students will learn machine theory, blueprint reading and applied mathematics. Graduates will feel confident entering the workforce with knowledge in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Machining (CAM) and Computerize Numerical Control (CNC) programs.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
45 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
St. Thomas
2023 September
St. Thomas
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
St. Thomas
2023 September
St. Thomas

Your Learning Experience

In many ways, computers are at the centre of the manufacturing industry. They run the machines that keep our economy strong and dynamic. They also need strong and dynamic technicians to ensure they don’t break down and are working to their full potential. If you’re excited by the opportunity to work with cutting-edge software in a career that is challenging and highly rewarding, the Mechanical Engineering Technician - CNC/CAM program will give you the skills needed to manufacture the perfect career.


As a student, you’ll focus your learning on machine trade theory, machine shop, mechanical blueprint reading and applied mathematics and Computer Aided Design (CAD). You'll get hands on experience with the computer applications and software used in Computer Aided Machining (CAM) and Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) programs. You’ll have cutting –edge knowledge for the always evolving computer manufacturing world. Plus, There's also a mandatory co-op placement in year two of the program, so you can earn while you learn, testing your knowledge in real situations, in real machine shops.


When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work in production and jobbing shops, aircraft and aerospace, automotive, cabinetmaking, agricultural machinery production, instrumentation and service industries. Begin manufacturing your career today.


Career Information & Co-op Opportunities

Co-op Opportunties

The Mechanical Engineering Technician – CNC/CAM 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 some Mechanical Engineering Technician – CNC/CAM students before even graduating! 

CNC Set Up Operator
Understand and modify CNC programs.

CNC Mill
Read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints and charts.

Production Employee
Perform a variety of manufacturing tasks in relation to the quality production of exhaust manifolds.

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

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Mechanical Engineering Technician – CNC/CAM program have the knowledge and skills to become vital members of progressive, technologically modern companies. Graduates can expect to find work in production and custom job shops, aircraft and aerospace, automotive, cabinet-making, agricultural machinery production, instrumentation and service industries.


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 Mechanical Engineering Technician – CNC/CAM program:

CNC Machinist
Responsible for the set up and troubleshooting of CNC programs and parts inspection.

CNC Operator
Operate CNC for solid wood machining.

CNC and Manufacturing Assembly Technician
Setup and operate CNC machine tools and measure, examine and test completed products for defects.

Program Progression
Fall Winter Summer
Academic Level 1 Academic Level 2 Academic Level 3
Co-op Co-op  



"The time I spent at Fanshawe was one of the best phases of my life. Not only because I learned a trade upon which I can build a fruitful career, but also the people and the surrounding environment were always full of positive vibes which helped a lot for a first-timer like me to integrate into the Canadian way of life."

Vivek Thomas
Graduate 2015
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Complete all work in compliance with current legislation, standards, regulations and guidelines;
  2. Apply quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements;
  3. Comply with current health and safety legislation, as well as organizational practices and procedures;
  4. Apply sustainability* best practices in workplaces. 5. use current and emerging technologies* to support the implementation of mechanical engineering projects;
  5. Analyze and solve mechanical problems by applying mathematics and fundamentals of mechanical engineering;
  6. Interpret, prepare and modify mechanical engineering drawings and other related technical documents;
  7. Contribute to the design and the analysis of mechanical components, processes and systems applying fundamentals of mechanical engineering;
  8. Manufacture, assemble, maintain and repair mechanical components according to required specifications;
  9. Verify the specifications of materials, processes and operations to support the design and production of mechanical components;
  10. Contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects;
  11. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance.


Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Wayne DeJong


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant.

Students who do not have a high school diploma may wish to consider taking the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) grade 12 Equivalency Certificate. Alternatively, applicants may choose to do the one-year Pre-Technology preparatory program that provides all the admissions requirements for this program.

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.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. score of 80 in listening
PTE Academic 53
Cambridge English Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 95


Learn More about English Language Requirements

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


Level 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
DRAF-1056Blueprint Reading3
This basic course introduces the student to mechanical blueprint reading. Topics covered will include lines, dimensioning, tolerances, types of projection and methods to interpret working drawings.
CADD-1060Computer Aided Design 13
This course is designed to introduce the student to two dimensional CAD (computer aided design) using 2D CAD software. Topics will include the setup of the user interface, file management, creating and editing two dimensional geometry, analyzing and editing of geometry to ensure compatibility for use in toolpaths and creating engineering drawings.
DEVL-1054Skills for Career Success2
This course will cover topics in digital literacy, career management and workplace communication.
MACH-1130Conventional Machine Shop 15.5
This course will enable the student to produce machined metal parts to the specifications of a technical drawing, by means of safely operating milling machines, lathes, and surface grinders.
COMM-1004Language & Communication Skills 13
COMM1004 provides the student with an opportunity to establish skills in reading, writing and editing documents for work-related and personal uses. Students will also practice important study/reading skills and apply grammar rules.
MECH-1075Conventional Machining Theory3
This course is an introductory metal machining theory course covering safety, metrology, drills, lathes, grinders and milling machines.
MATH-1212Mathematics for Trades 12
An introductory level course that teaches students the necessary mathematical skills that will enable them to be successful in the trades programs.
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Tuition Summary

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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.