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Overview - 2021/2022

If your formal studies are behind you, and you’ve already gained some valuable experience working in the engineering field, the Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering program will allow you to hone in on your already specialized skills, increasing your value and respect in the workplace.

In one short year, you’ll train in the practical elements associated with your profession, such as CAD, Blueprint Reading, and Machining and Welding. You’ll dig deep into CADD fundamentals, and SPC and Metrology, along with tool design, industrial pneumatics and PLCs. You’ll work in state-of-the-art labs with cutting edge equipment, alongside your already well-established peers and potential colleagues. As well, you’ll learn more about project management, sharpening your leadership and administrative skills. All of this will enhance your already world-class set of engineering skills.

These days, the engineering world is all about continuous learning. Don’t stop evolving your skills. Don’t stop learning.

PEM1 Fall intake program progression:

Year Fall Winter
Year #1 Start Year 1 Class Level 2/End

PEM1 Winter intake program progression:

Year Winter Summer
Year #1 Start Year 1 Class Level 2/End

PEM1 Summer intake program progression:

Year Fall Summer
Year #1 N/A Start Year 1
Year #2 Class Level 2/End N/A


PEM Technology requirements: Winter 2021 Online
AutoCAD 2020
    •    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit only)
    •    Processor: 2.5 GHz (3+ GHz recommended)
    •    RAM: 8 GB (16GB recommended)
    •    Disk space: 6.0 GB.
    •    Display: 1920 x 1080 resolution 

High-speed internet is recommended for online video conferencing. Dial-up connections won’t be sufficient.

Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of First, Second or Third Year Mechanical Engineering at a Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board approved Canadian University or completion of an equivalent International degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering 

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

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


Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering-2021/2022

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CADD-1054Eng Drawing & BP Reading2
Basic Engineering Sketching and Blueprint Reading. This course is designed to develop basic skills related to Engineering drawings as used in the manufacturing industry.
CADD-1055CADD Fundamentals1.5
This course is designed to develop basic skills in using AutoCad (2D) and Solidworks (3D) software to create and/or modify engineering drawings for both design and manufacture of mechanical components.
MACH-1124Machining 12
This course will provide an outline of the basic machining processes with an emphasis on machine setup & tooling. Calculations for speed, feed rate, machining times & production cost will present an overall view of production machining.
WELD-1040Welding Technology 12
WELD-1040 is designed to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge in: welding shop safety, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungstenarc welding, oxy-fuel and plasma cutting.
MGMT-6098Project 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, closure and documentation 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 scope management, network diagrams, scheduling, budgeting, risk management and resource allocation are examined.
ENGR-1026Engineering Design 13.5
This course is an introduction to the design calculations and selection of various machine elements used in power transmission systems. The components included are Belt and Chain Drives, Wire Ropes, Brakes, and Clutches. The design and selection of Springs is also included.
MECH-1072SPC & Metrology3
This introductory course introduces Statistical Quality Control (Statistical Process Control (SPC)) and Metrology. Through theory and practice, statistical analysis and measurement techniques will further develop correct judgement in quality control. Emphasis is given to reliable inspection reports/recommendations either orally or in written form.
MATS-1021Ferrous Metallurgy2
This course deals with the testing of materials with a major emphasis on laboratory work. Metallography, hardness testing, tensile testing, impact testing and heat treatment of steels will be covered. Materials used will include: plain carbon steel, alloy steel, cast iron, aluminum alloys and copper alloys. Accurate collection of data is required. Writing laboratory reports and submitting them on time is an integral part of this course.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WELD-1047Production Welding3
Program, set-up and safely operate the robotic welding cells; Set-up & operate GMAW equipment for spray transfer; Set-up & operate GTAW equipment for welding of aluminum; Perform material preparation for cutting, beveling and cleaning; Apply Jigs & Fixture design and QC inspection techniques; Specify codes, requirements, procedures and costs for welding processes; Understand ultrasonic welding and electronic soldering techniques.
MACH-1144CNC Machining3.5
This course will provide the student with manual part programming skills and practical experience on Vertical Machining Center machine tool processes. Students will be expected to write, edit, trouble shoot and prove out their own programs. The practical aspect of the course will prove an opportunity to demonstrate initiative and good time management in addition to working safely and cooperating with fellow students.
MECH-1090Tool Design 11
This is an introduction course on dimensioning, guarding, and assembly drawings. Solid works and AutoCAD software will be used in this course.
MECH-6006Industrial Automation4.5
Students will be introduced to the basic principles of hydraulics and pneumatics including power, pressure, and flow. The operational characteristics of pumps, valves, and actuators will be described and explained. Students will design, build, and test simple hydraulic/pneumatic circuits. The student will become familiar with different methods of controls using mechanical, electrical relays and programmable logic controllers (PLC).
METH-1002Technology in Industry3
This course complements the technical learning of both university and college programs with exposure to current manufacturing processes and current quality management concepts.
MECH-3035Practical Project2
This course allows students in the PEM program to combine their design skills with practical hands-on skills acquired over the previous term, to design and build a project of their choosing, subject to instructor approval. The students will work individually or in teams of 2, to design and construct projects, and prepare reports.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 9 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

More Information - 2021/2022

A One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program

Program Code: PEM1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)

September/January/May Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at

Program Code: PEM1J
Campus Code: SC (SC - Simcoe)
January Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


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

Program Description

This program, as the name implies, shall give Engineering students a one-year, intensive training in the practical elements associated with their profession, such as CAD, Blueprint Reading, Machining and Welding.  The program has been created to complement the theoretical skills that they presently obtain in their formal studies.

Other Information

  • Graduates will receive an Ontario College Graduate Certificate as proof of successful completion of their PEME externship.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to :

1. Solve complex technical problems related to mechanical environments and evaluate solutions according to accepted engineering principles.

2. Design and analyze mechanical components, processes, and systems through the application of complex engineering principles and practices.

3. Create graphics and other technical documents and evaluate these documents against appropriate engineering standards.

4. Utilize current and relevant hardware and software to support the mechanical engineering environment.

5. Design components using knowledge of manufacturing processes.

6. Apply knowledge of materials and engineering principles to manufacturing operations andprocesses as required.

7. Select and utilize various machinery, tools, and other equipment used in manufacturing processes as required.

8. Coordinate, conduct and analyze quality control and quality assurance procedures.

9. Create a relevant project document including the creation of a risk management strategy, incorporating the environmental, economic, legal, safety, and ethical implications inherent in mechanical engineering projects.

10. Produce, maintain and utilize documentation, and inventory and records systems.

11. Participate in the management of an engineering product.

12. Develop and implement strategies and plans to improve job performance and work relationships.

Program Pathways

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Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2021 September
2022 January
2022 January
2022 May

International Students

Start Dates
2021 September
2022 January
2022 January
2022 May
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Danny Smith

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks