Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering

Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering is a one-year Ontario college graduate certificate program. This program is designed to give students with an engineering background an intensive training in CAD, blueprint reading, machining and welding. Students will work in state-of-the-art labs with cutting-edge equipment being taught by industry professionals.

Apply your previous knowledge into mechanical engineering - 2022/2023

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 the profession of mechanical engineering, 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.

Program Overview

This program gives engineering students a one-year, intensive training in the practical elements associated with mechanical engineering, 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.

 This program is offered at more than one campus for your convenience. Learn more about the programs and services of Fanshawe’s campuses in London, and Simcoe

 

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering program position themselves for career advancement by honing their already specialized skills in computer aided design and drafting (CADD) fundamentals, statistical process control, metrology, tool design, industrial pneumatics and programmable logic controllers. 

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 Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering program:

CAD Designer
Work closely with experts in electroplating as you translate concepts, sketches and detailed customer requirements into viable production prints.

Electro-Mechanical Technician
Provide technical support for automated material handling equipment in warehouses and distribution centres, using complex troubleshooting and problem solving with an array of technical tools.

Mechanical Engineer

Maintain and support industry leading products and systems to maximize productivity.

 

Program Progression

Fall Intake 

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

 

Winter Intake

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Year Winter Summer
Year #1 Start Year 1

 

Summer Intake 

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

 

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Mechanical engineering students working on equipment

 

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 Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 January
London
Open
2022 May
London
Open
2022 September
London
Open
2023 January
Simcoe
Open
2023 January
London
Open
2023 May
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 May
London
Open
2022 September
London
Open
2023 January
Simcoe
Open
2023 January
London
Open
2023 May
London
Open

Program Details

Program Code
PEM1

Program Coordinator:

Danny Smith

Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Duration
30 weeks

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

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

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

London

Canadian Costs
$6,879.24
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$16,124.80
Total Cost of Program

Simcoe

Canadian Costs
$6,561.38
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$15,806.94
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.

 

Courses

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.
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