Program Overview

The Mechanical Engineering Technician - Tool and Die (Co-op) program is a two-year Ontario College Diploma designed to prepare students to work in a modern tooling shop, with emphasis on conventional machining skills to create a solid foundation of knowledge.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
Day Time
Duration Next
60 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
St. Thomas

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
St. Thomas

Your Learning Experience

Courses within the program are aligned with the Level One curriculum standards of the Precision Metal Cutting – Common Core Apprenticeship program, creating potential for graduates to be successful in writing exemption exams once they are a registered apprentice. The students will also have the opportunity to participate in two paid co-op placements which will create opportunities to further learn and apply their new skills.


Co-op Opportunities & Career Information

Co-op Opportunties

The Mechanical Engineering Technician – Tool and Die 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 – Tool and Die students before even graduating! 

Tooling Specialist
Designs, repairs and performs maintenance on the tools needed for specific manufacturing equipment and machines.

Tool and Die Technician
Assist with repairs, modifications and maintenance of machinery and equipment.

CNC Operator
Responsible for the operation and adjustment of CNC machines.

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 Engineering Mechanical Technician – Tool and Die program find apprenticeships in:

  • tool and die making (430a)
  • general machinist (429a) 
  • mould making (431a)
  • CNC operator
  • pattern maker
  • machine tool builder and integrator
  • practical mechanical technician
  • machine operator or die set-up personnel
  • sales representatives for tooling companies


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 – Tool and Die program:

Metal Mould Maker
Repair and maintain diecast and trim dies.

Tool and Die Technician
Ensure equipment and processes are maintained, respond to calls, and troubleshoot equipment failures.

Tool Maker
Assist with the construction, maintenance and repair of tools, fixtures, gauges and dies.

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 and manufacturing projects;
  6. Analyze and solve mechanical problems by applying mathematics and fundamentals of mechanics;
  7. Interpret, prepare and modify mechanical drawings and other related technical documents;
  8. Perform technical measurements accurately using appropriate instruments and equipment;
  9. Manufacture, assemble, maintain and repair mechanical components according to required specifications;
  10. Contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects.


Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Jeff Walker

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) streams
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) 
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) 
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

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 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

Recommended Academic Preparation

Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) preferred Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U) Grade 12 English (C) or Grade 12 Business and Technological Communications (O)

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.

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


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


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
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.
DEVL-1054Skills for Career Success2
This course will cover topics in digital literacy, career management and workplace communication.
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.
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.
MECH-1075Conventional Machining Theory3
This course is an introductory metal machining theory course covering safety, metrology, drills, lathes, grinders and milling machines.
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.
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.
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Tuition Summary

St. Thomas

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.