Electromechanical Engineering Technician

The program

This multidisciplinary program shall expose students to aspects of electromechanical systems. Traditionally, similar programs of study have been found in the electrical/electronic disciplines. Graduates from these programs will also gain knowledge of the mechanical aspects of a system, such as the ability to read mechanical prints, understand tolerances, as well as understand the mechanical nuances of a system.

This program will expose students to both electrical and mechanical principles, allowing graduates from the program to be capable of analyzing, modifying, maintaining and repairing electromechanical systems. As such, the focus of the program shall be concurrent engineering with respect to products and processes. Students shall also be exposed to project management and quality systems. The program will culminate in a 15-week capstone project course where students shall be able to apply their knowledge and document it according to current industry practice.

The content

Students in this program study electric circuits, mechanical and electrical drafting, automation and robotics, electronics, machining, welding, mechanical design and project management.

The outcomes

Students in this program are very versatile and may work in a variety of settings.  They may be involved in design, maintenance and troubleshooting of automated equipment in industrial settings or engineering design offices.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be capable of employment in product design and validation as well as manufacturing environments. Career opportunities exist with advanced manufacturing environments, process development, commissioning, modification and maintenance and controls development.

Comprehensive training in:

  • Electrical/electronics
  • Machining and welding
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Electro-mechanical drafting
  • Materials engineering
  • Tool design
  • Automation
  • Robotics and controls
  • Project management

Sample co-op progression chart (fall intake):





Year 1

Acad. 1

Acad. 2


Year 2

Work 1

Work 2


Year 3

Acad. 3

Acad. 4


Course outline

For the official Degree Audit, please see Registrar’s Office


Level 1 – Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

Group 1

  • MATH-1187      Math I
  • ENGR-1024      Engineering Graphics
  • LAWS-1038      Law, Ethics & Occupational H & S
  • ELNC-1105       Practical Electronics
  • WRIT-1039       Reason & Writing I - Technology
  • ELEC-1129       Electrical I


Level 2 – Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • MATH-3073      Math II
  • MACH-1154      Machining I
  • CNTL-1014       PLC & Automation
  • METH-1045      QA Fundamentals
  • ELEC-3066       Electrical II
  • ENGR-1025      Engineering Design I
  • COOP-1020      Co-op Ed Employment Prep


Level 3 – Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • ELNC-1106       Electronics II
  • CNTL-3015       Robotics I
  • MACH-1155      CNC Processes & Applications – Intro
  • MATS-1026       Materials Engineering
  • ENGR-3016      Engineering Design II
  • ELEC-3067       Electrical Machines


Level 4 – Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

Gen Ed – Take a 3 credit Gen. Ed. elective course

  • INST-3008        Instrumentation
  • CNTL-3016       Robotics II
  • MGMT-3074      Capstone Project Technician
  • COMM-3069     Tech’l Communication for Technicians
  • CADD-1071      CAD/CAM Applications – Intro
  • WELD-1055      Welding

Program requirements:

  • Take one 3-credit General Education (Gen.Ed.) elective Course
  • Program Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 19 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program.

Why should you hire a co-op student?

Many employers feel today’s graduates have no concept of the “real” world of work; we are providing this experience in Co-operative Education.  Any job that gives the student related background in your business would be suitable.

Eligible employers can claim a payroll tax credit for each qualifying work placement for up to $3000.

Co-operative Education students are ultimately looking ahead to careers in businesses such as yours.  For this reason they are not expecting to simply put in time on the job, but are eager to get involved and make a worthwhile contribution.  Participation in co-operative education also gives the employer the opportunity to try out a student’s capabilities without obligation or commitment to permanent employment.

This work oriented educational system integrates classroom study and paid, on-the-job work experience, by alternating periods in College with periods of employment by co-operating organizations. 

The working experience will ideally increase in difficulty and responsibility as the student progresses academically.  However, the College realizes it is often difficult in practice to do this. 

It is essential that the work experience be a normal one; that the student be treated like a regular company employee so that a realistic picture of the working environment in that field may be obtained.  Perhaps most important is what students gain from the working experience: an attitude for success and the ability to get along with co-worker at all levels.