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Mechanical Techniques (MECH)

Available as a one-year program; option to continue into a two-year diploma

Get a well-rounded set of mechanical skills that prepare you for a career in maintenance or manufacturing and give you an edge when seeking a competitive apprenticeship.
  • Program Code

    MECH

  • Credential
    • One-year Ontario College Certificate

  • Start Date

    September and January entry

Find your career

Graduates are prepared to plan and supervise maintenance work in industries of all kinds.

  • You could work as an industrial mechanic, welder or manufacturing senior maintenance technician, and assist in basic electrical troubleshooting.
  • Pursue a trades apprenticeship.
  • Salaries start at $30,000 – $34,999 per year.*

*Source: Employment Profile Provincial Report, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Our grads get great jobs

  • Foreman, CN Rail
  • Engineering Technician, Metso Minerals
  • Operations Technician, Procter & Gamble
  • Hydraulics Technician, Multi-Flow FluidPower Inc.
  • Operations Technician, Kellogg’s Canada
  • Machinist, Kennametal Stellite Group

Is it for you?

This program is well suited to people who:

  • Like to design and create
  • Want to know how things work
  • Enjoy working with their hands
  • Are drawn to repair anything mechanical or electrical

Experiential learning

  • Hands-on shop work includes welding, machining and maintenance procedures.
  • Use the latest in laser alignment technology.
  • Explore design using AutoCAD and the interpretation of engineering drawings.
  • Earn experience diagnosing and troubleshooting.
  • Use leading-edge simulation software to design and demonstrate hydraulic circuits and electrical circuits.
  • The positive learning environment includes well-lit, roomy labs with brand new lathes and milling machines.
  • You could apprentice as an industrial mechanic (millwright), machinist, metal fabricator, welder or electrician among other trades.
  • Loyalist’s program uses many of the same curriculum standards as apprenticeship training for industrial mechanics (millwrights).
  • Graduates are entitled to write the provincial test for an exemption from Level I of the in-school portion of the Industrial Mechanics apprenticeship.
  • Candidates who pass the exam don’t need to leave the workplace to attend school – making them more valuable to employers.
  • Graduates may continue into year two of the Manufacturing Engineering Technician program and complete a diploma in one additional year (with bridging courses).

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn in well-equipped labs with knowledgeable and dedicated faculty.
  • Professors have wide-ranging industry experience in machine shops, pharmaceutical manufacturing, food processing, water bottling, uranium processing and millwright contracting environments.
  • The program coordinator is a Red Seal Industrial Millwright.
  • Teachers have a vast network of industry contacts to help connect students with jobs.

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