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  • Objectives
    This diploma program will provide you with a broad exposure to the mechanical engineering technology field. Emphasis is on the modern industrial production environment, which calls for knowledge of standard manufacturing procedures, computer-aided manufacturing and industrial robotics. You will learn the role of computer integration in linking the manufacturing and design functions. The emphasis throughout is on effective problem-solving and you have the opportunity to apply your skills in both individual and team projects. Effective communication, a must in modern industry, is also stressed. There is also an emphasis on combining standard manufacturing processes with computer-aided manufacturing and utilization of industrial automation equipment in production environment.
  • Practical experience
    There is a co-op component associated with this program.
  • Academic Title
    Mechanical Engineering Technology - Automated Manufacturing Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
    Level One
    CDEV1020     Co-op and Career Preparation

    Description: This mandatory course prepares students for job searching for their co-op work terms and for post-graduate careers. Students will learn to critically evaluate their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate and interpret available opportunities in the workplace. Self-marketing techniques using resumes, cover letters, cold-calls, and interviewing will be learned and students will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace with regards to social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues.
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    COMM1180     Effective Technical Communications I
    Description: Recommended: The course content is based on the assumption that students can demonstrate competency in the use of the English language.

    NOTE: This is course does not qualify for a General Education exemption.

    This level-one course is designed to introduce students to industrial and business communications. Emphasis is placed on analyzing audience, determining purpose and effective ordering of ideas for various written communications such as letters and memoranda in the technical environment. As well, all students are expected to participate in group work throughout the semester and are expected to give an oral presentation.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMP1220     Computer Applications

    Description: This introductory course will enable the learner to effectively use P.C. based software.
    The learner will use Windows commands to manipulate files.
    The learner will communicate using word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, and combinations of the three to prepare effective documentation.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    MATH1170     Mathematics I
    Description: This course is set up to ensure that skills in Mathematics are upgraded and maintained to support the courses for which they are needed. The material covered in this course includes topics from fundamental arithmetic, basic algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and vectors. In this course students will also learn to use the Ti89 graphing calculator. Skills in problem solving will be stressed. Students will be required to show their mastery of these skills on an ongoing basis.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    MECH1050     Engineering Drawing I
    Description: In this introductory course, both freehand drawing and computer-aided drawing techniques (using AutoCAD) are used to prepare the learner to do basic mechanical engineering drawings. The material covered will include applied geometry, use of scales, orthographic representations and projection, auxiliary views, sections, dimensioning and isometric drawing. The learner will use the material to produce detail, working, and assembly drawings conforming to CSA/ANSI standards.
    Hours: 90
    Credits: 6

    MECH1130     Engineering Materials
    Description: This course investigates the selection and application of materials to engineering practice. The material and mechanical properties of metallic, polymeric, ceramic and composite materials and their uses are studied. The effects of loading environment, microstructure, heat treatment and other strengthening mechanisms are also analyzed.
    Hours: 75
    Credits: 5

    Level Two
    MACH1010     Conventional Machining Processes

    Description: This course is designed to expose the student to the practical and theoretical aspects and basic knowledge of conventional metal removal machine tools and their various cutting tools used in manufacturing processes. In addition, the student will understand the fundamentals of metric and imperial system of measurement, and the use and application of precision measuring instruments.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MANU1060     Manufacturing Processes
    Description: This course introduces students to common manufacturing processes outside the traditional machining processes. Solidification processes including common metal casting and plastic forming methods are discussed. Students will learn the capabilities and applications of solidification processes, bulk metal deformation processes, sheet metal working processes and powdered metal processes. Non-traditional metal removal, cleaning, finishing, joining and rapid prototyping processes are also reviewed in detail. Students are offered the opportunity to tour local industries presenting state-of-the-art applications of these processes.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MATH1190     Mathematics II
    Description: This course is a continuation of Mathematics I in which accumulated Math skills will be stressed. The Ti89 graphing calculator will be used continuously. Topics include systems of linear and quadratic equations, rotational motion and equations involving radicals. Problems will be solved involving algebraic fractions, trig functions, ratio and proportion, logarithmic and exponential functions. The course includes a section on linear programming and an introduction to probability and statistics.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MATH1170

    MECH1060     Engineering Drawing II
    Description: This course introduces 3D parametric modeling using Autodesk Inventor to expand on the basic techniques and information presented in Engineering Drawing I. Topics include limits and tolerances (both Imperial and Metric), surface texture, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, threads and fasteners, and sheet metal development.
    Hours: 90
    Credits: 6
    Pre-Requisites: MECH1050

    MECH1220     Applied Mechanics
    Description: Mathematics I (90130500) or with permission of instructor. This introductory course covers the effects of forces or rigid bodies at rest and in motion. Trusses and two-dimensional frames are studied along with friction and centre of gravity. In addition, systems involving work, energy, power and impulse, and momentum are studied.
    Hours: 75
    Credits: 5
    Pre-Requisites: MATH1170

          Electives: General Education

    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Three
    COOP1400     Co-op Work Term I (Automated Manufacturing Technology)

    Description: This course will provide the student with college-approved work experience in a manufacturing environment and increase the student’s understanding of employer expectations related to attitudinal, practical and academic skills. These skill areas will improve during the work term as the student responsibly performs the duties defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience. The student’s written communication skills are evaluated by the Employment Advisor after the work term through submission of work term report.
    Hours: 420
    Credits: 14

    Level Four
    DRWG1060     CAD-3D Solids

    Description: This course will provide the student with an introduction on how to use SolidWorks mechanical design software to build parametric models of parts and assemblies. This is a process based course where the focus is on the process and procedures used to complete a particular task as well as hands on practice. Advanced sketching and part modeling techniques are covered, including 3D sketches, part factories and sweeps.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: MECH1050

    DSGN2100     Design of Jigs & Fixtures

    Description: When successfully completed, the learner will be able to understand the concept and operating principles of Jigs and Fixtures.

    The student will evaluate the efficient method of machining a workpiece in correct sequence to obtain proper surface and geometric relationships.

    The student will be able to utilize various locational, clamping, indexing and tool guiding devices as used on Jigs and Fixtures, for the successful design of metal machining, fabricating and component inspection operations.

    The student will be able to recognize and utilize materials and standard catalogued components to create efficient Jig and Fixture design.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MECH1050

    EECE2330     Electrical and Electronic Principles
    Description: This introductory course introduces the student to the basic concepts involving D.C. and A.C. electrical circuits; voltage and current concepts and definitions, magnetic field theory and applications, etc. Electronic fundamentals such as solid-state fundamentals, transistor circuitry, amplifiers and rectification are also included.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: MATH1170

    MECH2010     NC Programming (Manual/Mastercam 2D)

    Description: This course is designed for a student to study the principles and economic significance of numerical control. An understanding of the functions of the major components of NC systems, the application of cartesian coordinates to CNC machine tool motions, axis designations and the types and classifications of CNC equipment will be obtained. In addition, the student will be given an understanding of CNC standard coding and various program formats. The student will also be introduced to the fundamentals of manual programming involving linear and circular interpolation of curves and straight lines of a more complex nature using various control functions such as canned cycles, subprograms, subroutines and cutter compensation.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    MECH2030     Mechanics of Materials
    Description: This course enables the student to recognize the basic principles of strength of materials and apply them to solve practical problems. The design material properties, the mechanical tests and theories used to determine these properties, as well as the stress effects resulting from tension, compression, shear, torsion and bending loads are developed.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MECH1130, MECH1220

    PROG2170     Introduction to Programming
    Description: This course introduces the student to the principles of structured programming. Using the Visual Basic programming language students will plan, enter, run, and debug programs of increasing complexity using various data-types, loops, branches, functions, and data stream input and output. This course is intended for the novice programmer who wishes to create modest applications. It also serves as an introductory-level course for students who will be continuing on to more advanced programming.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    QUAL2010     Quality Assurance and Systems
    Description: The course will give an understanding of concepts and practical skills on quality engineering and management. The topics covered are as follows: normal distribution and presentation of data, control charts for variables and attributes, interpretation of chart patterns using probabilities, statistical sampling plans (MIL STD 105 & 414), gage R & R studies and measuring errors, design of experiments and other quality tools. A major project is based on application of the ISO 9000 quality management system, interpretation of the elements, and writing procedures.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: MATH1170

    Level Five
    COOP2400     Co-op Work Term II (Automated Manufacturing - Technology)

    Description: This course will provide the student with college-approved work experience in a manufacturing environment and increase the student’s understanding of employer expectations related to attitudinal, practical and academic skills. These skill areas will improve during the work term as the student responsibly performs the duties defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience. The student’s written communication skills are evaluated by the Employment Advisor after the work term through submission of work term report.
    Hours: 420
    Credits: 14

    Level Six
    DIMM1070     Dimensional Metrology and Coordinate Measuring Machines

    Description: This course will provide the student with the principles of dimensional metrology and its applications to quality control. A variety of precision measuring instruments and equipment will be used to check work piece features for size and geometric conformity.

    The second part of the course will cover the operation and programming of a Mitutoyo Coordinate Machine.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    IFME2010     Industrial Hydraulics and Pneumatics

    Description: This course introduces the student to industrial hydraulics and pneumatics. The course material was developed by FESTO DIDACTIC for their industrial training courses H511 and P111. Topics covered are: Fluid power terminology and symbols, hydraulic and pneuamtic system components and the study of basic hydraulic and pneumatic circuits.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MECH2050     Tool and Die Design

    Description: This course is designed to give the student an understanding of various types of sheet metal dies, including blanking, piercing, bending, forming and drawing dies. The study of progressive dies, principle types of press and press feed equipment are also introduced.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: DSGN2100

    MECH2060     NC Graphics - Mastercam 3D
    Description: This course will provide the student with an advanced knowledge of using MasterCam and EdgeCam for producing CNC programs for Horizontal Machining Centres with rotary tables and the machining of 3D Solids and surfaces, including revolved, swept, coons, derived and free-form surfaces. An introduction to programming a CNC turning centre will also be given. This is a process based course where the focus will be on the process and procedures used to complete CNC programs in a manufacturing environment as well as hands on practice.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MECH2010

    ROBO2010     Introduction to Robotics

    Description: Prerequisites: Electrical Fundamentals, Industrial Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Programming - Structured Basic This course introduces the student to the history and use of robots in industry. Standard arm configurations and hardware are examined including the principles of path control, motion sensing, speed and position control, and servo-actuators. End-effectors, supplemental tooling hardware, and sensors are examined for their interaction with other workcell elements. Students program various types of robot controllers ranging from stop-to-stop sequencers, to point-to-point servocontrollers that use high-level control languages.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: PROG2170

          Electives: General Education

    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Seven
    COOP3400     Co-op Work Term III (Automated Manufacturing - Technology)

    Description: This course will provide the student with college-approved work experience in a manufacturing environment and increase the student’s understanding of employer expectations related to attitudinal, practical and academic skills. These skill areas will improve during the work term as the student responsibly performs the duties defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience. The student’s written communication skills are evaluated by the Employment Advisor after the work term through submission of work term report.
    Hours: 420
    Credits: 14

    Level Eight
    ECON1040     Engineering Economics

    Description: Contemporary engineering professionals are widely recognized as principal decision makers who have to decide among alternatives with respect to expected costs and benefits, while taking into account strategic and policy issues affecting their corporations. The course is based on thorough develop and understanding of the concept of the time value of money, cash flow analysis, present and future worth analyses, depreciation and financial accounting, effects of inflation, income taxes and marketing goals.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    EECE3110     Microprocessors In Automation

    Description: The hardware and software requirements of computers, primarily Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), are examined. The differences and similarities between PLCs and Personal Computer (PC) is discussed. The course prepares students for selecting and programming computers for the control of automation.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    IENG3010     Time Study and Standard Data

    Description: An introduction to Industrial Engineering concepts including motion and time study, methods analysis, use of standard data and predetermine time study systems and learning times.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MANU3030     Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
    Description: Prerequisite: Computer Literacy for Windows or equivalent knowledge. This course introduces the student to the planning and implementation of CIM. The development and control of computer databases and database management systems (DBMS) are examined. JIT methods to improve manufacturing processes are studied. The MRP portion of this course will give students hands-on experience using MRP software on a microcomputer. (Group C)
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: QUAL2010

    MECH3210     Manufacturing Project and Report - A

    Description: This is the first half of a two-term manufacturing project. This project will simulate as nearly as possible the manufacturing technologist's activities.

    Students are required to undertake a major manufacturing project, simulating as nearly as possible the manufacturing technologist's activities. The main thrust of the course is to develop the student's ability to plan, schedule, self-direct, evaluate, communicate, problem solve and work within a group.

    Students are required to select a project, and complete the project planning and design evaluation portions of the project. By the end of the first term, jig and fixture design and machining process sheets will be completed.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: DSGN2100, MECH2010

    Level Nine
    IENG3020     Industrial Engineering for Automation

    Description: This course studies facilities planning, industrial ergonomics, the Ontario Occupational Health Safety Act and Regulations for industrial establishments. It includes a major green field plant layout project that describes the machines, direct labour, management structure, material handling equipment, shop and office layouts, site plan and construction schedule. Work sampling, organizational design, labour relations and production simulation modeling is also studied.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    LIBS1340     Law, Ethics and Professional Practice

    Description: This course will cover, in a structured manner, relevant topics and case studies in law, ethics and professional practice related to the work of professionals in Canada. The students will develop proper understanding of the social, historical and philosophical contexts underlying a profession’s legal responsibilities, foundations of ethical decision making processes, principles of professional liability and the general duties of professionals towards the society.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MECH3220     Manufacturing Project and Report - B

    Description: This is the second half of a two-term manufacturing project. This project will simulate as nearly as possible the manufacturing technologist's activities.

    Students will complete a major manufacturing project started the term prior. Strong emphasis is placed on students' ability to communicate through a comprehensive report, including complete drawings of tooling and fixtures, numerical control programs, plant layout, and costs required to manufacture their project components.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: IENG3010, MECH2060, MECH3210

    ROBO3030     Robotics And Electrical Control

    Description: This course teaches the student about controlled automation equipment. Power conditioning is discussed. Systems of actuators including AC, DC and electronically commutated motors and mechanical power transmission are covered. Robot control, servo control and PLC control of analog and discrete automated systems are taught. Sensors, from limit switches to vision systems, are examined. This course includes a significant lab portion.
    Hours: 90
    Credits: 6
    Pre-Requisites: EECE3110, ROBO2010

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