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Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma


2 years at RDP

-Main Campus
The Program

The Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) diploma program is designed to prepare students for high-demand careers in the rapidly growing manufacturing, petroleum, and infrastructure design industries in Central Alberta. Students will use both hands-on and theoretical approaches to learn mechanical engineering fundamentals including mathematics, solid mechanics, thermal-fluid sciences, and kinematics, blended with industry-focused topics such as automation, control, lean and computer integrated manufacturing, and reliability. Based on National Technology Benchmarks for Mechanical Engineering Technology, this program, coupled with industry experience, will lead to the Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) and Professional Technologist (PTech) designations.

Graduate Profile 

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma at Red Deer Polytechnic are prepared to contribute and compete in a dynamic and changing environment and exhibit the essential qualities and attributes necessary to maintain the highest standards of the profession.  

Graduates of the RDP Mechanical Engineering Diploma:  

  • Construct mechanical engineering drawings and drawing packages (related technical documents) for parts and assemblies.  
  • Employ strategies and develop documents to start, plan, execute, control and close projects in related knowledge areas: time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, stakeholders, risk, and procurement.  
  • Design and analyze robot arm and manipulators, select actuators, construct coordinate system for links and program robots to perform tasks.  
  • Construct automated systems using appropriate sensors, actuators, controllers, and software given a particular application.  
  • Design, simulate and implant hydraulic and pneumatic fluid power systems, and fluids circuits.  
  • Employ legal and professional accountabilities in the workplace such as contracts, privacy and confidentiality regulations, and any other regulatory frameworks.  
  • Construct parts using CNC machine based on a drawing and inspect to determine if required tolerances were met.  
  • Design of machine components such as gears, bearings, bolts and screws for strength requirements in consideration of various manufacturing methods.  
  • Design building systems such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), fire protection, and piping/plumbing.  
  • Respect individualism, diversity, and culture.  
  • Locate evidence-based information appropriate to their context and needs.

Year 1

  • GET 116 - Professional Communication
  • MET 103 - Technology Physics
  • GET 106 - Engineering CAD
  • GET 1131 - Technology Mathematics
  • MET 125 - Material Science
  • MET 120 - Statics
  • MET 130 - Fluid Mechanics
  • MET 1020 - Fabrication and Manufacturing
  • MET 130 - Fluid Mechanics
  • MET 155 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • MET 140 - 3D CAD

Year 2

  • GET 208 - Project Management
  • MET 205 - Dynamics
  • MET 220 - Strength of Materials
  • MET 2231 - Robotics and Automation
  • MET 265 - Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • GET 204 - Professional Practice
  • MET 240 - CNC Manufacturing
  • MET 224 - Reliability and Failure Analysis
  • MET 208 - Mechanical Design
  • MET 235 - Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • MET 210 - Building Systems
  • MET 258 - Capstone Project

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