Mechanical engineering technology (MET) bridges engineering and technical fields, supporting diverse and rewarding career opportunities. It combines theories of science and engineering with practical hands-on applications to problem solve and innovate. Its focused content and two-year delivery also makes MET an ideal choice for anyone interested in exploring a technical field, or seeking to shift career paths.
Mechanical engineering technologists (METs) are involved in all stages of design, development, and implementation - supporting projects from conception to completion and ongoing operation in a broad spectrum of industries. Whether you want to flex your design and analytical skills or make and influence policy and process improvements, the versatile education within the MET program provides the necessary foundation.
This foundation encompasses three primary areas of content focus and integration:
- Mechanical design and development
- You will learn how to analyze and design complex machines and structures, leveraging software (e.g., CAD, FEA) in support. You will also investigate appropriate materials as well as manufacturing and fabrication processes.
- Energy (thermal-fluid) systems
- You will learn how to evaluate, design, and implement a wide variety of energy systems (e.g., power generation, industrial processes, fluid power / hydraulics, piping networks, ventilation / air-conditioning) including emerging technologies. You will investigate effective green building design and energy-use strategies in context of environmental impact.
- Instrumentation and controls
- You will learn how to integrate sensors and instrumentation into both mechanical systems as well as thermal-fluid energy systems for both monitoring and control purposes.
The overall program intent is to develop an individual whose skillset makes them an effective, contributing team-member from the start. Your fundamental curiosity and commitment to continued learning in the field will also allow you to pursue diverse roles of increasing complexity and responsibility throughout your career.
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Use your diploma to ladder into bachelor of engineering or technology degree programs at Lakehead University in Ontario or Memorial University in Newfoundland or Queen’s University in Ontario.
Career and salary information
Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates are working in many different industries, both in Saskatchewan and worldwide. Locally, resource extraction and processing, manufacturing, the built environment, as well as research and design are dominant employment sectors. METs are also well poised to serve emerging fields such as energy management and decarbonization or reliability engineering.
You may perform mechanical design for an engineering design firm, oversee the manufacturing of specialized equipment, improve the reliability and operation of a specialized process, or project manage the construction of a building. There are entry-level jobs in mechanical design and drafting, product testing, process instrumentation, systems inspection, technical sales and support. Potential employers include consulting engineering firms, mining and manufacturing companies, equipment distributors, utilities, municipalities and government agencies.
|Sample job title
|Mechanical engineering technologist
|Mechanical engineering technologists & technicians (22301)
|Mechanical engineering technologists & technicians (22301)
|Facility operations/maintenance manager (Institutional/Commercial)
|Facility operation & maintenance managers (70012)
|Technical sales specialist (Industrial/institutional/commercial)
|Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade (NOC 62100)
- Grade 12 with a minimum of 65% in Pre-Calculus 30*, and 70% in Physics 30
- English Language Requirement
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
- Minimum of 65% in Math B30 and C30
Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.
Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Alternative Admission using Accuplacer.
- 250 Arithmetic
- 245 Advanced Algebra and Functions
- 261 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
- 250 Reading
- 245 Writing
Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.
If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.
Admission methodFirst Qualified/First Admitted
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Tuition and feesEstimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.
2023-24 academic year
Year 1 - $9,020
Year 2 - $8,810
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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.
See link(s) below to get more information about PLAR.
- Candidate Guide
- Candidate Guide (Department of Arts and Sciences courses)
- communications, mathematics, sciences, social sciences
- More about PLAR
|Cape Breton University
|Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma may be eligible for 30 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Manufacturing degree program, or 36 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Petroleum degree programs
|Graduates of this program may obtain advanced standing toward a degree in engineering.
Learn more about the agreement at Lakehead University.
|Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer into Bachelor of Technology Degree with 39 credit hours (13 courses) to be completed, including a technical project and report
|Graduates of this program with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (75%) may qualify for admission to Queen's University's BTech (Mining) Degree Program. Block transfer of 72 units less the required Customized Bridge Course units will be granted upon admission. Students must pass each prescribed bridge course with a minimum C- in order to progress to Year 3 of the BTech (Mining) Program.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.
Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits the program at the Technologist level.
TAC is a bold, world class accreditation organization, delivering accreditation services
for the engineering technology and applied science profession in Canada.
Technology Professionals Saskatchewan
Technology Professionals Saskatchewan is the provincial regulatory body for graduates of this Saskatchewan Polytechnic program. As a graduate of an accredited program recognized by Technology Professionals Saskatchewan, your academic training places you on an expedited path towards obtaining professional registration as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.). For more information, visit tpsk.ca