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Manufacturing Engineering Technician

Available as a two-year program; option for a one-year certificate in Mechanical Techniques

Employers seek skilled workers who will help them to compete globally. Prepare to be in demand with a powerful combination of mechanical and electrical control skills that you can apply in any manufacturing career.


  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September and January entry

  • Location
    • Belleville campus

Find your career

There are many opportunities in large machine shops, manufacturing, design/build and food processing facilities.

  • Work as a maintenance planner, performance lab coordinator, design verification technician, CNC programmer, CAD technician, PLC Programmer, mechanical designer, buyer, quality control or continuous improvement technician, or pursue a trades apprenticeship.
  • Graduates work on fabrication and improvement of PLC-based equipment.
  • Skilled manufacturing work is rewarded with above-average pay and benefits.
  • Average entry-level salaries range from $40,000 to $44,999.*

*Source: Employment Profile Provincial Report, Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Field Fabrication Specialist, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
  • Machinist, Billet Precision Ltd.
  • Engineering Technician, Beclawat Manufacturing Inc.
  • CNC Operator, Transformix Engineering Inc.
  • Quality Control, St. Lawrence Cement Inc.
  • General Machinist, Sciens Industries Inc.
  • Coating Operator/Manufacturing Technician, Indsale Ltd.

Is it for you?

A career in manufacturing is well suited to people who:

  • Like to design and create
  • Want to know how things work
  • Enjoy working with their hands or repairing anything mechanical or electrical
  • Would like a career where they can have a real impact on business

What employers say

“We’ve had excellent success hiring from Loyalist College. The students were completely prepared for our environment. The machines and controllers were very similar, if not the same, as what they were used to, and it was seamless. They came in, and within days they were set up and running CNC equipment.”
Gerry Vandersanden
President, Sciens Industries

“The calibre and quality of the graduates coming out of the Manufacturing Engineering Technician program at Loyalist are excellent. They come out with a huge leg up in terms of understanding the realities of a manufacturing plant.”
Ben Eby
General Manager, Beclawat Manufacturing

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Experiential learning

Learn hands on in Loyalist’s newly equipped The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre:

  • Create projects on the latest CNC lathes, milling machines and 3D printing equipment.
  • Use state-of-the-art Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to control electromechanical systems.
  • Create pneumatic and hydraulic circuits based on common industrial processes.
  • Use welding processes to create projects.
  • Design components using Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD and CAD/CAM.
  • Gain a deep understanding of machine and tool design, numerical control programming and statistical quality control.

Join our winning team!

  • Bronze medal in the Computer Aided Manufacturing category at the 2019 Skills Ontario Competition – Nathan Prochnau 
  • Gold medal in the Computer Aided Manufacturing category at the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition – Rebecca Sweet (2018 graduate)
  • Silver medal in the Mechanical CADD category at the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition – Maxwell Graham (2018 graduate)
  • Silver medal in the Mechanical Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) category at the 2016 Ontario Technological Skills Competition – David Cameron (2016 graduate)
  • Gold medal in the Mechanical Computer Aided Drafting category at the 2015 Ontario Technological Skills Competition – Steven Mullin (2015 graduate)

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn in bright, well-equipped facilities with 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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