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Mechanical Engineering Technology - Industrial Design

Available: Fall

Program Description

The Mechanical Engineering Technology – Industrial Design program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to design and develop products and devices that may be offered for retail or commercial sale.

Many good ideas and inventions fail simply because the inventor does not have the means to take his/her concept sketches through the basic design, engineering, production and marketing stages that are required before a customer can purchase a finished article.

You'll learn machining and production techniques, rapid prototyping, principles of mechanical design, engineering analysis, marketing, basic accounting practices, engineering design analysis, negotiating techniques, entrepreneurial skills, ergonomics, basic electricity and electronics.

The program will provide you with several career options and educational pathways. Upon graduation from this three-year advanced diploma program, you'll be prepared to enter modern manufacturing environments, or you may choose to undertake freelance consulting or development work of your own. You'll also have the option to complete the first year of the program, receive a certificate in Mechanical Techniques and enter an apprenticeship as a tool and die maker, mould maker or general machinist. Alternatively, you may choose to complete the first two years of the program, receive a Mechanical Engineering Technician diploma and obtain a position as a tool or mould designer. This concept of laddering will allow you flexibility and the option to increase your level of education incrementally.

Seneca's Mechanical Technician and Technology (MATD and MIT) programs are now fully recognized for their academic and practical content by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). Graduates from these programs may enjoy enhanced opportunities for employment and the potential to earn higher salaries.

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Starting in September 2019, this program will be located at Newnham Campus.



6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Your Career

Pursue a career as an industrial designer or a tool and die/mould designer or tool and die/mould maker with this six–semester advanced diploma program. You’ll learn to design and develop products and devices that may be offered for retail or commercial sale. Your career could include modern manufacturing design environments, freelance consulting or independent development.

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This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Mark Khani 416.491.5050 ext. 44363

Program Chair

Romel Cipriani 416.491.5050 ext. 22446

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network