Electromechanical Engineering Technology - Mechatronics

Program: METR
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 3 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 6 Semesters, plus 3 work terms
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2024, Winter 2025
Location: Barrie


As we enter the next industrial revolution, advanced technology demands interdisciplinary skills. Mechatronics is the interdisciplinary study of electrical, mechanical and computing systems. Students gain expertise in electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering, and explore how these disciplines are interconnected. Using the systems level approach, students develop both the applied skills and theoretical knowledge to build, troubleshoot and support next generation industrial systems. Students acquire an understanding of electronics, digital circuits, motor control, robotics, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), pneumatics, hydraulic systems, machining, dynamics, stress analysis, the internet of things, web and database systems, and interface programming. Through an official partnership with Siemens, students prepare for industry recognized certifications including the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification program (SMSCP) certification. Students gain experience in problem solving, and effective oral and written communications through examination of current industry trends and requirements. Co-op terms provide opportunities to experience real-life industry skills, networking, and potential career paths. 

Career Opportunities

A mechatronics graduate will function as a highly skilled technician or technologist who can work with modules and components in complex mechatronics systems. Graduates may find work in a wide range of domestic and international industries such as aerospace, consumer products, transportation, mining, automotive, technical sales, packaging, distribution industries or in-service sites that use complex mechatronic systems. Tasks may include the design, building and fabrication of automated systems, troubleshooting, maintenance, repairs, programming, robotics, networking, smart manufacturing, and application support.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. fabricate and build electrical, electronic, and mechanical components and assemblies in accordance with operating standards, job requirements, and specifications; 
  2. analyze, interpret, and produce electrical, electronic, and mechanical drawings and other related technical documents and graphics necessary for electromechanical design in compliance with industry standards; 
  3. select and use a variety of troubleshooting techniques and equipment to assess, modify, maintain, and repair electromechanical circuits, equipment, processes, systems, and subsystems; 
  4. modify, maintain, and repair electrical, electronic, and mechanical components, equipment, and systems to ensure that they function according to specifications and to optimize production; 
  5. design and analyze mechanical components, processes, and systems by applying engineering principles and practices; 
  6. design, analyze, build, select, commission, integrate, and troubleshoot a variety of industrial motor controls and data acquisition devices and systems, digital circuits, passive AC and DC circuits, active circuits and microprocessor-based systems; 
  7. install and troubleshoot computer hardware and programming to support the electromechanical engineering environment; 
  8. analyze, program, install, integrate, troubleshoot and diagnose automated systems including robotic systems; 
  9. establish and maintain inventory, records, and documentation systems to meet organizational and industry standards and requirements; 
  10. select and purchase electromechanical equipment, components, and systems that fulfill job requirements and functional specifications; 
  11. specify, coordinate, and apply quality-control and quality-assurance programs and procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements; 
  12. work in compliance with relevant industry standards, laws and regulations, codes, policies, and procedures; 
  13. develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance and to remain current in the field and responsive to emergent technologies and national and international standards; 
  14. contribute as an individual and a member of an electromechanical engineering team to the effective completion of tasks and projects; 
  15. design and analyze electromechanical systems by interpreting fluid mechanics and the attributes and dynamics of fluid flow used in hydraulic and fluid power systems; 
  16. contribute to project management through planning, implementation and evaluation of projects, and monitoring of resources, timelines, and expenditures as required; 
  17. design, simulate, install, and troubleshoot smart connected electromechanical systems, using networking and computer technologies;
  18. apply cyber-physical technologies to a mechatronics system to create a smart manufacturing solution;
  19. implement strategies to reduce the impact of mechatronics systems on the environment; 
  20. identify entrepreneurial opportunities related to mechatronics systems and supporting industries.

Practical Experience

All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes.  Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.

Georgian College holds membership with, and endeavours to follow, the co-operative education guidelines set out by the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) and Experiential and Work-Integrated Ontario (EWO) as supported by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Co-op is facilitated as a supported, competitive job search process. Students are required to complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course scheduled prior to their first co-op work term. Students engage in an active co-op job search that includes applying to positions posted by Co-op Consultants, and personal networking.  Co-op work terms are scheduled according to a formal sequence that alternates academic and co-op semesters as shown in the program progression below.

Programs may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, industry specific certifications, and ability to travel. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to complete the program progression as shown below. Please refer to Georgian College Academic Regulations for details.   

International co-op work terms are supported and encouraged, when aligned with program requirements.

Further information on co-op services can be found at www.GeorgianCollege.ca/co-op

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2024
  • Sem 2: Winter 2025
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2025
  • Sem 3: Fall 2025
  • Sem 4: Winter 2026
  • Sem 5: Summer 2026
  • Work Term 2: Fall 2026
  • Work Term 3: Winter 2027
  • Sem 6: Summer 2027

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2025
  • Sem 2: Summer 2025
  • Work Term 1: Fall 2025
  • Sem 3: Winter 2026
  • Sem 4: Summer 2026
  • Sem 5: Fall 2026
  • Work Term 2: Winter 2027
  • Work Term 3: Summer 2027
  • Sem 6: Fall 2027

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:

Graduation Requirements

  • 33 Program Courses
  • 1 Capstone Project (Technical Project)
  • 2 Communications Courses
  • 3 General Education Courses
  • 3 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
COMP 1084 Computer Aided Design 1 For Mechanical Engineering Technology 56
COMP 1107 Principles of Programming 42
MATH 1018 Introduction to Technical Mathematics 42
METR 1000 Electrical Components 56
METR 1001 Introduction to Mechatronics Systems and Reliability 56
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
COMP 1108 CAD Mechatronics Electrical 42
MATH 1019 Technical Mathematics 42
MENG 1021 Machine Shop Theory and Practices 42
METR 1002 Fluid Power Control Systems 56
METR 1003 Digital Fundamentals and Programmable Logic Controllers 56
METR 1004 Fundamentals of Electronic Systems in Mechatronics 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
COMP 2135 Computer Aided Design 2 for Mechanical Engineering 56
COMP 3031 Networking 42
MATH 3000 Calculus 42
METR 2000 Industrial Control System 56
METR 3000 Motor Control 56
ROBT 2000 Introduction to Robotics 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
COMP 2123 Introduction to Microprocessors 42
COMP 2136 Web Interfaces 42
ELEC 3010 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 56
MENG 2020 Statics and Mechanics of Materials 56
METR 2003 Applied Computer Aided Manufacturing 56
STAT 3002 Applied Statistics 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 5
Program Courses  
COMP 3034 Database Systems for Mechatronics 42
MENG 3025 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines 56
METR 2001 Introduction to Totally Integrated Automation 56
METR 2002 Factory Simulation and Manufacturing Processes 56
METR 3001 Application of Codes and Standards in Mechatronics Systems 28
MGMT 2002 Project Management 42
ROBT 3003 Advanced Robotics 42
Semester 6
Program Courses  
COMP 2121 Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) 42
COMP 3035 Smart Manufacturing 42
METR 3002 Machine Elements in Mechatronics Design 56
Capstone Project  
METR 3003 Mechatronics Capstone Project 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1834
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermHours
COOP 1056 Mechatronics Work Term 1 560
COOP 2042 Mechatronics Work Term 2 560
COOP 3020 Mechatronics Work Term 3 560
 Total Hours1680

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of three years (as stated above) may take a maximum of six years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission. 

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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