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Start your career with the specialty diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Design option.

Program delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the coming semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Why Mechanical Design?

Mechanical design provides exciting and challenging work opportunities in the rapidly evolving Green Economy. The global restructuring of economies toward more environmentally friendly and sustainable energy and manufacturing processes will depend on the knowledge and skills of those working in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

The Mechanical Engineering Design program provides you with the theory and skills you need to work as a qualified engineering technologist. It prepares you for the jobs of the future by teaching you about machinery design, energy productions, thermal and fluid systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, material science, instrumentation and controls, computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided engineering (CAE).


Opportunities are available in research and development, energy productions, mechanical equipment design, testing, prototyping, quality control, production, manufacturing, project management, and technical sales. You could be working in the automotive, mining, forestry, oil and gas, aerospace, energy production, chemical, computer, environmental, or manufacturing industry. You might work in a structured environment doing maintenance or research, or in a fast-paced company where you solve different technical problems every day.

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Entrance Requirements

Find out more about getting started in the program!

If the Mechanical Design program interests you, review the entrance requirements. If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements and equivalents, please contact Program Advising.

If you qualify, you may want to attend an information session or spend a day exploring the program. You’ll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.

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Costs & Supplies

Find out how much you will need to complete your diploma in Mechanical Design!

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your two years of study. If you have concerns about being able to afford the program, please visit Financial Aid to learn how you may benefit from financial assistance.


Explore the courses and classes you will be taking!

All the Mechanical Engineering programs share a common first year of studies. In the first year of the program, emphasis is put on building the foundations of engineering in topics such as communications, mathematics, applied and natural science. Other courses introduce 2D and 3D computer-aided design, machine shop practice and computing. In the second year of the program, there is an emphasis on learning key engineering concepts and how those concepts may be applied to solving real-life problems. You will be challenged with higher-level problems and applications in mechanical engineering, culminating in a final project that encompasses many topics that you have learned.

Mechanical Design term structure

Each year of the program is divided into two terms. The first term runs from September to December (15 weeks), and the second term runs from January to the end of May (20 weeks), with a one week break in the middle. In level 4 of the program, some courses run for half a term, while most courses run for the whole term.

How will I learn?

Your studies will be a blend of classroom lectures and practical laboratory sessions using the latest software and equipment. Small-group tutorials guide you through real-world examples and teach you how to solve problems. Most of our labs offer individual computer-equipped workstations with specialized applications installed. The labs also provide test equipment, measurement instruments, experiment platforms, and sample industrial components.

Program Details

Learn more about the Mechanical Design Program!

The program information below provides a synopsis of the Mechanical Design option. You will find out how graduates become technologists, and how your education and training facilitates attaining a degree in engineering.

What will I learn?

The Mechanical Technologist diploma is a two-year program. In your first year, you learn about theoretical and practical aspects of mechanical engineering, such as:

  • Mathematics, calculus, and physics
  • Energy systems and manufacturing processes
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering graphics
  • Engineering materials
  • Technical communication

In the second year, you learn about mechanical engineering in more depth, and you select a particular area of specialization. In Mechanical Design, you will learn about:

  • Machinery design
  • Thermal and fluid systems
  • Pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Instrumentation and controls
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE)

Graduating & Jobs

Explore the exceptional career opportunities in Mechanical Design!

What’s in it for you?

A rewarding job as a technologist

A BCIT diploma opens the door to an exciting job as a technologist – a technical expert who does not have a boring weekly routine, and who helps others by solving a wide range of technical problems. Technologists are respected as hard-working, creative, and knowledgeable people.

An edge in the job market

A BCIT diploma shows potential employers that you are accomplished, focused, and serious about your chosen career path. Our programs and courses provide both fundamental theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills to help you “hit the ground running” in a new job. Graduates say that BCIT was extremely helpful in preparing them for employment.

A broad range of employment possibilities

The potential job market for mechanical engineering technologists is great. Almost every major economic sector needs people with these skills. Qualified technologists are well paid and in high demand. Graduates can work in technical sales, project management, technical communication, and many other fields in addition to the traditional engineering areas.

Some of the many employers of BCIT’s Mechanical Engineering Technologist graduates include:

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

You have a great team supporting your learning!

A team of committed educators, staff and industry advisors work hard to help make students successful in their Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

You will learn from experienced instructors, many who are professional mechanical engineers with advanced degrees. Our faculty come from a wide spectrum of industrial backgrounds and continue to maintain close ties with industry.


Olivian Ciobanu, PhD, PEng
Program Head, Mechanical Design
Tel: 604-451-6831

Mohammad Alemi, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-456-8044

Vahid Askari, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-431-4906

Henry Chang, PhD
Tel: 604-432-8923

Skai Edwards, MSc, PEng
Tel: 604-432-8541

Johan Fourie, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-453-4013

Stephen McMillan, MEng, PEng
Program Head, Mechanical Manufacturing
Tel: 604-432-8280

Sirine Maalej, PhD, PEng
Program Head, BEng, Mechanical Engineering
Tel: 604-456-1248

Neil Munro, BASc, PEng
Program Head, Mechanical First Year
Tel: 604-453-4014

Taco Niet, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-456-8032

Koorosh Nikfetrat, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-451-6829

Cyrus Raoufi, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-432-8331

Martin Strange, BEng, PEng
Tel: 604-432-8332

David Stropky, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-451-6827

Mehrzad Tabatabaian, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-456-1104

Rageey Youssef, PhD, PEng
Program Head, Mechanical Systems
Tel: 604-432-8638

Assistant instructors

Brian Ennis, BTech, MEd, AScT
Assistant Instructor
Tel: 604-451-6830

Adrian Fengler, DiplT, AScT
Assistant Instructor
Tel: 604-451-6725

Brian Gaensbauer, BTech
Assistant Instructor
Tel: 604-432-8663

Shervin Jannesar, PhD
Assistant Instructor
Tel: 604-456-1252

Mavis Mitchell
, DipIT
Assistant Instructor
Tel: 604-432-8330

Ali Mohammad-Vali, BEng, PEng
Assistant Instructor
Tel: 604-432-8971

Technical staff

Christopher Townsend, DipIT
Tel: 604-451-6724


Brent Dunn, MEng, PEng
Associate Dean
Tel: 604-432-8755

Courtney Neish
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 604-432-8274

Carmen Chen
Program Assistant
Tel: 604-451-6868

Advisory committee

An advisory board of experts in this field, from some of B.C.’s top companies, helps us keep our program and courses up to date with the latest research and industry trends.

Erwin Bartz
Murray Latta Progressive Machine Inc.

Richard Crauford
Janox Fluid Power Ltd.

Raphael Hamm
Hammer Autosport

Peter Hoemberg
Trane Canada U.L.C.

Ken Jensen
Wexxar Packaging Inc.

Todd Macey
Kadant Carmanah Inc.

Steve Pratt
Vanrx Pharmasystems Inc.

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