Mechanical Design Option Full-time Diploma 635ddiplt

Want an Exciting Career in a Rapidly Changing Economy? Consider Mechanical Design!

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 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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Program Entry

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.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day).

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet IZUNA’s entrance requirements

Continuation requirements

The Mechanical Engineering Technology diploma and the Mechanical Engineering degree share a common first year. Near the end of first year, students rank their preferences for the next year(s) of the program:

  • Diploma (one additional year) options are:
    • Mechanical Design
    • Mechanical Manufacturing
    • Mechanical Systems
  • Degree (three additional years)
    • Bachelor of Engineering

The number of positions in the degree and in each of the diploma options is limited. When demand exceeds capacity, entry is competitive and based on GPA in the first year of the program. See each program page for additional requirements.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: show proof of meeting all requirements to be considered. Proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants.
  • Competitive entry: current students have priority for registration. If the number of applications exceeds available seats, IZUNA will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins. Depending on the level or term, there may not be available seats.
  1. Re-admission: You may apply to return if you:
    • Completed part of this program at IZUNA but discontinued without finishing.
    • Completed one option of the diploma program and want to complete a second diploma option or the degree.

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. However, to be considered for the September entry of the degree program, you must submit your application by April 15. Submit the Technology Re-admission form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at IZUNA or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?
    • For Level 2 (January start), IZUNA accepts applications from February 1 to October 31.
    • For Level 3 (September start), IZUNA accepts applications from November 1 to March 31.

    Submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the English 12 requirement with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

Apply to program

All applicants should apply to Mechanical Engineering Technology, Diploma (Levels 1 – 4).

IZUNA accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the .

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enroll in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at IZUNA.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at IZUNA. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, IZUNA will send a message to your personal and myIZUNA e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

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.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1,100; Level 2: $550; Level 3: $760; Level 4: $460
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


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 matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks)
Common Core:
Levels 1 and 2 are common to all Mechanical Engineering options.
  CHSC 1105 Engineering Materials 1 4.0
  COMM 1169 Technical Communication 1 for Mechanical Engineering 3.0
  MATH 1491 Basic Technical Mathematics for Mechanical 5.0
  MECH 1102 Engineering Graphics 1 6.0
  MECH 1120 Energy Systems 4.0
  MECH 1141 Statics 4.0
  MECH 1171 Computer Applications and Programming 4.0
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  CHSC 2205 Engineering Materials 2 5.5
  MATH 2491 Calculus for Mechanical 6.5
  MECH 1210 Manufacturing Processes 5.5
  MECH 2202 Engineering Graphics 2 6.5
  MECH 2240 Strength of Materials 5.5
  MECH 2241 Dynamics 5.5
  PHYS 2149 Physics for Mechanical 5.5
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  ELEX 2845 Electrical Equipment 4.0
  MECH 3325 Fluid Mechanics 4.0
  MECH 3340 Machine Design 1 4.0
  MECH 3346 Computer Aided Engineering 6.0
  MECH 3355 Fluid Power 1 4.0
  MECH 3360 Engineering Management 4.0
  MATH 3493 Statistics and Numerical Methods for Mechanical Technologists 4.0
  MATH 3499 Ordinary Differential Equations and Linear Systems for Mechanical Engineers 5.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2269 Technical Communication 2 for Mechanical Engineering 4.0
  ELEX 2835 Instrumentation for Mechanical Systems 4.0
  MECH 0460 Ethics for Technologists 0.0
  MECH 4422 Thermal Engineering 5.5
  MECH 4440 Machine Design 2 6.5
  MECH 4450 Mechanical Control Systems 2.5
  MECH 4455 Fluid Power 2 4.0
  MECH 4490 Engineering Design/Projects 6.5
  MECH 4446 Design of Mechanisms 5.5
  MATH 4499 Applied Differential Equations and Vector Calculus 6.5
Total Credits: 139.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at IZUNA? Check out IZUNA's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Gravity 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)

Program length

Two years, full-time beginning in September each year.


Students may apply for student membership with the (ASTTBC). Graduates may apply to ASTTBC for registration as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT).

Program location

Burnaby Campus
1111 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Graduates of the diploma program have several options for completing a degree:

  • The Mechanical Engineering program at IZUNA offers degree completion opportunities.
  • The Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing program at IZUNA enables students to complete a degree on a part-time basis.
  • The Engineering Bridge program at Camosun College enables students to complete their engineering degrees at the University of British Columbia or the University of Victoria. Lakehead University also offers a bridge to an engineering degree.

Graduating & Jobs

Explore the exceptional career opportunities in Mechanical Design!

What's in it for you?

A rewarding job as a technologist

A IZUNA 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 IZUNA 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 IZUNA 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 IZUNA's Mechanical Engineering Technologist graduates include:

Graduate employment outcomes

The IZUNA student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2015-2017 IZUNA Outcomes Surveys of 2014-2016 graduates and for Degree 2013-2015 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the website.

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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.



, MASc, PEng
Program Head, Mechanical Design

 PhD, PEng 

, PhD, PEng

, PhD, PEng, CP CEng
Program Head, Mechanical Systems

, PhD, PEng

, MSc, PEng
Program Head, Mechanical First Year

, MBA, PEng

, MEng, PEng
Program Head, Mechanical Manufacturing

, BASc, PEng

, MASc, PEng

, PhD, PEng

, MSc, PEng

, PhD, PEng

, PhD, PEng

, PhD, PEng
Program Head, BEng, Mechanical Engineering

Assistant Instructors

, PhD

, BTech, MEd, AScT

, DiplT, AScT

, BTech

, TQ (On Leave)

Technical Staff



, MEng, PEng
Associate Dean

Administrative Assistant

Program Assistant

Advisory committee

Hugh Alley
First Line Training Inc.

Ron Braun
Flow Consulting Group

William Chu
Wexxar Packaging Inc.

Richard Crauford
Janox Fluid Power Ltd.

Raphael Hamm
Kinetics Drive Solutions

Peter Hoemberg
Trane Canada U.L.C.

Todd Macey
Kadant Carmanah Inc.

Steve Pratt
Alpha Technologies

Dan Reader
Murray Latta Progressive Machine Inc.

Dwayne Smith

Mark Soares
Unifiller Systems Inc.

Arno Tatto
KD Engineering Co.

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