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What is mechanical engineering design?

Mechanical Engineering Design is an old profession that probably started with the first tool a human ever used. Mechanical engineering designer combines art, science, and technology to create, improve, and detail the design needed for production.

The invention of computer and the continuous developments of its applications have huge impact on the profession of mechanical design. It has raised the bar for the acceptable level of designer’ skills. Today’s designers are using Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs instead of the old drafting board and T/set square to visualize and analyze their designs.

A mechanical designer is a key team player in the design process. The role is vital for the success of any mechanical/manufacturing project. A mechanical designer earns a good salary. According to, the annual salary range of Mechanical designers in Toronto is from $49k to $89 k with an average at $66K.

Mechanical designers are usually hired on full-time year-round basis and they are required to have good knowledge and skills of CAD software.

The Mechanical Engineering Design and Technology Program provides the skills and knowledge that designers must have to succeed as professional mechanical designers; the training program is well balanced in terms of learning the theory, the computer applications, and the design standards that are dominating this industry in North America.

Mechanical Engineering Design and Technology Program at Metro College includes the following courses:

  • ANSI- ISO Standard Blueprint Reading teaches the language of designers, it is the cornerstone of understanding detail drawings and communicating mechanical design.
  • Applied Design and Manufacturing Processes provides comprehensive knowledge in mechanical design and good understanding of manufacturing processes. This will train mechanical designer to develop the machines that can be manufactured and function well.
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing provides the knowledge and skills needed to create professional shop drawings and documentations that meet ANSI/ASME standards.
  • Mechanical Engineering Design Principles teaches how to create mechanical design with respect to analyzing the forces, selecting the right material and the needed standard parts.
  • Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Analysis (FEA and CFD) uses CAD program to practice creating, analyzing and optimizing the design. Students will learn how to ANSYS to perform FEA and CFD analysis.
  • AutoCAD 2D and 3D is a CAD program developed by Autodesk and widely used in mechanical, electrical, architectural and civil engineering designs.
  • Autodesk Inventor is a powerful parametric CAD program that is used to create parts, assemblies, drawings, sheet metal and surfaces, weldments, motions and animations, analysis and optimization.
  • SolidWorks is one of the most popular mechanical CAD programs in today's market, its applications are endless in manufacturing, and it has add-ins for costing, routing, mold design, motion and simulation.
  • Parametric design with CATIA is one of the top powerful CAD/CAE/CAM programs. It goes beyond CAD to cover CAD/CAM/CAE functionality, it is used in many industries such as Industrial Equipment, Automotive, Electronics & High-Tech, Aerospace & Defense, Medical Devices, Consumer Products, etc.
  • Mechanical Design Project is the final course in the program that prepares students with mechanical design experience. It provides students with a great opportunity to apply the design principles, design software skills they have learned in this program.

All students of this program will also complete a Design Project, an opportunity to put everything learned in the classroom into practice. Students gain hands-on experience with the conceptual design stages, all the way through to a final detailed design, including shop drawings, bill of materials, assembly and presentation drawings, cut lists and a full documentation package!

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Mechanical Design? Contact Us. Meet with an Admissions Advisor to discuss your goals, and take a campus tour – you can even sit in a class!