Program Information

As the only one of its kind in an Ontario college, this program is designed to provide graduates with the necessary skills and practical knowledge to be successful in a variety of industries that require process draftspersons.

The Process Piping Design Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is designed to equip students with the specialized and highly practical skills involving the fundamentals of piping system components, specifications, regulations, 2D and 3D drawings, and applications. This innovative curriculum will delve into the engineering of complex process facilities, including plant layout planning, piping and equipment, design and software skills, and related standards.

Students will understand the responsibilities of an entry-level piping designer and the specific roles that are carried out during an entire piping design project. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to integrate piping design principles and industry codes that will align with engineering practices through hands-on labs.

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Admission Requirements

Ontario College Technician or Technology diploma, Bachelor of Science degree, or degree in a related discipline
Certificate of Qualification in a related skilled trade
A combination of industrial experience and post-secondary education (as determined by the College)

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, it is mandatory to own a reliable laptop to complete tests and assignments.

Course List

MEC-1033: Engineering Drawing

As an introduction to engineering drawing, students will review manual drafting basics, drawing etiquette, engineering document and drawing types including Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P an ID's), general arrangement drawings, isometrics, line lists, tie point schedules, material take-offs and project schedules.

MEC-1103: Computer Aided Design I (AutoCAD)

Students will be introduced and instructed in the hands-on use of the latest version of AutoCAD. Topics will include: drawing setup, construction and modification, the use of layers, dimensioning, cross hatching, the creation and use of blocks, and printing, plotting, with the objective of producing industry standard drawings.

MEC-2203: Computer Aided Design II (Microstation)

Introduction to MicroStation commands and tools to create and edit design files will be introduced to students. Topics will include theory, command entry, 2D geometry placement, element manipulation, and the use of views, grids, text, levels, cells and element symbols.

MEC-3044: Process Piping Drafting I

As an introduction to process piping design, students will begin with the basics of piping components, sizes, ratings, and connection methods. This course will include in-class piping theory and exercises where students will gain hands-on learning of piping components and design.

IMT-1422: Plant Equipment

This course is designed to explore a variety of industrial equipment as to their function, design and basic operating principles. Items of study include pumps, heat exchangers, industrial refrigeration, insulation, gas and air dryers.

MEC-3203: Introduction to Piping Materials

As an introduction to piping materials, students will analyze welding methods and symbols, non-destructive examination methods, testing methods, industry standards and codes relating to process equipment and piping.

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MEC-5013: 3D Plant Modeling I

This course offers students a hands-on opportunity to learn and practice Autodesk Plant 3D models. Topics will include setup and configuration of a plant 3D project, generation of 3D pipe modelling and developing piping specifications and catalogs. The students will learn how to use advanced piping design modeling techniques and generate reports from Plant 3D.

MEC-5023: 3D Plant Modeling II

MEC-5023 is a seamless transition from MEC-5013. Topics will include integration of process equipment into a process unit area, pipe routing and modelling with references to P@ID and other engineering specifications and requirements, creation of isometrics and spool sheets, orthographic plans, elevations and sections, custom component creation, plant-related civil/ structural modelling basics, and generation of documentation, reports and materials lists.

MEC-3233: 3D Plant Modeling III

The students will be introduced to Autodesk Navisworks Manage software and they will learn how to import Plant 3D models, techniques for model navigation, evaluation of results from Collision Detection of multiple discipline models and model reviews.

MEC-4104: Process Piping Drafting II

Student will build upon the basic theory introduced in Process Piping Drafting I. Topics include piping arrangements, plant site development, pipe rack layout considerations, piping flexibility and piping systems. An in-class piping theory and a weekly lab will allow for practical, hands-on-learning.

MEC-4203: Pressure Vessel Drafting

Students will be introduced to pressure vessel terminology. Topics will include internal and external attachments, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Section VIII Code requirements, calculation of vessel wall nozzle reinforcement and weights, outlining and fabrication drawings, and the use of design guides and specifications.

MEC-3012: Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

Structural analysis involves strength of materials and stress analysis of major mechanical and process equipment including columns and towers, horizontal drums, heat exchangers, storage tanks, special flange in the process industry.

MAN-2103: Project Management

This course will provide the student with an overview of the structured processes and knowledge areas of project management within the context of organizations. It will contrast the differences between operational management and project management. It will provide the student with numerous tools and techniques used to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close a project. Students learn the vocabulary, definitions, principles and concepts of project management and working in a project team.

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Employment Opportunities

Graduates may be employed by research and development and quality control laboratories, consulting engineering companies, in chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and a variety of other manufacturing and processing industries, and by utilities, health, education and government establishments. Career positions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Piping engineer
  • Process piping designer
  • Piping design field checker
  • Mechanical designer
  • Mechanical piping estimator

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