Program Capabilities

Program Capabilities outline what skills students should possess as they progress through each term/year of their program.

Co-op students and employers will find this information most useful and can reference this capabilities document to ensure students are gaining the experience they need to fulfill the program requirements.

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The student will be capable of the following skills by the end of the term indicated:

Co-op Term

  • Analyze and solve basic technical problems related to mechanical environments 
  • Work responsibly and effectively in accordance with appropriate practices and procedures 
  • Complete all work in compliance with health and safety legislation and prescribed organizational practices and procedures to ensure safety of self and others (ex.) lockout and confined space safety procedures 
  • Interpret and prepare graphics and other technical documents to appropriate engineering standards 
  • Analyze, plan, draw and use equipment required to fabricate and install threaded piping arrangements including fittings and valves 
  • Apply knowledge of machinery, tools, and other equipment to manufacture and assemble components to required specifications 
  • Select and use rigging hoisting equipment, plan lifts, perform calculations using load charts, use hand and radio signals, tie knots for rigging, help set up cranes, build scaffold, help set in base plates for equipment 
  • Read welding drawings and symbols; fabricate welding assemblies using arc and gas welding processes 
  • Exhibit a working knowledge of the application and maintenance of pumps, valves, piping, seals and ancillary equipment 
  • Effectively use manufacturer manuals to build, rebuild and maintain equipment to specifications 
  • Knowledge of basic electric/electronic theory and electrical codes, fuses, circuit breakers, capacitors, resistors, thermostats, limit switches and perform diagnostic testing techniques 
  • Select and install power transmission components on conveyors and other material handling equipment. 
  • Have a basic understanding of lubrication and the properties of lubricants 
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral formats using traditional or personal computer techniques such as word processing, e-mail, spread sheets or the Internet

Upon Graduation

  • Create, read, and interpret mechanical flow diagrams and use AutoCAD for isometric drawings. 
  • Set up and use optical levels and transits 
  • Perform maintenance tasks involving hydraulic and pneumatic systems components 
  • Efficiently repair and overhaul pumps, compressors and turbines as specified by maintenance procedures to the standards recommended by the equipment manuals 
  • Safely operate and interpret readings from electronic measuring devices found in industry 
  • Knowledge of industrial materials and metallurgy (ex.) production and classification of metals, corrosion and failure analysis, basic effects of welding and heat treatment 
  • Knowledge of Breakdown, Preventive, Predictive and Proactive maintenance programs. Basic understanding of oil analysis, NDE, vibration analysis and machinery balancing 
  • Effectively operate vibration analysis hardware and software to measure, record and analyze basic vibration fault conditions and to perform a single plane balancing exercise 
  • Able to assist with maintenance project tasks as applied to industrial equipment

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