Mechanical Engineering Technician

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Learn Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools and techniques used in the mechanical processes for mining, energy, chemical processing, and fabrication as well as building systems and commercial development.

Tuition: 6797*
Credential: Certificate
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based and Online
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Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Sep
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What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Use drawing techniques to complete projects in orthographic projection, sectioning, dimensioning, auxiliary view, and machine detailing.
  • Apply concepts in orthographic projection, sectioning, dimensioning, auxiliary view, and machine detailing.
  • Employ Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and three-dimensional (3D) modelling systems skills to produce drawings from data, designs, and/or specifications.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of drafting and 3D modeling skills and conventions.
  • Develop drafting, 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) and related trade skills and knowledge.
  • Apply critical thinking, team building, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Apply concepts of building construction and technology to plan and detail commercial and industrial facilities in accordance with local by-laws and the BC Building Code.
  • Utilize concepts of mechanical and process technology and planning to produce drawings and 3D models of industrial facilities.
  • Employ mechanical engineering theories and BIM practices to prepare engineering drawings from 3D model that incorporate mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems in building structures.
  • Prepare a comprehensive professional portfolio.
  • Perform job search skills such as preparing a résumé and cover letter.

What to expect

This course uses project based learning strategies with instructional presentations and laboratory work using current CAD and 3D BIM software used in the Mechanical drafting discipline (e.g. Autodesk Revit MEP, AutoCAD, Plant 3D and Inventor software). Students are required to do assignments at home and lab work outside class time on both theory and individual projects. The program may be offered in face-to-face and blended (combination of face-to-face and online) formats.

Admission requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • English Language Proficiency at a grade 12 level or CLB/CLBPT Listening 8, Speaking 7, Reading 8, and Writing 7
  • Knowledge of mathematics demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Workplace Mathematics 11 or equivalent, or
    • VCC Math Assessment with 80% Basic Arithmetic and 60% Basic Algebra


  • Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement may be admitted at the discretion of the department after an in-person interview.
  • Applicants who have met all the above requirements and have completed high school Drafting 11 and 12 may, with Departmental approval, apply for direct entry into term 2.
  • VCC CAD Technician Short Certificate graduates (granted within the last 4 years) may apply for direct entry into term 2.

For assistance with meeting the entrance requirements, please contact Advising Services to schedule an appointment with an Advisor.



  • VCC CAD Technician Short Certificate graduates (granted within the last 2 years) may be eligible to receive credit for: DRFT 1010, DRFT 1011, DRFT 1012, DRFT 1013.


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Related work experience
  • General computer skills, including working knowledge of Windows OS.
  • Good mechanical comprehension.
  • Ability to work in imperial and metric units of measurement.
  • Good hand-eye coordination, ability to look at computer screen for long periods of time,  to complete seated work for long periods of time, and manual dexterity for keyboard/mouse.
  • Successful work habits and an ability to work well with others.
  • Logical reasoning, spatial ability, and an ability to visualize objects.
  • An interest in all aspects of architecture, engineering, general construction and related fields.

Courses *

This program is offered full time during the day (approximately 3 days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Days and times are subject to change.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Applicants who successfully completed Drafting 11 and 12 or equivalent may also apply for PLAR. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses.

PLAR is available for the following courses:

  • DRFT 1010 CAD Drafting Fundamentals
  • DRFT 1011 CAD Drafting Applied
  • DRFT 1012 Office and Construction Site Safety
  • DRFT 1013 Construction Mathematics

Students may complete up to 20% of program credits through PLAR. Tuition and fees may still apply to PLAR candidates.  

Methods of PLAR vary by course, and may include exams, portfolios, interviews, and other evaluations. See individual course outlines for details.

See Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy for more information.

*Note for international students requesting PLAR: Prior to proceeding with the PLAR request, please contact VCC International Education Advising to learn how PLAR can impact immigration status.  

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 6797
Student union192
College initiative114
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource136
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 442
Program-specific extra fees0

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