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(B.Eng.BME. Co-op Optional)

Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering

The Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering program is a five-year program where students are required to complete core Mechatronics courses in addition to project- and design-based courses from the iBioMed program.

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Overview

Mechatronics Engineering is a modern discipline that transcends the boundaries between Embedded Systems, Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering. Mechatronics Engineering is commonly defined as "The discipline that focuses on the design and control of electro-mechanical devices" or "the integration of electronics, control engineering and mechanical engineering."

Today's designers in particular of medical devices are faced with the task of combining elements of mechanics, electronics, embedded systems and digital signal processing, while coping with the miniaturization of components, the use of prefabricated parts, and their interaction with the patient's body.  The synthesis of different technologies is already included in modern precision engineering. Continuing developments in miniaturization and fabrication will provide further challenges for Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineers.

The demands of current and future technologies requires engineers that have interdisciplinary skills. The breadth of education required by Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineers will not only provide such skills in the short term, but will enable them in the long term to effectively adapt to rapidly shifting technologies.

At different Universities Mechatronics Engineering is offered with different flavours — Mechanical, Electrical, or Embedded Systems. We, at McMaster University, have designed an innovative world class Mechatronics program that offers a balance of Mechanical, Electrical and Software content with a focus on Embedded Systems Design.  Our Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering program gives students a solid foundation in Mechanical, Software, Electrical, and Biomedical Engineering and then exposes students to a suite of innovative Mechatronics specific lab-based courses for a hands-on experience that provides significant advantages in todays job market.

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Admission Requirements

Admission to either the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (HESE) specialization or the B.Eng.BME Biomedical Engineering (BME) specialization requires successful completion of all non-elective Level I IBEHS courses with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0. 

All students who successfully complete the first year of the program will have a space in one of the two degree options.  As enrolment is limited in each of the two degree options (HESE or BME), where there is more demand than spaces, competition will be based on first-year academic achievement.

Students seeking admission to the BME specialization will be admitted to one of eight Level II Engineering programs (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Engineering Physics, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronics, or Software).  Admission to a Level II Engineering program is guaranteed for all students who meet the general progress requirements.  All engineering programs have limited enrolment; should there be more applicants than the limiting number in any program, admission to that program will be based on GPA.

Students who do not meet the requirements to proceed to Level II in May will have a Pending flag put on their allocation.  The Pending flag will be removed in August if the student completes the requirements over the summer.

Notes

As well as completing the academic requirements as specified in this Calendar, students in a Co-op program must complete IBEHS 1EE0. IBEHS 2EC0 will be added to the academic record for each 4 month work term.

Co-op and Experiential Learning

Students enrolled in either the BME or HESE stream at McMaster will have the opportunity to apply for co-op positions. Co-op placements are flexible and can be taken up at any time.  

  • Co-op is offered for both degree options 
  • Students are able to add co-op at any time up to the end of their penultimate year of studies
  • A minimum of 12 months of relevant work experience is required to receive your co-op designation
  • For maximum flexibility, options include:
    • 4 month summer work-terms
    • 8 to 16 month continuous internships

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