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Bachelor of Technology: Frequently Asked Questions

All your questions about the undergraduate Bachelor of Technology program within the School of Engineering Practice and Technology - answered.

Combined Degree/Diploma

Complete a Bachelor of Technology in 4.5 years in one of three specializations: Automotive & Vehicle Engineering Technology, Biotechnology, or Automation Engineering Technology. This program is designed for students graduating from high school or recently graduated.

The Walter G Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology offers skills-based engineering technology education at the university level.

B.Tech. is a four and a half year post-secondary program that takes a fresh approach to education for the dynamic world of engineering. Combining classroom studies in technology and management with labs and co-op experience, you will graduate with both a university degree from McMaster University and an advanced diploma from Mohawk College.

The program is ideal for students who:

  • Like science, math, and computers
  • Learn best by doing
  • Are interested in business
  • Prefer hands-on lab environments
  • Are analytical and want to know “how” things work

B.Tech. was developed in consultation with employers to ensure that our graduates meet the needs of the engineering industry today. With a B.Tech. degree and advanced Technology diploma, you’ll be ready to step directly into a career that lets you move between the shop floor and the executive suite. Alternatively, you can pursue additional studies, including Master’s and Ph.D. programs.

The three specializations offered at the four-year level are:

  • Automotive & Vehicle Engineering Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Automation Engineering Technology

The McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology program is the first of its kind in Canada. You won’t find a program like this anywhere else!

  Bachelor of Technology Bachelor of Engineering
Student Profile Students who enjoy laboratory subjects and are also interested in mathematics and science. Students with mathematical and logical strengths/
Teaching Methods

More hands-on experimentation and demonstrations during lectures.

Project work geared to building specific objects or systems as the end product.

Develops understanding and mathematical foundations related to a specific engineering discipline. 

Project work geared towards synthesis and evaluation.

Co-op Education Co-op mandatory - emphasis on gaining hands-on experience through jobs in industry. Co-op desirable but not mandatory - emphasis on application of engineering theory.
Careers

Primarily in "hands-on" technology applications (e.g. production, manufacturing, or construction supervision).

Normally function in a primarily technical context, with opportunities to progress to management and supervisory positions.

Positions in a range of technical environments, including design, project management, policy development, or business and financial analysis.

May progress to management positions with extensive supervisory responsibilities.

Lectures and labs are typically held at McMaster University in the state-of-the-art Engineering Technology Building (ETB); however, some upper year labs will be held on Mohawk College campuses.

The B.Tech. program administrative offices, as well as academic advising services and co-op and career services are located on the McMaster University campus. 

Students will have access to clubs and student organizations, as well as academic and support facilities at both McMaster University and Mohawk College. 

Students are conferred a four-year Bachelor of Technology degree from McMaster University. Those who achieve a minimum Cumulative Average of 9.5 out of 12 in the program will receive the status of “Graduation with Distinction.”

Students are also awarded an advanced diploma in Technology and a business management certificate from Mohawk College in recognition of the skills-based learning completed as part of the B.Tech. program.

You will be an engineering technologist with a Bachelor of Technology university degree, capable of working in both hands-on roles and supervisory/management positions within the engineering industry.  

B.Tech. graduates can pursue Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) status, but will have to pass some technical examinations, pass the Professional Practice exam, and fulfill the experience requirements.  This is a path different than B.Eng. graduates who only have to pass the Professional Practice examination and fulfill the experience requirements.  We are working on minimizing the number of technical examinations B. Tech. graduates have to take towards achieving P.Eng. status.

B.Tech. graduates can seek Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) status directly through the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) organization to receive their EIT status.

Graduates have successfully achieved P.Eng. status by writing a series of examinations. The number of assigned exams differ per individual and per program.

B.Tech. graduates are also eligible for graduate studies in engineering (M.Eng. or M.A.Sc.). The additional credential, experience, and knowledge obtained through these studies will reduce, or in some cases, completely eliminate, the number of technical examinations required for obtaining P. Eng. status. We encourage you to seek further information on the PEO website here. Additionally, B. Tech. graduates can apply for an iron ring as an external applicant. Important Note: B.Tech. graduates can only apply for their "Iron Ring" after they have completed the necessary examinations.

*PEO Review Update*

On March 2nd, 2018, the PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario) conducted an on-site review of the following Bachelor of Technology Programs:

  • Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology
  • Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology (Degree completion program)
  • Power and Energy Engineering Technology (Degree completion program)

Students in the Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology and Power and Energy Engineering Technology programs now have a clear, consistent path to getting their designation as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Ontario.

Graduates of these programs are now able to write five (5) challenge exams set by Professional Engineers Ontario. Similar to the tests given to engineers trained outside the country, these exams enable an engineer to write the PEO’s Professional Practice Examination (PPE). A passing grade on those exams, along with 48 months of work experience, allows graduates of the programs above to apply for designation as a P.Eng. in Ontario.

A review of the Automation Engineering Technology Program is underway. 

The Manufacturing Program was reviewed by the PEO in 2012; most graduates must complete four (4) PEO Supplementary Examinations plus an Engineering Report.

B.Tech. graduates are also eligible for graduate studies in engineering (M.Eng. or M.A.Sc.). The additional credential, experience, and knowledge obtained through these studies may reduce the number of technical examinations required for obtaining P. Eng. status.

For more information on PEO’s academic requirements for licensure, please contact PEO at (416) 224-1100, 1-800-339-3716 or Academics@peo.on.ca

Students who complete graduate level studies in engineering or who achieve P.Eng. status may apply to receive an “Iron Ring” as an external applicant.

Yes, after completing the program, eligible student may apply for Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Applied Science in Engineering, and Master of Engineering. Admission to these programs is highly dependent upon the academic achievement of the student.

The management component of B.Tech. prepares graduates to advance their careers to management and supervisory levels. It also gives graduates an upper hand in industry, allowing them to offer transferable skills that go beyond their subject specialization.  Students learn about financial systems, project management, entrepreneurship, and organizational behaviours – all in a technological context. These courses also help to pursue additional university studies in management, such as a Master of Business Administration.

If your goal is to enroll in the Bachelor of Engineering program, you would be required to begin in Engineering I, regardless of the courses that you would have taken in B.Tech. I.  Unfortunately, (i) you would not be granted transfer credit for the courses which you would have completed; and (ii) there are only limited spaces available for transfer students from Technology I to Engineering I (dependent on your grade point average relative to other students requesting transfer into Engineering I). 

B.Tech. is a four-year academic degree program that requires 8 academic terms (typically two academic terms a year) of academic study; however, because we have 12 months of co-op work terms integrated into the program structure, students usually graduate after four and a half years.  

A detailed outline of our program structure is shown on every stream page (Automotive & Vehicle Engineering TechnologyBiotechnology and Automation Engineering Technology).

Technical courses in the four-year B.Tech. programs are not offered in the evenings.

Students in the Degree Completion Program have already completed a university degree or college advanced diploma in a science or technology field. Our Degree Completion Program allows these students to bridge to a four-year B.Tech. degree through evening and weekend study.

The four specializations & one certificate program offered at the DCP level are:

  • Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
  • Power and Energy Engineering Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Software Engineering Technology
  • Certificate in Technology

Degree Completion

Complete a Bachelor of Technology part-time in one of four specializations: Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology, Power & Energy Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, or Software Engineering Technology. This program is designed as a part-time education upgrade for individuals with a college diploma. 

McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering and Mohawk College’s School of Engineering Technology have partnered to offer skills-based engineering technology education at the university level.

Our one of a kind program is tailor-made for students who have already completed a three-year advanced diploma in technology or university degree from an accredited Canadian or international institution.  All students admitted to the program are admitted directly to level 3 of a 4 year university level Bachelor’s degree.

Flexible evening and weekend classes allow students to work while they study, either in an existing career path or in a co-op work term organized through the McMaster Faculty of Engineering Co-op and Career Services.

The four specializations & one certificate program offered at the DCP level are:

  • Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
  • Power and Energy Engineering Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Software Engineering Technology
  • Certificate in Technology

B.Tech. was developed in consultation with employers to ensure that our graduates meet the needs of the engineering industry today. With your B.Tech degree and advanced Technology diploma, you’ll be ready to step directly into a career that lets you move between the shop floor and the executive suite. Alternatively, you can pursue additional studies including Master’s and Ph.D. programs.

The McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology program is the first of its kind in Canada. You won’t find a program like this anywhere else!

  Bachelor of Technology Bachelor of Engineering
Student Profile Students who enjoy laboratory subjects and are also interested in mathematics and science. Students with mathematical and logical strengths.
Teaching Methods

More hands-on experimentation and demonstrations during lectures.

Project work geared to building specific objects or systems as the end product.

Develops understanding and mathematical foundations related to a specific engineering discipline. 

Project work geared towards synthesis and evaluation.

Co-op Education Co-op mandatory - emphasis on gaining hands-on experience through jobs in industry. Co-op desirable but not mandatory - emphasis on application of engineering theory.
Careers

Primarily in "hands-on" technology applications (e.g. production, manufacturing, or construction supervision).

Normally function in a primarily technical context, with opportunities to progress to management and supervisory positions.

Positions in a range of technical environments, including design, project management, policy development, or business and financial analysis.

May progress to management positions with extensive supervisory responsibilities.

Lectures and labs are typically held at McMaster University in the state-of-the-art Engineering Technology Building (ETB). No classes are held at Mohawk College.

The B.Tech. program administrative offices, as well as academic advising services and co-op and career services are located on the McMaster University campus. 

Students will have access to clubs and student organizations, as well as, academic and support facilities at McMaster University.

Students are conferred a Bachelor of Technology degree from McMaster University. Those who achieve a minimum Cumulative Average of 9.5 out of 12 in the program will receive the status of “Graduation with Distinction."

B.Tech. graduates can seek Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) status directly through the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) organization to receive their EIT status.

Many of our graduates have successfully achieved P.Eng. status by writing a series of examinations. The number of assigned exams differ per individual and per program.

B.Tech. graduates are also eligible for graduate studies in engineering (M.Eng. or M.A.Sc.). The additional credential, experience, and knowledge obtained through these studies will reduce, or in some cases, completely eliminate, the number of technical examinations required for obtaining P. Eng. status. We encourage you to seek further information on the PEO website here. Additionally, B. Tech. graduates can apply for an iron ring as an external applicant. Important Note: B.Tech. graduates can only apply for their "Iron Ring" after they have completed the necessary examinations.

*PEO Review Update*

On March 2nd, 2018, the PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario) conducted an on-site review of the following Bachelor of Technology Programs:

  • Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology
  • Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
  • Power and Energy Engineering Technology

Students in the Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology and Power and Energy Engineering Technology programs now have a clear, consistent path to getting their designation as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Ontario.

Graduates of these programs are now able to write five (5) challenge exams set by Professional Engineers Ontario. Similar to the tests given to engineers trained outside the country, these exams enable an engineer to write the PEO’s Professional Practice Examination (PPE). A passing grade on those exams, along with 48 months of work experience, allows graduates of the programs above to apply for designation as a P.Eng. in Ontario.

A review of the Automation Engineering Technology Program is underway. 

The Manufacturing Program was reviewed by the PEO in 2012; most graduates must complete four (4) PEO Supplementary Examinations plus an Engineering Report.

Yes, we have students who, after completing the program, have gone on to complete a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Applied Science in Engineering, Master of Engineering, as well as Ph.D. engineering programs. Admission to these programs is highly dependent upon the academic achievement of the student.

The management component of B.Tech. prepares graduates to advance their careers to management and supervisory levels. It also gives graduates an upper hand in industry, allowing them to offer transferable skills that go beyond their subject specialization.  Students learn about financial systems, project management, entrepreneurship, and organizational behaviours – all in a technological context.  It also helps you to pursue additional university studies in management, such as a Masters in Business Administration.

The length of time it takes to complete the program is highly dependent on course availability, as well as each student’s academic ability and employment situation.

If you have already completed two co-op work terms as part of your advanced diploma, or will have sufficient work experience in a related field by the time you complete the course requirements, you can apply to be exempt from each of the two  four-month co-op work term requirements.  

Individuals working full-time should register in no more than 2-3 courses per academic term.  Average length of time needed to complete the program is 3-4 years.

Individuals not working full-time may register in 4-6 courses per academic term but are strongly encouraged to register in no more than 4 courses per academic term due to the heavy work load in the B.Tech. courses. We recommend full-time students budget 2.5 calendar years (7 semesters) to complete the program.

Classes are offered exclusively Monday to Friday evenings for duration of three hours (6:30pm - 9:30pm) and Saturday (9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm).

The certificate programs in Technology and Technology Leadership allow those who have already completed a college or university diploma or degree to upgrade their technical and managerial skills with individual courses that can be put towards a certficate. Evening and weekend classes are ideal for the working professional.

Admission & Application

Details about admission criteria and how to apply to the Bachelor of Technology partnership program are listed below.

Combined Degree/Diploma B.Tech.

Questions specifically about admissions into the four-year Bachelor of Technology undergraduate program in the School of Engineering Practice and Technology.

Apply to the McMaster University Admissions Office through the online application form available on the Ontario Universities Application Centre website.

All students entering level 1 must begin in September.

The required average for admission to the program is highly dependent on the number of qualified students who apply each year. The current admission requirement grade range is expected to be 78-80% in six Grade 12U/M courses, including English U, Physics U, Chemistry U, and Calculus U.

If your goal is to enroll in the Bachelor of Engineering program, you would be required to begin in Engineering I, regardless of the courses that you would have taken in B.Tech. I.  Unfortunately, (i) you would not be granted transfer credit for the courses which you would have completed; and (ii) there are only limited spaces available for transfer students from Technology I to Engineering I (dependent on your grade point average relative to other students requesting transfer into Engineering I). 

If you have adequately researched our program to determine if it is the right fit for you, it may be possible for you to transfer. Please make an appointment with our Academic Advisor to discuss your options (905-525-9140 X24646).

We accept a limited number of Second Degree students into the program each year. Advanced standing and transfer of credit will be evaluated on a case by case basis. 
Alternatively, you may also wish to consider our Degree Completion Program, which is designed for College and University graduates wishing to bridge to a four-year B.Tech. degree through evening and weekend study. Please email thinkeng@mcmaster.ca if you have any additional questions. 

Degree Completion Program B.Tech.

Questions specifically about admissions into the degree completion Bachelor of Technology undergraduate program in the School of Engineering Practice and Technology.

Apply to the McMaster University Admissions Office through the online application form available on the Ontario Universities Application Centre website.

Students can choose to begin studies at the beginning of each academic term in September, January or May. Please apply for your desired term as soon as you are able. Admissions generally close the first of the month preceding the start of the semester.

You may apply to the B.Tech. program before completing your college program. If admitted, your offer would be conditional on the successful completion of your college diploma. You will need to submit your final transcripts to our admissions office indicating that your diploma has been granted before the start of your first academic term.

Typically, this means you cannot start in the B. Tech program in the semester immediately following your graduation from college. If you graduate in April, your earliest start date in the program will be September.

Students must complete a 3-year advanced diploma from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (or equivalent accredited institution located in Canada or internationally) in a related field with a minimum cumulative average of 75%.

If you hold an advanced diploma (or equivalent) in a related technology, but have a cumulative average of between 70 and 74.9%, please contact us at thinkeng@mcmaster.ca to discuss the alternate pathway that may be open to you.

The Degree Completion Program is open to students from any accredited institution located in Canada or internationally who have the equivalent of a 3 year advanced diploma in a related field.

All students must have an advanced (3-year) diploma in a related field from an accredited institution to enter the Degree Completion Program. We do not offer an upgrading or assessment program and will not consider work experience in replace of academic requirements;

We recommend re-joining your college of choice and upgrading your two year diploma to a three year diploma.

Please email thinkeng@mcmaster.ca to verify your eligibility. Ensure to include your most recent transcript showing all of your courses. If your program is still current and listed on your school's website, please provide a link to the program as well.

Applicants who have completed a university degree in science, engineering, or technology may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Completed applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Please email thinkeng@mcmaster.ca if you have any further questions.

You may apply to the B.Tech. program before completing your college program. If admitted, your offer would be conditional on the successful completion of your college diploma. You will need to submit your final transcripts indicating that your diploma has been granted to our admissions office before the start of your first academic term.

Typically, this means you cannot start in the B. Tech program in the semester immediately following your graduation from college. If you graduate in April, your earliest start date in the program will be September.

Costs, Housing, & Registration

Details about costs, housing and registration to the Bachelor of Technology partnership program are listed below.

Combined Degree/Diploma B.Tech.

Questions specifically about costs, housing and registration into the four-year Bachelor of Technology undergraduate program in the School of Engineering Practice and Technology.

For information about tuition and other student fees, please see McMaster University's Student Accounts and Cashiers website.

B.Tech. students are eligible for the general entrance scholarships available to any student
admitted to a Level I program at McMaster University. For more information on scholarships or
bursaries, please see McMaster University’s Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

In addition, there are other ways to fund your education. The following resources may be helpful
for you:

Students entering the B.Tech. program may be offered residence space at McMaster University in accordance with McMaster’s policy. For more information about residence, please see McMaster University’s Residence Admissions.

B.Tech. offers a summer orientation session for all incoming students to explain the registration process. If, after attending the session, you are still having difficulty, please email btech@mcmaster.ca.

Degree Completion Program B.Tech.

Questions specifically about costs, housing and registration into the degree completion Bachelor of Technology undergraduate program in the School of Engineering Practice and Technology.

DCP B.Tech. is designated as a part-time, evenings and weekend program; however, students may choose to register in up 4 courses per term (an addition 1-2 courses may be added at the discretion of the Program Chair). This program is OSAP funded for qualified applicants. Students funded through OSAP must register in 4 courses per academic term. We offer courses 12 months of the year for 3 full terms:

  • Term 1 – September to December
  • Term 2 – January to April
  • Term 3 – May to August

Depending on the number of units that you register in per term during the academic year (term 1 and 2), you will be designated as a full-time or part-time student.

# of units* per academic year (Sept-Apr) Status Eligible to apply for OSAP MAPS Student Fees MSU Student Fees Health & Dental Coverage Bus Pass
Less than 18 units Part-Time -- YES -- -- --
18 or more units Full-Time -- -- YES YES YES
24 or more units Full-Time YES -- YES YES YES

*Note: each B.Tech. course is 3 units in weight.

Find out more about the McMaster Student Union (MSU) for Full-Time Students: http://www.msumcmaster.ca/

Find out more about the McMaster Association of Part Time Students (MAPS) for Part-Time Students: https://maps.mcmaster.ca/

For information about tuition and other student fees, please visit our Student Accounts and Cashiers page and click the link to Tuition/Supplementary Fee Breakdown. The costs you’ll see there are per unit - all DCP B. Tech courses are 3 units in weight. Degree Completion Program students begin in Engineering B-Tech Level 3.

If you have further tuition questions, please contact Student Accounts directly.

For more information on scholarships or bursaries, please see McMaster University’s Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

In addition, there are other ways to fund your education. The following resources may be helpful for you:

Space in on-campus residences is reserved for level 1 students only. Since you will be beginning as a level 3 student, you will not be eligible to apply for a residence room.

Please visit McMaster’s Office Campus Housing Resource Centre for information on finding accommodations in Hamilton.

Students who are registered "full time" in 24 units or more for the Fall/Winter academic session may be eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program.

For information on scholarships or bursaries, please see McMaster University’s Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Students are encouraged to view the Orientation Video series, available here.

A term is a period of study within a session. The degree completion program has 3 academic terms per year. Term 1 runs from September to December (Fall), Term 2 runs from January to April (Winter), and Term 3 runs from May to August (Spring/Summer).

A unit is a value assigned to a course. Unit values appear at the end of a course code. For example, ENG TECH 3MA3 is a 3 unit course.

Example: ENGTECH 3MA3

ENGTECH - course subject (Engineering Technology)

3 - level 3 or third year course

MA - name of cource (Mathematics V)

3 - unit value for the course (a 3 unit course is 1 term and is typically 3 hours of class time per week)

For academic purposes, a part time student is an undergraduate student who is registered in fewer than 24 units in the Fall/Winter session.

A full time student is an undergraduate student who is registered in more than 24 units in the Fall/Winter session.

Please review the information available on the Student Accounts and Cashiers webpage in regards to the fees
associated with dropped or cancelled courses.

Co-op & Careers

Bachelor of Technology students complete 12-months of real-life paid work experience in their fields in order to graduate. Details about the co-op and careers portion of the program are listed below.

Combined Degree/Diploma B.Tech.

Questions specifically regarding co-op and careers in the four-year Bachelor of Technology undergraduate program in the School of Engineering Practice and Technology.

All programs include twelve months of mandatory co-op work which is likely to be organized in a combination of one four-month work term and one eight-month work term.

Engineering Co-op and Career Services (ECCS) at McMaster University provides many services to help you land your co-op job, including resume guidance, interview workshops, and one-on-one sessions with ECCS advisors.

While ECCS will assist you throughout your applications, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that co-op work terms are obtained as part of B.Tech.’s graduation requirements. Successful candidates for top co-op positions have taken a proactive approach to their search for the right role, and are well-rounded, with academic, community, and personal achievements on their resumes.

The co-op administrative fee is $600 per four-month term over and above tuition costs.

Yes. Co-op work terms are paid positions that will help you cover costs of schooling while you gain valuable work experience.

The majority of co-op opportunities are in Ontario but could be located nationally or internationally.

The following are recent examples of co-op work terms for each of our three streams:

Automation Engineering Technology

  • Junior Automation Specialist: Work under the supervision of a senior controls person in the design of an automated robotic machining cell. The project would involve working with a PLC, robot and visualization software.
  • Automation Co-op: Work in the fields of Drive Systems or Instrumentation Engineering under professional staff. You will work with PLC’s , DCS’s ,HMI’s, Process Control actuators and devices, sensors and feedback devices. You will work with engineers, technologists, electricians, and operators.
  • Systems and Solutions Assistant: Assist with systems set up and builds for project solutions to various customers. Work in tandem with lead technologist/engineer to ensure the timely delivery of solutions to meet project schedules. You will be operating the equipment, programming, and working with system hardware and networking cables.

Automotive & Vehicle Engineering Technology

  • Research and Development Assistant: Design, test and manufacture automotive and vehicle parts at manufacturing or assembly plants.
  • Computer Aided Design: Design heat exchanger components and assemblies using advanced software packages. You will be required to do detailing and maintenance of associated drawings to engineering standards, participates in design meetings, and track and maintain CAD metrics.
  • Advanced Engineering Assistant: Assist in prototype plating development activities for automotive parts. You will be required to test, refine and develop the process for improving the product quality. It is important to have good hand-on skills, be a self starter, interested in new process development, interested in equipment design, have good interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, and have a good understanding of AutoCAD and Microsoft applications.

Biotechnology

  • Laboratory Assistant: Perform microbiological testing on pharmaceutical raw materials and finished products, water and other samples as per USP and AOAC methodologies. You will be required to perform a variety of activities including microbial identification, microscopy, plate counts, media preparation, fungicidal efficacy testing and environmental sampling. Other duties will include routine lab maintenance like transportation of glassware and equipment for autoclaving, cleaning of laboratory work areas, removing biohazardous waste, preparing and aliquotting of media following established protocols and inventorying of supplies and equipment.
  • Junior Research Assistant: Work on microbiological method development and product formulation projects and associated testing of formulated samples. You will be required to maintain an aseptic work area and work in compliance with GLP cleaning requirements. Perform sterilization and autoclaving of equipment, as needed. You should be willing to work in a demanding environment, be adaptable to constant changes, and be able to work on several tasks simultaneously. You must always adhere to GLP and GMP practices, maintain a properly documented logbook at all times, and be capable of working both independently and with others.
  • Manufacturing and Production Assistant: Work with product and biochemical engineers in the development, modification and optimization of bio-products by using genetic and biochemical engineering approaches. Be able to assist in the design of new bio-products and bio-processes from laboratory scale to pilot plant and industrial scale. You may assist in developing, implementing and maintaining upstream and downstream processes related to manufacturing in bio-industry, such as food, pharmaceutical and bioenergy industries.

A B.Tech. education differs from a B.Eng. education in that it is more “hands-on” and places a greater emphasis on applications of scientific and engineering principles and developing practical skills and techniques. A technologist would typically be more interested in “how” such principles are applied rather than in understanding “why”. Careers in technology usually involve more targeted problem solving in an applications context. Career opportunities for graduates of each of B.Tech.’s programs are outlined below.

Automation Engineering Technology

Graduates use hardware and software to improve the efficiency of plants and labs in fields such as petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, and primary steel. Our graduates:

  • design control systems and assembly lines
  • develop and program robotics
  • program computer databases and processing software
  • advise on safety policies and procedures for automated technologies

Typical Job Titles: Application Engineer, Control Systems Specialist, Technical Support Specialist, Automation Systems Technologist/Engineer, Instrumentation and Control Technologist/Engineer, Process Automation Technologist/Engineer, Technical Sales and Support Specialist/Manager, Control Systems Software Designer.

Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology

Graduates are in the driver’s seat! They design and manufacture automotive and vehicle components, systems, and cars of the future. Our graduates:

  • develop new hybrid and green vehicle technologies
  • design power and control systems, engines, and bodies
  • conduct crash tests and safety audits
  • streamline production processes in manufacturing plants

Typical Job Titles: CAD Designer, Mechanical Technologist/Engineer, Project Coordinator, Production Technologist/Engineer, Quality Control Technologist/Engineer, Equipment and Material Sourcing Specialist, Manufacturing Technologist/Engineer, Electro-Mechanical Designer, Test Technologist/Engineer.

Biotechnology

Graduates join the public and private sectors to conduct cutting edge research and innovation – Canada ranks among the top 5 countries in biotechnology! Our graduates:

  • conduct research and development in bioindustry (biofuel, food, and pharmaceutical industries)
  • monitor quality control & assurance of biomaterials
  • specialize in areas such as bioinformatics, genetic & protein engineering, nanobiotechnology, and bioremediation
  • apply chemical engineering and research techniques in cosmetics R&D and production

Typical Job Titles: Research Assistant, Senior Laboratory Technologist, Production Technologist/Manager, Laboratory Manager, Policies and Regulation Consultant, Manufacturing Technologist/Manager

Degree Completion Program B.Tech.

Questions specifically about co-op and careers in the degree completion Bachelor of Technology undergraduate program in the School of Engineering Practice and Technology.

All programs include 8 months (2 academic terms) of co-op work. Students who have already completed at least 2 co-op terms as part of their college diploma or who will have sufficient work experience in a related field by the time course requirements are completed can be assessed for a waiver.

Engineering Co-op and Career Services (ECCS) at McMaster University provides many services to help you land your co-op job, including resume guidance, interview workshops, and one-on-one sessions with ECCS advisors.

While ECCS will assist you throughout your applications, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that co-op work terms are obtained as part of B.Tech.’s graduation requirements. Successful candidates for top co-op positions have taken a proactive approach to their search for a placement, and are well-rounded, with academic, community, and personal achievements on their resumes.

The co-op administrative fee is $600 per four-month term over and above tuition costs

Yes. Co-op work terms are paying jobs that will help you cover costs of schooling while you gain valuable work experience.

The majority of co-op opportunities are in Ontario but could be located nationally or internationally.

A B.Tech. education differs from a B.Eng. education in that it is more “hands-on” and places a greater emphasis on applications of scientific and engineering principles and developing practical skills and techniques. A technologist would typically be more interested in “how” such principles are applied rather than in understanding “why”. Careers in technology usually involve more targeted problem solving in an applications context. Career opportunities for graduates of each of B.Tech.’s programs are outlined below.

Here are examples of the types of sectors and roles that are open to a B.Tech. degree graduate:

Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology

  • Residential and ICI Sectors
  • Municipalities
  • Government agencies at the provincial and federal levels
  • Private sector consulting
  • Technical sales/consulting for building material manufacturers

Software Engineering Technology

  • Software Engineering
    • software developer (PC, mobile, embedded platforms)
    • software designer / architect
    • software engineering manager
  • Networking and IT
    • IT systems design / deployment
    • IT manager
  • Application Areas
    • e-commerce
    • financial management
    • telecommunications
    • entertainment
    • healthcare

Power & Energy Engineering Technology

  • Field engineer
  • Energy utility industry officer
  • Energy auditor
  • Renewable energy system integrator
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Local and state government renewable energy officer

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

  • Process planning and improvement roles in manufacturing, aerospace, and energy industries
  • Structure and design analysis
  • System control and process automation
  • Technical sales and support positions
  • Private sector consulting
  • Finite element analysis specialist