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Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech. Co-op)

Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology

Learn the skills and theoretical knowledge you will need to design and manufacture automotive and vehicle components, systems, and cars of the future.

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Overview

Learn about the construction, operation, design, and manufacturing of modern vehicles. Evaluate current and future automotive propulsion technologies, advanced combustion systems, hybrid powertrains, and alternative fuel vehicles. Use engineering fundamentals and state-of-the-art software to identify and solve problems related to the machine components and assemblies used in the automotive industry.

The program also integrates core business and management skills and is an Accredited Business Degree (ACBSP).  Read about ACBSP Accreditation here.

In 4.5 years, students graduate with a degree from McMaster University, an advanced diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Certificate in Business from Mohawk College, and 12 month of co-op work experience. 

Sample Careers:

  • Design Engineer, Honda Manufacturing
  • Management Associate, US Steel
  • CAD/CAM Programmer, John Crane

Further Study: 

  • M.Eng. Design, School of Engineering Practice & Technology, McMaster University
  • M.A.Sc. – Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Science, McMaster University
  • MBA, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Robyn - Automotive & Vehicle Engineering Technology

"B.Tech. is a unique program because it is more hands-on and we focus on learning technical skills. I chose McMaster because of this program - it is different and fits my learning style and personality. You won't find another program like it."

 

The W. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ABCSP) with its dedication to teaching excellence and student achievement in engineering technology management education. The Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology program has been awarded ACBSP accreditation.

Program Structure

The program is made up of technical courses that are specialized according to your chosen stream. In addition, courses in business, management, and communications complement your sudies. Finally 12 months of co-op are integrated into your studies. 

 
Fall
Winter
Summer
Year 1

Level 1A

Level 1B

 Optional Co-op Term

Year 2

Level 2A

Level 2B

Co-op Term 1

Year 3

Level 3A

Co-op Term 2

Co-op Term 3

Year 4

Level 3B

Level 4A

 Optional Co-op Term

Year 5

Level 4B

 

 

 

Course List:  

To view a list of required courses for the current academic year, please view the following page: https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/preview_program.php?catoid=41&poid=21918&returnto=8648

Please note that requirements may change depending on when you started the program. Please view your 'Academic Requirements' in Mosaic for accurate information.

 

Co-op and Experiential Learning

Gaining relevant co-op experience is an essential part of earning a B.Tech. degree. This required program component will allow students to gain valuable work experience and career connections.

While support and guidance is available through the Engineering Co-op and Career Services to assist students with your job search, resume writing and interviewing skills, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to satisfy the co-op program requirement.

Our top 5 co-op employers are:

  • Cami Automotive
  • Honda
  • Honeywell
  • Linamar
  • Magna International

For further information, visit the co-op website »

Callan Yang - Automotive and Vehicle Technology

Admission Requirements

Please apply to the McMaster University Admissions Office through the online application form available on the Ontario Universities Application Centre website. The next available intake is Fall 2020. Some details are listed below.

Admissions for Bachelor of Technology - Automotive & Vehicle Engineering Technology I

We require 6 grade 12 U/M courses including:

  • English (ENG4U)
  • Calculus (MCV4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • Physics (SPH4U)

The anticipated admission average is expected to be 78-82%.

OUAC Code: MAT

Degrees Acquired:

  • Bachelor of Technology from McMaster University
  • Advanced Diploma from Mohawk College in Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Business Management Certificate from Mohawk College

Co-op: Mandatory - 12 months, 3 terms

No supplementary documents required for admission.

Application Deadline for Fall 2020 intake: April 1st, 2020

Target Enrolment: 240 students 

Not a Canadian high school student? Email thinkeng@mcmaster.ca for details on international or transfer student admission requirements.

FAQs

What is a Bachelor of Technology? How does it differ from a Bachelor of Engineering? How is the program structured? Why does the program include a focus on "management"?

Have some burning questions about the Bachelor of Technology program within the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology?

Get all your questions answered HERE

Still have more questions? Contact thinkeng@mcmaster.ca!

Future Directions

Many B.Tech. students inquire about study opportunities available to them after completing their undergraduate degree. With your four year degree from McMaster University, you can now move on to pursue professional designations or further education at the graduate (Master's or Doctoral) level.

B.Tech. Post-Graduate Pathways: A Summary

Note: The above chart is not a comprehensive overview of all available programs; rather, it outlines some popular options offered by McMaster University as a way to illustrate the variety of choices available to you as a B.Tech. graduate.

The following four pathways are typically of interest to graduates:

  • Professional Engineer Designation (P.Eng.)
  • Master's level studies (M.Eng., M.Sc., or M.A.Sc.) in engineering
  • Master's level studies in technology and entrepreneurship (W.Booth)
  • Master's level studies in business (MBA)

Every program has different requirements for admission and a unique admission process. Some general information can be found below. Students are encouraged to contact the graduate programs of interest directly for more information.

Walter G Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Students can continue their studies within the Walter G Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology through any of the five professional Master's programs offered:

  • Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEEI)
  • Master of Engineering and Public Policy (MEPP)
  • Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (MEME)
  • Master of Engineering Design (M.Eng. Design)
  • Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MTEI)

B.Tech. students or graduates who are interested in any of the professional master's programs offered by W Booth School should contact the relevant grad studies representative to arrange for an interview with a faculty member. The same advice would apply to those seeking graduate programs outside of W Booth School.

For interested fourth years...

There are now 400/600 level courses available for you to take in your final year of B.Tech!

What is a 400/600 level course?

These are 400 level courses in your program that are cross listed at the 600 (graduate level). The 600 level course is an undergraduate course with additional work, commonly extra assignments or a project beyond the requirements for the corresponding 400 level course.

The 600 level course can be taken by undergraduate students (with permission from the course Professor) or graduate students. If you wish to complete a 400 level course, with 600 level credit, speak with your instructor at the start of the term. 

What is the advantage of taking a 600 level course?

Students in B.Tech. can take up to 2 courses at the 600 level. Upon successful completion of a course, a PASS/FAIL notation will be made in the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology (SEPT) Graduate Program office, which will allow you to receive credit for these courses should you enter into one of the SEPT Master’s programs.

What are some examples of 400/600 courses offered in Fall 2017?

AUTO TECH 4AS3/SEP 6AS3
Advanced System Components and Integration

AUTO TECH 4AT3/SEP 6AT3
Conceptual Design of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

PROC TECH 4SS3/SEP 6SS3
System Specification and Design

BIO TECH 4BI3/SEP 6BI3
Bioinformatics

BIO TECH 4BS3/SEP 6BS3
Biotechnology Regulations

BIO TECH 4TB3/SEP 6TB3
Advanced Biotechnology

*not ALL B.Tech. courses qualify for advanced credit for ALL M.Eng programs - consult your department head for more information.

For more information on your eligibility for M.Eng programs offered by W.Booth, please contact wbooth@mcmaster.ca!

Professional Engineer Designation (P.Eng.)

Please see the following FAQs for Professional Engineering Licensure as it relates to BTech students. 

The following requirements were outlined by the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) for Automotive & Vehicle Engineering Technology graduates to satisfy the academic requirements for a Professional Engineering license as a Mechanical Engineer.

YEAR OF GRADUATION

SECTION A

SECTION B

COMPLEMENTARY

September 2018 to present

Three of: 

  • 16-Mec-A1 Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer OR 16-Mec-A6 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • 16-Mec-A2 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines OR 16-Mec-A3 System Analysis and Control
  • 16-Mec-A4 Design and Manufacture of Machine Elements OR 16-Mec-A7 Advanced Strength of Materials

Any two exams

Engineering report

All applicants must also complete the ethics examination and experience requirements as stated by the PEO. 

Any questions regarding professional engineering license eligibility and requirements should be directed to the PEO (www.peo.on.ca).

Important Notes: 

  • Applicants must write one exam within two academic years following the receipt of an exam program from PEO; they must write at least one each year after commencement or file will close. The exam program must be completed within 8 years.
  • Good Performance: A passing grade on a PEO exam is 50%. Students who achieve an average of 65% on two exams (one must be from Section A) at first sitting, with no mark below 60%, and both exams are completed in one sitting, may have the remainder of their exams waived. 
  • Poor Performance: Those who fail two technical exams or the same exam twice, may be assigned a new examination program at the discretion of the PEO.
  • If 5 years has passed since completion of BTech, or an applicant has completed further Engineering studies (e.g. graduate school), they may be assessed by the PEO to have exams waived or reduced. 
  • If applicants choose to be assessed in another discipline, then more exams may apply.

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

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degrees are typically course-based (as opposed to research-based) and are also sometimes referred to as project-based master's degrees, since M.Eng. degrees usually comprise a combination of course work and a project. The nature of the project is usually "professional" rather than "research" (e.g. dealing with design or manufacturing problems in industry).

These kinds of programs are considered to be an excellent fit for graduates of B.Tech. programs which concentrate on developing advanced technological skills in an environment which is more concerned with application than with research. The advanced coursework in the master's degree program and the experience developing, conducting, and completing a major application-oriented project would provide a good educational base for technologically-focused positions in industry.

Most of the Engineering Departments at McMaster University offer M.Eng. degree programs; the details of these can be found in the calendar of McMaster University's School of Graduate Studies or on departmental web pages.

Master of Science or Applied Science (M.Sc. or M.A.Sc.)

McMaster University's research-based master's degree programs in engineering lead to a Master of Science (M.Sc.) or a Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.). Typically, these programs require a relatively small number of courses and a major research project culminating in a thesis. A research-based master's program is considered the ideal route towards doctoral studies.

Research-based master's programs are suitable for B.Tech. graduates who have a very definite career objective in fundamental and/or applied research. B.Tech. graduates interested in these programs should have very strong mathematical abilities.

Most engineering departments at McMaster University offer M.A.Sc. degree programs; the details of these can be found in the calendar of McMaster University's School of Graduate Studies or on departmental web pages.

B.Tech. students or graduates wanting to pursue a research master's program at McMaster University are advised to contact the relevant department and arrange for an interview with a faculty member. A useful approach is to do some preliminary and preparatory investigation to identify professors whose research program aligns well with the interests and skills of the student. The same advice would apply to those seeking admission to programs at other universities.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

MBA programs offered at McMaster University and other universities provide an opportunity for university degree graduates in a variety of fields to develop a broad set of advanced business administration skills. Typically, these programs are course-based and may include a co-op component (e.g. the MBA program offered by McMaster's DeGroote School of Business). MBA programs are suitable for B.Tech. graduates who wish to broaden their career opportunities to include leadership positions which require both technological and management education.

Note that successful completion of an MBA program could position the student for PhD studies in business.