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Patrick Wojtera

Bachelor of Technology: Automation Engineering Technology, Level III (Windsor, Ontario)

For all of the B.Tech. classes, the professors try to incorporate hands-on learning into the courses you take. Whether it be learning about electrical circuits in your first year and going into the lab  to build the circuit yourself, or going through practice problems with your professors to help you get a better understanding of the course, the B.Tech. program is definitely designed for hands-on learners, and I love that.

Favourite McMaster Engineering moment/memory?

Each year the McMaster Engineering Society hosts an Engineering Soccer Tournament called the Ratboy Tournament. The tournament consists of every Engineering department competing against each other, so Chemical Engineering vs. Civil Engineering vs. B.Tech. vs. Comp. Sci, etc.

In my first year I decided to play and got a number of other B.Tech. students to join me as well. Once arriving we were told the team we were playing against (Mechanical Engineering) didn't have enough players to play, so we got a free game. Although we didn't want to waste time so we decided to play a friendly game between us and them. After the game we asked if they'd want to join our team to represent B.Tech, and so they did. For the duration of the tournament we played with a group of new Mechanical Engineering friends against other Engineering teams, eventually picking up 1 or 2 Civil Engineering students who didn't have a team as well.

At the end of the day we did not win, but we came tied for 3rd and made a number of new Engineering friends from various programs and years that we otherwise wouldn't have had the chance to meet. Can't wait to participate in the tournament in future years!

What's your favourite aspect of the Bachelor of Technology program?

My favourite part about the Bachelor of Technology program after 2 years is definitely the class structure. Classes I took in high school like Biology all the information went in 1 ear straight out the other. Classes where work is applied (no pun intended) like physics, where you're taking actual realistic concepts and applying them to the class work is where I understood the most. For all of the B.Tech. classes the professors try to incorporate this way of hands-on learning into the courses you take. Whether it be learning about electrical circuits in your first year and going into the lab the next day to build the circuit yourself, or going through practice problems with your professors in each class to help you get a better understanding of the course, the B.Tech. program is definitely designed for hands-on learners, and I love that.

What do you most love about living and studying in Hamilton?

Living in downtown Hamilton for about a year now has definitely widened my eyes to what Hamilton has to offer. There are numerous streets with amazing high-quality food, which even after all my time being here, there's still so much to try.

How have you made the most out of your undergraduate degree?

I became involved with the McMaster Engineering Society, teaching me student leadership skills. Later in the year I volunteered for numerous events on campus such as the Fall Preview days, essentially McMaster's Open-House equivalent, FIRST - a Robotic competition at McMaster, and DeltaHacks, a hackathon held in our Engineering Library. Coming into my second year I became involved in the Bachelor of Technology Association, putting on events for B.Tech. students, the Undergraduate Student Research in Engineering club, accommodating for all Engineering Research students, the Mars Rover team, building a small Mars Rover, and the EcoCar team, re-Engineering a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. I hope to continue my involvement over the years and further develop my personal skills.

What's something special and fun we should know about you?

I'm Polish, my favourite colour is red, and my left thumb is 1 centimetre smaller than my right.

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