Bachelor of Technology

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  • Overview

    McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering and Mohawk College’s School of Engineering Technology have partnered to establish the Bachelor of Technology I (B.Tech. I) program in response to the needs of today’s innovation-based organizations.
    The four-year Bachelor of Technology program has been designed for students who learn best by doing. It provides a balance of university-level course study and practical experience by applying classroom knowledge and theory to real-life situations.

    Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Bachelor of Technology degree from McMaster University and an advanced college diploma from Mohawk College in one of
    three specialties:

    • Automotive and Vehicle Technology
    • Biotechnology
    • Process Automation Technology.


    Degree Completion Program

    Planning on going to college first? Advanced Diploma grads can get two years of transfer credit towards a B.Tech. degree specializing in:

    • Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
    • Computing and Information Technology
    • Energy Engineering Technologies
    • Manufacturing Engineering Technology


    Why Bachelor of Technology at McMaster?

    The Bachelor of Technology program offers a fresh approach to education for the dynamic world of engineering. Promoting “Learning In 3D,” we incorporate Theory, Practice and Experience in our education. Our students go beyond learning from a textbook – they learn from “hands on” experience through lectures, labs and work experience.
    Industry has identified a growing need for employees who possess a wide range of competencies including critical thinking and problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills. Equipped with this blend of skills and abilities, students will be able to market themselves as well-rounded, industry-ready employees.
    The B.Tech. program combines both technological and management studies so graduates are able to function in various levels – from shop floor technological situations to liaising with senior levels of management. The combination of technology and management courses, along with mandatory co-op experience, helps students learn how to make technology and management decisions in a business context.

    Program Statistics

    Target Enrolment – 250 (all streams combined)

    Average lecture size – 40 students

    Average lab size – 20 students

  • Admission Details

    OUAC Application Codes:
    MAT = Automotive & Vehicle technology
    MTT = Biotechnology
    MPT = Process automation

    Target Enrolment: 250 Students (ALL STREAMS COMBINED)

    Admission AVERAGE & Requirements


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    All students are required to complete 12 months of relevant work
    experience as part of the program. One four month work term is
    completed after the second year of study and one eight month
    term is completed in the third year of study. While support and
    guidance is provided by Engineering Co-op and Career Services
    to assist students with job searching, résumé writing and
    interviewing skills, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student
    to satisfy the co-op program requirement.

    Wage rates for most co-ops are between $15 – $22/hour

    The co-op work schedule is as follows:

      Fall Winter Summer
    Year 1 BTech 1-A BTech 1-B  
    Year 2 AVT / BIO / PAT 2 – A AVT / BIO / PAT 2 – B 4 Month Co-op
    Year 3 AVT / BIO / PAT 3 – A 8 Month Co-op
    Year 4 AVT / BIO / PAT 3 – B AVT / BIO / PAT 4 – A  
    Year 5 AVT / BIO / PAT 4 – B    

    Top 5 Co-op Employers by Stream:

    Automotive & Vehicle Technology Biotechnology Process Automation Technology
    Cami Automotive


    Agriculture and
      Agri-Food Canada

    Activation Laboratories
    Environment Canada

    ArcelorMittal Dofasco
    ATS Automation
    Rockwell Automation


Typical Timetable

  • On average, a B.Tech. schedule includes 26 hours of class time per week
  • 70% lectures & tutorials (18 hours)
  • 30% labs (8 hours)
  • Ratio of lecture to lab time is approximately 2:1

    Typical Timetable

Beyond 1st Year

  • Automotive and Vehicle Technology

    Learn the skills and theoretical knowledge you will need to design and manufacture automotive and vehicle components, systems and cars of the future. In this stream, you will learn about the design, operation and manufacturing of advanced combustion engines, hybrid cars and alternative fuel vehicles. You will also learn about the car of the future with no engine, no gasoline, no steering wheel or exhaust.


    Pie chart of Curriculum Breakdown - 25% Engineering Foundations, 25% Mechanical, 20% Automotive, 10% Mechatronics, 20% Management

  • Biotechnology

    With the theoretical foundation and lab experience, you will be ready for areas in genetic engineering and bioprocessing. The Biotechnology program includes a study of foundation courses in chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, genetic engineering, cell biology, molecular and microbiology, analytical instrumentation and bioprocessing. There are also advanced courses in areas such as immunology/virology, genomics/proteomics and bioinformatics.


    Pie chart of Curriculum Breakdown - 25% Engineering Foundations, 30% Biological, 15% Chemical, 10% Biomedical, 20% Management


  • Process Automation Technology

    Today, manufacturing and processing facilities operate at high speeds with accuracy and limited personnel, while simple and complicated devices perform automated tasks. Prepare yourself for careers in automation through this multidisciplinary program with subjects from chemical, mechanical, electrical, electronics, and computer engineering. Develop analytical and design skills and gain specialized knowledge in sensors, instruments, actuators, industrial networks, process control, SCADA, programming, robotics, and the integration of plant floor data with business systems.

    Pie Chart of Process Automation Technology Curriculum Breakdown - Curriculum Breakdown - 25% Engineering Foundations, 25% Electrical & Computer, 10% Chemical, 20% Automation & Controls, 20% Management

MANAGEMENT (all streams)

A portion of the course curriculum is devoted to the development of management and business skills to ensure that graduates are able to undertake and successfully carry out supervisory and management responsibilities as they advance in their technical careers. Some sample management courses include:

  • Financial Systems
  • Project Management
  • Engineering Economics
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Technical Communication Skills
  • Professional Workplace Practices
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking & Innovation

The management curriculum is designed to integrate and complement students’ technical education. All B.Tech graduates are awarded a ‘Business Management Certificate’ from Mohawk College. This provides our graduates with a competitive advantage as they enter the workforce.  All management courses employ an active learning approach that is problem-centered and experiential. The benefits of these hands-on instructional strategies include:

  • the ability to work in teams
  • improved critical thinking skills
  • increased retention and transfer of new information
  • improved interpersonal skills that help with career readiness success


Careers or Options Beyond This Program

  • Automotive and Vehicle Technology graduates could be involved in the automotive industry with research and technology applications related to:

    • development of new automotive products and revision of existing ones
    • collaboration in research and development
    • production planning and designing new production processes
    • conducting and developing test procedures
    • automotive product design, manufacturing and quality improvement


    Some careers our recent grads are pursuing include:

    • Design Engineer (Honda)
    • Junior Engineer (Team Associates)
    • Management Associate (US Steel)
    • MBA, McMaster University
    • MASc, Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University
  •  Biotechnology graduates will qualify for positions in government, university and industry. They will also strengthen the competitiveness of businesses in biotechnology with research and technology applications related to:

    • biotechnology
    • genetic engineering
    • pharmaceuticals
    • food production
    • analytical and testing services
    • policies and regulations


    Some careers of our recent grads are pursuing include:

    • Immunochemistry Technologist (Sanofi Pasteur)
    • Operations Management Trainee (Bungee)
    • Master’s of Biotechnology (University of Toronto)
  •  Process Automation Technology graduates can work for companies in various industrial processing and manufacturing sectors related to:

    • primary steel
    • chemicals
    • petrochemicals
    • pharmaceuticals
    • power generation


    Some careers our recent grads our pursuing include:

    • Manufacturing Engineer, General Motors
    • Control System Designer, Husky Molding Systems
    • Continuous Improvement Leader/Six Sigma Black Belt, Mondel?z International
    • Master’s of Electrical & Computer Engineering, McMaster University
  • Profiles & Alumni

    Emily Reid
    Tharmilan Selvathurai
    Mayusanth Jeyakumar
    Kavya Divakarla
    Michael Duarte
    Sonu Dhanjal
    Kristen Canario
    Steve Dolson
    Alex Massiah
    Bhavin Shukla
    Eric Mahoney

  • Facilities

    The B.Tech. program is based at McMaster in the state-of-the-art Engineering Technology Building (ETB). The ETB is 125,000 square feet, Leed Gold certified facility that opened in 2009.

    There are 8 teaching labs, 8 classrooms, and 4 private study rooms exclusively for B.Tech. students in the ETB.

    After first year, students may travel to Mohawk’s Fennell campus for labs.

    Automotive and Vehicle Technology students travel to the new McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) after first year, to utilize state of the art laboratories and classrooms. The $26 million facility officially opened in 2013 and allows our students to participate in current research in automotive and hybrid technology.

    Check out 360 degree views of our classrooms and labs on the B.Tech. Virtual Tour or McMaster’s General Virtual Tour.