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Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking during your first year of this program. For formal policies governing mandatory courses and the order in which they have to be taken, please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar.

 

Some Courses You May Take

Basic chemical concepts, calculations and laboratory procedures. Chemical formulae and equations, chemical stoichiometry, nomenclature, acids and bases, gases, chemical equilibrium, thermochemistry and thermodynamics, redox reactions and electrochemistry.
Three lectures, one tutorial, one lab (three hours every other week); first term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Automation Engineering Technology I, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I, or Biotechnology I, or Automation Engineering Technology, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology, or Biotechnology
Programming concepts and introduction to C++ programming. C++ syntax, functions, decision-making, looping, operators, arrays and data structures.
Two lectures, one lab (two hours); first term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Automation Engineering Technology I, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I, or Biotechnology I, or Automation Engineering Technology, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology, or Biotechnology
Antirequisite(s): ENGTECH 1SP3, COMPTECH 3PD3
Introduction to electronic circuits; DC and AC sources, resistors, inductors, and capacitors; phasors and impedance; transient and steady-state analysis; network analysis; energy and power.
Four lectures, one lab (three hours); second term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Automation Engineering Technology I, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I, or Biotechnology I, or Automation Engineering Technology, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology, or Biotechnology
Pre-calculus concepts: algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, matrices, determinants and vectors. Limits, continuity, differential calculus, partial derivatives, applications, sequences and series.
Four lectures; first term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Automation Engineering Technology I, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I, or Biotechnology I, or Automation Engineering Technology, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology, or Biotechnology
Integral calculus involving all the techniques of integration, applications, improper integrals, multiple integrals and integral theorems, infinite sequences and series.
Four lectures; second term
Prerequisite(s): ENGTECH 1MC3 and registration in Automation Engineering Technology I, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I, or Biotechnology I, or Automation Engineering Technology, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology, or Biotechnology
Sound, light, kinematics, forces, work, energy, fluid and thermal physics.
Four lectures, one lab (two hours every other week); first term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Automation Engineering Technology I, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I, or Biotechnology I, or Automation Engineering Technology, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology, or Biotechnology
This course introduces students to the best practices for essential written, spoken, and graphic communications used in technology workplaces. Additional emphasis is focused on developing and applying interpersonal and group work skills.
Three lectures; first term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Automation Engineering Technology I, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I, or Biotechnology I, or Automation Engineering Technology, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology Co-op (B.Tech.), or Biotechnology Co-op (B.Tech.)
This course teaches students how to conduct research, analyze information, and design communication materials that are succinct and customized to the readers' needs. Students will acquire a practical set of communication tools that they can use throughout their education and professional careers.
Three lectures: second term
Prerequisite(s): GENTECH 1CS3 and registration in Automation Engineering Technology I, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I, or Biotechnology I, or Automation Engineering Technology, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology Co-op (B.Tech.), or Biotechnology Co-op (B.Tech.)
Antirequisite(s): GENTECH 1TI3
Introduction to laboratory procedures used in chemical analysis for classical wet and instrumental methods; statistical data treatment, gravimetric analysis, volumetric analysis, pH measurements and optical methods.
Three lectures, one lab (three hours); second term
Prerequisite(s): ENGTECH 1CH3 and registration in Automation Engineering Technology I, or Biotechnology I, or Automation Engineering Technology or Biotechnology
Project-based course covering computer programming. Object-oriented, event-driven programs involving decisions, looping, arithmetic calculations, string handling and data file handling.
Two lectures, one lab (two hours); second term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Automation Engineering Technology I, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology Co-op (B.Tech.), or Automation Engineering Technology
Introduction to safety guidelines at McMaster University, acceptable safety conduct and positive safety attitudes and practices in laboratories and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web modules
Antirequisite(s): ART 1HS0, ENGINEER 1A00, ENGTECH 1A00, NURSING 1A00, SCIENCE 1A00
This requirement must be completed prior to the start of the first lab. Students who fail the quiz must reattempt it and will not be permitted in any course with a lab component or any Level II ART course until the requirement has been successfully completed.
Statics and kinematics of particles and rigid bodies: force vectors; equilibrium; trusses, frames and machines; internal forces; centroids; friction; axial load, torsion, bending and shear; stress and strain. Newton's Second Law; moments of inertia; plane motion.
Four lectures; second term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I, or Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology
This course provides basic introduction to the following topics: chemistry of life, cells, genetics, evolution and diversity and plant and animal form and function.
Two lectures, one lab (three hours every other week); second term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Biotechnology I, or Biotechnology

Automotive and Vehicle Engineering 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)
  • Research Engineer (Ford)
  • Management Associate (US Steel)
  • M.Eng Design, 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 our recent grads are pursuing include:

  • Chemist, Esteè Lauder
  • Production Supervisor, (Bungee)
  • M.Sc. Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, UOIT
  • Master of Biotechnology, University of Toronto
  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, McMaster University

Automation Engineering 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 are pursuing include:

  • Process Controls Specialist, GE Water and Process Technologies
  • Senior Automation Analyst, Arcelor-Mittal Dofasco
  • M.A.Sc. Electrical & Computer Engineering, McMaster University
  • M.Eng Manufacturing, McMaster University

 

 

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.

Top Co-op Employers by Stream:

Automotive & Vehicle Engineering Technology

  • Fiat Chrysler Canada
  • General Motors Canada
  • PCC Aerostructures
  • Linamar
  • Magna

Biotechnology

  • Apotex
  • Maple Leaf Foods
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Good
  • PepsiCo Canada
  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Automation Engineering Technology

  • Evertz Microsystems
  • GE Canada
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • Opus Automation
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 a.m.
ENG TECH 1CP3

C++ Programming (Lecture)

ENG TECH 1MC3

Mathematics I (Lecture)

ENG TECH 1CP3

C++ Programming (Lecture)

ENG TECH 1CH3

Chemistry (Lecture)

9:30 a.m.
ENG TECH 1MC3

Mathematics I (Lecture)

10:30 a.m.
GEN TECH 1CS3

Communication Skills 1 (Lecture)

11:30 a.m.
ENG TECH 1CH3

Chemistry (Lecture)

ENG TECH 1PH3

Physics (Lecture)

GEN TECH 1CS3

Communication Skills 1 (Lecture)

12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
ENG TECH 1CH3

Chemistry (Lab)

ENG TECH 1PH3

Physics (Lab)

3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
ENG TECH 1PH3

Physics (Lecture)

5:30 p.m.

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 Engineering Technology students travel to the new McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) after first year, to utilize our 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.

Click here to learn more about BTech’s facilities.

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