Mechanical Systems Option Full-time Diploma 635cdiplt

A Rewarding Career Providing Energy Efficient, Comfortable, Healthy, Safe Environments!

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.
The Mechanical Systems option concentrates on providing comprehensive engineering skills that can be applied in:
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  • Energy conversion
  • Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Building environmental controls and energy management
  • Plumbing and fire protection systems

These systems provide comfortable, healthy, safe environments for buildings that are energy-efficient and cost-effective.

The Mechanical Systems option prepares you for the jobs of the future by teaching you about designing and installing environmental systems in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Graduates will be equipped with skills to work in the rapidly evolving green economy.

Program Entry

Find out more about getting started in the program!

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If the Mechanical Systems program interests you, review the entrance requirements. If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements and equivalents, please contact Program Advising.

If you qualify, you may want to attend an information session or spend a day exploring the program. You'll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Physics 11 (73%)

  • Chemistry 11 (67%)

  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (73%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (73%)

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Continuation requirements

The Mechanical Engineering Technology diploma and the Mechanical Engineering degree share a common first year. Near the end of first year, students rank their preferences for the next year(s) of the program:

  • Diploma (one additional year), options are:
    • Mechanical Design
    • Mechanical Manufacturing
    • Mechanical Systems
  • Degree (three additional years)
    • Bachelor of Engineering

The number of positions in the degree and in each of the diploma options is limited. When demand exceeds capacity, entry is competitive based on GPA in the first year of the program. See each program page for additional requirements.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: show proof of meeting all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: current students have priority for registration. If the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins. Depending on the level or term, there may not be available seats.
  1. Re-admission: If you completed part of this program at BCIT but discontinued without finishing, you may apply to return.

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Technology Re-admission form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level? -or- Have you completed one option of the diploma program and would like to complete a second option?

    • For level 2 (January start), BCIT accepts applications from February 1 to October 31.
    • For level 3 (September start), BCIT accepts applications from November 1 to March 31.

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the English 12 requirement with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

All applicants should apply to Mechanical Engineering Technology, Diploma (Levels 1 – 4).

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

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Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Find out how much you will need to complete your diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Systems Option!

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The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your two years of study. If you have concerns about being able to afford the program, please visit Financial Aid to learn how you can benefit from financial assistance.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1,100; Level 2: $550; Level 3: $550; Level 4: $300
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

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All the Mechanical Engineering programs share a common first year of studies. In the first year of the program, emphasis is put on building the foundations of engineering in topics such as communications, mathematics, applied and natural science. Other courses introduce 2D and 3D computer-aided design, machine shop practice and computing.

In the second year of the program, there is an emphasis on learning key engineering concepts and how those concepts may be applied to solving real-life problems. You will be challenged with higher-level problems and applications in mechanical engineering, culminating in a final project that encompasses many topics that you have learned.

Mechanical term structure

Each year of the program is divided into two terms. The first term runs from September to December (about 15 weeks), and the second term runs from January to the end of May (about 20 weeks), with a one week break in the middle.

The program matrix below will show how courses are structured over terms and you will be able to access course descriptions and course outlines.

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks)
Credits
Common Core:
Levels 1 and 2 are common to all Mechanical Engineering options.
  CHSC 1105 Engineering Materials 1 4.0
  COMM 1169 Technical Communication 1 for Mechanical Engineering 3.0
  MATH 1491 Basic Technical Mathematics for Mechanical 5.0
  MECH 1102 Engineering Graphics 1 6.0
  MECH 1120 Energy Systems 4.0
  MECH 1141 Statics 4.0
  MECH 1171 Computer Applications and Programming 4.0
 
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  CHSC 2205 Engineering Materials 2 5.5
  MATH 2491 Calculus for Mechanical 6.5
  MECH 1210 Manufacturing Processes 5.5
  MECH 2202 Engineering Graphics 2 6.5
  MECH 2240 Strength of Materials 5.5
  MECH 2241 Dynamics 5.5
  PHYS 2149 Physics for Mechanical 5.5
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  ELEX 2845 Electrical Equipment 4.0
  MATH 3493 Statistics and Numerical Methods for Mechanical Technologists 4.0
  MECH 3325 Fluid Mechanics 4.0
  MECH 3360 Engineering Management 4.0
  MSYS 2380 Building Construction 4.0
  MSYS 3382 Heat/Cool Load Analysis 4.0
  MSYS 3386 Heating Systems 7.0
 
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2269 Technical Communication 2 for Mechanical Engineering 4.0
  MECH 0460 Ethics for Technologists 0.0
  MECH 3440 Mechanical Equipment* 2.5
  MECH 4422 Thermal Engineering 5.5
  MSYS 4450 Instrumentation and Controls* 3.5
  MSYS 4470 Project Management 4.0
  MSYS 4480 Air Conditioning Systems 8.0
  MSYS 4486 Energy Management* 2.5
  MSYS 4489 Plumbing and Fire Protection Systems 6.5
  MSYS 4490 Systems Projects 5.5
* denotes a half-term course
 
Total Credits: 143.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Mechanical Systems

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Learn how to design and audit energy-efficient and economically practical equipment in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. The Mechanical Systems option focuses on providing comfortable, healthy, safe environments using heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing, environmental controls, and fire protection systems.

How will I learn?

Your studies will be a blend of classroom lectures and practical laboratory sessions using the latest software and equipment. Small-group tutorials guide you through real-world examples and teach you how to solve problems. You will also work on industry projects and attend guided visits to industrial sites.

Most of our labs offer individual computer-equipped workstations with specialized applications installed. The labs also provide test equipment, measurement instruments, experiment platforms, and sample industrial components.

All students participate in a final project in the second year of the program. The project is an integral program component and incorporates many of the topics you have learned. You may be required to participate in work experience activities at an industry sponsor's regular place of business.

Program length

Two years, full-time beginning in September each year.

Accreditation

Students may apply for student membership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Graduates may apply to ASTTBC for registration as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT).

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Graduates of the diploma program have several options for completing a degree:

  • The Mechanical Engineering program at BCIT offers degree completion opportunities.
  • The Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing program at BCIT enables students to complete a degree on a part-time basis.
  • The Engineering Bridge program at Camosun College enables students to complete their engineering degrees at the University of British Columbia or the University of Victoria. Lakehead University also offers a bridge to an engineering degree.

Graduating & Jobs

Explore the great opportunities in Mechanical Systems!

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A great future awaits you when you complete your education and training in Mechanical Systems. As a technologist, you will have a real edge in the job market working for a broad range of excellent employers.

What's in it for you?

A rewarding job as a technologist

A BCIT diploma opens the door to an exciting job as a technologist – a technical expert who helps others by solving a wide range of technical problems. Technologists are respected as hard-working, creative, and knowledgeable people.

An edge in the job market

A BCIT diploma shows potential employers that you are accomplished, focused, and serious about your chosen career path. Our programs and courses provide both fundamental theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills to help you "hit the ground running" in a new job. Graduates say that BCIT was extremely helpful in preparing them for employment.

A broad range of employment possibilities

The job market for mechanical engineering technologists is great. Almost every major economic sector needs people with these skills. Qualified technologists are well-paid and in high demand. Graduates can work in technical sales, project management, technical communication, and many other fields in addition to the traditional engineering areas.

Some of the many employers of BCIT's Mechanical Engineering Technologist Graduates include:

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

A team of committed educators, staff and industry advisors work hard to help make students successful in their Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

You will learn from experienced instructors, many who are professional mechanical engineers with advanced degrees. Our faculty come from a wide spectrum of industrial backgrounds and continue to maintain close ties with industry.

Faculty and staff

  • Joseph Cheung, BEng (Hons), PhD, PEng, CP CEng, Program Head, Mechanical Systems
  • Mick Andic, BASc, MASc, PEng, Program Head, Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing
  • Vahid Askari, PhD, PEng
  • Henry Chang, PhD
  • Eugene Duruisseau, TQ
  • Brian Ennis, DiplT, BTech, AScT
  • Johan Fourie, PhD (EngSci), PEng
  • Brian Gaensbauer, DiplT, BTech
  • Alan Inglis, MSc, PEng, Program Head, Mechanical First Year
  • John Jenness, PhD, PEng
  • Greg King, BASc, MBA, PEng
  • David Lewis, BASc (Mech), Program Head, Mechanical Manufacturing
  • Stephen McMillan, BTech, BEng, PEng, MEng, EIT
  • Neil Munro, BASc, PEng
  • Courtney Neish, Administrative Assistant
  • Taco Niet, BEng (ME), MASc, PEng
  • Koorosh Nikfetrat, PhD, PEng
  • Pavlos Paleologou, MSc, MEng, Program Head, Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Joseph Poon, BSc, MSc, PEng
  • Cyrus Raoufi, PhD, PEng
  • Dave Shaw, DiplT
  • David Stropky, PhD., P.Eng.
  • Mehrzad Tabatabaian, BEng, MEng, PhD, PEng, Program Head, BEng Mechanical
  • Keith S. Turner, TQ
  • Ken Wong, BASc, MASc, PEng, Program Head, Mechanical Design
  • Mary Woodbury, Program Assistant
  • Brent Dunn, BASc, MEng, PEng, Associate Dean

Advisory committee

  • Ron Braun, Flow Consulting Group
  • Hugh Alley, First Line Training Inc.
  • William Chu, Wexxar Packaging Inc.
  • Richard Crauford, Janox Fluid Power Ltd.
  • Raphael Hamm, Kinetics Drive Solutions
  • Todd Macey, Kadant Carmanah Inc.
  • Bill MacPherson, Broadway Refrigeration & AC Co. Ltd.
  • Dan Reader, Murray Latta Progressive Machine Inc.
  • Dwayne Smith, Autodesk Canada Inc.
  • Mark Soares, Unifiller Systems Inc.
  • Arno Tatto, K.D. Engineering Co.

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