Part-time Associate Certificate 6760acert

Overview

The associate certificate in mechanical systems is a selection of courses related to the design of heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) systems for buildings. Alternative energy sources and strategies are emphasized.

The Program

The associate certificate in mechanical systems consists of six required courses and two elective courses. Four of the required courses provide an introduction to mechanical systems for buildings, methods for calculating heating and cooling loads in buildings as well as the design of heating and air conditioning systems. A fifth course examines renewable energy alternatives. The sixth required course is a project course. The two electives provide an opportunity to obtain greater depth in topic areas such as heating systems and air conditioning or to broaden one's skills in a related topic.

Related Programs

Applicants seeking a more comprehensive program in mechanical systems should consider BCIT's full-time program in Mechanical Systems Technology. The Architectural and Building Technology program is an option for those interested in building construction. BCIT also offers programs in HVAC and Refrigeration for persons seeking a career in the installation and servicing of the equipment used for mechanical systems.

Program Entry

This program is intended to broaden the skills of those with either a technical or industrial background in architecture, building construction and mechanical engineering and technology. Applicants should be familiar with technical drawing and computers.

Entrance requirements

BCIT part-time studies courses and programs are taught assuming that registrants not only have a BC Grade 12 level of English, but also have proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

BCIT has several upgrading courses for students who wish to improve their English language skills.

Apply to program

A formal application to the program is not required prior to registration. Interested students can go ahead and register for courses from the program matrix.

If a course has one or more prerequisites, you are responsible for ensuring that you have either successfully completed the prerequisite course, or have the equivalent skills and knowledge, prior to registration.

If you believe that you have taken an equivalent course at a different post-secondary institution, you can apply for transfer credit by submitting your official transcript and detailed course outline.

Once you have completed two or three courses, please declare your intended program of study.

Program declaration

Effective January 7th, 2016, Program Declaration requests must be completed online. A declaration fee will be assessed at the time of the request. BCIT will no longer accept paper Program Declaration requests starting January 7th, 2016. Students who submitted paper declaration requests prior to January 7th, 2016 are not required to pay the fee.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined. BCIT continuously reviews programs and implements changes based on industry and market trends. Program Declaration guarantees that credit for courses which are a part of your program will be honoured despite program requirement changes.

Program Declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.

It is not necessary to declare prior to registering in most part-time studies courses. It is a good idea to complete one or two courses before submitting your program declaration. Check your program's Entry page for specific requirements.

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study.

Declare Now

Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Part-time studies terms start in January, April and September. Course start dates may vary.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis. For more information, please visit Fees & Financial Aid :: Part-time Studies.

If your employer or organization will be paying your tuition, please review BCIT’s sponsorship information.

Books and supplies

Required textbooks can be purchased at the BCIT Bookstore.

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Program matrix

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1. Required Courses (18.0 credits): Credits
  MSYS 2020 HVAC Load Analysis 3.0
  MSYS 2040 Mechanical Systems for Buildings 3.0
  MSYS 3020 Air Conditioning Systems 1 3.0
  MSYS 3025 Heating Systems 1 3.0
  MSYS 3060 Renewable Energy Systems 1 3.0
  MSYS 4095 Mechanical Systems Project 3.0
 
Complete 6.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  AICO 3025 Revit MEP 3.0
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  MSYS 3065 LEED Standards and Applications 3.0
  MSYS 4020 Air Conditioning Systems 2 3.0
  MSYS 4025 Heating Systems 2 3.0
  MSYS 4062 Renewable Energy Systems 2 3.0
 
Total Credits: 24.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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

Program length

Program completion time depends on course availability and the student’s planned schedule of courses. For example, students taking 6.0 credits (2 courses) per term can complete the program in four terms (approximately 16 months).

Grading

Students must achieve a 50% pass in all required and elective courses.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Job opportunities depend on the student's chosen electives and previous level of education and applicable work experience. As a BCIT student and alumni, you have access to BCIT’s Student Employment Services for work search support and resources, and also eJobs, an online job bank created specifically for BCIT graduates.

BCIT Student Employment Services
BCIT eJobs

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

  • Joseph Cheung, BEng (Hons), PhD, PEng, CP CEng, Program Head, Mechanical Systems
  • Joseph Poon, BSc, MSc, PEng, Instructor, Mechanical Systems
  • Mehrzad Tabatabaian, PhD, PEng, Instructor, Mechanical Systems

Contact Us

Candace Marrington, Program Assistant
Candace_Marrington@bcit.ca
604-432-8521

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