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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.

Why Mechatronics?

The world is quickly moving towards a future where many mechanical products contain computers and electronics for monitoring or control. This integration of mechanical and electronic components, or mechatronics, makes it possible to design intelligent, reliable, versatile electromechanical systems such as industrial robots, medical devices, aircraft simulators, automated assembly lines, building control systems, and autonomous vehicles. Skills in Mechatronics will be in high demand for many years to come.

Why BCIT?

The Mechatronics and Robotics program is a unique, multidisciplinary combination of courses that blends knowledge in electronics, mechanics, and computer programming to provide you with both the theory and practical skills you need to design and maintain mechatronic systems. We are proud of the Mechatronics program, and believe that its strengths are built on:

Great Faculty - Our faculty are dedicated to teaching. Many have extensive engineering, science, and industrial experience.

Excellent Labs - Hands-on experience with up-to-date industrial equipment helps you to understand the concepts that you learn in lectures and gives you job-ready, practical skills. Check out our labs on the Lab Tour page.

Fantastic Career Choices - We are proud of our graduates and the many interesting jobs that they do. The multidisciplinary training and education that you'll receive prepares you for a leadership role in the design and creation of innovative mechatronics products for a variety of applications. After graduation, you might be designing and building automated equipment for the movie industry, medical devices, production equipment, or submarines.

Degree Completion - After two years of study, you can have a great career as a technologist. If you want to earn an engineering degree, you can get advanced placement into engineering programs at BCIT, University of Victoria, or other local universities. It's your choice - you'll make a fantastic technologist or engineer because of your practical training from BCIT!

Mechatronics and Robotics Technology brochure

View the Program Brochure [PDF]

Program Entry

Find out more about getting started in the program!

If the Mechatronics program interests you, review the entrance requirements. If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements and equivalents, please contact Program Advising. For more information on the application process, visit Admission & Registration.

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%)

  • 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

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: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    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?
    • 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 any other requirements 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.

BCIT only accepts 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.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Find out how much you will need to complete your diploma in Mechatronics and Robotics!

The information below will help you
student in a lab
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 may 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: $800; Level 2: $650; Level 3: $600; Level 4: $250
(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Explore the courses and classes you will be taking!

The Mechatronics program contains a unique blend of electronics, mechanical, and computing courses. In the first year of the program, emphasis is put on learning the fundamentals in topics such as electronics, math, and physics. Additional topics include 3D computer-aided design, machine shop practice, and programming.

In the second year of the program, you apply the fundamentals to higher-level problems and applications in mechatronics and robotics, culminating in a final project that encompasses many topics that you have learned. Check out some of the projects on our Projects page.

Mechatronics Term Structure

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

Program matrix

Level 1 (September - December, 15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 1164 Technical Writing 1 for Robotics 3.0
  ELEX 1205 DC Circuit Analysis for Robotics 6.0
  ELEX 1215 Digital Techniques 1 for Robotics 6.0
  MATH 1342 Technical Math for Robotics 6.0
  MECH 1104 Computer Aided Design 4.0
  PHYS 1164 Physics for Robotics 1 5.0
 
Level 2 (January - May, 20 weeks) Credits
  ELEX 2205 AC Circuits for Robotics 6.5
  ELEX 2220 Digital and Electronic Circuits 8.0
  MATH 2342 Calculus for Robotics 8.0
  MECH 1210 Manufacturing Processes 5.5
  PHYS 2164 Applied Physics 2 for Robotics 6.5
  ROBT 1270 C Programming 6.5
 
Level 3 (September - December, 15 weeks) Credits
  ELEX 3321 Electronics Circuits 2 (Robotics) 6.0
  MATH 3342 Transform Calculus (Robotics) 4.0
  MECH 3355 Fluid Power 1 4.0
  ROBT 3341 Robot Applications 6.0
  ROBT 3351 Automation Equipment 5.0
  ROBT 3356 Controller Systems 6.0
 
Level 4 (January - May, 20 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2464 Technical Writing 2 for Robotics 4.0
  ELEX 4336 Feedback Systems 8.0
  MECH 0460 Ethics for Technologists 0.0
  MECH 4455 Fluid Power 2 4.0
  OPMT 1184 Industrial Engineering 5.5
  ROBT 4451 Sensor Interfacing 8.0
  ROBT 4456 PLC Applications 4.0
  ROBT 4491 Mechatronics Project 6.5
 
Total Credits: 142.0

The program is in a process of continuous improvement, thus the actual courses may vary from those shown.

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

Learn more about the Mechatronics and Robotics Program!

The program information below provides a synopsis of the Mechatronics and Robotics program. You will find
student in a lab
out how graduates become accredited technologists, and how your education and training provide a stepping stone to an engineering degree.

A typical week

You will spend approximately 30 hours in labs and lectures each week. Classes are scheduled Monday to Friday between 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. You will typically spend an additional 30 hours each week preparing, completing assignments, and studying.

Overall, approximately 50% of your time is spent in lectures, and 50% in labs, giving you a great opportunity to understand the theory and principles while learning practical skills.

Our labs have the latest software and equipment and you will work at your own workstation in many of the labs. Check out our labs on the Lab Tour page.

Small class sizes help you learn

The Mechatronics program accepts 2 sets of students each year with 18 students per set. Both sets are combined for lectures, but separated for labs and tutorials, giving you better access to equipment and assistance in the labs. Small classes encourage an atmosphere of camaraderie, healthy competition, and teamwork, and allow instructors to provide plenty of individual attention to students.

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

If you graduate from the Mechatronics and Robotics program with sufficient standing, many opportunities exist for you to further your education in technology and engineering.

You can continue studying full-time towards an engineering degree at either BCIT or at other universities. BCIT's Electrical Engineering degree is a four year program that accepts students from the Mechatronics and Robotics program. BCIT also has transfer agreements with the University of Victoria and Lakehead University where you can enter the third year of their engineering programs. You can also continue your studies at UBC or SFU where you will receive partial credit towards their engineering degrees.

If you would like to earn a degree while you are working, you can study part-time towards a Bachelor of Technology degree at BCIT in either Manufacturing or Electronics. Graduates of the Bachelor of Technology in Electronics are able to pursue registration as a professional engineer.

Graduating & Jobs

Explore the exceptional career opportunities in Mechatronics and Robotics!

"We hired our first BCIT Mechatronics graduate in 2008. We were so pleased with his capabilities that we have since hired two more."

Darin Elliott, P.Eng.
Manager - Electrical Integration
TRAXX Automation Ltd.

What's in it for you?

A rewarding career as a technologist

Qualified technologists are well paid and in high demand. A BCIT diploma opens the door to an exciting career as a technical expert who performs a variety of tasks, and who helps others by solving a wide range of technical problems.

Technologists are respected as hard-working, creative, and knowledgeable people. You can investigate salaries on the compensation page of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia.

An edge in the job market

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

A broad range of employment possibilities

The potential job market for Mechatronics and Robotics technologists is great. You could either start your own business or work for a small or large company. Graduates can work in research and development, technical sales, project management, planning, technical writing, and many other fields in addition to the traditional technology areas.

Some of the many employers of BCIT's Mechatronics and Robotics graduates include:
Check out more companies that have hired our grads on our employment page.

Great Credentials - A Diploma or a Degree

After you earn your diploma, you can work as a technologist. After two years of relevant work experience you can apply for accreditation as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT). You may also choose to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, with your diploma giving you a head start.

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

You have a great team supporting your learning!

instructor teaching student
The instructors and staff of the Mechatronics and Robotics program are dedicated professionals with a range of experience in electrical, mechanical, engineering, and science. All instructors, whether teaching foundation courses such as math, or technology-specific courses such as robot applications, are dedicated to helping you learn the theory and practical aspects of Mechatronics.

Mechatronics and Robotics Faculty

  • Pavlos Paleologou, MSc, MEng, Program Head, Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Brian Gaensbauer, DiplT, BTech, Assistant Instructor, Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Courtney Neish, Administrative Assistant
  • Mary Woodbury, Program Assistant
  • Brent Dunn, BASc, MEng, PEng, Associate Dean

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