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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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