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Don’t just hope for change – Engineer it!

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

Why Mechanical Engineering?

There are major changes happening all around us – climate change, aging populations, environmental degradation. As a Mechanical
Engineer you would be well placed to help society meet the challenges that these changes bring. You could be designing new medical devices, creating new technologies for renewable and conventional energy, developing more efficient transportation systems or more efficient processes for industry. Mechanical Engineering is considered one of the broadest fields of engineering and there are opportunities in a variety of industrial sectors. As you progress in your career as a Mechanical Engineer you are likely to be called upon to lead organizations and inspire positive change.

Also check out our two year Mechanical Engineering Technology programs that share a common first year with our Mechanical Engineering program. The Mechanical Engineering overview page shows how these programs link together.

Why BCIT?

The Mechanical Engineering program at BCIT provides you with both the theoretical and the hands-on, practical skills to become a Mechanical Engineer. Knowledge in machine design, control systems, instrumentation, and mechanics are integrated in both a second year and a final year industry project where you showcase your skills. The Mechanical Engineering program at BCIT gives you access to:

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

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.

Fantastic Career Choices
- The multidisciplinary training and education that you'll receive prepares you for a leadership role in the design and creation of innovative mechanical products for a variety of applications As a graduate of this program, you can expect to obtain a position as an Engineer in Training (EIT) and you can expect to be well employed and respected in you career. Our students have obtained positions as far away as the Ivory Coast. The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) does a salary survey every second year that can provide you with an idea of salary levels for engineers at different levels of responsibility as you progress through your career.

Program Entry

Find out more about getting started in the program!

If the Mechanical Bachelor of Engineering 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)

This program shares a common first year with the Mechanical Engineering Technology programs. All applicants must complete the first year of the program before continuing to either the Bachelor of Engineering degree program or to one of the technology diploma options. Entrance requirements for the first year are listed on the program entry page for each of the Mechanical Engineering Technology diploma options.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry

The number of positons in the degree is limited so entry is competitive based on your Grade Point Average (GPA). Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Current diploma students:

Students currently in the Mechanical Engineering Technology diploma program do not need to apply through the Admissions department to continue into the degree program. Qualified students are moved onto the degree path by the department.

Graduates of Mechanical Engineering Technology (Design Option with degree level math):

Students who are not currently in the program but have completed the following may apply to the degree program:

  • Diploma from BCIT in Mechanical Engineering Technology (Design Option)
  • MATH3499
  • MATH4499
Graduates of Mechanical Engineering Technology (Mechanical Manufacturing, Systems, or Design options):

Apply for direct entry to level 3 of the Mechanical Design Diploma.

Other applicants:

If you have completed an equivalent part of this program outside of BCIT, apply for direct entry to the Mechanical Design Diploma.

Advanced Placement

Re-admission to levels 5 - 8:

If you completed part of the Mechanical Engineering degree program at BCIT but discontinued without finishing, you may apply to return.

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

Acceptance is 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.

Apply to program

The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

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 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 Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical!

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 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: $1100, Level 2: $550, Level 3: $800, Level 4: $500
Level 5: $700, Level 6: $800, Level 7: $700, Level 8: $800

(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

Explore the courses and classes you will be taking!

The Mechanical Engineering program includes courses on mechanics, materials, energy flows, fluid mechanics, engineering economics and
electronics. In the first year of the program emphasis is put on topics such as mechanics, math and physics.

In the following years, the fundamentals from the first year are applied to thermodynamic systems, mechanical control and measurement and many other topics. The program culminates in a nine-month long capstone project that requires students to apply many of the concepts and skills they have learned at BCIT.

Mechanical Engineering 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 spring break in the middle.

Class hours

08:30 to 17:30 hrs

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  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 3499 Ordinary Differential Equations and Linear Systems for Mechanical Engineers 5.0
  MECH 3325 Fluid Mechanics 4.0
  MECH 3340 Machine Design 1 4.0
  MECH 3346 Computer Aided Engineering 6.0
  MECH 3355 Fluid Power 1 4.0
  MECH 3360 Engineering Management 4.0
 
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2269 Technical Communication 2 for Mechanical Engineering 4.0
  ELEX 2835 Instrumentation for Mechanical Systems 4.0
  MATH 4499 Applied Differential Equations and Vector Calculus 6.5
  MECH 0460 Ethics for Technologists 0.0
  MECH 4422 Thermal Engineering 5.5
  MECH 4440 Machine Design 2 6.5
  MECH 4450 Mechanical Control Systems 2.5
  MECH 4455 Fluid Power 2 4.0
  MECH 4490 Engineering Design/Projects 6.5
 
Level 5 (15 weeks) Credits
  CHEM 7105 Chemistry for Mechanical Engineering 4.0
  CHSC 7147 Materials Engineering 3.0
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  MATH 7195 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4.0
  MECH 6090 Mechanical Engineering Practicum* 3.0
  MECH 7120 Thermodynamics 4.0
  MECH 7160 Professional Engineering 3.0
  MECH 7171 Engineering Programming 4.0
*Required course to report on the practical work experience component. Must be completed prior to graduation
 
Level 6 (20 weeks) Credits
  ELEX 7345 Electronics and Microcontrollers 6.5
  ELEX 7350 Control and Dynamic Systems 4.5
  MATH 7295 Numerical Methods 4.0
  MECH 7225 Fluid Mechanics 2 5.5
  MECH 7241 Mechanics 6.5
  MECH 8270 Environment, Energy and Engineering 4.0
 
Level 7 (15 weeks) Credits
  MECH 7240 Mechanics of Solids 4.0
  MECH 8110 Motion Systems Design and Integration 4.0
  MECH 8120 Heat Transfer 4.0
  MECH 8135 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory 5.0
  MECH 8190 Capstone Project 1 5.0
and
Select one of two courses:
  LIBS 7005 Technology, Invention and Power 3.0
  or
  LIBS 7007 Technology and Society* 3.0
* Meet impact of technology on society breadth requirement by taking either LIBS 7005 or LIBS 7007 or obtain transfer credit by providing evidence of this requirement being met through courses taken elsewhere.
 
Level 8 (20 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  MECH 8230 System Design 4.0
  MECH 8260 Engineering Law and Professionalism 3.0
  MECH 8290 Capstone Project 2 5.5
and
Select one of two courses:
  MECH 8242 Concurrent and Reliability Engineering 4.0
  or
  MECH 8250 Building Systems 4.0
**Plus a Liberal Studies Elective (3.0 credits)
All students will be required to achieve these credits in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.

***Plus a Natural Science Elective (3.0 credits)
 
Total Credits: 250.5

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

The program information below provides a synopsis of the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering program. You will find out about the topics you
students in a lab
will learn about and how graduates can attain the designation Professional Engineer.

What will I learn?

Your successful engineering career will be based upon a mechanical engineering program that will allow you to develop the skills you require to:
  • Model - develop and construct mathematical, physical and conceptual models from scientific principles for the purposes of analysis and design
  • Design and develop - employ technical knowledge, design methodology, and apply appropriate tools and resources to design, simulate, visualize and develop components, systems and processes to meet specified performance criteria
  • Select materials - select appropriate engineering materials based on a knowledge of the main properties of materials
  • Investigate experimentally - design and conduct experiments, devise appropriate measurements, analyze and interpret data and form reliable conclusions
  • Build and test - demonstrate proficiency in a substantial range of workshop and laboratory procedures with a strong grasp of principles and practices of workshop and laboratory safety
  • Pursue sustainability – ensure that the design, development and specification of materials and components are in balance with the needs of the environment
  • Manage projects - apply project management techniques
  • Forecast and manage budgets - incorporate cost considerations throughout the planning and execution of a project and to manage within realistic constraints of time and budget

A typical week

For the first two years you will spend approximately 30 hours in lectures, tutorials and labs each week. An additional 25-30 hours each week will likely be spent preparing, completing assignments and studying. During the final two years of the program the in-class hours are reduced to approximately 25 hours per week, and a corresponding increase in your own study time is expected.

Program length

Four years full-time beginning in September each year.

Grading

Passing grade for each course is 50%.

Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering program at BCIT leads to two credentials: a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology after year two, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering after year four.

The Mechanical Engineering program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

Completion of a Mechanical Engineering degree and enrolling as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) with a provincial engineering licensing body are the first steps to achieve licensure as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Advanced Training

Degree graduates are qualified to continue with graduate studies, nationally or internationally. Other educational institutions may have additional entrance requirements.

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, sell and manage products, projects and processes, in natural resources, manufacturing,
engineer looking at laptop
construction and transportation. Career opportunities for mechanical engineers exist in a variety of industry sectors, including forestry, pulp and paper, agriculture, fishing, food processing, mining, minerals processing, chemical processing, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, oil and gas, automotive, aviation, marine, bulk handling, communications, health, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and building maintenance, electrical power generation and distribution, water and waste management, natural gas distribution, road transport, rail transport, shipping and shipbuilding, and defense.

Mechanical technologists work in the same industries as engineers, often together with engineers as part of an engineering team. Generally, technologists are more involved with the application of technology and the implementation of a project while engineers are more concerned with the development of technology and the overall scope of the project. Typical entry positions for technologists include design drafter, production planner, maintenance planner, cost estimator, technical sales and services, plant engineering staff and machine operator. Supervisory and management positions may be assumed after appropriate job experience.

Many experienced mechanical engineers and technologists advance to senior positions within organizations or start their own business.

Explore the exceptional career opportunities in Mechanical Engineering!

what's in it for me?

A rewarding career as a Professional Engineer

Professional Engineers are well paid, in demand, and well respected, both in industry and in society. The BCIT B.Eng. (Mechanical) opens the door for your career as a Professional Engineer.

A broad range of employment possibilities

Mechanical engineering is thought to be one of the most diverse engineering disciplines. Employment opportunities for mechanical engineers can be found in all aspects of industry, including agriculture, fishing, food processing, mining, minerals processing, chemical processing, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, oil and gas, forestry, pulp and paper, automotive, aviation, marine, bulk handling, communications, health, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and building maintenance, electrical power generation and distribution, water and waste management, natural gas distribution, road transport, rail transport, shipping and shipbuilding, and defense.
 
A stepping stone to graduate studies in Engineering

With a B.Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering from BCIT, graduates interested to further their education in engineering can pursue a course-based or research-based Masters degree followed by a Ph.D. There are several reasons for doing this:
  • To specialize in a particular area in which you're interested in working
  • To prepare for advanced engineering jobs
  • To prepare for careers in research and development
  • To prepare for a university career
  • To work on your own major project.

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.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

You have a great team of committed faculty, staff and industry advisors supporting your learning!

BCIT instructor passion for teaching helps enable students to succeed in their mechanical engineering studies.
faculty in a lab

Our instructors are highly qualified mechanical engineers and applied scientists who have many years of teaching experience. Many of them are Professional Engineers, have worked for years in industry and continue to maintain close ties with industry. Our instructors' backgrounds include:
  • Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system design
  • Mechanical component design
  • Research and development in advanced technology, such as aerospace and hybrid vehicles
  • Mechatronic system development
  • Control systems development
  • Computer-aided design and manufacturing
  • Energy systems, thermo-fluids, and renewable energy efficiency

Faculty and staff

  • Mehrzad Tabatabaian, BEng, MEng, PhD, PEng, Program Head, BEng Mechanical
  • Mick Andic, BASc, MASc, PEng, Program Head, Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing
  • Vahid Askari, PhD, PEng
  • Henry Chang, PhD
  • Joseph Cheung, BEng (Hons), PhD, PEng, CP CEng, Program Head, Mechanical Systems
  • 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, BASc, MASc, PhD, PEng
  • Greg King, BASc, MBA, PEng
  • David Lewis, BASc (Mech), Program Head, Mechanical Manufacturing
  • Stephen McMillan, BTech, MEng, PEng, BEng, 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, MSc, PEng, MASHRAE
  • Cyrus Raoufi, PhD, PEng
  • Dave Shaw, DiplT
  • David Stropky, BASc, MASc, PhD, PEng
  • Keith S. Turner, TQ
  • Ken Wong, BASc, MASc, PEng, Program Head, Mechanical Design
  • Mary Woodbury, Program Assistant
  • Brent Dunn, BASc, MEng, PEng, Associate Dean

Other faculty

  • Shaun Culham, BSc, MSc (Physics)
  • Lynn Erickson, BSc, MSc, PhD, PEng (Chemical Sciences)
  • Joseph Lo, BSc, PhD (Mathematics)
  • Scott Hagan, PhD (Mathematics)
  • Paul Rozman, BSc, MSc (Mathematics)
  • Kathy Manson, BSc (Electrical)
  • Djamel Khelifi, PhD (Chemistry)
  • Sylvain Roy, MSc, PhD (Mathematics)
  • Mark McDonald, DiplT, AdvDiplT (Hons), BTech, MEd, AScT (Chemical Sciences)
  • Robert Trost, BASc, MEng, PEng (Electrical)
  • Darlene Webb, MA (Communication)
  • Alaric de Souza, BA, MBA (Business)
  • Brenda Fine, BSc (Mathematics)
  • Hassan Saberi, BSc, MSc (Electrical)
  • Ali Palizban, MSc, PhD (Electrical)

Industry advisors

An advisory board of experts in this field from some of B.C.’s top companies helps us keep our program and courses up to date with the latest research and industry trends. This ensures that you are ready for the job market when you graduate.

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