Part-time Bachelor of Technology 8600btech

Why Manufacturing?

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Manufacturing represents more than 11% of British Columbia’s GDP, the second largest in the province and more than twice as large as tourism or high tech. Manufacturing in BC includes a variety of high value-adding sectors ranging from wood and paper products to aerospace, biotechnology and electronics. One in every five jobs in the province depends on manufacturing. More than 94% of manufacturing jobs are full-time with wages 15% higher than the provincial average. Careers in manufacturing are as numerous and varied as manufacturing itself, with this program addressing positions in engineering and middle management.

Is Manufacturing Green?

Manufacturing is a green house gases reduction leader in BC, reducing its emissions 3% since 1990. Total BC emissions rose 30% over the same time period. Also, manufacturing is the leader in development of new "green" technologies, such as solar and wind power.

Why Bachelor of Technology at BCIT?

The Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing degree at BCIT is a unique part-time study opportunity for graduate engineers and technologists who want to upgrade their skills and acquire new knowledge necessary to pursue advanced employment in the manufacturing field. The program's flexible schedule lets you take courses in the evening or on weekends while working full-time. You learn by taking courses from a variety of areas, combining hands-on experience in the lab with classroom work in business and management to help you advance your career. The program serves the needs of working professionals with classes held in the evenings, on weekends, and online course deliveries.

Careers - Manufacturers are looking for technologists, engineers, and technology-oriented managers to keep them at the forefront in the fiercely competitive global marketplace. To survive and prosper, they need people who are up to date on the latest trends and technology. You will be able to help these companies succeed, or start up and run your own business, using the knowledge you acquire in the Bachelor of Technology program.

Skills - This career enhancement degree program will give you advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of manufacturing processes, new-product design, project planning, automation, robotics, and business management. BCIT offers a broad range of courses that are continually updated to meet current industry needs. Key areas of study in the Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing degree program are:

  • Manufacturing Management
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Design for Manufacture and Assembly
  • Materials
  • Product Development
  • Operations Management
  • Information Technology
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Automation and Robotics

The program consists of core courses that are essential to any manufacturing environment and electives that allow you to specialize in an area of study that may be of particular interest to you, such as:

  • Machine vision
  • Fixture and tool design
  • Manufacturing facility layout
  • Computer-aided process planning

You will also take courses in management that will help you advance your career, including:

  • Human-resource planning and control
  • Management of technological change
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Technology and international finance

Program Entry

Find out more about getting started in the program!

If the Bachelor of Technology program interests you, review the entrance requirements below. If you have any questions regarding the entrance requirements and equivalents, please contact Program Advising.

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications accepted ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Department assessment

Applicants that feel they meet the entrance requirements are required to contact the program head for an evaluation of work experience, assessment for pre-entry courses, and have the Proposed Program of Study form for Technical Coursework approved. Contact the program head at 604-432-8330 for more information. If pre-entry courses are required, these courses will not be credited towards the degree.

You can apply if you have had the pre-entry assessment and have completed any necessary pre-entry courses. A completed pre-entry assessment document from the program area must be uploaded to complete your application.

Step 2: Meet the following entrance requirements

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Continuation requirements

  • A minimum of two years of relevant work experience (which includes the six months mentioned earlier) prior to graduation.

Apply to program

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

January, April and September

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

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!

Each semester, plant tours of various companies provide you with a first-hand look at some of the manufacturing operations in the region, and give you an opportunity to meet other students and working professionals. For example, students have been guided through Avcorp, Teleflex, Whitewater, Triumf, and Pacbrake facilities.

After you finish the course work, you will complete an industry project that involves applied research or technology transfer in a workplace setting, and deliver a final report that demonstrates the practical application of knowledge and skills in the manufacturing sector.

Program matrix

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1. Technology Studies Section
Required Courses: (15.0 credits)
Credits
  FMGT 7221 Manufacturing Cost Accounting 3.0
  MTEC 7017 Inspection Methods for Quality Control 3.0
  MTEC 7045 Industrial Design Process 3.0
  MTEC 7054 Manufacturing Control Systems 3.0
  OPMT 7023 Material Logistics 3.0
 
Major Elective Studies Courses: (12.0 credits required) Credits
  MTEC 7040 Applied Finite Element Analysis 1 3.0
  MTEC 7042 Plastic Product Design 3.0
  MTEC 7047 Advanced Engineering Materials 3.0
  MTEC 7048 Advanced CAD/CAE 3.0
  MTEC 8012 Advanced CAM Applications 3.0
  MTEC 8015 Fixture and Tool Design 3.0
  MTEC 8040 Applied Finite Element Analysis 2 3.0
  MTEC 8045 Design for Manufacture and Assembly 3.0
  MTEC 8046 Principles of Lean Systems 3.0
  MTEC 8050 Manufacturing Automation Systems 3.0
  MTEC 8055 Computer Aided Process Planning 3.0
  OPMT 7021 Quality Assurance 3.0
  OPMT 7026 Manufacturing Information Systems 3.0
  OPMT 8021 Design of Experiments 3.0
  OPMT 8025 Manufacturing Facility Layout and Analysis 3.0
 
2. Management Studies Section: (9.0 credits total required) Credits
Management Common Core Courses: (5.0 credits required)
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  TMGT 7122 Accounting for Technologists 1.0
  TMGT 7144 Human Resource Planning and Control 1.0
 
Elective Studies Courses: (4.0 credits required) Credits
  TMGT 7101 Engineering, Technology and Management 1.0
  TMGT 7102 Project Management/Resource Utilization 1.0
  TMGT 7121 Principles of Finance 1.0
  TMGT 7123 Technology Information Systems 1.0
  TMGT 7124 Technology and International Finance 1.0
  TMGT 7142 Technology Management Communication 1.0
  TMGT 7143 Problem Solving and Decision-Making 1.0
  TMGT 7145 Leadership in a World of Change 3.0
  HRMG 3205 Labour Relations 1 3.0
 
3. Graduation Project Section: (12.0 credits) Credits
All degree program students, after completing the prescribed course work, will have to complete an industry-sponsored project in their selected area.
  MTEC 7090 Research Methods 3.0
  MTEC 7092 Degree Project Planning and Management 3.0
  MTEC 8091 Manufacturing Degree Project 6.0
 
4. Liberal Studies Studies Section:(12.0 credits required) Credits
Mandatory Courses: (6.0 credits)
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0

Elective Courses: (6.0 credits)
All students will be required to achieve these credits in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.
 
Total Credits: 60.0

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

Learn more about the Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing Program!

Some of your work will be done in well-equipped labs and workshops, such as our manufacturing, robotics, or automation control systems labs (take a virtual tour of our lab), that simulate workplace manufacturing situations. The rest will be classroom lectures and discussions, supplemented by guided tours of real manufacturing operations.

Program length

As a Part-time Studies program, a period of three to five years may be required to complete the program. However, the degree must be completed within seven years from acceptance into the program.

Prior to acceptance into the program, candidates may complete:

  • a maximum of six credits of Technical Studies/Management course work, and
  • a maximum of 12 credits of Liberal Studies Component course work

Grading

Passing grade for the following courses is 65%:

The passing grade for all other courses is 50%.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Program structure

The general requirement for a Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing degree is a minimum of 60 credits from four components and at least two years of appropriate work experience. Candidates will follow their individually approved educational plan.

  Credits
1. Technology Studies Section 27.0
  - Common Core (Required) Courses 15.0
  - Major Elective Studies Courses 12.0
2. Management Studies 9.0
3. Graduation Project 12.0
4. Liberal Studies Section 12.0
Total 60.0

Graduating & Jobs

Advantage of an additional credential

A bachelor of technology degree from BCIT shows that you are accomplished, focused, and serious about your chosen career path. The hands-on experience that you complete at BCIT gives you a significant edge in advancing your career, because employers know that you can quickly become productive in a new position.

Broad range of employment opportunities

The manufacturing sector is large and varied. You can work in businesses of all sizes, or set up your own company or consulting firm. Career opportunities are available in almost every type of company that produces goods for consumers, businesses, or government.

British Columbia and many other parts of Canada have thriving industrial sectors. Your degree will also put you in a good position to find work in other parts of the world, particularly if you develop a distinctive expertise or specialty.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

A team of committed educators, staff and industry advisors work hard to help make you successful in the BTech Manufacturing program. You will be learning from highly qualified professionals who have extensive experience in the manufacturing industry.
  • Mick Andic, BASc, MASc, PEng, Program Head, Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing
  • Brent Dunn, BASc, MEng, PEng, Associate Dean
  • Trevor Williams, BSc, MSc (Mech Eng), PEng, Dean, School of Energy

Advisory committee

  • Michael Colwell, Kadant Carmanah Inc.
  • Brian Harris, The Original Cakerie
  • Richard Boon, Columbia Plastics Ltd.
  • Jason Simon Student, BTech. Program
  • Alec Rivers-Bowerman, E-One Moli Energy (Canada) Ltd.
  • Scott Staniland, Emily Carr University
  • Ted Bassett, BPM Management Inc.
  • Craig Williams, Vangear

Contact Us

If you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Program Assistant, Candace Marrington at 604-432-8521.

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