A Career in Mechanical Engineering Awaits You!BCIT offers a great range of credentials and career paths in the exciting field of mechanical engineering. Students have the flexibility of preparing for careers as engineering technologists or as mechanical engineers. BCIT’s bachelor programs offer a path to professional accreditation and designation as a professional engineer. All programs emphasize the practical aspects of engineering and working as a member of a collaborative engineering team.
The ProgramsMechanical engineering technologists may work independently or with mechanical engineers in designing, drawing, developing and modifying various types of products, machines, mechanical systems and manufacturing processes. Mechanical engineers will generally have a greater role in developing methods of analysis and solutions for open-ended design problems, whereas the engineering technologist will usually focus more on applying current knowledge and practices to the solution of specific technical problems.
No matter which career path you choose, your education and training at BCIT will provide entry to exciting careers solving a wide range of technical problems in diverse industry settings.
* Entry is competitive. Prerequisite of Mechanical Design Option plus additional math courses and a minimum 70% GPA.
The Bachelor of Engineering B.Eng - Mechanical is a full-time four year program designed to provide a pathway to registration as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in BC.
The Bachelor of Technology - Manufacturing (BTech) is a part-time studies baccalaureate degree designed to provide career enhancement opportunities for working graduate engineers and technologists as they prepare for advanced employment in the manufacturing field.
Mechanical engineering students complete a common first year of courses, studying theoretical and practical aspects of mechanical engineering, such as:
- Mathematics, calculus, and physics
- Computer-aided design (CAD)
- Engineering graphics
- Computer applications and programming
- Engineering materials
- Technical communication
After the successful completion of first year, you choose to continue on an engineering degree or a two-year technology diploma track, specializing in Mechanical Design, Mechanical Systems, or Mechanical Manufacturing.
Summary of ProgramsBCIT’s Mechanical Engineering degree program offers a hands-on approach to develop critical and creative thinking and effective problem solving that helps students be that much more ready to solve engineering problems on the job. At the same time, the program curriculum focuses on the development of strong analytical skills in the technical disciplines of mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mechatronics and mechanical design. Prerequisite: Design Option plus additional mathematics and 70% GPA.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program has three distinct options at the diploma level. The first year of the program consists of the same set of core courses for all options; courses in the second year vary according to the specific option taken.
The Mechanical Design option focuses on machinery design, fabrication and production technologies, thermal and fluid systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, material science, instrumentation and controls, computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided engineering (CAE).
The Mechanical Manufacturing option focuses on the entire product design and production cycle, including production technologies, process automation, material properties, and manufacturing management strategies such as material resources planning (MRP).
The Mechanical Systems option teaches students how to design and install energy-efficient and economically practical equipment in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. The Mechanical Systems option focuses on providing comfortable, healthy, safe environments using heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing, environmental controls, and fire protection systems.
The Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing will give you advanced knowledge and skills in automation, robotics, manufacturing processes, new-product design, project planning, and business management.
The Mechatronics and Robotics program is a unique, multidisciplinary combination of courses that blends knowledge from the fields of electronics, mechanics, and computer programming to provide you with both theoretical understanding and practical skills.
Check out all our programs for a career in mechanical engineering that is just right for you!