Delivery mode: ONLINE
- The first, third, and fourth years of the Mechanical Engineering program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
- The second year will be delivered in a BLENDED format. Please see the Mechanical Engineering Technology – Mechanical Design Option for more information.
- Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
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.
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. Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (EGBC) 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.
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.
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.
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.
The program information below provides a synopsis of the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering program. You will find out about the topics you 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.
Graduating & Jobs
Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, sell and manage products, projects and processes, in natural resources, manufacturing, 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 defence.
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 defence.
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.
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.
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
Mehrzad Tabatabaian, PhD, PEng
Program Head, BEng, Mechanical Engineering
Mohammad Alemi, PhD, PEng
Vahid Askari, PhD, PEng
Henry Chang, PhD
Olivian Ciobanu, PhD, PEng
Program Head, Mechanical Design
Johan Fourie, PhD, PEng
Greg King, MBA, PEng
Stephen McMillan, MEng, PEng
Program Head, Mechanical Manufacturing
Sirine Maalej, PhD, PEng
Neil Munro, BASc, PEng
Program Head, Mechanical First Year
Taco Niet, PhD, PEng
Koorosh Nikfetrat, PhD, PEng
Joseph Poon, MSc, PEng
Program Head, Mechanical Systems
Cyrus Raoufi, PhD, PEng
David Stropky, PhD, PEng
Rageey Youssef, PhD, PEng
Brian Ennis, BTech, MEd, AScT
Adrian Fengler, DiplT, AScT
Brian Gaensbauer, BTech
Adam Marciniak, BEng
Martin Strange, BEng, PEng
Christopher Townsend, DipIT
Brent Dunn, MEng, PEng
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.
Murray Latta Progressive Machine Inc.
Janox Fluid Power Ltd.
Trane Canada U.L.C.
Wexxar Packaging Inc.
Kadant Carmanah Inc.
Vanrx Pharmasystems Inc.
Mehran Zargham, Project Manager- Fleet PMO, BC Ferry Services
Mehran Zargham entered BCIT’s Mechanical Engineering program in 2011 and right away was motivated to become a dedicated and involved student. During his first and second year, he joined BCIT’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB), helping it grow from being merely a campus club to becoming an initiative recognized by EWB’s National Office in Toronto.
In his second and third year of studies, Mehran was the president of the Mechanical Engineering Student Society (MESS) and team member of the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Baja project. The objective of Baja is to design, test, and build a recreational off-road vehicle (yes, from scratch!) and compete with it in an annual competition alongside other universities from across North America. Mehran was part of the first team that put BCIT’s Baja team on the map.
During his third year, he spent four months in an international Internship in Shanghai China with Lloyds Register, a London engineering firm, and applied his skills in machine design and strength of materials to conduct shaft alignment, fatigue, and torsional vibrational analysis for designing ships.
After graduating from the degree program in 2015 Mehran worked as a project engineer for a Meridian Marine Inc., a shipbuilding company, where he delivered one of BC’s innovative renewable energy projects–Water Wall Turbine–which, with the help of tidal energy, delivered electricity to Dent Island. Around that time, Mehran applied to UBC’s Masters of Engineering (MEng) program, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Working part-time to complete the project for Meridian Marine Inc., Mehran was able to finish his master’s degree. Before graduating he received a job offer from Lloyd Register to work around the world as a surveyor.
Mehran spent the next year and half working in Toronto, London, Southampton, Venice, and many other cities, where he gained valuable experience. He came back to Vancouver after getting hired as a project manager for BC Ferries, where he is currently working. Mehran is responsible for managing multiple ship refits in planning, executing, and closing stages, and he works closely with his project team to develop preliminary and detailed business cases and deliver projects on time.
Mehran stated, “BCIT, with its practical approach to learning and the caring professors, helped me gain the necessary knowledge and skills to land on my dream career path.”
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