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Contact us Faculty of Engineering McMaster University


1280 Main Street West, JHE–A214 Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L7 Tel: 905-525-9140 ext.27174

Shaping the world we all know in more ways than you could imagine.

SEPT 2012

Engineering & You Are you a problem solver?

Why Choose McMaster? McMaster’s reputation for innovation and excellence continues to be the focus of the Faculty of Engineering.

Do you enjoy finding creative solutions?

T he Globe and Mail Canadian University Report 2012 gave McMaster top marks in: quality of education, most satisfied students, reputation with employers, atmosphere and recreation, and athletics.

Do you like to invent new ways of doing things?

Research Infosource, a leading R&D intelligence paper, ranked McMaster as one of the Top five Canadian Research Universities and ranked McMaster second in research intensity.

If so, then Engineering could be the career for you! Engineers design and build much of the world around us. They are problem solvers who can be found in every line of work and in any location around the world. From advances in medical equipment, to improving transportation and housing, engineers are involved in many aspects of society that touch us all. Whether you’re interested in traditional areas such as electrical or mechanical engineering to emerging areas

 cMaster was ranked in the Top 100 Universities in the World according to the M Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.  cMaster is one of only five Canadian universities listed in the Top 100 World M Universities according to the Times Higher Education Supplement 2012. The QS World University Ranking 2012 ranked McMaster in the Top 200. Our Vision McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering is committed to achieving and maintaining international excellence in education, scholarship, and community service. We strive to be Canada’s leading student-centered, research-intensive engineering Faculty.

need to get involved in building the world that you envision.

We work to ensure that our educational and research programs satisfy the growing demand for engineers in our evolving society, and emphasize a culture of mutual respect among faculty members, staff and students.

Engineering provides the flexibility and background for a future embracing many


in bioengineering and nanotechnology, you will gain the experience and skills you’ll

diverse and rewarding fields. Engineers make significant contributions to medicine,

technology and society, then engineering is a career you should consider. With a

03 Our Vision 04 Welcome 06 Student Life @ Mac 08 Clubs & Teams 10 Students are saying 12 Engineering I

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree you will have developed the research and

Engineering Programs:

analytical skills that will help you succeed, whether you choose a traditional field

14 Chemical 16 Chemical & Bioengineering 18 Civil 20 Computer

sports, communications, research, production, environment, education, natural resources, law, computers, architecture, entertainment and business. If you are creative, inventive and concerned with the complex interactions between

of work or follow a non-traditional career path.

22 Electrical 24 Electrical & Biomedical 26 Engineering Physics 28 Plan Your Degree 30 Materials 32 Mechanical 34 Mechatronics 36 Software 38 Software (Embedded Systems) 40 Software (Game Design)

Program Options: 42 Management 44 Society 46 International Studies 48 Co-op & Career Services 50 Computer Science (B.A.Sc.) 52 Bachelor of Technology 54 Mac Eng Online 55 Tours & Events 55 Contact Us


WELCOME to McMaster Engineering

David Wilkinson Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Kenneth Coley Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Opening our minds to new ideas and experiences allows us to discover fresh

As a new engineering student, you will be faced with many choices as

possibilities each day. Our goal in the Faculty of Engineering is to cultivate an

you navigate your way through University, pursue academic success and

environment that encourages everyone to achieve his or her full potential.

begin to discover your strengths and aspirations. Our Engineering Student

We do this by promoting a culture of interdisciplinary study, collaboration, diversity, and achievement. Moreover, we continuously strive to provide the resources that allow our students, staff and faculty to transform possibilities into realities, through experiential learning opportunities. This deeply embedded approach in our undergraduate programs is a core focus in the Faculty of Engineering, providing students with a rich and fulfilling university experience. Our Faculty is always evolving in terms of what we do and how we do it. For example, we have introduced several new programs that address emerging fields of knowledge and skills needed by industry and society. Furthermore, we are driven by the imperative to train engineers to think and work sustainably through the development of eco-effective design approaches. We have also expanded our international ties to provide students with greater opportunities to experience the global community in which we work and live. Feel free to visit us to feel the excitement and see how our students engage right from day one.

Services office, with a Director of Engineering I and academic advisors, is there for you from your first day of classes until graduation to assist and support you in working toward a satisfying career in engineering. At McMaster Engineering, students join an innovative and inclusive community dedicated to developing socially responsible, globally-minded engineers. We foster a love of learning and sense of personal dedication to excellence within a broader societal context of engineering. Our students are encouraged to ask questions, to become engaged with both their studies and the Mac Eng community of students, faculty and staff. We believe deeply that students excel by challenging themselves intellectually and creatively, and that this is best accomplished with a supportive network of faculty and staff dedicated to nurturing and guiding them through those challenges. It would be my pleasure to welcome you as a member of this exciting, diverse community so that you may discover your place in the field of engineering and pursue your future goals.

I look forward to welcoming you to McMaster as engineers-in-training.



Student Life @ Mac A ‘city within a city’, the McMaster community offers a wealth of activities and services to enhance your University experience.

Find out more at: Student Wellness Centre (SWC)

Community McMaster University, nestled in the Westdale neighbourhood, enjoys a small-town atmosphere with all the conveniences of a large city. McMaster’s scenic, tree-lined campus is close to all amenities. Nearby you will find entertainment and shopping districts, art galleries, theatres, parks and recreational facilities. On-site transit provides access to all major cities, including Toronto, directly from campus. Established in 1887, McMaster moved to Hamilton in 1930. Located on the western shore of Lake Ontario, Hamilton is home to over 7000 acres of recreational conservation areas. The Royal Botanical Gardens and the Bruce Trail offer outdoor activities for all levels of enthusiasts while Hamilton’s revitalized waterfront with Pier 4 Park and Bayfront Park has received international recognition. Visit, or for more details. ExCEL The Faculty of Engineering is preparing to build a new experiential learning centre, ExCEL, which will provide students with a space to develop their skills as engineers and leaders. It’s a living laboratory for sustainable technologies as well as a community space for student teams, clubs and societies. Find out more at 06

Student Success Centre - Orientation Student Life & Services McMaster offers numerous student services to help ease your transition into university. Check them out at or visit the listed links on the following page. The Office of the Registrar’s website is a great place to start your research about admission requirements, the application process, deadlines and campus tours. You can submit questions through Ask McMaster or even take a virtual tour. See

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)


International Student Services

 avid Braley Athletic Centre & D Ron Joyce Stadium

Meal Plans

Ivor Wynne Centre with olympic-sized pool

Residence & Off-Campus Housing

V arsity & intramural sports

S port Medicine & Rehabilitation Centre Indoor track, squash & racquetball courts, climbing wall, fitness centre, cycling studio

Student Accounts - Tuition/Fees Student Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Clubs & Teams Engineers Without Borders EWB, founded in 2000, taps into engineers’ passion to find solutions to one of the world’s most complex challenges: poverty. McMaster’s EWB chapter members work on campus and in the community to increase awareness of the complexities of international development. The chapter holds social events and presents workshops and presentations to more than 800 elementary and high school students annually. Each year, two students travel to Africa for the summer as Junior Fellows. The summer placement provides them an opportunity to work hand in hand with a rural community, using culturally appropriate technology to improve the quality of life. After the placement, the Fellows return to McMaster and share their experience and lessons learned with the chapter and community.

Mac Eng Musical


Hit musicals written, composed, produced and performed by engineering students:

Mac students may participate in any of the numerous clubs and activities that cater to almost any interest including:

The Phantom of the Mac Eng Alice through the Silicon-Dioxide Lens Hooke The Nightmare Before Exams The Transducers Mathemadness Artsy & the Geek The Whiz The ENG King

If you’re interested, check out or email

Women in Engineering The Women in Engineering Society offers programs aimed at helping female engineering students transition to university life and feel like part of our family. As they get to know their peers, develop friendships and find mentors, women at McMaster have the opportunity to take leading roles in all engineering clubs and events (i.e. MES executive, the annual musical, teaching assistants, faculty committees). McMaster Engineering is a caring community with no limits on what you can contribute or achieve. Find out more at:


 cMaster Student Union (MSU) M  cMaster Engineering Society (MES) M E ngineering Spirit Group (‘Redsuits’) C ampus newspapers & radio station (CFMU)  rama, choir, orchestra D  cMaster Mini Baja M  cMaster Racing Club (SAE) M C ustom Vehicles Team (MecVT) C oncrete Toboggan McMaster Solar Car Project Solar Power is a very real step towards a pollutionfree world and the McMaster Solar Car Project is taking that step. Students compete at international solar car events pursuing sustainable transport through solar-powered racing.

SELECT (Student Engagement - Leadership Education - Career Training)

SELECT is designed to provide experiential learning through mentorship, team projects and hands-on training. SELECT prepares our undergraduates for the ‘real world’ with essential skills for life. Discover more at


What our students are saying McMaster has a reputation as a great engineering school, and I love the beautiful campus. When I started my program, I didn’t know what type of engineering suited me, so the common first year ‘Eng I’ helped make my decision easy. I chose the International Studies program option and have focused my elective courses around environmental and social studies topics. This will give me a well-rounded view of how engineering impacts the world. In September, I will be greeting and orienting the incoming class as a Welcome Week representative or “Redsuit”. I am also in the Women in Engineering Society. McMaster Engineering has given me so much that I truly feel like this is my ‘home away from home’. Russul AL-Rawi | Civil Engineering and International Studies III

Engineering I gave me a solid understanding of the broader discipline and allowed me to discover my passion for chemistry and biology. That foundation helps me collaborate with other types of engineers on interdisciplinary projects, and has better prepared me for the workplace. As an NSERC undergraduate research award recipient, I’ve had the chance to work with Dr. Shiping Zhu in a Chemical Engineering Research group, gaining valuable hands-on experience. As part of the Mac community, I’ve joined student groups such as the McMaster Engineering Custom Vehicle Team, the Student Representative Assembly and McMaster Engineering Society. I’m also a part of the Bioengineering Society, the African Caribbean Association, intramural sports, and a mentor for a local FIRST Robotics team. McMaster’s welcoming atmosphere and rich student life has made it the right place for me. Andrew Toye Ojo | Chemical & Bioengineering Co-op III 10

I have always loved building things, fixing things, and taking things apart to see out how they work, so mechanical engineering was a natural fit for me. After hearing from my older brother what an amazing time he had as a Mac Eng student, choosing McMaster was easy; one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Mac has a fantastic reputation, a beautiful campus, and offers great extracurricular activities. As president of the Ski & Snowboard Club, a member of the Redsuits, and a member of an inner-tube water polo team, I’ve gained skills that can’t be learned in a lecture hall and made amazing friends. My time in Mac Eng has shown me the best years of my life so far, and prepared me for whatever I may encounter in the next chapter of my life. Jack McCormack | Mechanical Engineering IV

When I was in grade 11, the McMaster Engineering Fireball Show came to my high school. I was already in love with science and math, but the Show inspired me to consider engineering as a career. Then I visited the campus for a tour, and it immediately felt like home. I just knew I was going to go into McMaster Engineering. Mac’s attractive campus makes you feel like you’re in your own little village when you’re at school; you will always run into someone you know, regardless of time or place. The Faculty of Engineering is a tight-knit community, with a strong cultural backbone, and everyone is so friendly and welcoming. Erin Middaugh | Engineering Physics & Society III 11

Engineering I Eng I students gain a solid background in engineering fundamentals, while enjoying the opportunity to bond with all their peers in the Faculty regardless of future discipline choices. McMaster’s undergraduate engineering program, with its common first year (Eng I), provides students the opportunity to explore all of our numerous degree options before choosing an appropriate discipline in second year. Engineering I students work on design projects derived from a variety of engineering disciplines. Students gain a solid background in engineering fundamentals, while enjoying the opportunity to bond with all their peers in the Faculty regardless of future discipline choices. Annually, each department provides presentations and runs seminars to help students make informed decisions before choosing their discipline for Level II. Our faculty members’ involvement and leadership in research and graduate education results in specialized knowledge being passed on to our undergraduates. McMaster’s supportive learning environment includes:

COMMON FIRST YEAR At McMaster, Engineering students take a common Level I program with the following courses: General Chemistry

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Engineering Design and Graphics Engineering Mathematics Introductory Mechanics Engineering Computation Structure and Properties of Materials Waves, Electricity and Magnetic Fields

BEYOND LEVEL I At the end of Engineering I, students select one of the following programs: C hemical

Engineering Profession and Practice Safety Training

C hemical & Bioengineering C ivil

Complementary Studies Electives

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a director of Eng I, course coordinator, academic advisors, and specially trained teaching assistants

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the student-run McMaster Engineering Society (MES)

S oftware (Embedded Systems) S oftware (Game Design)

the new, five-storey, 125,000 sq. ft. Engineering Technology Building (ETB) the H.G. Thode Library of Science & Engineering Engineering Co-op and Career Services The spirited ‘Redsuits’ to welcome you to Mac Eng For key facts about admission requirements, academic policies, programs and courses, the Undergraduate Calendar is an essential tool.

PROGRAM OPTIONS C o-op International Studies  anagement M S ociety

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Chemical Engineering RESEARCH AREAS p olymer production and processing technology control of chemical processes bioengineering

What is Chemical Engineering? Have you ever wondered how to transform primary resources such as petroleum, natural gas and metals into car parts? What is involved in the production of plastics such as Teflon速? How would you build a fuel cell? Chemical engineers use the basic principles of chemistry, math, physics, biology and economics to design, operate and troubleshoot processes used to manufacture materials, develop energy sources and create new products from the nanoscale to automobiles. These processes convert chemical components and energy from one form to another and the products are the building blocks of almost everything around us. FOCUS OF STUDY Chemical Engineering students will develop: a strong foundation in the basic sciences problem solving, team, self-assessment and lifelong learning skills an understanding of the concerns of real industrial clients computer programming skills


interfacial engineering and nanotechnology membrane separations for biological materials or water treatment WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO Our Chemical Engineering graduates have gone on to work in a variety of organizations including: Nova Chemicals, Zenon Environmental, Dow Chemical, Dofasco, Proctor and Gamble, 3M, Uniroyal, Xerox Canada, DuPont, HEMOSOL, Huntsman Corporation, AstraPharma, Petro Canada. They may find career opportunities in which they may: process and refine fuels (gasoline, natural gas, propane) develop sustainable energy systems manufacture silicon chips produce the food we eat resolve environmental problems develop materials for water or fire proof clothing manufacture drugs, medical devices or biocompatible materials Some chemical engineers choose to pursue graduate degrees including Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Many chemical engineering graduates continue their careers in areas such as medicine, dentistry, law, business or teaching.


Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering RESEARCH AREAS biomaterials tissue engineering bioseparations

What is Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering? Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering is a unique five-year program offered in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster. Leading to a Bachelor of Engineering and Biosciences degree (B.Eng.Biosci.), it combines the core chemical engineering undergraduate curriculum with courses from the biological sciences and bioengineering. Graduates from this program will have essential chemical engineering skills and knowledge plus unique qualifications that will allow them to make significant contributions to the growing fields of biotechnology and bioengineering. FOCUS OF STUDY This program offers students core undergraduate chemical engineering training required for traditional careers as well as biological sciences courses in all areas of biotechnology, including medicine, processing and the environment. Students take courses in biology, human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry of macromolecules, cellular and molecular biology and the application of biological processes to chemical engineering through courses in bioseparations and bioreactors. Our leading edge facilities include expanded computer labs and laboratories in the bioengineering field to study topics such as hemodialysis, fermentation and biomaterials.


biopharmaceutical production and environmental biotechnology regenerative medicine biological wastewater treatment biosensors WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO Graduates from this program are extremely versatile, facing opportunities in both traditional chemical engineering and in Canada’s growing biotechnology industry. Home to over 530 biotechnology companies, Canada currently has the second highest number in the world, following the United States. Our graduates participate in the development of: pharmaceutical products with eco-friendly processes biocompatible biomedical devices efficient and better food and beverage production methods This program provides an excellent basis for graduate research programs in biomedical engineering, bioprocessing as well as other professional degrees such as medicine and law.

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Civil Engineering Students develop expertise in our Sustainable Infrastructure Design Studio, equipped with AutoCAD, GIS and specialized analysis software or the Applied Dynamics Laboratory, a large-scale structural testing facility. The Sustainable Water Quality Laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment for the assessment of physical/chemical/biological techniques for effective wastewater treatment and the achievement of water quality objectives. There is also a Geotechnical Laboratory with equipment to test soil compaction, consolidation and strength.

What is Civil Engineering? Look around you! Civil engineers have had a hand in virtually every infrastructure system you see in our urban environment, and continue to modify, expand or rehabilitate them as required. Civil engineering is the technology of planning for, and safely designing, constructing, maintaining and rehabilitating community infrastructure. Using common materials such as steel, concrete, wood, masonry and soil, civil engineers design and construct buildings, bridges, tunnels, dams, foundations, tanks, and many other facilities. Civil engineering students examine design concepts that employ new materials, and construction procedures that improve community infrastructure development and sustainability. FOCUS OF STUDY Civil engineering at McMaster integrates fundamental theory, practical laboratory work, experience in both analysis and design, and real-life examples. This comprehensive program will help you develop the proper skills to enter this exciting, challenging, and rewarding profession. Our undergraduates study: analysis and design of buildings and bridges structural and geotechnical systems materials analysis and design (steel, concrete, masonry, wood) foundation design water quality engineering environmental systems modeling ecological aspects of environmental engineering environmental impact and sustainability water and wastewater treatment




The need has never been greater for problem solvers who want to make a difference. Increasing population, deteriorating municipal infrastructure, climate change, and stressed ecosystems all add up to a complex set of challenges and interesting opportunities for the civil engineers of tomorrow. Some areas of research are: innovative techniques to increase the life of concrete and masonry structures mitigation of damage due to earthquake, blast and other extreme load situations fibre-reinforced polymers and materials used in bridges and structures

McMaster graduates in civil engineering continue to have a significant impact on the practice and development of the profession. Our graduates work in consulting, construction and private businesses, academia and all levels of government. Within these environments, graduates specialize in: d esign and construction of buildings and infrastructure systems

sustainable community designs solid waste management systems  atershed planning and storm water w management

earthquake engineering planning and public policy investigations and remediation of structures e nvironmental and water resources engineering s ustainable transportation systems

groundwater cleanup and site remediation


Computer Engineering RESEARCH AREAS biomedical engineering CAD/optimization/simulation, communications computer engineering

What is Computer Engineering? Computer Engineering uses scientific discoveries and practical knowledge in digital circuit technology to create devices and systems aimed at benefiting people. It encompasses computer hardware, electronics, digital communications, multimedia, signal processing, robotics, and other related technologies. Computer engineers apply structured engineering design principles and methodologies to solve problems and develop products. FOCUS OF STUDY Like other engineering programs at McMaster, this program will teach you fundamental principles and not focus solely on technologies that may quickly become obsolete. Students will find that, once they have completed the program, they easily learn to use whatever tools and techniques are current at that time. COMPUTER ENGINEERING VS. SOFTWARE ENGINEERING Computer engineering focuses on computer hardware and its interaction with software, while software engineering focuses on the logical development of software, with less regard to the underlying hardware.

image processing and multimedia microelectronics computer networks and signal processing photonics/optoelectronics WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO Computer engineers are currently in high demand in Canada. Graduates find employment in areas which are heavily dependent on computers such as: automotive industry police forces and the military communications electronics insurance banking computer hardware and software design Whereas one graduate may join a biomedical firm and design the software for diagnostic imaging equipment, another may start a company that develops commercial software. All of these jobs benefit the society in which we live and significantly contribute to the economy.



Electrical Engineering RESEARCH AREAS biomedical engineering CAD/optimization/simulation image processing and multimedia

What is Electrical Engineering?

microelectronics microwaves, networks

Electrical engineering involves the design of devices and systems that employ the flow of electrons to achieve useful purposes.


It encompasses electrical power generation and distribution, electronics, wired and wireless communications, optoelectronics, signal processing, robotics, computers, radar, medical imaging and many other technologies.

signal processing

FOCUS OF STUDY Electrical engineering students at McMaster develop a strong background in mathematics, chemistry, physics and communication skills. They also study fundamental courses in other departments such as the properties of materials, biomedical electronics, optical communication components and devices. Electrical engineering students have access to the Electronics, Control and Computer Laboratory with advanced equipment such as digitizing oscilloscopes, high-end computers and function generators. They may also use the Communications Research Laboratory, and the Power Research Laboratory where they are exposed to the most modern equipment in the telecommunications and power areas such as:

power engineering

WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO Electrical engineering offers an extremely broad background, preparing students for an array of opportunities in the workplace. For example, one graduate may decide to join a telecommunications company and design circuits for the next generation of cell phones, while another may join the Canadian Space Agency and design a satellite-borne radar system used to assist icebreakers in the Arctic. These and many others are examples of the vast and varied opportunities available to electrical engineers:

microwave network analyzers

telecommunications design

electromagnetic anechoic chambers

power systems design

power electronic research apparatus


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Electrical & Biomedical Engineering RESEARCH AREAS biomedical imaging and signal processing analysis of cardio-respiratory control implantable biological sensors

What is Electrical & Biomedical Engineering? Biomedical engineering is a fast growing field that involves the application of engineering science and technology to the solution of problems in medicine and biology. Scientific and technological medical advances, as well as financial pressures on Canada’s national health care system, have generated strong social and economic interests in the development of biomedical technologies. FOCUS OF STUDY Electrical & Biomedical Engineering at McMaster is a unique four-year undergraduate program that combines an electrical engineering degree with key courses in the biological sciences. Over the past decade, conceptual and technological advances in biological and medical sciences along with advances in information technology, instrumentation, biomaterials, and nanotechnology have created a need for engineers who specialize in this field. By the end of the third year, students in this program will have completed all of the pre-medicine courses required by the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for entrance into medicine at most Canadian and American medical schools. At that time, students also have the option to continue with our enriched fourth year curriculum, which provides an opportunity to complete a master’s degree by the end of an additional fifth year.


computational, theoretical and experimental neuroscience in motor, sensory and other neurological systems computer-based systems and techniques for recording and analyzing physiological signals medical robotics WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO Our students may choose to pursue careers as electrical engineers, or decide to enter the field of biomedical engineering developing new medical technologies and systems. They may also pursue graduate studies in electrical or biomedical engineering, neurosciences, medical physics and medicine. They could work in areas such as: wireless environmental or medical sensor systems computer-assisted minimal access or robotic surgery magnetic resonance (MRI) or other imaging methods patient diagnostic or monitoring instrumentation electronic patient devices for hearing, vision or muscle control


Engineering Physics RESEARCH AREAS

What is Engineering Physics? Engineering physics is about understanding and designing with very small objects such as electrons, photons and neutrons. The behaviour of electrons, photons and neutrons is the key to an array of diverse technologies such as electronics, optical and wireless communications, photovoltaics, sensors, lasers and advanced power sources.

Our faculty and graduate students are involved in a wide range of research specializing in electronic and optical materials, electro-optic systems, photonics, biosensing, and nuclear engineering. Graduates are well prepared to adapt to the rapid changes in technology certain to occur throughout their careers as the program emphasizes applications in: lasers applications biophotonics biosensing

Quantum mechanics, electromagnetic theory of light, nuclear transitions, electronic band gaps; solar energy; there is no question that engineering physics involves studying interesting concepts. These tools are being used to develop advanced technologies of today and tomorrow. We train students in the fastest evolving technologies, emphasizing fundamentals that never go out of date.

microelectronic devices


photovoltaics (solar cells)

Engineering Physics deals with the application of fundamental physical sciences to the solution of complex technological problems. In upper years of study, students have the opportunity to specialize in one or all of: Nano- and Micro-Device Engineering Nuclear Engineering and Energy Systems Photonics Engineering Many undergraduates regularly work in our state-of-the-art facilities, either for a senior project, as an intern, or as summer researchers hired by the department. Among those facilities are the Optoelectronic Device Processing Laboratory (“clean room�), the Photonics Research Laboratories, the Semiconductor Growth Facilities, and the Cellular and Molecular Sensing Laboratory. McMaster partners with high technology companies on many projects, providing possible career networking opportunities for our graduates.


nuclear engineering nanotechnology renewable energy

WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO A degree in engineering physics provides the broadest scientific background of any engineering degree available in Canada. Engineering physics graduates are seen as natural leaders of broad engineering teams necessary in today’s competitive environment. They bring a unique and versatile set of skills to careers in electrical or materials engineering, energy production, biomedical engineering or other technological disciplines. They have an important role to play in virtually any company utilizing advanced technologies such as photonic and electronic materials; development of microelectronic devices; integrated sensor systems; automated processing and fabrication systems; biomedical equipment; the production of medical isotopes; electronic packaging and power generation. 27

Plan Your Degree FIRST YEAR


* F = Fall Term W = Winter Term S = Summer Term Each term is a 4 month period.




Eng 1

B.Eng (Co-op)

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After a common first year, B.Eng. students select a discipline B.Eng.Biosci.*

Eng 1

B.Eng.Biosci.* (Co-op)

Eng 1

B.Eng.Mgt. or B.Eng.Society

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B. Eng.Mgt. (Co-op) or B.Eng.Society (Co-op)

Eng 1

Discipline Co-op


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+ Management, Society or International



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+ Management, Society or International

Bachelor of Technology B.Tech.

Technology 1


Co-op (8 months)




Computer Science B.A.Sc.

Comp Sci 1


After a common first year, B. Eng. students select a discipline: Chemical, Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Electrical & Biomedical, Engineering Physics, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Software, Software Engineering (Embedded Systems) or Software Engineering (Game Design). Disciplines may be combined with a Management, Society or International Studies option to provide many unique degree options. These options, however, are not available with: Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering, Electrical & Biomedical Engineering, Software Engineering (Embedded Systems) and Software Engineering (Game Design).



Co-op (4, 8, 12 or 16 months)


*Note: Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering (B.Eng.Biosci) is a unique five-year program, which, when combined with an extended co-op becomes a six-year program. Co-op: Our extremely flexible co-op program is available with 4, 8, 12, or 16-month work term options, which provide valuable career preparation experience. Students may opt to complete 4-month co-op terms during the summer months, adding up to the required 12 month minimum commitment. Alternately, they may select an extended co-op term (8, 12, or 16 months) after their next to final year of study to meet or exceed the minimum.


Materials Engineering


What is Materials Engineering? Materials engineering uses the knowledge of chemistry, physics, mathematics and biocompatibility to design new materials and improve older ones for the development of advanced technology. It embraces all aspects of the multitude of materials we use. Materials engineering studies the conversion of natural substances into products for structural, microelectronics, optical, and biomedical use, by using chemical and physical methods. These materials may include metals and alloys, ceramics, glass, polymers, microelectronic devices and bio-compatible products and composites. FOCUS OF STUDY The study of materials is crucial for most engineering fields, and few universities in Canada offer this discipline. McMaster’s Materials Engineering program has a common core, emphasizing basic physical chemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics, materials structure and materials processing fundamentals. Major emphasis is placed on the relationship of materials properties to processing and to their engineering function for proper materials selection in engineering design. Upper year students may specialize in areas such as: metallurgy nanomaterials polymers electronic materials

Materials engineering research is carried on in several centres, including the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, McMaster Steel Research Centre, GMC Centre for Automotive Materials & Corrosion, the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute and the Brockhouse Institute for Material Research. Exciting research areas in the department include; organic/ polymer electronics, polymer fuel cells and systems, lightweight automotive materials and the development of sustainable steelmaking processes and products. Some of our faculty and graduate students work in the rapidly developing areas of nano-engineering and thin-films. WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO Materials engineers work in a variety of areas, including the extraction, production, processing, design and selection of materials for: aerospace components automotive materials industry transportation systems information and communications systems optical and optoelectronic components biomaterials electronic devices recycling and development of environmentally friendly materials energy production (nuclear, fuel cells)


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Mechanical Engineering What is Mechanical Engineering? Mechanical engineering is a diverse discipline that encompasses nearly all types of physical components, devices and systems ranging from microscopic gears to giant space stations. Specifically, mechanical engineers use the principles of physics and mathematics to conceive, research, design, manufacture, test, control and maintain a wide variety of mechanical systems such as cars, airplanes, automated systems, and power plants.

The Thermofluids Laboratories, which have two atmospheric wind tunnels, single- and multi-phase flow loops, boiling heat transfer and turbulence facilities with a wide range of instrumentation. Additional laboratories utilize machine tools, industrial robots, laser measurement systems, dynamic analysis equipment and cutting edge software. We also have a fully equipped machine shop which the students may use to build prototypes of their designs. Our extensive laboratory facilities allow hands-on experience with: engine performance control

gas turbines


heat pumps

robot programming


vibration analysis

metal cutting

RESEARCH AREAS Through strong ties to industry, government, and other Centres of Excellence, our researchers work with others around the world to create knowledge and find engineering solutions to many societal problems and challenges.

FOCUS OF STUDY Mechanics is a branch of physics that deals with the interaction of forces on a physical body and its environment. Our Mechanical Engineering program is generally divided into three major areas: Manufacturing and materials design and developing manufacturing processes studying the properties of materials and developing new materials Mechanics and design innovative design of mechanical systems

WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO Mechanical engineering is involved in the production of nearly all physical devices and technological systems. Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program may pursue: equipment design and manufacturing automotive and aerospace engineering human factors engineering

Thermal-fluid sciences study of liquid and gas flow, heat transfer, thermodynamics and combustion

control systems

For students interested in a combined B.Eng./M.Eng. degree (in manufacturing), McMaster offers a five-year program to provide this option. For example, a mechanical engineering student could graduate at the end of year five with a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering plus an M.Eng. in Manufacturing.



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Mechatronics Engineering What is Mechatronics Engineering? Mechatronics Engineering is a modern discipline that transcends the boundaries between embedded systems, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. Mechatronics engineering is commonly defined as “the discipline that focuses on the design and control of electro-mechanical devices” or “the integration of electronics, control engineering and mechanical engineering.” Today’s designers are faced with the task of combining elements of these fields while coping with the miniaturization of components and use of prefabricated parts. The synthesis of different technologies is already included in modern precision engineering. Continuing developments in miniaturization and fabrication continue to provide further challenges for mechatronics engineers. The demands of current and future technologies require engineers with interdisciplinary skills. The breadth of education required by mechatronics engineers will not only provide such skills in the short term, but will enable them in the long term to effectively adapt to rapidly shifting technologies.

RESEARCH AREAS The synthesis of different technologies and various disciplines leads to research in many areas, such as: robotics automation control systems embedded systems, microcontrollers mechanical systems electro-mechanical devices electrical devices WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO Mechatronics engineers are employed in all sectors, including: manufacturing (controlling robots) automotive industry (hybrid cars) aeronautics industry (fly by wire) plant control (i.e. chemical, pharmaceutical industry) robotic surgery

FOCUS OF STUDY McMaster University has designed an innovative Mechatronics program that offers a balance of mechanical, electrical and software engineering focusing on software-controlled, electro-mechanical systems design. This program gives students a solid foundation in these areas, then exposes students to a suite of innovative mechatronics specific lab-based courses for a hands-on experience that provides significant advantages in today’s job market.


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Software Engineering What is Software Engineering? Software engineers master the fundamentals of engineering like their colleagues in electrical, chemical, civil, computer, and mechanical engineering but specialize in the design and development of computer systems and software. Software is essential because it would be prohibitively expensive to manufacture custom hardware for each industrial application. It is used to tailor computer systems to meet the diverse needs of industries such as banking, aviation, communications and chemical companies. It is the program, the set of instructions that control the computer, which turns a general purpose piece of hardware into something that performs specific tasks. It is software engineers who bear the ultimate responsibility for the usability, safety and reliability of the final product. FOCUS OF STUDY At McMaster, we have applied well-established principles of engineering education to the software engineering specialty. Our students study all aspects of engineering in first year before they move on to focus on software engineering. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to design:

RESEARCH AREAS McMaster’s research group in software engineering is known throughout the world and has received a great deal of support from both government and industry. Bell Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) established an Industrial Research Chair in Software Engineering at McMaster and Bell Canada subsequently provides support for McMaster’s Software Quality Research Laboratory (SQRL). Because of this strength, our Faculty was the first in Canada to develop a software engineering program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO Since software is now used in every type of organization, and in designing every type of device, career opportunities for software engineers are essentially unlimited. McMaster prepares students for a career in this rapidly changing field by emphasizing fundamental design principles, material that will still be useful and valid decades from today. Graduates of this program may pursue careers in:

efficient human/computer interfaces

biomedical field

economically viable software product lines


software interfaces for team projects

computer industry

Software engineering students also learn how to:

power, chemical or automotive industry

use logic-based automated development tools systematically inspect and test software develop computer security systems estimate a computer systems’ projected performance write user-friendly, technical documentation



Software Engineering Embedded Systems

What is an Embedded System? An embedded system is a specialpurpose system in which the computer is completely encapsulated by or dedicated to the device it controls. Unlike a general-purpose workstation or personal computer, an embedded system performs one or more pre-defined tasks, usually with very specific requirements. Since the system is dedicated to specific tasks, software engineers can optimize it, reducing the size and cost of the product. Embedded systems are often mass-produced, benefiting from economies of scale. Did you know that over 90% of the software deployed today is not running on a personal computer but is embedded in products such as cell phones, cars, MP3-players and medical devices? Just have a look around your home, or even in your pockets and in your bag and you will most likely find embedded systems. FOCUS OF STUDY The Software Engineering (Embedded Systems) program exposes students to the elements of embedded systems design such as electrical power and electronics; physical interfacing of digital and analogue electronics with the computer; and, software design for embedded systems and digital signal processors (DSP). Hands-on labs give students the opportunity to design, document, implement and test embedded systems.


RESEARCH AREAS Some of the diverse research areas conducted within the department include: computer vision control systems discrete-event systems robotics software design, software specifications embedded systems, microcontrollers mechanical systems electromechanical devices electrical devices power electronics WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO

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Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in: a utomotive industry (digital dashboard, advanced stability control) aeronautics (GPS, instrumentation) cell tower control software laboratory instrument development


Software Engineering Game Design

What is Game Design? Software engineering and game design involves animation, real-time simulation, multimedia and the aspects of designing and implementing interactive games and data visualization. Electronic games are major drivers in the development of computer hardware and software. Graphics processors, 4D virtual reality modeling, real-time systems and control, animation tools, user interfaces and sensory feedback have all been heavily influenced by the demands of game designers. In turn, the technology from the gaming industry is driving countless other fields including digital image processing, audio and visual modeling, flight simulation, military training, design prototyping, architectural visualization and animation. Entirely new fields outside engineering, such as interactive arts and digital music, are being made possible by the technology. New areas of research, such as computationally efficient mathematical models to accurately simulate physical environments, are also emerging. FOCUS OF STUDY This program complements courses in software engineering with a selection of courses studying the design and implementation of interactive computer games and data visualization. It emphasizes user interfaces, real-time reactive systems, physically accurate simulations, and the human aspect of software. The curriculum gives students an introduction to physics and psychology as well as an understanding of multimedia.

RESEARCH AREAS Our researchers in engineering study computer architecture and graphics processors, virtual reality modeling, real-time systems and control, real-time animation, and computer game interface design. The multimedia aspect of our research involves digital imagery, audio and visual digital media, animation and interactive digital culture.

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WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO As well as being considered highly competitive for other software development jobs, graduates of this program often find employment in: computer gaming aircraft simulators military training simulators u ser-interface design computer graphics and animation data visualization virtual product testing

Students will develop the creative ability to tell stories, design compelling worlds and animate interesting characters within the technical and scientific aspects of software engineering. In addition to the focus on game design, this program produces first-rate software engineers who can: design world-class user interfaces for any kind of software understand the balance between simulation accuracy and efficiency understand the human aspect of software communicate with artists and multimedia developers After graduating with a B.Eng. degree, students can add a graduate degree by staying for one more year and completing the Advanced Credit M.Eng.



Engineering & Management What is Engineering & Management?


This unique five-year program includes all the learning of a fully accredited engineering degree with the core learning of a fully accredited business degree. The program provides an interesting and challenging educational experience and, upon graduation, an expanded range of career options and a competitive edge in the employment market. Engineering & Management is available with all engineering disciplines except Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering, Electrical & Biomedical Engineering, Software Engineering (Embedded Systems) and Software Engineering (Game Design). See page 28 for a list of possible degree program options. Entry into the program is by competitive application, based upon grade point average in Engineering I. Students enter the program at the beginning of second year, and must have completed Economics 1BO3 in year I with a minimum grade of ‘C’(5.0). In addition to the courses required for their specific engineering discipline, Engineering & Management students take the following courses: accounting business analysis

b usiness strategy economics

finance human resources

marketing organizational behaviour


Three integrated Engineering & Management courses integrate the technical and business perspective and teach skills such as effective business communication, team building, project management, creative group processes, and innovation management. Discussions include how companies develop technical products while providing benefits to their customers and financial return to the firm. The capstone course requires students to work on a major project with a local business, or business start up, which contributes to the solution of a technical/business problem. WHY ENGINEERING & MANAGEMENT? Students of this program have distinct advantages as they: acquire both business and engineering skills are highly valued by employers often receive a premium salary in their first job h ave expanded career choices, particularly in management positions are able to access an accelerated, one-year MBA are able to access an accelerated, one-year MEEI from the Entrepreneurship Stream are better positioned to start their own technology based business WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO

Optional Entrepreneurship Stream Engineering & Management students are eligible to apply to join an Entrepreneurship Stream in which students will take courses in the Masters of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation program. In this program, students work to create their own business while they acquire entrepreneurial skills.


Our graduates are versatile, dynamic and motivated and find employment in fields such as: project management, business management, production/operations management, technical marketing, consulting, R&D management, engineering design or as entrepreneurs.


Engineering & Society What is Engineering & Society? The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University is the first and only one in Canada to offer a program of this kind. Building on the framework of the conventional engineering curriculum, the Engineering & Society program examines the complex interactions between technology and society. It allows students to focus elective courses in an area of interest outside the Faculty, providing a valuable interdisciplinary opportunity. This program as a whole is designed to develop broadly-educated, resourceful engineers who candirect their own learning,communicate well, and interact effectively with others. The Engineering & Society option is available with all engineering disciplines except Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering, Electrical & Biomedical Engineering, Software Engineering (Embedded Systems) and Software Engineering (Game Design). Students apply for admission to the program near the end of their first year and are accepted upon successful completion of Engineering I. ENGINEERING & SOCIETY COURSES History of Technology Technology and Society Society Capstone Design Preventive Engineering: Environmental Perspectives Inquiry in an Engineering Context I, II and III Focus Electives groups of courses focused on a central theme or subject area example areas include: geography, languages, drama, philosophy, music or business students may be eligible to obtain a minor in their chosen area


WHY ENGINEERING & SOCIETY? There are many unique features and advantages to this program including: meeting industry’s need for broadlyeducated engineers acquiring a multi-disciplinary education exploring the human side of engineering d eveloping self-directed learning and independent research skills investigating the complex interactions between technology and society WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO Most employers are looking for engineers who are competent in more than their technical area. They highly value strong communication and critical thinking skills. Here are a few of the companies that our graduates are working for: 3M Bell GE Zenon IBM Global Services Environment Canada

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Dr. Bria n Baetz

Proctor & Gamble Arcelor Mittal (Dofasco) Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Our Engineering & Society graduates have a broad range of opportunities available to them: environmental consulting, public industry research, social-technical policy, city planning, green design for sustainability, conservation authorities, federal, provincial & municipal governments, third world development, resource industries, industrial relations, communications, and any industry related to the graduate’s specialization.


Engineering & International Studies What is Engineering & International Studies? The effects of globalization are profound, particularly in the engineering profession, where companies routinely draw talent and resources from the entire world. It is not unusual to find, for example, complex systems designed by dispersed North American and European teams, manufactured in China, programmed using software developed in Russia, sold in South America, with technical support from India. In such an environment, an engineer must be able to function in a multitude of cultural settings and be able to coordinate widely-dispersed and heterogeneous teams. The Engineering & International Studies program is designed to help develop engineers with these capabilities. ENGINEERING & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COURSES In an Engineering & International Studies program, students take all discipline-specific engineering courses of a regular four-year program over five years interspersed with courses in anthropology, history, political science, and religious studies. Through inquiry and project management courses, global issues are explored in great depth. WHY ENGINEERING & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES? This program has been introduced to train future engineers to better understand the complexities associated with global project management. Students in this stream will develop an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the different cultural, political, religious and historical backgrounds of potential collaborators. They will also obtain additional technical training in areas that are particularly important in international settings, such as international project management. WHAT MAC GRADUATES DO The objective of this option is to develop highly skilled engineers who are able to function globally with an appropriate background. Graduates will be ideally suited to work for either private or public industries, as well as government and non-government agencies with a global focus.


Graduate Studies Looking Ahead An engineer is a creator and inventor, concerned with the complex interactions between technology and society. The integration of engineering disciplines paves the way to an exciting and limitless future. McMaster’s commitment to focusing on interdisciplinary collaboration provides an ideal environment leading to that success. Integrating leading-edge research into our programs sustains, fosters, and promotes innovation in our academic environment. The Faculty of Engineering offers a broad range of graduate studies within three established graduate schools. WALTER G. BOOTH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING PRACTICE This school (SEP) was created to meet the need for engineers to understand the increasingly complex issues they face both globally and within local communities. Through its three centres, SEP promotes interdisciplinary studies at the master’s level, through the: Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation Arcelor Mittal Dofasco Centre for Engineering and Public Policy GMC Centre for Engineering Design McMASTER SCHOOL OF COMPUTATIONAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE This School (CES) offers programs that leverage McMaster’s internationally renowned expertise in computation and its applications in science and engineering. CES exposes students to cutting edge, industrially relevant multidisciplinary training in: Computational Physical Sciences Computational Optimization, Design and Control Computational Biosciences McMASTER SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING McMaster’s Faculties of Engineering and Health Sciences have come together to create a unique research and training opportunity.This school (SMBE) provides a unique collaborative environment that leverages our existing expertise in medical sciences and engineering, and links current and emerging areas of molecular, medical and bioengineering research.


Co-op & Career Services Engineering Co-op & Career Services


Engineering Co-op & Career Services (ECCS) offers valuable services to our undergraduate students. Our primary focus is to work with students as they develop career and employment related goals.

ECCS maintains a portfolio for each co-op student, detailing his or her experience including: work term reports and evaluations; employer evaluations; and work samples that a student may wish to add. This portfolio can be used to help secure employment upon graduation.

All McMaster engineering programs include the co-op option; however, co-op is not mandatory for graduation. In order to achieve a co-op designation, students are required to complete a minimum of 12 months of work experience. Securing work terms is a highly competitive process; marks are important. ECCS assists students in the search for suitable co-op opportunities, but students are also encouraged to source their own work terms. McMaster’s engineering co-op program provides maximum flexibility for both students and employers. Possible co-op program options include: three 4-month summer terms (May-Sept.) one 4-month summer term plus one 8-month consecutive term (September - April) one 12- to 16-month consecutive term CO-OP REGISTRATION Engineering students may register up until term 1 of their final year of study.

CAREER SERVICES Career services are available to all students registered in the Faculty of Engineering. To assist in the career and employment planning process, ECCS offers: on-campus recruitment employer and staff-led workshops resume critiquing service by staff and trained peer helpers one-on-one counselling sessions corporate information sessions career resource centre CONTACT INFORMATION ECCS is located in Engineering Student Services, JHE A214. We are available Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You can reach us at (905) 525-9140 ext. 22571 or email

Students must be in good standing in the Faculty of Engineering to register for and continue in the co-op program. Successful completion of ENGINEER 1EE0 (co-op prep course) is mandatory. Students completing the co-op requirement via consecutive 12- or 16-month terms must have completed their next-to-last year of study prior to beginning the work term.



Computer Science (B.A.Sc.) Computer Science (B.A.Sc.)


Whether it be keeping in touch with someone across the globe or predicting the effect of climate change, every aspect of our world is impacted by computer technologies. Many of today’s fastest-growing companies were founded by computer scientists.

Business informatics involves designing information systems to provide maximum utility and value in an organization. First of its kind in Canada, McMaster’s Honours Business Informatics program looks at how people work and how organizations function, and considers the design and implementation of IT systems that support their operation. The program combines the fundamentals of computer science and business studies with a focus on the planning, development, implementation, operation, optimization and economic use of information and communication systems. The business courses are offered by McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business.

McMaster’s Computer Science program is designed to be flexible and meet the needs of an ever-expanding market.


The Department of Computing and Software, in the Faculty of Engineering, offers two four-year Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) programs in Honours Computer Science and in Honours Business Informatics. Students enter a common first year, Computer Science I, before specializing in Level II. In your core courses, you will learn: how to analyze programs for scalability in relation to managing data sizes and user requirements to define problems through dialogue with users and subject-matter experts problem-solving strategies developed by computer scientists over the last few decades

Computer Science Since software is essential in almost every area of business, computer scientists find careers in every industry: creating a start-up company

writing physics engines

building user-interface (UI) frameworks

designing distributed systems and more

Business Informatics Business informatics specialists liaise between IT and business administration staff. They are often in high demand for: business process modeling IT-support optimization

e-business management d atabase system design & maintenance

In addition, you can apply your elective courses to your interest in a wide range of subjects like psychology, history, geography or political science. HONOURS COMPUTER SCIENCE The Honours Computer Science program offers courses designed to develop students into highly knowledgeable and skilled systems analysts, database specialists, programmers, and system administrators. Additionally, it prepares students for an accelerated master’s degree. The program is built around three core areas: programming, software design and systems. Students are trained in modern systems-oriented topics such as distributed, networked, secure, high-performance, and web-based systems.


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Technology I (B.Tech.) Like science, math, and computers? Learn best by doing? Interested in business? The B.Tech. program is designed for students like you. You’ll earn both a McMaster University degree and an advanced diploma from Mohawk College in a program that combines classroom studies in technology and management with labs and industry experience. FOCUS OF STUDY Employers have asked for graduates that are versatile, innovative, and ready to hit the ground running in an evolving industry. For this reason, B.Tech. students learn in three dimensions – they study theory and management practices in lectures, gain hands-on skills in labs, and experience the engineering industry first-hand during one 4 month and one 8 month co-op work placement: B.Tech. streams: Automotive and Vehicle Technology: Learn about the design, operation and manufacturing of advanced combustion, hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. Work with CAD for component and system design and the use of simulation tools. Study vehicle safety, design, mechatronics, advanced electronic control systems, and the selection of advanced materials for vehicle manufacturing applications. Biotechnology: Study genetic engineering, cell biology, molecular and microbiology, analytical instrumentation, and bio processing. Learn about the latest research in immunology, virology, genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics. Process Automation Technology: Develop highly tuned analytical and design skills, and gain specialized knowledge in sensors, instruments, actuators, industrial networks, process control and automation, SCADA, programming, statistical process control, Internet technologies and integration of plant floor data with business systems. 52

WHAT B.TECH. GRADUATES DO B.Tech. graduates are workplace-ready, able to move from the shop floor to the executive suite, or onwards to studies in Master’s or Ph.D. programs. Automotive and Vehicle Technology graduates are in the driver’s seat! They design and manufacture automotive and vehicle components, systems, and cars of the future. Our graduates: develop new hybrid and green vehicle technologies design power and control systems, engines, and bodies conduct crash tests and safety audits streamline production processes in manufacturing plants Biotechnology graduates join the public and private sectors to conduct cutting edge research and innovation – Canada ranks among the top 5 countries in biotechnology! Our graduates: conduct research and development in bioindustry (biofuel, food, and pharmaceutical industries) monitor quality control & assurance of biomaterials specialize in areas such as bioinformatics, genetic & protein engineering, nanobiotechnology, and bioremediation apply forensic biology techniques in areas such as criminal forensics Process Automation Technology graduates use hardware and software to improve the efficiency of plants and labs in fields such as petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, and primary steel. Our graduates: design control systems and assembly lines develop and program robotics program computer databases and processing software advise on safety policies and procedures for automated technologies Contact: Lindsay Carrocci Recruiting & Promotion Coordinator 905-525-9140 ext. 20221 53

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