McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Program

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Alex Braun

Alex Braun

Class of 2011

Stream: Computing & Information Technology

College: Mohawk College

 


It was time to get a degree - it is almost a prerequisite in today's competitive work environment. However, the prospect of spending 7 or 8 years completing a degree part-time was too much.

Then B.Tech. program came along and recognized my graduation from Mohawk (Computer Systems Technology, 1989), giving me that 2 year boost. It was just the program I was looking for.  This allowed me to complete my degree part-time, while working, in just four years.

The B.Tech. courses, both management and computing, are substantive and provide good learning opportunities to all who take them.  The professors are professionals who offer real world experience and theory and are leaders in their areas of specialization.   The courses offered provide exceptional breadth in the Computing & Information Technology environment and each course is presented and delivered in depth.

Having graduated from the B.Tech. program, I was motivated to strive to greater educational achievements.  I am now enrolled in the Masters of Engineering in Public Policy program at McMaster University.

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Ryan Cole

Matt Colby

Class of 2012

Stream: Computing & Information Technology

College: Niagara College

 


My convocation from the Bachelor of Technology program was the morning of Friday, November 16th, 2012.  As fate would have it, that afternoon I signed an employment contract for a management position. A degree and a promotion all in one day! 

The management courses integrated throughout B.Tech. have been instrumental in this career move. In the Technical Entrepreneurship class, I created a hypothetical business plan for a company which focused on solving the current day issue of eWaste by demonstrating that a profit could be produced by recycling the valuable metals in electronic products.  

Remembering the theoretical company I designed in class, I recently had the opportunity to practically implement the concept in real life.  Specifically, I am working to streamline the company’s eWaste disposal methods across Ontario, increasing corporate responsibility and transforming one of our greater costs into a benefit to the company and its employees.  Revenue generated from our eWaste is reinvested in the company as employee perks such as holiday dinners and employee rewards - a great incentive.

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Gord Rowe

Matt Colby

Class of 2000

Stream: Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Hometown: Welland, ON

College: Niagara College

 


I was one of the first students to be registered into the BTech program when it was introduced. I read the ad in a trade magazine delivered at work, where I immediately made the call to start a very promising path.

I had a Mechanical Engineering Technologist diploma from Niagara College and I was progressing in job positions in the automotive industry. I set out to climb the ladder, but because I didn't have a degree I was only considered for a limited amount of positions. I started taking additional training to fill the gap. I took technical, management and business courses to try to make my resume and skill set more attractive to move up in responsibilities.

I was a product designer and I really wanted to move into advanced engineering where all the initial design and customer interactions took place. I was passed over in an internal interview and felt like I had hit the career wall.

I started BTech and saw this as a great opportunity to gain the depth and ultimately the recognition to move to the next level. I did the entire program at night which was a real challenge some days because the automotive industry is fast paced and demanding. The courses, semesters and years flew by as I was enjoying each course more and more. Personally, it was a great accomplishment to stick with it and see it through it the end.

I made a lot of friends during those years both students and instructors and was grateful for the help and support. I did get the position I wanted in the company and it paid off for me with a degree and for the company with multiple patents and design awards for our customers.

After my BTech completion, two more co-workers followed my path to get into the same advance engineering department where they had successful careers. The company was delighted to have this program where workers that wanted to upgrade had a proven path to follow.

I took a year off after graduation to enjoy my family and friends. The following year a coworker wanted me to join him in doing our Master's degree. The program was offered by the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute (ADMI). I again took up the challenge and within 2-1/2 years I was back on stage in front of the chancellor, this time I was not kneeling, I was standing as I received my Master's degree in mechanical engineering.

That degree gave me the tools to accelerate my career to Engineering Manager, Assistant General Manager, Technical Director and Manufacturing Engineering Manager looking after large scale launches, driving engineer teams and participating in corporate planning.

Time flies by when you're busy, but I will never forget my first class in BTech wondering if I made the right choice. Well I have no doubt that it was the right one and for years now, I believe all the students that came through the BTech are happy they have done so and have their own success stories.

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Njegos Bijelic

Matt Colby

Class of 2012

Stream: Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Hometown: Kitchener, ON

College: Conestoga College

 


I chose B.Tech. because I knew that I could get a considerable amount of credit for the college work I had already completed. Once I started the program, I was inspired by the Manufacturing Program Chair, Dr. Eu-gene Ng, who told me that I have the capability to pursue education at the Master’s level. The B.Tech. management courses in particular helped me develop literature review skills that can be very useful when performing research studies.  The B.Tech program forces you to become better at organizing your time which prepares you for graduate school.

I have always had the interest in testing materials under fire and visualizing its fire behaviour.  My co-op experience at Linamar also influenced me to move more towards research work.  In January 2012, I began Master’s of Applied Science program in Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Waterloo with a Graduate Research Scholarship. Once I graduate from this program, my plan is to either work for a fire consulting firm or continue my studies at a PhD level.


Roberto Ribeiro

Matt Colby

Class of 2012

Stream: Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Hometown: Kitchener, ON

College: Conestoga College


After finishing high school I was poised and ready to start a career as a tool maker; however, after spending the summer months trying without luck to secure a position as an apprentice, I decided that going to a college to complete the in-class portion of my apprenticeship would be beneficial. After spending eight months in this program I recognized that it wasn’t a good fit and I had the requisite skill set, aptitude and drive to become one of the individuals (engineers) working on the “air conditioned” side of the plant.

This abrupt change in career path was more difficult than initially anticipated due to that fact that my high school career and courses were chosen based on the expectation that I would remain in the trades until retirement. Not wanting to return to high school, I decided that the diploma program would the best path.
 
After graduating the three year diploma program and finishing among the top of my class I was very interested in pursuing additional education. During this diploma program I began evaluating the available options after college. I decided to take a full four undergraduate degree in engineering, however, had to begin the program from year 1 due to the lack of transfer credits offered by most universities. At this point I knew that I wanted to work towards a Ph.D.

During my first term in the undergraduate degree program I recognized that the program simply wasn’t a good fit. Knowing that the end goal was a Ph.D. I reassessed my options and recognized that the best path after college was the Bachelor of Technology program at McMaster University. This program would get me to my next academic milestone in the most efficient manner in the pursuit of my dream of obtaining a PhD.

Once again I was able to excel academically in the B.Tech. program and finished top of my class in just 24 months. Post-graduation I applied for a Master’s of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo and was accepted to start in the fall of 2012 with a Graduate Research Scholarships and Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

The most beneficial aspect of the B.Tech. program was having multiple great professors which acted as my mentors during my time spent in the program. Even today I know that any of the professors I built a relationship with are still willing to offer career and academic advice. In addition the learning environment in the program was very welcoming and effective at getting the required material across. I have recommended the program and will continue to recommend it due to the great value it has added to my post graduate life and career path.

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Royston Rebello

Matt Colby

Class of 2010

Stream: Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Hometown: Toronto, ON

College: Humber College


After graduating from B.Tech. in 2010, I decided to pursue graduate level education. I chose the Master of Science in Systems Management at New York University. I selected this program for many reasons, but in short, it’s a unique multi-disciplinary program which emphasizes strategic management and leadership. When I finish, I plan to work as Strategic Development Manager for a business that is just starting-up.

The B.Tech. courses in management were important in preparing me for graduate level studies because they touched on many related business aspects that I see also in my Master’s (e.g.  SWOT analysis, Strategic Methods, Economics).

If I had one piece of advice for current or prospective B.Tech. students it would be: no matter how difficult the courses may be, focus on the end results. B.Tech will open a lot of doors and allow you to compete for the same position as a B.Eng. graduate -- spoken from experience!

I would definitely recommend this program to others. I have achieved what I set out to do after graduating because of the knowledge and skills gained from the B.Tech. program.

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Matt Colby

Matt Colby

Class of 2011

Stream: Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology

Hometown: Hamilton, ON

College: Mohawk College


I graduated from Mohawk College in 2007 with a diploma in Architectural Technology.  When I began my college career, my plan was to get a diploma and get a job.  As I began to get some professional experience through my co-op work terms, I began to realize that many doors would remain closed to me without a university degree.

In my final semester at Mohawk, the Bachelor of Technology program at McMaster was being advertised to our graduating class.  As graduates of a technology program, we would be eligible to enrol in the B.Tech program. For me, the decision to take on the B.Tech. degree made sense.  I knew I wanted a university degree, and the program would give me credit for the education that I already had.

When I decided to register for the B.Tech. program, I had also decided on the company that I wanted to work for.  As a B.Tech. student, I was able to take advantage of McMaster's Engineering co-op program.  From previous experience I had learned that entering a company as a co-op student was a great way to make inroads. I was able to find a co-op job in my field with my target employer. At the end of the work term, I was able to transition straight into a full time position at the company.

My new full time work position meant that I could no longer be a full time student.  The flexibility of the B.Tech. program made this possible.  I switched from 4-5 classes per semester with a part time job to 2 classes per semester with a full time job.  My employer even agreed to pay for my classes.

When I look back now, as a recent graduate, I am confident that I made the right decision when I registered for this program.  The flexibility of the B.Tech. structure allowed me to change my class schedule to suit my work schedule, and the courses that I attended have complimented my professional development every step of the way.  I am now able to leverage my new degree to market myself and pursue a Professional Engineer license.

My experience with B.Tech. has been a positive one.  Although completing the program can be a long road when you work full time, it is very doable if you manage your time effectively.  I would recommend the B.Tech. program to anyone who finds themselves in a similar position to the one that I found myself in when I graduated from college.

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Iman Saddik


Class of 2012

Stream: Computing & Information Technology

Hometown: Hamilton, ON

College: Mohawk College


In 2006, I graduated from Mohawk College in the field of Computer Science Technology in the Software Engineering (co-op) stream. My last co-op term was at Rutherford Controls where I later got hired on full-time as the Business Analyst.

I decided to come back to school and do my Bachelor’s degree at McMaster to further my technical and management skills. The B.Tech. program at McMaster is geared specifically for this. I spoke with some current students who praised the program, so I knew it was definitely something I wanted to do.

This program has helped me in many ways, specifically relating my studies to the working world. After graduating from McMaster I plan to look for a management position. I am also considering getting my master’s degree at McMaster, but would like to work for a few years before I go down that path.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jason Wight


Class of 2011

Stream
: Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Hometown
: Oakville, ON

College:
Sheridan College


I am currently employed with Ontario Power Generation Pickering Nuclear and work as a Senior Technical Engineering/Officer. I started B.Tech. in September 2006 and successfully completed my studies in April of 2011.  

I chose to pursue a Bachelor of Technology as the program catered to full time employees who were interested in continuing their education and wanted to obtain an undergraduate degree on a part time basis in the evening.  The B.Tech. Program gives individuals the unique ability to do this while gaining invaluable work experience in concert.  In addition, management courses were woven into the B.Tech program which I was interested in as having an engineering degree coupled with knowledge of business management practices is highly sought after. 

Moreover, the B. Tech. program was the first step in my goal of becoming a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.  
 
Upon completion of B. Tech. I enrolled at the University of Waterloo where I am currently completing a Master’s of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and focusing on Green Energy studies, since sustainability of the environment and reducing my carbon footprint is very important to me. 

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Gajendra Hangular

Class of 2011

Stream: Manufacturing Engineering Technology


Gajendra describes the Bachelor of Technology Degree Completion program in Manufacturing Engineering Technology as his “second chance” at a rewarding career.

Despite years of engineering experience, with a college diploma from India, Gajendra faced multiple roadblocks finding a career in his field.  The choice to upgrade to a university degree was an easy one. “I knew that this program would give me the credentials and education that I needed to move forward,” says Gajendra.

Upon graduation in Spring 2011, Gajendra was awarded the McMaster Association of Part-time Students (MAPS) Gold Medal, a prestigious award given to the McMaster student with the highest overall cumulative average. Significantly, this is the first time ever that the Gold Medal was awarded to a Faculty of Engineering student.

Motivated by his success in the B.Tech program, Gajendra is pursuing a research-based Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Gajendra continues to excel at the graduate level and, in 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Alexander Graham Bell scholarship by the Natural Sceinces and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

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Imtiaz Yusuf

Class of 2007

Stream: Manufacturing Engineering Technology

College:
Conestoga College


The Bachelor of Technology program at McMaster University not only provided me with a mixture of practical and theoretical engineering principles , it also provided me with the foundation to pursue a Master of Engineering degree (M.Eng.), a Professional Engineers of Ontario License (P.Eng.) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

 

 

 

 

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Marin Vratonjic

Stream: Manufacturing Engineering Technology


The B.Tech. program provided me with stimulating intellectual challenges with diverse and varied tasks in the areas of engineering science and manufacturing management. The science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems is one of the strengths of B.Tech. This strength has made me extremely competent as an engineer and a future technological leader. The bachelor degree that I obtained was only the beginning of the formation of my career as an engineer, but it was the most valuable, rewarding, and challenging degree that provided me with an engineering foundation to pursue graduate studies, professional engineering, and now a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering.

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