June 17, 2013
Last week, 41 students graduated from the Bachelor of Technology combined degree/diploma program. Those specializing in Biotechnology and Automotive and Vehicle Technology are in the first graduating class for the McMaster-Mohawk partnership program, which takes 4.5 years to complete and includes 12 months of co-op work. This is the third graduating class for the Process Automation Technology stream.
Although the grads participated in the Spring Convocation, classes officially ended in December 2012 and alumni have already hit the ground running in the job market. Tharmilan Selvathurai, for example, was hired by Honda Canada as a Design Engineering within 1 month of finishing the Automotive and Vehicle Technology program.
According to Tharmilan, he was hired for his knowledge of CATIA, a software that is regularly used in the industry, but rarely taught in Canadian universities. “My primary work duty is to use CATIA to design reusable steel crates and packaging for shipping the parts from tier one suppliers to the assembly line. The job environment is great and what I love the most is that I get to apply the skills learned in the B.Tech. classroom directly to my career.”
Process Automation Technology grad, Kavya Divakarla began in a Master of Applied Science program at McMaster in January. Kavya has received an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in her first year and NSERC Scholarship in her second year to study Electrical and Computer Engineering.
"It’s been very busy so far,” says Kavya, “though the management courses taught in B.Tech. have helped me to manage my schedule and encouraged me to get involved in extracurriculars.” This summer, Kavya will join her teammates in Ohio for the International Future Energy Challenge competition finals. They are the only Canadian team to make it this far in the competition.
Pursuing a career in management, Weston Kendall began in January as an Operations Management Trainee for Bunge, a global agribusiness and food company. According to Weston, the B.Tech. co-op work terms acted as a “soft launch” into a career and allowed him to have a clear idea of how to navigate the workplace. In this new role, he has the opportunity to rotate through departments and get a feel for different areas of the company.
Other starting positions for alumni of the combined degree/diploma program include: Manufacturing Engineer (General Motors), Design Engineer (Tigercat Industries), Management Associate (US Steel), Owner/Founder (2 Social/LXRY Magazine), Immunochemistry Technologist (Sanofi Pasteur), and Electronics Production Lead (Marlex Engineering).
An additional 91 students from the degree completion program for college graduates also participated in convocation, making this the largest ever B.Tech. graduating class!
Lindsay Bolan, Marketing and Communications Strategist, McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Program 905-525-9143 ext. 20221