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Wondering what it would be like to be in B.Tech.? Hear it straight from our students and alumni!

 


Gurman Johal

Class of 2020

Stream: Biotechnology

Hometown
: Brampton, ON

High School: Sandalwood Height S.S.

I just completed my first year of B.Tech and I have to say I have fallen in love with the program. One of the things that really attracted me to the program was the hands-on experience. Which can be seen even in first year through the various labs we did in chemistry, biology, electricity and other courses.

Another part I really liked about the program is the small class sizes that allows you to really get to know the professors and overall provide a better learning environment. Thanks to the small class sizes, its very easy to get to know everyone and make friends the first day. But overall my favorite part of the program has to be the professors, you could tell since the first day of class that they are really passionate about their jobs and go the extra mile to ensure your success.

So if you're someone who loves hands on learning, small class sizes and want to be prepared for industry, B.Tech is definitely something you should consider.

If you have any questions please do feel free to email me, I was in your place once too and probably had the same questions and I would be more than happy to answer them.

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Steven Chau



Class of 2018

Stream: Process Automation Technology

Hometown
: Mississauga, ON

High School: Streetsville Secondary School

Hi! As a third year B.Tech. student, I can confidently say that the program is amazing and second to none. Coupling hands-on experience to support the academics, there are ample opportunities to extend learning beyond just the classroom. For example, the co-op program initiates the process of turning a student into a working professional. With at least 12 months of experience prior to graduation, a significant advantage is gained over competing graduates who may not have had the opportunity to gain as much experience as this program offers. Beyond just the education and co-op opportunity, the connections and relationships that I have gained this far in the B.Tech. program are invaluable to me in the future, both personally and professionally.

The B.Tech. program continues to be my first recommendation for those who are looking to apply to the realm of engineering and even business, as it provides a comprehensive overview of both technical and management education. I attribute much of what I have been able to achieve to the program and those whom I have met throughout the years. Please feel free to get in touch with me about any questions you might have!

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Moutaz Yahya



Class of 2019

Stream: Automotive & Vehicle Technology

Hometown
: Mississauga, ON

College: Humber College

I'm a 2nd year student and a Humber College alumnus with an advanced diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology who loves cars in particular and technology in general.

B.Tech. seemed like a better choice for me than B.Eng. because of all of the hands-on and lab work that we do at MARC. For the people who don't know, MARC stands for McMaster Automotive Resource Centre, which should tell you a bit about how much McMaster University has invested in automotive research field and how amazing the AVT program is.

But don't get me wrong, B.Tech. is not an easy program! It will still require some sleepless nights, a lot of passion for technology, and you'll get through it with an amazing group of friends.

I'm always open for questions and conerns! Contact me (Taz)!

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Natalie Brown



Class of 2019

Stream: Automotive & Vehicle Technology

Hometown
: Mississauga, ON

High School: Cawthra Park Secondary School

I am currently completing my second year in the Bachelor of Technology program and am one of few girls in the Automotive and Vehicle Technology stream. So far, I am really enjoying the program. The McMaster-Mohawk joint curriculum has a great balance of hands-on and in-class learning, which makes each day different and exciting. Another aspect I really appreciate is the focus on job searching and preparation for entering the workforce. The courses related to this topic have me feeling prepared and eager to start my first co-op term this summer.

I have also really been enjoying getting to know my fellow B.Tech. students and getting involved in things like the Bachelor of Technology Association and their events. The BTA events are a great way to participate in fun outings with the people you spend most of your time with in class.

Feel free to message me if you have any questions about B.Tech. or my experiences!

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Ilker Hadzhalaran


Class of 2019

Stream: Process Automation Technology

Hometown
: Oakville, ON

High School: White Oaks Secondary School

I have recently completed my first year of B.Tech. at McMaster University. At first, it was difficult to adjust to my university lifestyle, but soon enough, I was able to make friends and become comfortable with the classroom environment. I found that the professors were friendly and the small class sizes created a good learning atmosphere.

I commuted from Oakville to McMaster, so if you're considering commuting, I can tell you more about it.

I also enjoy the co-op aspect of the program. So far, I have worked as a research assistant for my first co-op term.

So far, it has been a good experience overall.

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Zachery Dickson


Class of 2017

Stream: Biotechnology

Hometown
: Grand Prairie, AB

High School: Sexsmith Secondary School

I came from Northwestern Alberta after finding this program on the McMaster website. I was already interested in biotechnology, and the program seemed to offer the perfect balance of theoretical and hands on learning, as well as general skills and work experience.

Now an experienced B.Tech. student, I can say that appearances were NOT deceiving! I have had 12 months of co-op experience: 4 with the program itself, and 8 months at Sanofi Pasteur, the world's largest human vaccine company.


 

Shivam Rhode


Class of 2016

Stream: Process Automation Technology

Hometown: Mississauga, ON

High School: Edmund Campion Catholic SS

I really enjoy being in the B.Tech. program, mainly because of its diversity in courses and the friendly environment. I am currently a Co-op Mentor for B.Tech. and I am in my final year. This journey has been full of surprises and learning experiences of which I have enjoyed every minute.

Thanks, B.Tech., for the wonderful experience and memories that I am going to cherish forever.

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Prashanti Naram

Prashanti Naram
Class of 2016

Stream: Process Automation Technology

Hometown: Brampton, ON

High School: Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute

I am currently completing my fourth year in the Process Automation Technology stream. Initially I was quite confused as to which program I should apply to. But then I came across B.Tech and I learned that this program allows students to learn in a hands-on manner. In addition to this positive aspect, B.Tech class sizes are also much smaller than the usual university class size. This allows students to build strong relationships with peers and instructors.

After completing the past years in this program, I believe that I made the right decision in choosing B.Tech. The small classroom sizes have allowed me to build connections with both my peers and professors. Also, the hands-on experience has helped me learn tremendously. By implementing the theory learned in class, in a lab environment, I was also able to thoroughly understand the concepts. 

Altogether B.Tech is a wonderful program. In just 4.5 years, students are able to obtain 12 months of co-op experience, a diploma, a certificate in business management and a university degree. I would strongly recommend this program to others. I'm very glad I made the right decision in choosing B.Tech!

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Kizhana Dominique


Class of 2016

Stream: Biotechnology

Hometown
: Scarborough, ON

High School: Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute

I am currently completing my fourth year in Biotechnology. When I initially applied for university, I was really worried about it, as I knew that students find it difficult to adapt themselves from high school to a university environment. During that period I bombarded myself with questions like:

"Am I applying to the correct program?"
"What am I going to do if I don't enjoy the program?"

Once I got into the program, I found out that adapting from high school to a university environment wasn't difficult at all. That was largely due to the class size that gave us - the students - freedom to bring up our questions and concerns with our professors. The small classes also enabled us to develop close relationship with peers with whom we spend time with until graduation.

What I mostly enjoy about the program is the amount of hands on skills students develop throughout the laboratory experiments. I absolutely enjoy this hands-on experience. I am currently working on a project for a capstone course which encourages students to research a topic they are interested in, design experiments and eventually come up with an improved product or protocol.

The mandatory co-op component of the program is also a great way of getting the students out there to discover wonderful career opportunities. This also enables the students to connect and develop their network with the industrial world and have a successful career upon the completion of the program.

Students will have a university degree, advanced diploma and 12 months of work experience upon graduation. What could be better than this? I strongly believe that I made an excellent decision in choosing the B.Tech. program!

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Jason Patrascu

Jason Patrascu

Class of 2016

Stream: Automotive & Vehicle Technology

Home Town: Grimsby, ON

High School: Grimsby Secondary School

Like most high school students, I found myself lost in a long list of post-secondary options. I was always a strong student, but I had a passion for cars. Since I was young I was fascinated by fast cars and the technology found in them. It wasn't until high school when my father and I took on a project car together, that I knew I wanted to take my new found knowledge one step further. That's when I knew that the automotive industry was the place for me. My father, who is also an engineer, heard of the B.Tech program and recommended I looked into what the program had to offer. Hands on experience, mandatory co-op and small classrooms all contributed to what sounded like a perfect education for me ... I knew right away that McMaster was where I wanted to go.
When I first arrived at McMaster I was overwhelmed by all the new faces and opportunities that surrounded me. The program's small classrooms helped me quickly become familiar with the students and professors in my stream and helped me find my place within the B. Tech community. Our classes are now full of like-minded friends who continuously push each other to new levels.

For my first 4-month work term, I worked at Fiat Chrysler Automobile as a Production Supervisor where I supervised 60+ line workers on the engine line. For my 8-month work term I worked at Linamar Corporation as an Engineering Co-op Student. My first 4 months were spent at LPP where I created operator instructions, tracked inventory of prototype parts and assisted with assembling prototypes during their launch phase of a new product. For the second half of the 8-month work term, I was transferred to Quadrad where I designed fixtures, created process drawings, and aided in updating engineering documentation.

All in all, the Bachelor of Technology program at McMaster University is an amazing program and there isn't a day that goes by where I regret my decision! Graduates acquire a useful degree, an advanced technical diploma and a management certificate all while developing their skill set in the workplace. Not to mention that graduates also have the option to pursue an M. Eng, MBA or other professional designations such as their P. Eng or PMP.




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Mitchell Kos


Class of 2016

Stream: Automotive and Vehicle Technology

Hometown: Oakville, ON

High School: St. Ignatius of Loyola

I'm honest when I tell people the B.Tech. program was not my first choice for post-secondary education. I had some confusion and doubts as to the style of learning and the potential for competitiveness with other engineering graduates. However, my father, being an Engineer and a Project Manager, discovered the program and convinced me to apply and register in the B.Tech. program. His reasoning being he saw a very large gap and need for university students with not just engineering tehory but with hands-on, technical and manageement or business exposure or experience. He saw great value in the engineering principles that were paired with the management courses in B.Tech.

I can honestly say that it's been the greatest choice of my life! Knowing I'll be leaving school with at least a year of co-op industry experience, a unique and useful degree, an advanced technical diploma, and a business management certificate is almost unbelievable! Not to mention, the opportunity to pursue M.Eng. or other post-grad opportunities, including P.Eng. and other business-related professional designations as well!

I've always been fascinated by mechanical systems, robots, and especially airplanes! I was also strong in math and theory but I had a desire to learn how things worked by working with them hands-on, which was a perfect match for B.Tech.! Last year, I finished my private pilot's license and have hopes on continuing that further. The students I'm paired with in this program are all like me: we like working with our hands, asking questions, problem solving in a technical and logical methodology, and we all have a drive and love for our respective streams. The B.Tech. streams are all very diverse, but not strict in form. They offer a lot of crossover opportunities to oversee a broad range of subject matter.

Currently, I'm a Process Engineering & Maintenance Group Leader for General Motors Canada, located at the Oshawa Assembly Plant. In my previous terms with GMCL, I have been in both production and maintenance supervisory positions, having recently completed an 8 month co-op placement as a Quality Operations Supervisor. When I finish the program, I will have more than sixteen months of co-op experience completed with them.

I cannot say enough good things about the B.Tech. program. The students are smart, outgoing people with a drive to learn. The faculty is filled with knowledgeable and experienced professionals.

After graduation, I have plans to pursue my M.Eng. in Manufacturing at the W Booth School of Engineering Practice here at McMaster University and eventually move onto perhaps an MBA, my CIM, my P.Eng., and my PMP!

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Yuxin Wu

Yuxin Wu
Class of 2016

Stream: Process Automation Technology

Hometown: Hubei, China

While seeking co-op employment, Yuxin found that the content of her courses made her highly employable for job market within the Process Automation Technology industry. This was largely because of the balance in theoretical knowledge and hands-on laboratory experience in which B.Tech. students partake. Yuxin has said that "[the] laboratory component [was] the best way for me to fully understand the concepts and applications used in the biotechnology industry."

Yuxin found that the there was plenty of support in securing both of her co-op placements. Supports she has highlighted include: job search assistance, resume and cover letter editing, interview coaching, and course content that focuses on employable skills.

Outside of the laboratory experience and co-op support Yuxin also enjoyed the small class sizes of B.Tech., which allows faculty to better mentor each student. Socially, Yuxin points out that "small class [sizes] create a tight knit B.Tech community [that acts] as a second family."

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Jonathan Brunath


Class of 2016

Stream: Process Automation Technology

Hometown
: Burlington, ON

High School: Robert Bateman Secondary School

Ever since I was a kid, I've been fascinated by electronics, computers, and machinery. In high school I was really into programming and the software side of things, as well as mathematics. However I also really enjoyed working in the auto shop and chemistry labs. I thought that I would have to choose either a university degree with nothing but theoretical knowledge or a college degree with only technical skills.


So, when I heard about the B.Tech. program, that offers high level theory AND practical technical training I was immediately hooked. B.Tech. did not disappoint my expectations, and I would highly encourage anyone looking to further both their engineering theory knowledge and their practical hands-on technical skills to look into applying for the program.


I have completed my 12 months of co-op now and am half way through 4th year. Getting a co-op for me was all about connections and practical out of class experience with computer systems. I worked as a software developer for a company here in Hamilton, and had the opportunity to work with a variety of computer and automations systems. This included installing thin client PC’s, programming, installing, and testing a PLC system, writing a C# application to control a dual HD camera system, and designing custom versions of Microsoft Windows 8 to deploy computer software of embedded computer systems. Co-op is by far the most important aspect of B-Tech. The hands on work experience, lab experience, and diverse in-class material all together give graduates a wide based to build their career on. 
If you have questions about my experience in B-Tech or with co-op’s feel free to contact me below!

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Syeda Beenish Ajmal

Class of 2016

Stream: Biotechnology

Hometown: Milton, ON

High School: The Woodlands Secondary School

 

Syeda was first attracted to the B.Tech. program because of its unique experiential approach to university education.

At first, Syeda found university to be a bit overwhelming, but overall, that fear gave way to excitement and satisfaction with her program selection.

About B.Tech., Syeda has said, "I am very happy that I made the decision to apply and accept a position in the Bachelor of Technology program. I think the most rewarding aspect of this program is the application of theoretical skills in the laboratory environment and the hands-on technical skills obtained."




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Devon Scardamaglia


Class of 2015

Stream: Biotechnology

Hometown
: Dundas, ON

High School: Highland Secondary School

When I first started at McMaster, I was enrolled in Environmental Science. After a year, I realized that program wasn't for me and that's when I came across B.Tech's Biotechnology stream. I liked the idea of theoretical learning as well as hands on learning in the lab, plus the co-op work experience - it was a no-brainer. This program was the perfect balance! 

Now a B.Tech Biotechnology graduate, I'm currently working for a specialty pharmaceutical company in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Because of my time in the program, I was well prepared for the transition from school to the workplace. I'm glad I found this program and I'd highly recommend it to others!

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Emily Reid


Class of 2015

Stream: Biotechnology

Hometown
: Hamilton, ON

High School: Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School

Emily transferred to B.Tech. after completing her first year of the B.Eng. program. About her program change, Emily has said that she "[hasn't] looked back once!"

What Emily particularly valued about the B.Tech. program was her extensive time in the lab and the managerial/business side of engineering technology, having taken several business management electives like Organizational Behaviour, for example.

Prior to graduation, Emily had her sights on pursuing either her MBA in health administration or a Master's in Engineering and Entrepreneurship at the W Booth School of Engineering Practice. With these grad programs, Emily was aiming for a job in hospital administration and management.

In addition to preparing for grad school, Emily participated in several extra curricular activities to complement her education. These activities included: Canada's Next Top Ad Exec, the SELECT engineering leadership program, and becoming Co-VP Marketing & Communications of the new McMaster Entrepreneurship Association. She also spent much of her time volunteering at the McMaster Medical Centre.

To prospective Biotechnology students, Emily has said," Take it from a student [who] never even took biology in highschool[:] the Biotechnology program is amazing, and I do not regret taking the chance to pursue my passions. B.Tech consistently produces a high caliber of young professionals, and it is my hope to change my industry with the skills the program [has taught me]."

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Adriana Perri

Adriana Perri
Class of 2015

Stream: Biotechnology

Home Town: Richmond Hill, ON

High School: St. Theresa of Lisieux

I have enjoyed this program immensely and I strongly believe that graduates are thoroughly prepared for entry in the Biotechnology workplace upon graduation. When I initially began looking for a university program, I knew I wanted to be involved in biology however I did not want to become lost within the large umbrella of Life Sciences. When I discovered this program I realized I could still learn about the subject I had interest in, as well as gain necessary engineering, business and hands-on skills for the competitive job market. It’s important to study something you are interested in and something that will give you skills to move forward once you graduate. For me, I believe this program has met both of these aspects.


I completed the 12 months of co-op work experience in various divisions of the biotechnology industry. My first 4 month co-op position was a laboratory assistant position with McMaster, modifying the experiment syllabus for various courses. My second co-op position was with Apotex Inc., Canada’s largest generic pharmaceutical company. This was an exciting opportunity to experience the fast-paced work environment of the pharmaceutical industry. My last co-op position was in the Water and Wastewater department of a municipality, shadowing water operators completing daily water sampling, chlorine residual and various other tasks. I believe co-op is a great opportunity to broaden your workplace skill set as well as obtain work experience in many different positions. This not only broadens your skill set, but gives you a chance to determine where your interests fit within the very large biotechnology industry.

This program, in my opinion, is a perfect combination of engineering, business and science. It is one of the most unique programs, combining theoretical knowledge along with laboratory applications and co-op work experience. This program has proved to me that anything is attainable with hard work.

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Priyanka Nayak


Class of 2013

Stream: Biotechnology

Hometown
: Mississauga, ON

 

Priyanka was always fascinated by subjects like biology, genetics, and microbiology in high school. Nevertheless, she was not 100% sure if the Biotechnology stream of the B.Tech. program was what she wanted to study.

After joining the program, she realized that she had made the right decision. In Priyanka's opinion, the best thing about B.Tech. is the balance between practical experience and learning theoretical concepts in class.

Priyanka was also pleased that she had the opportunity to better her resume and cover letter writing as well as her interview skills through ECCS when it was time for her to complete her co-op requirements. Priyanka completed her co-op with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a Lab Assistant.

Priyanka would recommend B.Tech. to anyone who enjoys practical activities and lab work. She has also noted that Biotechnology is for students whose interests lie in illness prevention, genetic traits, gene manipulation, and recombinant DNA technologies.

 


Brandon Cabral


Class of 2013

Stream: Process Automation Technology

Hometown
: Mississauga, ON

 

During his 4.5 years as a Process Automation Technology student, Brandon found that what he thoroughly enjoyed about B.tech. was the experiential learning components: laboratory experiments, project assessments, and co-op placements.

Brandon built a portfolio of experience and industry connections during both of his co-op terms, first at Zarpac Performance Index and then at Bunge North America. As a result of his academic background and co-op work experience, Brandon was able to find work shortly after graduation. He is currently working at the Royal Bank of Canada as a Technical Solutions Analyst.

About the practical aspect of B.Tech. and the required co-op, Brandon has said, "With B.Tech you don't just practice & improve your technical background, but also provide a balance with business management knowledge & perspective. You'll find this after taking the many management oriented courses built in the program structure. It's imperative that you continue to keep yourself well-rounded & balanced so you have the best of both worlds as this is what employers are looking for."

There are many graduate level options after completing B.Tech such as pursuing an MBA, M.Eng or P.Eng. Don't limit yourself, go for your dreams!

Brandon has completed co-op work terms at Zarpac Performance Index and Bunge North America. He is currently working at Royal Bank of Canada as a Technical Solutions Analyst.


Alex Massiah


Class of 2013

Stream: Automotive and
Vehicle Technology

Hometown
: Oakville, ON

High Schoo
l: Oakville Trafalgar High School

 

Alex was in the second year of the B.Eng. program when he decided to transfer to B.Tech. After learning about the program, Alex knew that the small class sizes and hands-on approach to learning would suit his learning style perfectly.

Alex had labs where he took apart engines and transmissions, but he has also had to learn advanced mathematical skills. This demonstrates B.Tech.'s balanced curriculum of practice and theory.

Alex also used his co-op requirement as an opportunity to work in Germany for 4 months at Opel (a division of GM). During his co-op, Alex worked on computer-simulated car crashes.

About his experience in B.Tech., Alex has said, "Switching into B.Tech was a great choice for me. I [have performed] well in classes mainly because I now find the material interesting and relevant. [It's] also because the classes are small enough for me to get the time I need with the professors to understand the material."




Kristen Canario


Class of 2013

Stream: Biotechnology

Hometown
: Oakville, ON

High Schoo
l: St. Thomas
Aquinas Secondary School

 

Kristen is a Biotechnology grad from the B.Tech. program. While in B.Tech., Kristen developed her knowledge and skillsets in the realms of pharmaceuticals, food production, and analytical testing services.

Throughout her studies, Kristen particularly enjoyed the balance between classroom lectures and hands-on lab experience. About this balance, Kristen has said, "From the beginning, this learning concept captured my attention and [...] kept me engaged ever since!"

Kristen took her theoretical knowledge and practical lab experience to two successful 8 month co-op terms. Her first co-op was working for a biotechnology firm and her second was with Natrix Separations Inc.

Kristen was also an active member of the Bachelor of Technology Association, an outlet for B.Tech. students to use as a resource for homework help, textbook exchange, and social activities. During the 2010-2011 school year, Kristen was B.Tech.'s representative in the McMaster Engineering Society (MES), the macLAB Board of Directors, and the Dean's Committee of Student and Personal Affairs.

About B.Tech. as a whole, Kristen has claimed, "[...] the Bachelor of Technology program ensures a promising and exciting future ahead."


Sonu Dhanjal


Class of 2013

Stream: Biotechnology

Hometown
: Brantford, ON

High Schoo
l: Saint John's College

 

Sonu had never considered biology as a subject of interest. Once he began researching university programs and read about the Bachelor of Technology program, he became intrigued by the subject. He decided to apply, knowing that it would combine his technical knowledge in physics, chemistry, and mathematics.

During his time in B.Tech., Sonu enjoyed the small class sizes, the hands-on lab experience, and the business management component. He saw these as great advantages to students' success.

When he wasn't studying, Sonu spent his time participating in several McMaster University clubs and initiatives, including the McMaster University Rowing Club and the McMaster Athletes Care Program.

Prior to graduating, Sonu is quoted as saying, "I'm very excited for my future, armed with the knowledge and experience gained in the Bachelor of Technology program!"

Bhavin Shukla


Class of 2013

Stream: Process Automation Technology

Hometown
: Mississauga, ON

High Schoo
l: Glenforest

Previous College:
Humber College

 

Bhavin completed an eight-month work placement at Suncor Energy in Calgary. While at Suncor, Bhavin’s responsibility was as an automation analyst, which fit perfectly with his overall career goal of becoming an automation engineer. He was aligned with the Technical Services Department which provides technical support and reliability improvement services to the plant. As part of the Automation Team, Bhavin found himself working with Major Projects, Operations, and Maintenance and Reliability departments, assisting with projects that focus on continuous improvement in maintenance and inspection issues. Bhavin also completed two additional co-op work terms on campus at McMaster.

Bhavin, a graduate of the Electrical Control Systems program at Humber College, was attracted to the B.Tech.'s process automation technology stream because he believes automation is key to success in the current world of supply & demand and rapid technological change. McMaster, he adds, is the only university offering this unique program. The McMaster professors are all subject specialists, classes are small, and the technical courses are highly geared to meeting current industry demands.

Bhavin is confident these work experiences will assist with his career as an Automation Engineer and is very grateful for the opportunities they have provided him.

In addition, Bhavin graduated with honors from the Master of Engineering Program here at McMaster in December 2014. He also obtained a full time position in January 2015 at CIMCO Refrigeration as an Automation Engineer.

Bhavin was also the 2013 recipient of the Robert John Morris Community Contribution Award.

Read Bhavin's full profile in The MacEngineer Magazine

 


Eric Mahoney


Class of 2013

Stream: Biotechnology

Hometown: Waterdown, ON

High School: WDHS

Eric had a hard time fitting high school biology courses into his timetable. For this reason, he decided to return to school an extra year after graduation. That was when he discovered his passion for biology. Eric began researching biology-related university programs. He came across the Biotechnology stream of the B.Tech. degree and thought it would be the perfect fit for his interests.

Eric is certain he has made the right choice. He has learned a multitude of new things from his instructors, particularly in the great deal of hands-on lab components of his classes.

With his lab experience, Eric was hired as a laboratory technician for 4 months in his first co-op work term and subsequently hired for an 8 month co-op position with Environment Canada.

About his experience in B.Tech., Eric has said, "I strongly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in biology and biotechnology!"

 


Mayusanth Jeyakumar


Class of 2013

Stream: Automotive & Vehicle Technology

Hometown
: Toronto, ON

High School: Marc Garneau C.I.

Mayusanth has been quoted as saying that B.Tech. was "the most [l]ife changing experience [he] ever had." For Mayusanth, the best part of studying in B.Tech. was the co-op requirement. He completed his second co-op work term at Magna International as a Project Engineer. While in his co-op role, he managed the financial cost and risk assessments for the 2013 Ford Edge, Ford Flex, and Lincoln MKT. He worked closely with General Managers to reduce cost, relocate local suppliers, design tracking algorithms for mobile software, and worked with Siemens on implementing ultra-high frequenty RFID tags.

Mayusanth was such a contributing employee that he was offered part-time work following his co-op placement where he continued in the position of Financial Logistics Analyst.

Mayusanth did not initially choose B.Tech. because of the co-op requirement, however. He wanted to work on the business side of either the automotive or aerospace industries. He knew that in order to have a successful business career, he would need to understand the technical concepts while also overseeing the financial aspect of the industry. The business management component allowed Mayusanth to gain this complement of skills in technolog and business.

Following his graduation from B.Tech., Mayusanth pursued his MBA, aiming to start a career in Financial Project Management and Risk Assessments, specializing in SR&ED (Scientific Research and Experimental Development). Currently, Mayusanth is working for Bombardier Aerospace as an Aerospace Project Engineering Analyst II.

To prospective students, Mayusanth has said, "Overall, I would recommend this program to anyone who loves applying engineering and business theory to practical use and is motivated to excel. In just 4.5 years, you will have a University Degree + Advanced Diploma + 1 Year of work Experience + Enough money to have paid for most of your tuition and the opportunity to purse graduate studies. It doesn't get any better than this!"



Kavya Divakarla


Class of 2012

Stream: Process Automation Technology

Hometown
: Hamilton, ON

High School: Cedarbrae C.I.


 

After completing her B.Tech. degree in Process Automation Technology, Kavya pursued her M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster University, for which she received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

At the end of her undergraduate studies, Kavya felt that she had the skills and knowledge necessary for pursuing graduate studies. The Process Automation Technology stream prepared Kavya for her Master's by scaffolding her technical skill development, as well as introducing management skills that are highly desirable by industry leaders.

In Kavya's opinion, the best part of B.Tech. is the mandatory co-op requirement. The co-op work terms gave her a chance to apply the skills and knowledge gained in school. Through her 20 months of co-op experience, she realised the relevance of hands-on learning models.

Kavya was also impressed by B.Tech.'s management component. She found the GEN TECH courses, particularly Management of Technical Projects, very helpful in being a productive employee on co-op. She also found that the courses were helpful in leading students to undertake project management designations, like C.A.P.M. (Certified Associate in Project Management).

In Kavya's Formulating Technology Strategy course, she was required to evaluate her business skills on a global level. During the Global Business Strategy Simulation Game (GLO-BUS), her group placed in the top 100 teams worldwide.

At the end of her studies in B.Tech., Kavya felt that "B.Tech. was very helpful in opening up a lot of different options such as working at a variety of industries, pursuing graduate studies, etc. I can now very confidently say that I made the right decision by enrolling in B.Tech!"

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Tharmilan Selvathurai


Class of 2012

Stream: Automotive & Vehicle Technology

Hometown
: Scarborough, ON

High School: L'amoreaux C.I.

Tharmilian was initially concerned about his fit in university-level studies; however, once in the program, he found the transition very smooth due to the small class sizes. He felt that it was easy to approach professors with questions or concerns, thereby ensuring your understanding of course content.

Another added benefit for Tharmilian was that you had the same classmates year to year. With just ~80 students in a lecture and ~20 in a lab, Tharmilian was able to get to know his classmates moreso than if you were in large classes.

One month after Tharmilian's graduation from B.Tech., he was hired as a Design Engineer for Honda Manufacturing of Canada in Alliston, ON. He was told that one of the main reasons he was hired was because his program focused to heavily on how to use CATIA software, which is not necessarily the focus of other engineering programs.



Michael Duarte


Class of 2012

Stream: Automotive & Vehicle Technology

Hometown
: Oakville, ON



 

Michael already had a career in technology prior to entering the B.Tech. program. He was working in the computer industry when he began considering a career change.

He chose to apply to B.Tech. because of its unique program model. He understood that his preferred style of learning was working with his hands and getting involved in experience and other lab work. That was why B.Tech. was Michael's ideal fit.

Michael especially appreciated B.Tech.'s mandatory co-op. He felt that it gave him the opportunity to network and get his name out in the industry for which he was studying. His first 4 month co-op was spent working for a Porsche racing team as a Data Acquisitions Specialist. Michael also worked alongside B.Tech. faculty to develop lab assignments for future classes.

From his first 4 month co-op term, Michael knew that he wanted to set his sights on the racing industry as his career path.

To prospective students, Michael has noted that, "Anyone who is looking to be easily employable, as well as shine above any other job applicant that they come across, should consider the Bachelor of Technology program. The small class sizes, hands-on learning, and friendly and helpful faculty will surely enhance your academic journey towards gainful employment."



Steve Dolson


Class of 2012

Stream: Automotive and
Vehicle Technology

Hometown
: Bolton, ON

High Schoo
l: Humberview High School

 

Steve was in his first year of the B.Eng. program at Mac when he switched into the Bachelor of Technology program. He found Automotive and Vehicle Technology (AVT) much more interesting than the traditional streams of engineering. AVT was also directly related to what he wanted to do after graduating.

Steve particularly enjoyed how the business-related courses accompanied the theoretical engineering courses and practical labs within the program. He knew that this program model would make him a well-rounded university graduate.

While Steve was an AVT student, he used his technical expertise to start up two businesses, including 2Social, a social media consulting firm, and LXRY Magazine (LXRY.ca), a website that showcases Canadian luxuries.

To start these business endeavours, Steve applied concepts learned in classes like Entrepreneurship, Technology and Management, Formulating Technical Strategies, and Management of Technical Projects.

On switching to B.Tech. from B.Eng., Steve has said, "Ultimately, it was a great choice for me to switch to B.Tech. and I am very happy with my decision."



Stephen Melnyk


Class of 2010

Stream:  Process Automation Technology

 

Stephen experienced a wide range of topics during his first year in B.Tech. From electronics to chemical engineering, Stephen was learning the foundation that would cumulate in both acquired hard and soft skills.

As a result of B.Tech.'s complementary curriculum, Stephen can now look at a system error as a whole issue rather than focusing on minute operations.

Read more about Stephen’s co-op work term with ArcelorMittal Dofasco here »


Tho Pham


Class of 2010

Stream: Process Automation Technology

Previous University: McMaster University Bachelor of Science

 

Tho was drawn to the B.Tech. program because of its mandatory co-op requirement. It forced him to apply for jobs and immerse himself in the working world. It also provided him the chance to prepare, develop, and better his resume, cover letter, and interview skills.

In Tho's first co-op term, he worked as a Quality Operations Assistant Manager for Sanofi Pasteur, a pharmaceutical company specializing in vaccines. He managed and edited standard operating procedures, quality specifications, operating qualifications, other documents. Tho was also responsible for creating security programs that would be integral for managerial and functional purposes.

Read more about Tho here »


Blair Varga


Class of 2010

Stream: Process Automation Technology

While in high school, Blair was looking for a STEM-related program that was not traditional engineering. That was when he learned about B.Tech. Instead of electrical or mechanical engineering, Blair sought after B.Tech.'s Process Automation Technology stream.

He particularly liked that the program was a joint venture between McMaster University and Mohawk College, as this meant the curriculum would be the practical experience he was seeking.

Blair also appreciated that B.Tech. had a co-op requirement because this would mean work experience alongside academia, an excellent way to distinguish yourself on a resume when compared to the majority of STEM grads.

I looked for a program like this for years. I didn't want to do just electrical or mechanical engineering when I finished high school, and I realized I wanted to get a degree in automation and robotics. This program was exactly what I was looking for.

Read about Blair’s co-op work terms with OPUS Automation Inc. here »

 


Richard Newsome


Class of  2010

Stream:  Process Automation Technology

When Richard first entered the B.Tech. program, he was 34 years old and a father of two. He was given the opportunity to complete a summer co-op placement at the British Columbia Cancer Agency. There, he processed millions of lines of data as part of the research to identify cancerous genes.

“I felt absolutely prepared for this placement and because of that, the co-op experience was great,” said Richard.  “I was literally on the frontline of cancer research. It was so amazing to be there and see the hustle and bustle of what is going on right now; phenomenal.”

Read more about Richard here »


Andrew Tarasiewicz


Class of 2009

Stream
:  Process Automation Technology

 

It wasn’t until his fourth year in the Process Automation Technology stream of the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) that Andrew decided to combine his longstanding passion for science and technology with a newfound appreciation for the world of business.

“I found that the management courses in B.Tech. really provided context for the technical knowledge,” says Andrew. 

Andrew later attended graduate school to obtain his MBA at McMaster's own Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington, ON.

Read more about Andrew here »

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