Students who qualify for graduate studies can continue from the option into an M.Eng. (subject to the availability of a suitable project, a departmental supervisor, and the approval of Graduate Studies).
In the M.Eng. program, students work in industry on a project or pair of projects that integrate mechanical systems, electronic instrumentation and computer controls. Supervised by both a senior engineer at the employing company and an advising professor, projects last no more than a year, and are usually completed in pairs. In addition to the project(s), students complete a further 18 credits of graduate level courses.
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Students in the M.Eng. program complete two project courses, MECH 551 and 552.
MECH 551 (6) Electro-Mechanical System Design Project I - The design, analysis, manufacturability, instrumentation and computer control of a selected dynamic machinery assembly will be studied. [0-4-2]
MECH 552 (6) Electro-Mechanical System Design Project II - The full assembly, instrumentation, computer and electronic interfacing, and testing of a dynamic machine. [0-3-1] Prerequisite: MECH 551.
The courses are usually done in tandem, with two students working on a single industrial project. At the end of their M.Eng. program, students are required to submit two M.Eng. theses, one for each aspect of the project. The contents of the M.Eng. Theses reports must be of sufficient quality and technical complexity to to meet the University's Graduate Studies requirements. As such, the projects selected for Mechatronics students must be of sufficient quality that the work done in the project can be reported in the theses.
Students are required to submit one page weekly progress reports to both their industry and faculty supervisors. At the end of the first four months of the project, students must submit a progress report, which serves as a basis for the review of the project and the M.Eng. theses. The students are also required to present their work to other Mechatronics students at a seminar session held after the first four months of the project.
The marks distribution of an M.Eng. project is as follows:
| Mechanical Design || 25% |
| Electrical Design || 15% |
| Software Engineering || 15% |
| Justifying the design using the fundamentals of engineering |
principles (solid mechanics, controls, dynamics, thermofluids, electronics)
| 20% |
| Drawings || 10% |
| Presentation (Report and Oral Exam) || 15% |
| Total || 100% |
Students must fulfill all six requirements in order to complete the M.Eng. project requirements. The academic and industrial supervisors / examining committee will assign marks for each category.
M.Eng. students must complete 18 academic credits, in addition to MECH 551 and 552.
Three credits must be a Management Elective (one of APSC 440, APSC 512, CIVIL 523; other courses may be substituted with approval of program director).
The other fifteen credits are graduate courses applicable to the Mechatronics area. A maximum of six credits of undergraduate-level (300 or 400 level) courses may be used towards these requirements, subject to approval by the mechatronics advisor. Under certain circumstances, these six credits can be taken while you are still completing your undergraduate degree. Further information on transfer credits is given below.
It is possible for students in the Mechatronics program who wish to continue to an M.Eng. to complete some of their M.Eng. course requirements during their undergraduate degree. Six credits of technical electives that relate to Mechatronics can be transferred from your undergraduate degree to your M.Eng., provided the following criteria are met:
- The courses were not used to satisfy the requirements of your undergraduate degree;
- The courses were not used as a basis of admission to the graduate degree program;
- at least a B standing (UBC 74%) was obtained in courses considered for transfer.
If you plan to take courses with the intent to transfer them, please discuss the courses you would like to take with the Program Advisor to ensure they are appropriate.
Employers must be committed to providing the workspace, tools, equipment and engineering supervision necessary for completion of the project. Faculty supervisors will assist where possible in the project definition, design, analysis, etc. of the project. As part of a teaching and learning enhancement grant received by the Mechatronics program, we have tools available, such as a digital oscilloscope, portable data acquisition system, image acquisition system, and sensors. This equipment is available for students to use on a short-term loan basis to assist in analyzing project data, or to assist in determining the type of tools that the company may need to obtain for their business needs.
Companies are expected to negotiate salaries with Mechatronics students. Typical Mechatronics salaries are similar to graduate student salaries and reflect the fact that, during the M.Eng. year, the students must also take six courses. The salaries are capped at $21,000 per student per year. These salary guidelines reflect the fact that Mechatronics students and companies are expected to support and fulfill the academic requirements of the program. It is up to the companies and the students to determine the exact salary, benefits, and pay periods.
The timeline for an M.Eng. program is as follows:
| Month(s) || Activities |
| January of B.A.Sc. graduating year || Application to the M.Eng. program |
| February || Mechatronics Industry Night |
Secure appropriate project and faculty supervisor
| May after B.A.Sc. graduation || Begin M.Eng. project |
| Weekly throughout M.Eng. || Weekly progress reports to faculty and industrial sponsors |
| Late August || Formal Progress Report due |
| Early September || Progress Report Presentations |
| December || First M.Eng. Thesis report due (near final draft form) |
| March || Second M.Eng. Thesis report due (near final draft form) |
| April || M.Eng. Exams |
Final M.Eng. Thesis Report due
| May || Convocation |
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