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Professional Master’s Program in Engineering slated for fall 2015

April 14, 2015
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For engineers scrambling to keep up with the rapid pace of new product development and new manufacturing technologies, Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Applied Sciences has a solution:  a new Professional Master’s Program in Engineering.

Offered through the School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering (MSE), the 16-month, full-time program will commence in September 2015. It will specialize in mechatronic product realization, training engineers in leading-edge product development techniques, processes and manufacturing systems.

The program is ideal for practising engineers who want advanced training to enhance their career opportunities. It will also bridge the gap for immigrants with academic training in specific engineering disciplines who need to learn about Canadian regulations and ethics and gain an understanding of the local work culture.

“This program could allow our members to work to their full potential and apply their knowledge in Canada,” said Fernando Borja, president of the Society of Internationally Trained Engineers of British Columbia (SITE B.C.), which represents 800 engineers eager to learn about the Canadian workplace and find jobs in their fields.

“Many are struggling with working and today are in survival jobs or technical jobs. They hope to find meaningful work and become proficient in the Canadian environment.”

MSE faculty members who will teach the program are also conducting leading research with industry, including professor Gary Wang whose research lab combines multiple disciplines to advance product development and design methods.

“We’ve designed this program with a unique and cutting-edge curriculum—through dedicated courses, design projects, and industrial co-ops—so students stay competitive in product design and manufacturing,” says Wang.

MSE Director Farid Golnaraghi says the program is the result of feedback from industry and engineers.

“We’re excited to launch this program at SFU’s Surrey campus. We developed it in consultation with the manufacturing sector, our co-op employers and locally trained and foreign-trained engineers.”

Fast facts:

  • The program will admit engineers with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the following engineering disciplines: mechanical, electrical/electronic, mechatronic engineering, engineering science, and manufacturing.
  • The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGBC) will recognize graduates of this master’s program as academically qualified for registration as a professional engineer in B.C. in a directly related field of practice, and will recognize the co-op experience as Canadian work experience, if all conditions are met.