Professional Master's Program: Mechatronic Product Realization

The Mechatronic Product Realization program trains students with leading-edge product development techniques, processes, and manufacturing systems.

This 16-month professional program at Simon Fraser University is ideal for practising engineers seeking new expertise to enhance their careers, and for Internationally Trained Engineers (ITEs) requiring relevant technical/work experience and Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) recognition in Canada.

Mechatronics is a multi-disciplinary engineering field that incorporates three areas of study: mechanical, electrical and computer engineering. Given the rapid growth of new information technologies, digital circuits and additive manufacturing technologies, the market for new mechatronic products is growing exponentially in all industry sectors, including consumer products and electronics, automotive, medical, industrial and aerospace.

Offered by the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University, this professional program provides students with a premier curriculum—through dedicated courses, design projects, and industrial co-ops—to stay competitive in product design and manufacturing.

NOTE:   The admission for the Professional Master's Program is being held pending upon approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.


Program Requirements

Students will complete 30 units of graduate work. These units are divided into three sections: 15 units of graduate course work; 12 units of specialized lab/project work; and 3 units for co-op.

Course Work

Five 3 unit courses must be taken from the choices below:

At least six units from the following courses:

MSE 726 - Introduction to Engineering Design Optimization (3)

MSE 727 - Finite Element Analysis (3)

MSE 780 - Manufacturing Systems (3)

The rest of the units from the following courses:

MSE 801 - Writing for Engineers (3)

MSE 900 - Engineering in the Canadian Context (3)

Any other technical graduate course offered from MSE.

Lab Courses

Students will take the following lab/project based courses. Only students enrolled in the professional master's program in Mechatronic Product Realization will be permitted to enroll in these courses:

MSE 995 - Advanced Modeling and Prototyping (6)

MSE 921 - Product Realization Project I (3)

MSE 922 - Product Realization Project II (3)

Co-Operative Education

A term of co-op education is an integral part of this program. Students will register in MSE 793-3 and be expected to find a suitable industry partner for the co-op term with the assistance of the co-op office. The students may also opt to conduct research at one of the MSE research labs as a paid research assistant. Alternatively, the student may appeal to substitute an elective course for the co-op term.


Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.


Faculty members

All faculty members currently work with industry partners in product design and development and in collaborative research projects.

Advanced Modeling and Prototyping:  Krishna Vijayaraghavan

CAD modeling, reverse engineering, additive manufacturing, basic machining, and other hands-on skills are fundamentals to the product realization process. Professor Vijayaraghavan and our experienced machinists show the process of ideation, modeling, rapid prototyping, and reverse engineering.

Finite Element Analysis: Carolyn Sparrey, Siamak Arzanpour, Gary Wang

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a modern computation method that is widely used in product analysis and design. Professors Sparrey, Arzanpour and Wang have extensive experience and knowledge in this area and actively apply FEA in their research as well.

Design Optimization: Gary Wang

Design optimization and automation are growing in importance as FEA and other computational methods are more widely used. Professor Wang is an internationally recognized researcher in this area. His Product Design and Optimization Laboratory (PDOL) combines knowledge from multiple disciplines to advance product development methods and optimize designs. His group is developing breakthrough products or processes in collaboration with varied industrial partners.

Manufacturing Systems: Kevin Oldknow, Ed Park

Professors Oldknow and Park provide rich knowledge and techniques in advanced manufacturing systems. Manufacturing is crucially important to product realization. The new generation of product design engineers should be well-versed in the entire product realization process, spanning from ideation and design to manufacturing.

Research and Publication Methods: Maureen Hindy

Professor Hindy, a communications expert and lawyer, brings unique expertise to the program. She ensures students are well-versed on effective communications, application of ethics, relevant codes and laws, and the understanding of their role in society and the market.    

Engineering in the Canadian Context: Kevin Oldknow  

Professor Oldknow has years of experience as an executive member of a private company and maintains ties with the rapidly changing manufacturing industry. He focuses on skills needed to practice engineering in Canada, including engineering economics, standards and codes, law and ethics, as well as project management.

Product Realization Projects: Farid Golnaraghi

Product realization projects enable students to work on real-life applications, in collaboration with industry and academic sponsors. Professor Golnaraghi has successfully led numerous similar projects with industry partners. He was Canadian Research Tier I Chair, as well as SFU Burnaby Mountain Research Chair, and is currently the school director.



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