McMaster-Mohawk technology program receives award

By Faculty of Engineering, September 7, 2006

    Art Heidebrecht is the Executive Director of the Bachelor of Technology Partnership. File photo.
A program developed by McMaster University and Mohawk College offering students a combined college and university education in technology has been recognized by The Yves Landry Foundation.

The McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership has received the 2006 Innovative Manufacturing Technology Program Award: University Level. This award is given for the development of an innovative manufacturing program that matches skills development with industry requirements and measures student success and achievement.

"As the needs of industry change, the skills required from employees change," said Art Heidebrecht, Executive Director, Bachelor of Technology Partnership. "The Bachelor of Technology program addresses the need for an increasingly sophisticated technical employee. It also allows students enrolled in the program the opportunity to advance more quickly in their organizations."

McMaster and Mohawk initiated the partnership in 1997 by offering a Bachelor of Technology degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. The program was reviewed and redesigned in 2005 to offer an expanded set of advanced technology degree programs which include the development of management skills.

Two types of programs are offered: two-year degree completion programs and four-year fully integrated programs.

The two-year degree-completion program is designed for technologists and internationally trained professionals with a college technology degree or equivalent. Graduates earn a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree from McMaster. Programs are offered in manufacturing engineering technology, civil engineering infrastructure technology, and computing and information technology.

Four-year fully integrated programs are designed for entry directly from high school. Graduates earn both a Diploma in Technology from Mohawk and a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) from McMaster. Specializations offered are in process automation technology, biotechnology, and automotive and vehicle technology. These programs are planned to begin in September 2007.

Founded in 1998, the Yves Landry Foundation is named for the former Chrysler Canada president and CEO. The foundation provides the opportunity for business, education, and government to collectively be part of the solution to advance technological education and skills training in order to resolve the skilled labour shortages facing Canadian industries.

McMaster and Mohawk will be presented with the award at the foundation's annual STARS Technological Education Awards Gala on October 26 in Toronto.