Humber College’s new Bachelor of Engineering – Mechatronics is designed to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing, food, pharmaceutical, energy and healthcare.
According to the Government of Canada Job Bank, there are currently more than 85,000 mechatronics engineering-related job in Ontario – and a shortage of engineering graduates.
Humber and Sault College have partnered to address the shortage and bring the Humber program to the North.
“Students in Northern Ontario face unique challenges, including vast distances between communities while facing specific labour market demands,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities.
Minister Romano announced Ontario’s approval for the project in Sault Ste. Marie Friday.
"This is an incredible opportunity for students to pursue a high-demand career in engineering while living closer to home,” he said.
The degree will soon be offered at Sault College’s Sault Ste. Marie campus in addition to Humber’s North Campus in Etobicoke. Students in both locations will learn simultaneously through a blend of in-person, classroom and lab learning combined with video conferencing.
The first cohort will start classes in September 2022.
Meeting the need
Humber’s commitment to student success includes meeting the needs of students, employers and industry, and requires collaboration at every level.
The partnership with Sault College will allow more students to benefit from those connections and develop expertise that will help them secure a career in the sector.
“Partnering with Humber is a testament to Sault College’s long-standing goal of increasing access to quality education, particularly for those living in our Sault Ste. Marie community,” said Dr Ron Common, President of Sault College.
“Graduates of the program will be highly qualified to join a dynamic, in-demand field strengthening our workforce for future generations.”
The colleges will be using innovative digital delivery to include the hands-on learning experiences that build skills and increase employability.
The majority of course hours will be delivered face-to-face by an instructor, either in person or through video conferencing.
Students will complete their program requirements – including co-op work terms – from their respective campuses and will benefit from each institutions’ influence.
“Humber’s longstanding success and leadership in engineering and mechatronics, includes students who have won medals at World and Canada Skills competitions under the guidance of highly skilled faculty,” said Humber College President Chris Whitaker.
“We look forward to welcoming Sault College students to the Humber community and building a stronger Ontario college system.”
The colleges anticipate an initial intake of 65 students between both campuses. Students can start to apply to the program as of October 2021.
If you are interested in applying to the Bachelor of Engineering – Mechatronics program, visit the Ontario Colleges application service.