WHAT DOES SOMEONE WORKING IN THE MECHATRONICS INDUSTRY DO?
- design, install and repair mechatronic hardware and equipment
- inspect and troubleshoot mechanical, electrical and electronic systems
- understand electrical theory and schematics
- determine requirements for new systems and modifications
WHAT DO I NEED TO START?
- entering grade 11 or 12
- enrolled in Math 11 or 12
- knowledge of Physics is an asset
- strong interest in designing and building robots
- aptitude for working with computer hardware, software and electronics
- good employability skills
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- up to 16 graduation credits
- a portfolio of actual projects designed and built
- students participate in Regional VEX competitions
- connections with employers through work practicum
- greater understanding of future cutting edge and developing technologies – microelectronics, computer engineering, biomedical engineering, multimedia and telecommunications
- a foundation in hands-on, technical and theoretical knowledge to support transition to post-secondary studies and future employment in automotive, manufacturing, biomedical, aerospace, or consumer products
WHEN AND WHERE IS THE PROGRAM OFFERED?
- Alpha Secondary School on Day 1’s (afternoons)
- attend current school to complete other courses (Day 1 mornings and Day 2’s)
HOW DO I REGISTER?
- submit an application package
- participate in an interview
Natasha Carson is Burnaby Mountain’s 2015/16 Governor General’s Academic Medal Recipient and maintained a 98% average in her senior year. She was also one of the first students to enrol in the District’s new Mechatronics and Automation Engineering Program. She knew instinctively that the practical enrichment it offered would enlighten her in ways that no regular classroom could. And it did. We are looking forward to seeing where her career path takes her, and she is presently exploring these options taking Health Sciences at UBC.