Starting in Fall 2023, Lakehead University’s Faculty of Engineering will offer a new Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (BEng) program for undergraduate students.
Recently approved by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance, the new program is pending final approval from Lakehead’s Senate this winter.
Lakehead is now one of six universities in the province and the first in Northern Ontario to offer a degree in Mechatronics Engineering.
Mechatronics Engineering is a new and rapidly growing multi-disciplinary branch of engineering that is at the intersection of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, and Computer Science. This includes the design of robotics, control systems, and electromechanical systems.
“The technological revolution we are experiencing is increasingly merging traditional disciplines of engineering, and new ones are emerging, including Mechatronics Engineering,” said Professor Janusz Kozinski, Dean of Engineering at Lakehead University.
“This is a truly innovative field at the forefront of new industries, and we are thrilled to offer this program to students at Lakehead.”
The Mechatronics Engineering BEng program will initially be available at the Thunder Bay campus.
The program has been designed to prepare students to create technologies that support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
With sustainability and co-op at its core, this program will integrate business, law, and public safety into the learning experience – giving students a deeper and broader insight to accompany their engineering expertise.
“We have listened to industry and employers across the province who are telling us they need highly skilled mechatronics engineering graduates to drive innovation and develop new technologies.
“In this program, students will gain the skills they need to design the intelligent machines of the future, from electric vehicles to large-scale industrial robots,” Dr. Kozinski added.
Students can apply from high school or via Lakehead’s unique college transfer program that enables engineering technology diploma graduates to complete a Bachelor of Engineering degree in only two years.
Lakehead offers six undergraduate engineering programs: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, and now Mechatronics Engineering.