UWindsorENG launches new weekend mechatronics program
A new weekend technology program offered by the University of Windsor is helping local companies meet market demands.
The Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEng Tech) degree, originally designed to create a pathway from college to university, is now available on weekends for working professionals to expand their expertise in mechatronics, industrial automation, robotics, manufacturing and engineering operational functions.
“Companies heard about this and expressed a great deal of interest,” said Dr. Mehrdad Saif, UWindsor’s dean of engineering. “We thought why not do it on weekends for these types of students and put in place more courses around the theme of mechatronics and industrial automation. As an engineering school in Windsor, we have an obligation to meet the needs of the community and industry.”
The program allows skilled trades professionals like Michael Elachkar 40, of Zion Robotics & Controls, to complete a degree while continuing to advance their career. The father of two, who graduated from St. Clair College with a three-year electronics engineering technology diploma in 1999, said he jumped at the chance to further his education without disrupting his family life and career.
“We have the practical knowledge and the university is bridging the gap between our work experience and the theoretical aspects of the job. It’s making us very well-rounded,” said Elachkar. Read the full story.