February 7 , 2008


Students to be trained
for manufacturing sector

Premier annoucnes $16.5-million funding for joint BTech program

Hamilton, ON -  McMaster University and Mohawk College have received $16.5-million from the Ontario government for a joint technology program that will help meet Canada’s high demand for skilled workers.

The Bachelor of Technology—or BTECH—program is a unique multidisciplinary technology program in which students choose from one of three specializations—automotive and vehicle technology, biotechnology, and process automation technology—that will equip them for careers in information technology, manufacturing, civil engineering and energy. The program will also help internationally trained professionals find jobs in Ontario. Graduates of the program will receive both a McMaster University degree and a Mohawk College diploma.

"These students are going to help Ontario stay ahead of the competition," said Premier Dalton McGuinty during the funding announcement made today at Mohawk College. "We're investing in their skills and knowledge so we can continue to attract jobs and investment for our economy."

Ontario is Canada's technology hub, with more than 5,000 high-tech companies and manufacturers. The Conference Board of Canada estimates Canada's tech sector may need up to 58,000 new workers this year. 

"This government recognizes that new partnerships in education and training are the way to ensure students are prepared for the very best opportunities," said Peter George, president of McMaster University. "We have a long history of effective collaboration with Mohawk and other colleges, and the BTech program will be another stellar example."

“This investment will create exciting new career paths for students and will provide the country’s industry with a highly skilled workforce in possession of a unique set of skills,” said Peter Smith, acting dean of McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering. “I am delighted that the Ontario Government has decided to support this joint initiative between Mohawk College and McMaster University.”

The program will start taking students this Fall.


McMaster University, a world-renowned, research-intensive university, fosters a culture of innovation, and a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University, one of only four Canadian universities to be listed on the Top 100 universities in the world, has a student population of more than 23,000, and an alumni population of more than 130,000 in 128 countries.


For more information please contact:

Jane Christmas

Manager, Public & Media Relations

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 27988


Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager: Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 22869