BCIT’s Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering received accreditation from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). The CEAB was established by Engineers Canada to examine Canadian undergraduate engineering programs and accredit those that meet the profession’s high education standards. Graduates of accredited programs are considered to have the necessary academic qualifications to be licensed as professional engineers in Canada.
This is the first accreditation for the program and is valid for three years. Since the first class of students graduated from the program in 2009, eighty students have earned the BCIT Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. The 18 graduates from the class of 2014 can now directly apply to register as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT). Previous graduates were required to write the Fundamentals of Engineering examination in order to register.
According to CEAB, accredited undergraduate engineering programs not only lead to professional engineering designations, but also provide quality assurance (high standards and continual improvement) and mobility (provincial, territorial, and international recognition).
“The Mechanical Engineering program is very pleased to receive accreditation from CEAB and is thankful for the support received from across BCIT,” says Paul Morrison, Associate Dean, Mechanical Engineering.
At the same time, BCIT’s Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering was reaccredited for a six-year term—the maximum period for which accreditation is granted. The continued accreditation is welcome news for a program that conferred its first Bachelor of Engineering degrees in 2011 and has since graduated 33 students.
“The Electrical Engineering program is delighted to receive a six-year renewal of our accreditation and we thank everyone for all the work that made this possible,” says Craig Cowan, Associate Dean, Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The BCIT Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering program, first accredited in 2010, received a six-year renewal of its accreditation in 2013.
Founded in 1936, Engineers Canada is the national organization of the provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license the country’s more than 260,000 professional engineers. Engineers Canada serves the associations, which are its constituent and sole members, by delivering national programs that ensure the highest standards of engineering education, professional qualifications and professional practice.