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Sault College adding advanced engineering degree in 2022

Northern students can tap into Humber College's mechatronics program
Humber Mechatronics
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Sault College is opening the doors for students who want to build the next generation of robots.

The college is partnering with Humber College to deliver a mechatronics engineering program, starting September 2022. Students can start applying in October 2021.

In a Sept. 25 news release, the college said the collaboration provides an opportunity for learners to study in an "exciting and emerging field" while remaining in the North.

Humber's Bachelor of Engineering - Mechatronics will offer hands-on learning with advanced technology combined with co-op placements that will set them for a high-skill careers in advanced manufacturing, energy, health care, and pharmaceuticals.

Students have the option to study at the Sault campus or go south to Humber's North Campus in Etobicoke.

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Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of science and engineering that involves a combination of mechanical, electrical, computer and software skills to work with smart technologies, such as robots, automated guided systems and computer-integrated manufacturing equipment.

This can lead to a career as an engineer or technician in the field of robotics, automation, control systems, troubleshooting, electronics, mechanical design, instrumentation, data scientist and software design.

"Co-delivering the engineering - mechatronics degree with Sault College is an innovative approach to creating access to education for students while meeting the needs of learners and employers in today's digital-driven post-secondary environment," said Humber president Chris Whitaker in a statement.

"Humber's longstanding success and leadership in engineering and mechatronics, includes students who have won medals at World and Canada Skills competitions under the guidance of highly skilled faculty. We are proud of the partnership and the continued expansion of our degree portfolio. We look forward to welcoming Sault College students to the Humber community and building a stronger Ontario college system."

Sault College president Ron Common called it "amazing news."

"Graduates of the program will be highly qualified to join a dynamic, in-demand field strengthening our workforce for future generations. Sault College is proud to collaborate with Humber to offer students an opportunity to learn with knowledgeable faculty and staff, state-of-the-art equipment and experience innovation first-hand."

Sault MPP Ross Romano, the minister of colleges and universities, said the program prepares local young people for a very skilled profession.

"Students in Northern Ontario face unique challenges, including vast distances between communities while facing specific labour market demands. This is an incredible opportunity for students to pursue a high-demand career in engineering while living closer to home."