FIC Pre-Master's Program in Engineering

Please note this program is not accepting applications for 2019. Please check for further updates in Fall 2019 for information about 2020 program availability.

Offered by the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University, this 16-month Professional Master’s Program provides students with a premier curriculum—through dedicated courses, design projects and industrial co-ops—to stay competitive in product design and manufacturing.
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Will I be able to obtain work experience during the program?

Yes, the program includes 3 Lab Courses in which students will work on industry-level projects and also includes a four-month paid Co-op placement. Students in the School of Mechatronics Engineering have undertaken paid Co-op placements with:
  • Ballard Power
  • Brock Solutions
  • Affinity Manufacturing Ltd.
  • Tesla Motors
  • SNC Lavalin Inc.
  • Weir Jones Engineering
  • Cogent Industrial Technologies
  • Kodak
  • Grantek Systems Integrations
  • Singer Value
  • Tolko Industries
  • SpaceX
Undertaking Co-op and undertaking projects for companies means you will have forged strong links with potential employers and be in an excellent position to obtain employment in Canada upon completing your master’s.

Can international students work in Canada as an engineer with this qualification?

Graduates of this program who have previously graduated from a four- to five-year university level undergraduate engineering program in a directly related discipline of engineering (mechanical, electrical/electronic, manufacturing or mechatronic engineering) would be considered to be academically qualified for registration as an Engineering-in-Training in British Columbia.
Co-op experience obtained during this program will be credited towards the required Canadian work experience for registration as a professional engineer, subject to certain requirements.

Why Simon Fraser University?

With innovative programs, a focus on academic excellence, and a vibrant campus community, it’s no wonder SFU is consistently ranked one of Canada’s top universities. SFU has three campuses in the greater Vancouver area and over 25,000 students. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the top five most liveable cities in the world.

Why mechatronics?

Mechatronics is a multi-disciplinary engineering field that incorporates three areas of study: mechanical, electrical and computer engineering. Given the rapid growth of new information technologies, digital circuits and additive manufacturing technologies, the market for new mechatronic products is growing exponentially in all industry sectors, including consumer products and electronics, automotive, medical, industrial and aerospace.

Will I only be able to work in fields related to mechatronics engineering with this qualification?

There are great opportunities in mechatronics engineering, but you will also be able to work in the areas of engineering related to your first degree.

Why take the FIC Pre-Master’s Program (PMP) in Engineering?

The 13-week program at FIC* is designed to prepare you for the challenges of studying the Professional Master’s in Engineering: Mechatronic Product Realization program at one of Canada’s top universities. FIC's small class sizes result in you receiving extensive support and more personal attention from your professors. Due to the comprehensive foundation available within the PMP, the GPA and IELTS requirements are slightly lower than the requirements for direct admission to the Professional Master’s in Engineering program.
Successful applicants will receive a combined Letter of Offer for the PMP at FIC and the Professional Master’s in Engineering at SFU. Your transfer to the Professional Master’s in Engineering program is guaranteed upon completing the PMP with a GPA of 3.0.

What are the admission requirements for the PMP in Engineering?

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, or a related field with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a scale of 0.0-4.33) or equivalent
  • IELTS 6.5 (with no band below 6.0) or equivalent
Country of Degree Completion Minimum entry requirement to Pre-Master’s Program in Engineering

North America

Bachelor's degree with CGPA: 3.0

United Kingdom

Bachelor's degree with Upper Second Class classification


Bachelor's degree with Upper Second Class classification


Bachelor's degree with Upper Second Class classification


Bachelor's degree with 80/100


Bachelor's degree with First Class classification


Bachelor's degree with 4/5/5


Bachelor's degree with First Class classification


Bachelor's degree with 8/10


Bachelor's degree with 80% (Project 211 or 985 universities only)
85% (all other universities in China)


Bachelor's degree 4.25/5 or 8.5/10


Bachelor's degree 16/20

  • For countries not listed above, please contact

Your Pathway to Simon Fraser University

Bachelor's Degree


Professional Master's in Engineering


Tuition Fees

  • Pre-Master's Program in Engineering: C$15,221
  • Professional Master’s in Engineering Program: C$32,897


Intake Dates

  • Please note this program is not accepting applications for 2019. Please check for further updates in Fall 2019 for information about 2020 program availability

How to apply

Please note this program is not accepting applications for 2019. Please check for further updates in Fall 2019 for information about 2020 program availability.

Program Structure: Pre-Master’s Program in Engineering

During the 4 month PMP at FIC, students will study the following subjects:
Communication Skills: Practical and Intercultural Issues
To be successful in their careers and in graduate study, students require effective communication skills. It is also important to be able to transfer and adapt current skills to new situations. This course provides an opportunity for students to improve the communication skills that are important to graduate study in the context of a Canadian university. It explores communication through the intercultural domain, meaning that it helps students to build on and extend their current intercultural skills, while ensuring that they are equipped to respond appropriately in the varied and multicultural environments they will experience in Canadian graduate studies. During the course, students will work individually and in teams to improve their verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.
Introduction to Quantitative Business Analytics: Statistics and Engineering Economics
Today's engineers must have a basic understanding of the economic reality of the world they work in as well as basic business practices to succeed in their careers. In this course, students will be introduced to core concepts in financial accounting, designed to help students understand the “language of business”. This will include understanding the purposes of the financial statements that firms use to describe and analyse the financial state of their operations, how to construct these financial statements, and some simple ratios that capture key elements of firm performance. After completing the course, students should be able to understand many of the fundamental financial accounting issues and challenges faced by managers today. The Business Statistics module aims to give students a foundation in fundamental statistics knowledge, covering basic concepts such as distributions, standard deviations, correlations, and regression analyses. The Engineering Economics module will provide a sound introduction to key concepts in this important field.
Introduction to Collaborative Work Environments
In order to succeed in today’s world, professionals must be able to work collaboratively with others. This often requires that they learn to work with people from different countries with different cultures, customs, and expectations. Further, given the nature of the MPR program, students must work effectively with others in order to succeed in the program. In this course, participants will develop their ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
Academic Literacy in Context: Business & Technical Writing
This course will prepare students for the rigor and requirements of academic writing at the graduate level with a technical focus. It will make students aware of and competent in all aspects of business and technical writing, including memos, reports, briefings and pitches. Students will practice brainstorming, outlining, researching, drafting, revising, and presenting finalized written work. They will learn to use data to support their ideas and express opinions with confidence. In this course, students must be highly engaged and prepared to interact in group discussions and peer-review as well as work independently to complete larger assignments outside of class time.
Product Realization Capstone (CCC)
This capstone course will provide a practice ground for students as they begin to explore the importance of product realization. This course will allow students to practice their skills in a supportive environment, and then present in a realistic setting. Students will have the opportunity to put all the theory they learn in the PME to practice by becoming part of a high-functioning cross-cultural team as they work together to create a functioning prototype. By engaging in this course, students will learn effective time management and presentation skills, and be able to confidently introduce their product while making sound recommendations backed up with careful research and analytics.

Program Structure: Professional Master's in Engineering: Mechatronic Product Realization

Offered by the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University, this 16-month professional master's program provides students with a premier curriculum—through dedicated courses, design projects, and industrial co-ops—to stay competitive in product design and manufacturing.
Total: 30 units. These units are divided into three main sections: 15 units of graduate course work; 12 units of specialized lab and project work; and 3 units for co-op.

Graduate Course Work: 15 units.

At least two (2) courses or six (6) units from:
  • MSE 726-3 Introduction to Engineering Design Optimization
  • MSE 727-3 Finite Element Analysis, and
  • MSE 780-3 Manufacturing Systems
The remaining units from the following courses:
  • MSE 801-3 Research and Publication Methods
  • MSE 900-3 Engineering in the Canadian Context, and
  • Any other technical graduate courses offered from MSE.

Lab Courses: 12 units

  • MSE 995-6 Advanced Modeling and Prototyping
  • MSE 921-3 Product Realization Project I
  • MSE 922-3 Product Realization Project II

Co-Operative Education: 3 units

  • MSE 793-3 Graduate Co-op

SFU faculty members

Professional Master's in Engineering: all faculty members currently work with industry partners in product design and development and in collaborative research projects.

Advanced Modeling and Prototyping: Krishna Vijayaraghavan

CAD modeling, reverse engineering, additive manufacturing, basic machining, and other hands-on skills are fundamentals to the product realization process. Professor Vijayaraghavan and our experienced machinists show the process of ideation, modeling, rapid prototyping, and reverse engineering.

Finite Element Analysis: Carolyn Sparrey, Siamak Arzanpour, Gary Wang

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a modern computation method that is widely used in product analysis and design. Professors Sparrey, Arzanpour and Wang have extensive experience and knowledge in this area and actively apply FEA in their research as well.

Design Optimization: Gary Wang

Design optimization and automation are growing in importance as FEA and other computational methods are more widely used. Professor Wang is an internationally recognized researcher in this area. His Product Design and Optimization Laboratory (PDOL) combines knowledge from multiple disciplines to advance product development methods and optimize designs. His group is developing breakthrough products or processes in collaboration with varied industrial partners.

Manufacturing Systems: Kevin Oldknow, Ed Park

Professors Oldknow and Park provide rich knowledge and techniques in advanced manufacturing systems. Manufacturing is crucially important to product realization. The new generation of product design engineers should be well-versed in the entire product realization process, spanning from ideation and design to manufacturing.

Research and Publication Methods: Maureen Hindy

Professor Hindy, a communications expert and lawyer, brings unique expertise to the program. She ensures students are well-versed in effective communications, application of ethics, relevant codes and laws, and the understanding of their role in society and the market.

Engineering in the Canadian Context: Kevin Oldknow

Professor Oldknow has years of experience as an executive member of a private company and maintains ties with the rapidly changing manufacturing industry. He focuses on skills needed to practice engineering in Canada, including engineering economics, standards and codes, law and ethics, as well as project management.

Product Realization Projects: Farid Golnaraghi

Product realization projects enable students to work on real-life applications, in collaboration with industry and academic sponsors. Professor Golnaraghi has successfully led numerous similar projects with industry partners. He was Canadian Research Tier I Chair, as well as SFU Burnaby Mountain Research Chair, and is currently the school Director.

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