British columbia institute of technology
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Brief Background

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) was established in 1964. BCIT’s focus lies in creating a job-ready workforce that would be able to contribute from day one of industry employment. The students are rigorously trained in current advanced technologies through industrial partnerships, fieldwork, and other on-campus practical sessions.
BCIT has six schools under it, and they are the school of business, school of computing & academic studies, school of construction & the environment, school of energy, school of health sciences, and school of transportation. 

BCIT is present in five main campuses, namely Burnaby Campus, Downtown Campus, Marine Campus, Aerospace Technology Campus, and Annacis Island Campus. Additionally, they operate on various satellite campuses across British Columbia too. Burnaby Campus is the largest campus and houses various specialized learning spaces, labs, simulators, shops, and other main facilities. Downtown campus is home to technological education and Information Technology learning space. Aerospace Technology campus is widespread and has 20 aircrafts thus making BCIT the second-largest aerospace training provider in Canada. Marine Campus has an indoor pool and advanced simulators allowing marine engineering students to have practical experiences in a safe environment. Annacis Island campus offers programs that deal with heavy mechanical trades.

BCIT offers over 300+ programs. Around 50000 students enroll in BCIT annually including both full-time and part-time students. 


BCIT has an Aerospace Technology Campus which covers an area of  300,000 square-foot containing  20 aircrafts that include a Boeing 737 and an airport control tower simulation technology. BCIT has a fully-equipped radio and television studio, an automated manufacturing robotics lab, an interactive fire simulation theatre, a fully operational pulp mill, and a forensics lab. BCIT is the only institute in western Canada that offers a training program in Prosthetics and Orthotics. The other research facilities in BCIT are Centre for applied research and innovation, the Centre for the architectural ecology, and TEC Hub.

BCIT has a huge library with a large collection of books. The library also provides various facilities and resources to help and support students. BCIT also houses Ehpod which is a late-night study space that is open until three in the morning every day. BCIT has a recreation, sports, and fitness center that offers students various classes for yoga, Pilates, martial arts and Dance. The Burnaby campus has student health services that provide medical care to the BCIT students all year round.

Residing Options

BCIT offers on-campus, off-campus and short-stay options for students. The on-campus housing facilities are available on the Burnaby campus. The housing complex in the Burnaby campus can accommodate over 300 residents and is situated near the sports fields and other recreational facilities. The complex contains suites made of two floors and is to be shared by 12 students. The rooms are well-furnished with all the basic amenities. A fully functional kitchen is provided to the students to cook their food. Short stay and apprenticeship are provided at the BCIT student housing on a first come first serve basis. BCIT partners with My Ideal Home Network and provides the database of available off-campus housing options for students. On-campus facilities are not available for international students who are pursuing the course part-time.

Financial Aid

BCIT operates a Student financial aid and awards office that provides guidance on various financial aids and awards that are available for students and eligibility requirements to obtain it. The office helps and supports the students with emergency funding, all the information related to scholarships, loans, and bursaries offered by BCIT and other external sources, and other financial plans that suit the specific requirement. Emergency loans are repayable and are provided to students who are experiencing an unexpected delay in other loans. Emergency Bursary is a non-repayable loan provided to students based on financial status. Part-time students are offered grants based on the program that they are pursuing and financial status.

The part-time grants are offered by a federally funded program, namely The Canada Student Grant and Loan program. BCIT provides general awards like AACE Canada Scholarships for eligible students in the fields of engineering, building construction, construction management, business, computer sciences, and  the disciplines that are related to cost control and grants from Aircraft Electronics Association Educational Foundation for eligible students in avionics, aircraft maintenance, and repair programs. Some of the other general scholarships include the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance Scholarships and Awards, BC Hydro – Power Pioneer Youth Community Service Awards and  BC Technology Scholarship. Other scholarships offered by BCIT are scholarships for Indigenous Students, The Norma Rose Point Student Success Grant for Aboriginal Students, Irving K. Barber Scholarships, Women in Technology Scholarships and Students with Disabilities scholarships.

Jobs and Placements

BCIT maintains a 98% placement record of the degree graduates for the year 2019. BCIT provides student employment services that support and help students to learn skills that are needed to get employed. They maintain a web-based portal called eJobs that has all the current job listings by the employers. Regular workshops are conducted by each school specific to the field of study to aid in employment. Job fairs are conducted regularly for students to connect them with employers.


BCIT has five main campuses. All the campuses are accessible by Translink. The campuses are also interconnected by the Translink and SkyTrain services. The Burnaby Campus is located just off the Trans-Canada Highway at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way. The Downtown Campus is in the main centre of Vancouver and is located very near to the Granville Skytrain Station. The Marine Campus is located in North Vancouver near the Lonsdale Quay and the SeaBus terminal. The Aerospace Technology Campus is located in Richmond near Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal. The Annacis Island Campus is located in Delta in Cliveden Avenue of British Columbia. Students can cycle to school, and they are provided with bike parking areas. BCIT has partnered with companies like Car2go, Evo and Zipcar to provide students with alternate ways of transportation like carpooling and share cabs. BCIT has bookstores in Burnaby and downtown campuses which provide trades safety gear, art supplies, health supplies, gifts, stationery, and snacks along with books. 

Applied & Natural Sciences

The department of Applied & Natural Sciences offers more than 35 courses in the fields of applied science, chemical and environmental technology, sustainable energy management, forensic science and management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems. It focuses on churning out trained graduates who think creatively to find a solution to the existing problems in the world. Ecological Restoration students are provided with practical experience at Guichon Creek located on the Burnaby Campus. Marine Campus offers bridge simulators to Nautical Science students to get them trained in realistic marine scenarios. Burnaby Campus also provides opportunities for Forensic students to investigate a mock crime scene and gather evidence.
Applied science programs are offered through the following BCIT schools:

1. School of Construction and the Environment offers unique programs in science and sustainability which are always in demand in the industry. It is the largest trades training institution in British Columbia. The employment rate for degree graduates is 98%, and for diploma and certificate students, it is 97%. The school has state-of-the-art facilities which include fire simulation theatre, 77-seat Planetarium, operating demonstration forest, salmonid enhancement facility, building envelope test facility, Elevated Research Platform (ERP), Green Roof Research Facility, well-equipped building science materials laboratory.

2. School of Energy at BCIT offers various industrial and technical programs that enable graduates to become successful tradesperson, technician, technologist, or engineer. It offers part-time, full-time and distance education courses in areas like electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial mechanical trades, and digital communications.

3. School of Computing and Academic Studies at BCIT is the largest Information Technology education provider in Western Canada. It offers more than 250 courses and 40 programs that can be pursued both full-time and part-time. The areas of study include forensic science, cybersecurity, digital forensics, forensic health science, intelligence analysis, fraud investigation and, financial crime investigation.

School of Health Sciences at BCIT provides education and essential training and experience in the field of healthcare. The main areas of study are electrodiagnostic, food safety and processing, health care management, health protection, laboratory sciences, medical imaging technologies, nursing, and speciality nursing, therapeutics,  prosthetics and orthotics and, radiation therapy. It has a new advanced new health sciences centre.

4. School of Transportation at BCIT provides education and training in all modes of transport including road, rail, air, and sea. The programs offered in the school include aerospace technology programs, marine programs, motive power programs, trades access programs, and technology management program.

Business and Media

The School of Business and Media is one of the largest schools in the field in Western Canada. They offer 30 full-time programs and 80 part-time programs. The programs offer training in skills like accounting, video production, technical arts, digital arts, broadcast and media communication, professional real estate, marketing management, operations management, and editing. Burnaby Campus has a specialized television and video production instructor to teach video technology. Graduates have career opportunities like operations manager, tourism marketing manager, customs broker, and radio program producer.

Computing and IT

The department of Computing and IT at BCIT is one of the biggest providers of computing diploma graduates in British Columbia. They offer a lot of industry-specific part-time courses. The new course, namely Industrial Network Cybersecurity diploma is offered only by BCIT in Canada. The graduates are equipped with skills in information technology and cybersecurity that enable them to build a software like applications and games and also protect the networks from cyberthreats. The students pursuing computer information technology collaborate on a project in the TEC Hub at the downtown campus. The focus areas of study are industrial network cybersecurity, forensic investigation, games development, and network security applications development.

The schools offering courses related to the Department of Computing and IT are as below:

1. The School of Business at BCIT offers more than 100 programs at both Burnaby and Downtown campuses. The areas of study include accounting, finance and insurance, business administration, broadcast and media, digital arts, media and design, marketing management, and operations management.

2. The School of Computing and Academic Studies at BCIT also provides courses related to computing that focus on computer information technology, computer systems technology, software development, full-stack web development, and computer systems.

3. The School of Energy at BCIT offers courses that focus on energy efficiency in industrial processes and the development of alternative cost-effective energy resources. It has The Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research.


The Department of Engineering offers education and training in four branches of engineering, namely civil, electrical, mechanical, and mining. BCIT is the main provider of courses in industrial instrumentation and power engineering in the region of British Columbia. Burnaby Campus provides a separate studio to architectural science students. Aerospace Technology Campus has shop floors fitted with advanced turbines for the aircraft gas turbine technician students to have practical exposure. The department aims to train the students to innovate new things in their field of study. This department has a 100% placement rate. 

The BCIT schools that offer engineering programs are: 

1. The School of Energy at BCIT has associations with Applied Sciences Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC), Engineers & Geoscientists of BC (EGBC), BC Ministry of Advanced Education (MAE), Ministry of Jobs, Trade, and Technology, and Industry Training Authority (ITA). The school has partnerships with SAIT/NAIT/BCIT and Panglobal Training Systems, Ltd.

2. The School of Construction & the Environment at BCIT offers 270 part-time and 60 full-time programs. The engineering areas in focus are architectural technology, building technology, structural CADD, graphics technology, building construction technology, building energy modeling, civil engineering, construction drawings, estimation, management, operations, and supervision. Additional focus is paid on geomatics, mineral exploration and mining, and renewable energy electrical systems installation and maintenance.

3. The School of Transportation at BCIT offers courses in aerospace engineering and marine engineering. The school collaborates with various industries like Airbus Helicopters, Avcorp Industries Inc., Bombardier Aerospace, CHC Helicopter, Cummins Inc., Ford Motors of Canada, General Motors of Canada, Honda Canada, Kawasaki Motors Corp., Mitsubishi Motors Canada, Algoma Central Corporation, BC Ferries, Maersk Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and, Seaspan International Ltd. 

4. The School of Health Sciences at BCIT offers Biomedical engineering programs that are focussed on hospitals and the medical services industry. The department provides access to labs, lectures and weeks of practical training to create a job-ready professional. The alumni have won awards such as the 2018 Outstanding Canadian Biomedical Engineering Technologist Award at the  Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society conference.

Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences at BCIT offers programs in nursing, clinical genetics, cardiovascular perfusion, electroneurophysiology, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, and radiation therapy. They are one of the largest nursing program providers in the province. Health care professionals improve the quality of life of other people. The graduates are trained to support and help vulnerable people. At BCIT, students learn health sciences using simulation technology and also by practicing in the real clinical lab environment. The students can choose to work at the hospital's urgent care or further study and specialize in a specific area. BCIT offers Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) at Burnaby campus for the students so that they can learn and work with patients suffering from cancer. In addition to it, the campus also provides labs with patient simulators for Cardiac Sciences students. The department holds 100% placement rates for nursing and diagnostic medical sonography. The students of this department have various career opportunities including nuclear medicine technologists, diagnostic medical sonographers, radiation therapists and, cardiology technologists.

Trades & Apprenticeship

The department of Trades and Apprenticeship at BCIT is the largest trades training provider in British Columbia. They have an employment rate of 96% apprenticeship completers. They are also a national leader in trades programming for women. BCOT offers training for more than 20 trades including machinist, ironworker, HVAC technician, cabinetmaker, and electrician. They also offer Trades Discovery Programs that provide students with the necessary information and support to help them choose the trade to get trained in. BCIT has heavy equipment, welding and carpentry shops. The department holds placement rates of 100% in Security system technician, 96% in joinery apprenticeship, and 96% in overall apprenticeship.

The Trades are Provided through 3 Schools as Below - 

1. School of Energy at BCIT prepares students for technical industrial careers. It provides labs and facilities including six well-instrumented flow stations, unit operations lab, PLC/DCS Lab, Machine shops, mechatronics, woodwork, thermal and fluid engineering labs.

2. School of Transportation at BCIT offers programs in trades that are inclusive of two weeks of work placement. The work placements are provided through the industry partners, namely BC Hydro Coast Mountain Bus Company, PCL, and Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) Engineering Department.

3. School of Construction and the Environment at BCIT offers certificate and apprenticeship programs in trades. The programs are offered in the fields of automated controls installation and maintenance, boiler making, carpentry, electrical, gas fitting, industrial wood processing, ironworking, joinery, metal fabrication, plumbing, and welding.

Annual fees for Indians $20,000
Annual off-campus living $18,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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