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In the news: Graduating at 90 (video)

Students in the McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Program are getting hands-on experience with the latest in smart grid technology thanks to Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), a leader in the power protection industry.B-Tech students Dan Frassetto (left) and Cody Snyder.

Today was the first time the B. Tech students got to use the equipment donated by SEL. Between Mohawk and McMaster SEL provided about $250,000 worth of equipment, said Ishwar Singh, a Professor of System Integration for Automation Technology and the Coordinator for program.

“SEL’s donation gives students access to the latest equipment and technology in the field,” said Ishwar. “Today the students are learning to work with feeder protection relays which are being used to build Ontario’s smart grid.”

The award-winning Bachelor of Technology Program is a collaborative degree program between Mohawk College and McMaster University. Students taking the program can choose one of four paths including Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology, Computing and Information Technology, Energy Engineering Technologies, or Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Graduates earn both a Diploma and Degree in their chosen fields. In 2006, the program was recognized with the Yves Landry Innovative Manufacturing Technology Program Award.