Mechanical Engineering Bridge to UBC, Advanced Diploma

Put your Technology diploma to work with our engineering bridge programs. Camosun can prepare you for a career in Engineering and set you up for direct entry into your third year at UVic or UBC.

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Program at a glance


Advanced Diploma

Work experience

Co-op / internship

Study options


Open to International



8 months

Highly competitive program

Next intake: Fall 2024
Application period: Sept 15, 2023 – Mar 1, 2024
Document deadline: Mar 15, 2024

Are you ready to get your P.Eng.?

Start in September

The Mechanical Engineering Bridge program provides access to the third year of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia Vancouver (UBC V) or University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBC O).

Students explain their projects at a Mechanical Engineering Capstone event

Mechanical engineers design and build machines and other products, such as robots, spacecraft, automobiles, artificial limbs, amusement park rides, elevators, and manufacturing equipment. If something moves or uses energy, mechanical engineering was probably involved in its design or production.

The Mechanical Engineering Bridge to the University of British Columbia program consists of two academic terms, beginning in September and finishing at the end of May for entry into the third year of Engineering at the University of British Columbia in September.

Combining theory and technology

The Engineering Bridge programs share many common courses, which have been developed in consultation and cooperation with UBC and UVic. The Engineering Bridge programs are rigorous and you should expect to dedicate yourself to your studies throughout your time in the program.

An Internship work term is optional for this program.

The only program of its kind

The Engineering Bridge programs at Camosun are unique and recognized across Canada as an excellent transition from a technology diploma to an Engineering degree (UVic) or Applied Science degree (UBC).

Although the Bridge programs are designed for graduates of technology diplomas delivered through Camosun, all graduates from accredited Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) programs are welcome to apply.

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In demand

Industry professionals and educators agree—the combination of a Technology diploma and Engineering degree creates the most desirable type of engineer.

You will gain both hands-on experience with practical applied skills and an excellent knowledge of advanced engineering courses.

Science and Technology programs

Co-ops and internships

Alternate between full-time studies and full-time paid work, better preparing you to embark on your career after graduation.

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

What to expect

Our Engineering Bridge programs are comprised of two academic terms. Each term, you’ll attend 14 weeks of class followed by an exam period. Classes are scheduled for 25-28 hours per week. Homework commitments vary per student but amount to about three to four hours per day including weekends.

If a number of years have passed since your graduation, it is strongly advised that you retake math courses in preparation for returning to school. A comprehensive review of the math topics that Camosun students have covered in their technology programs has been created by instructor Raymond Lai for the Bridge program.

The Mechanical Engineering Bridge to the University of British Columbia program starts with the Fall semester and ends after the Winter semester. The optional internship work term is offered May through August. After successful completion, you’ll transfer into the first academic term of third-year engineering at UBC (Vancouver or Okanagan) in September.

UBC Engineering Bridge Information Booklet

Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Mechanical Engineering Bridge to UBC, Advanced Diploma

$5,835 (domestic)
$16,432 (international)

Mechanical Engineering Bridge to UBC, Advanced Diploma, Internship designation 

$6,654 (domestic)
$18,123 (international)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Admission requirements

This program is demanding and requires a high level of commitment.  The admission process is designed to identify the students most likely to succeed at the University.  The number of applicants meeting the minimum GPA standard for admission may be greater than the number of seats in the program.  This may mean a higher GPA is used to determine admission eligibility.

All of:

  • High school transcripts - 1 official copy.
  • Other postsecondary transcripts - 1 official copy.
    • Regardless of relevance to engineering studies all post-secondary transcripts must be submitted

And one of:

  • A Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology within the last 5 years with a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 (B) and no individual course marks below a "C" grade - 1 official copy.
  • A Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology more than 5 years ago with a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 (B) and no individual course marks below a "C" grade - 1 official copy and a Letter of Intent outlining work experience and or professional development since graduation 
  • A diploma from another closely related discipline within the last 5 years with a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 (B) and no individual course marks below a "C" grade and approved by the Engineering Bridge Coordinator) - 1 official copy.


  • Camosun College diploma graduates are not required to submit their Camosun transcripts
  • "In progress" transcripts may be accepted if students are currently enrolled in the final courses of their diploma program.  The courses must be completed prior to acceptance for admission.
  • Diploma programs must be accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) to be eligible for admission. Other Canadian technology programs not accredited by TAC may be considered but will require the submission of detailed course descriptions (syllabi) for all courses.

Admission Selection Process

Stage One

  • GPA is calculated using all courses taken toward completion of a student's Technology diploma, including all course repeats. 

Stage Two

  • A joint meeting is held between the University of British Columbia and Camosun College in order to rank the applicants based on the GPA achieved to determine which applicants will be offered admission to the Bridge program. The final decision is made by the receiving university.

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar: Loading...

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Faculty/staff profile

Peter Burrage

Peter Burrage

Program Leader - Engineering Bridge, Instructor - Civil Engineering
Technologies Centre
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For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

Contact information

Engineering Bridge

Peter Burrage

Campus location

Technologies Building (TEC)

Location link

Interurban campus



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