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Engineering Programs

A Unique Engineering Education

The Faculty of Engineering offers uniquely designed 4-year Bachelor of Engineering Degree programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering. These programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). The unique structure of these programs permits the students to complete the requirements of an Engineering Technology Diploma in their respective field by the end of the Second Year of their Bachelor of Engineering Program.

High school graduates who may not meet all the admission requirements to the first year of an engineering degree program are considered for admission to the Common Year in Applied Science. These students will normally complete their engineering degree in five years and their engineering technology in three years.

College Graduates who have completed a technology diploma may apply to the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Engineering Degree Programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering.

 

The Engineering Disciplines:

The following brief descriptions of the branches of engineering available in the Faculty of Engineering are intended to acquaint students with the breadth of the careers available in the engineering profession.

 

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering involves the design, construction and operation of processes and plants in which natural resources are transferred into useful products.

 Chemical engineers are involved in the manufacture of such commodities as synthetic fibres, plastics, fertilizers, detergents, salts, foods, pharmaceuticals, resins, petroleum products, and pulp and paper. Graduate chemical engineers are also involved in environmental protection, hydrometallurgical extraction in mining and in the development and management of energy resources.

 The Chemical Engineering Program at Lakehead University (both in Diploma and Post Diploma levels) places emphasis on process engineering and related areas, such as process control, thermodynamics and plant design. The graduates from this program will feel at home in most industrial environments.

 

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers are primarily involved in the planning, design and construction of such engineering works as structures, airports, highways, dams and power projects, water supply and waste disposal systems, bridges, harbours, and industrial facilities. In recent years, the civil engineering field has been concerned with problems in city planning, transportation and the environment.

 The program of study which leads to a Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology enables the student to understand the design determinants, purpose and principle of operation of engineering works and systems and thus, prepares the student for supervisory positions in the construction, maintenance, renovation, and operation of such works and systems. In addition the foundation provided in mathematics and engineering science, together with the appropriate technical knowledge, enables the graduate technologist to initiate and control the development of solutions to many operational engineering problems.

 The Degree Program in Civil Engineering extends the graduate technologists' capabilities in construction and operations activities into the conceptual and design phases of engineering by means of additional and more rigorous courses in applied mathematics and engineering sciences. The elective courses in the program permit the student to gain knowledge and problem-solving capability in a particular field. These may be problems with which the student gained considerable familiarity and interest through his/her experience as a technologist.

 

Electrical Engineering

The electrical engineering curriculum is designed to teach fundamental physical sciences, as well as the more practical areas of design and operation of industrial control systems, communications systems, electronic circuits, and the generation and distribution of electrical power.

 The Diploma in Electrical Technology consists of the fundamentals of circuit theory, control systems, instrumentation, and telecommunications, thus preparing the student for positions covering broad employment areas in electrical engineering, such as the electrical power industry, the communications industry, and industrial electronics.

 The Degree Program in Electrical Engineering extends the graduate technologists' capabilities into more advanced conceptual and design phases of engineering. This is accomplished through a series of core and elective courses, engineering design, and a major project which enables the student to emphasize a particular area, such as computer applications, communications networks, industrial control or electrical power distribution.

 

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are generally concerned with the planning, designing, construction and maintenance of equipment used in manufacturing, as well as in the finished consumer product. A growing number of them are becoming deeply involved with increasing the nation's supply of energy and with improving the quality of our environment.

 The Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology emphasizes a basic understanding of practical engineering principles and the methods of modern production. This foundation, along with the study of mathematics and engineering science, enables the graduate mechanical engineering technologist to operate within the fields of design, development, and production planning.

 The Degree Program in Mechanical Engineering enables the graduate technologist to develop a deeper understanding of engineering principles through a rigorous study of applied mathematics and engineering sciences. The core course requirement assures the student of a solid background of knowledge in mechanical engineering, while the elective courses allow the student to pursue his/her technical interests in considerable depth.

 

Software Engineering

The software engineering curriculum is designed to give students a broad exposure to mathematics, natural sciences, engineering sciences, engineering design, professional practice and ethics, and an awareness of societal impact of engineering. The graduate software engineer will also possess a clear understanding of the marketplace, coupled with the necessary specialized skills in programming, databases, software design, software testing and quality assurance, signal and image processing, operating systems, software performance analysis, embedded systems, software safety and security, and digital communications.

 The Diploma in Software Technology consists of the fundamentals of computer hardware and electronics, programming languages, databases, and computer networks, thus preparing the student for positions covering broad employment areas in software engineering, such as software developer, database administrator, information systems specialist, and web application developer.

 The Degree Program in Software Engineering extends the graduate technologists' capabilities into more advanced conceptual and design phases of engineering by means of additional and more rigorous core and elective courses in computer science and engineering design. In the final year, the students work in teams on a capstone project that spans two semesters. Students are completely in charge of its realization, from design to production and delivery. An optional co-op education/internship Bachelor of Engineering degree is also available.

 

The following Engineering Program offerings are available:

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering)