Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science - Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Why study building engineering?
Imagine designing a building that can supply its own energy. That’s one of the key challenges that building engineers tackle every day. As a building engineer, you will find creative solutions to reduce energy consumption, help combat global warming and improve quality of life. You’ll create a synergy between the thermal, structural, acoustic and energy systems of a building by applying the principles civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.
Concordia’s Building Engineering program is the only one of its kind in Canada. In state-of-the-art labs designed for acoustics and lighting, engineering materials and solar energy, you’ll get practical experience with the tools and equipment you will use in the field. Through labs, lectures and projects, you’ll also:
- Study the life cycle of enclosed built facilities (conception, planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation)
- Study the properties of building materials and building systems
- Analyze a building’s structural properties and requirements
Our program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board and you’ll graduate eligible to become a registered professional engineer.
- Cegep Students including Three-Year Technical DEC:
- CHEM-101 or 202-NYA;
- MATH-103 or 201-NYA and 203 or 201-NYB and 105 or 201-NYC
- PHYS-101 or 203-NYA and 201 or 203-NYB
- Non-Cegep Students:
- Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra, Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, General Chemistry I
Particular attention is paid to grades in mathematics, sciences and courses applicable to the intended program of study. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will be reviewed holistically.
- Students will be required to take and complete all prerequisite program requirements during their first year of study.
- Any missing prerequisites will be added onto the program at Concordia.
- Applicants from a three-year technical DEC may be eligible for transfer credits based on course equivalencies.
- Minimum of 65% for exemptions for Math and Physics. Students with grades of less than 65% in prerequisite courses will be asked to repeat those courses in addition to the program.
Minimum Cut-off Averages
(Minimum Cut-Off Averages: Should be used as indicators. Data may change depending on the quality of the application pool )
- Cegep: Overall CRC 24.00
- Canadian/U.S. High Schools & International Secondary Schools: 80% or B- equivalent
- External Transfers: Minimum 2.5 GPA (Transfer credits may be considered on a course-by-course basis or by challenge exams.)
- International Bacc. (IB): A minimum total of 27 points and completion of mathematics and sciences at the Higher Level
- Bacc. Français: Overall 11/20 – Completion of Série S (Sciences)
Make sure you also meet Concordia's minimum admission requirements.
- Design a multi-storey commercial building, including site analysis, and the preparation of floor plans
- Conduct an energy audit of an existing house
- Design an atrium or solarium
Applying to the Engineering co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. As a co-op student, you will work for engineering firms where you may:
- Produce Autocad drawings
- Prepare plans for electrical and ventilation systems
- Conduct an energy audit of existing buildings
- Visit project site to monitor progress
- Conduct building inspections
Building engineering alumni have established careers in firms that specialize in the design, analysis, operation, construction, and management of a wide range of residential, commercial, and industrial building projects. Some have been hired by:
- Peter Kiewit Sons Inc.