Building Engineering (BEng)

Duration
4 to 5 years
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Experiential learning
Co-op
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Building Engineering?

Imagine designing a building that can supply its own energy. 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 synergy between the thermal, structural, acoustic and energy systems of a building by applying the principles of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.

Our Building Engineering program is the only one of its kind in Canada. In state-of-the-art labs designed for understanding building science, 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
  • Study HVAC systems, energy efficiency, thermal comfort and indoor air quality
  • Analyze a building’s structural properties and requirements

Our program is accredited by the Engineers Canada and you’ll graduate eligible to become a registered professional engineer.

Program highlights

  • The Concordia University Building Engineering Society (CUBES) participates in competitions, sends students to conferences and demos, and organizes regular meetups and networking events.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Engineering degree takes a minimum of four years (119 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


Program options

The program in Building Engineering consists of the Engineering Core, the Building Engineering Core, and one of the options listed below.

  • Building Energy and Environment
  • Building Structures and Construction


Courses

The curriculum consists of the Building Engineering core and electives.


Course sequences


Sample projects

  • 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

Co-op program

The 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 energy audits of existing buildings
  • Visit project sites to monitor progress
  • Conduct building inspections


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

  • Quebec CEGEP: 24 overall, 23 math, 23 physics
    • Admission is based on applicants’ overall, math and physics CRC indicated above and completion of the following classes as part of their 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.
    • Students completing a three-year technical DEC may also be eligible for admission
      Eligible technical DECs include 221.B0, 221.A0 or 221.C0
      • Advanced standing may be possible
      • Overall R score of 24 and if taken, 23 in math, 23 in physics
    • Additional information for CEGEP applicants
  • High school: B- overall, B- in math, B- in physics
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27 overall, 4 HL or SL math, 4 HL or SL physics
    • Accepted math: Applications and Interpretations HL, Analysis and Approaches SL or HL
    • Math or physics course must be HL
  • Baccalauréat français: 12 overall, 12 in math, 12 in science
  • British system of education (GCE):
    • A-levels: At least two A-level exams CD, C in math, C in physics or
    • AS-levels: At least 4 AS-level exams with equivalent results or
    • BTEC: Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related subject area with equivalent results
    • Students without math or physics A-levels may be admissible based on AS-level or iGCSE/GCSE/O-Level exam results. Students should include all their exam results from iGCSE (or equivalent) onwards to support their application.
    • Additional information for British System of Education (GCE) applicants
  • University transfer (internal): 2.5 overall, 2.5 in math/physics, 1.7 in courses offered by GCS
    • At least two of the following (or equivalent): MATH 203, 204, 205
    • PHYS 204 or 205 (or equivalent)
  • University transfer (external): B- overall, B- in math, B- in physics
    • Courses in the disciplines of Calculus, Chemistry and Physics


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.


Fall term

FALL TERM

March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

Winter term

WINTER

November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.


We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.


After your degree

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 graduates have been hired by:

  • INSPEC-SOL
  • Siemens
  • AECOM
  • Peter Kiewit Sons Inc.

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