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Building Engineering (BEng)

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

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 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


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 24 overall, 23 math, 22 phys.
  • High School: B- overall, B- math, B- phys.
  • University Transfers (internal/external): B- overall, B- math, B- phys.
  • Bacc. français: 12 overall, 12 math, 12 phys.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27 overall, 4 math, 4 phys.  

Course requirements for admission

CEGEP students
Admission is based on applicants’ overall Math and Physics (if applicable) CRC indicated above and completion of the following classes as part of their DEC.

  • For all BEng programs
    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 in a related field may also be eligible for admission without the specified profile provided they achieve a minimum overall CRC as indicated above and preferably a minimum of 24 in math and physics course(s) required for their CEGEP program. Students may be eligible for exemptions/transfer credits based on course equivalencies.

IB applicants
Math HL preferred but SL is acceptable. SL grade requirement may vary. Science HL or SL acceptable.

University transfers and mature students
Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements are encouraged to apply and may still be considered for admission, provided they have completed the majority of the prerequisite courses. Transfer credits may be considered on a course-by-course basis.

Prerequisites for university transfer applicants
The following courses are required in addition to the program and may be completed at another post-secondary institution prior to admission or at Concordia.

  • For all BEng programs
    Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra, Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, General Chemistry I


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.

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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  • Option
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