Electrical Engineering (BEng)

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

Why study Electrical Engineering?

Control energy with a flip of a switch. Design next-generation microchips or flight control systems. Electrical engineers build electrical and electronic devices and systems that we depend on every day — whether they are very small (like the microchips in our cell phones) or very large (like the power grids or charging stations for electric cars).

Our state-of-the-art labs for digital electronics, electric power systems, microfabrication, circuits and digital communications will give you experience with the tools you’ll use in the field. Through labs, lectures and projects, you’ll also:

  • Design circuits and electronics systems
  • Study, design and fabricate micro devices
  • Design communications systems (protocols, antennas, channel modulation, networks)
  • Design power electronics for renewable energy and electric transportation
  • Learn signal processing techniques for analysis of bio medical signals
  • Design control systems for airplanes and other vehicles
  • Work in a Co-op program and get real-world experience in the microelectronics, telecommunications and power industries 

All of our Engineering programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board and you’ll graduate eligible to become a registered professional engineer.

Program highlights

  • Concordia’s chapter of the IEEE student society offers guidance on electronics projects from soldering tutorials to PCB design in their fully equipped lab, as well as hosting social and networking events.

Program structure

The Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering takes a minimum of four to five years (120 – 150 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

All students accepted in the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering program who are not enrolled in the Co-op program must complete one 12-17-week internship to graduate. This internship program, C.Edge, is administered by the Institute of Co-operative Education and will allow ECE students to have one paid internship in their field of study.


Program options

In the third year of study, students may choose to take one of five elective options:

  • Electronics/VLSI
  • Telecommunications
  • Power and Renewable Energy
  • Avionics and Control
  • A general stream with more credits chosen from the Electrical Engineering electives list


Courses

Core course groups

  • Engineering core
  • Electrical Engineering core

Elective course options

  • Electronics/VLSI Option
  • Telecommunications Option
  • Power and Renewable Energy Option
  • Avionics and Control Option
  • Credits chosen from the Electrical Engineering electives list.


Course sequences


Sample projects

  • Build an FM wireless receiver
  • Build a “smart home” using sensor technology
  • Design a solar home electric vehicle charger
  • Develop a wind energy conversion system


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:

  • Design and code embedded systems
  • Develop, test and integrate telecom solutions
  • Design and validate a video card’s programmable circuits


Career Edge internship

Students not enrolled in Co-op will complete a C.Edge internship as part of their degree requirements. This full-time paid internship lasts between 12-17 weeks, and enables students to:

  • Strategically develop their career while earning an income 
  • Get support finding an internship in their field 
  • Apply their academic skills in a real-world work environment 
  • Take advantage of networking and mentoring opportunities 
  • Develop important personal and professional skills


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: 26 overall, 25 math, 24 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 244.A0, 243.CO, 243.BO
      • Advanced standing may be possible
      • Overall R score of 26 and if taken, 25 in math, 24 in physics
    • Additional information for CEGEP applicants
  • High school: B overall, B in math, B in physics
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 29 overall, 4 HL or 5 SL math, 5 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: 13 overall, 13 in math, 13 in science
  • British system of education (GCE):
    • A-levels: At least two A-level exams CC, 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): 2.7 overall, 2.7 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

Electrical Engineering alumni have established careers in a range of fields, including aerospace, avionics and robotics, telecommunications, image and video processing, digital security, and power electronics and systems. Some have been hired by:

  • Bombardier
  • CAE Inc.
  • Ericsson
  • Hydro-Quebec
  • CAE Inc.

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