Upper Year Programs

Artificial Intelligence Systems Engineering

Use Artificial Intelligence to solve engineering problems

This is a combined degree program that will be done in conjunction with one of five fundamental engineeering programs (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, or Mechatronic Systems Engineering).

Graduates of Western Engineering’s AISE program will understand the characteristic behaviour of AI models and be capable of providing accountability in Professional Engineering environments. They will develop advanced skill sets to ensure that their models are understood and deployed safely and responsibly, while also being able to evaluate the applicability of their model’s predictions

Career Possibilities

  • Machine Learning Enginee
  • Data Scientist
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer

Biomedical Engineering

Design solutions to healthcare challenges

Note: Interested students are eligible to apply for possible preadmission to Biomedical Engineering by completing the Engineering CONNECT profile.

Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program allows students to earn two degrees in five years – one in Biomedical Engineering and one in a core engineering discipline (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, or Mechatronic Systems Engineering).

Graduates of the program will be well qualified for engineering positions in the medical device sector and a variety of other sectors, admission to leading biomedical engineering graduate programs, and admission to medical school. Students will enter the program from the Engineering common first year, develop a solid foundation in their core engineering discipline in Years 2 and 3, complete a Biomedical Engineering cohort year in Year 4 consisting of interdisciplinary biomedical engineering courses, fundamental biomedical science courses, and nontechnical electives related to healthcare issues, and then complete their core engineering degree and their Biomedical Engineering degree concurrently during Year 5.

Intensive research experience

Students will spend the summer between Years 4 and 5 in either a summer co-op with an employer in the biomedical sector or at a summer research placement, most commonly at Western or one of its affiliated hospitals or biomedical research institutes. Most students will continue their summer project as their final-year research thesis.

Chemical Engineering

Improve everyday living while protecting the environment

Chemical engineers work to innovate, improve lives and address society’s growing sustainability concerns. As a Western Chemical engineering student, you will use a multiscale engineering approach to design commercial processes that sustainably transform raw materials, living cells and microorganisms into useful consumer products such as polymers and bio-polymers, medicines, food, and fuels; while at the same time protecting the environment. You will use theory and practice to develop the skills necessary to address global sustainability challenges including Greenhouse Gas mitigation, carbon capture and the production of clean water.

Options

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Career Possibilities

  • Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Development
  • Sustainable Petrochemical and Commodity Manufacturing
  • Food Processing and Production
  • Energy Conversion, Renewable Fuel Development and Manufacturing
  • Environmental Pollution Control and Remediation
  • Carbon Capture

Civil Engineering

Improve quality of life for people around the world

Civil engineers build and improve communities by providing essential infrastructure, solving environmental problems caused by industrialization and resource consumption, and by mitigating natural disasters. Learning in state-of-the-art Civil engineering facilities, you will take classes such as structural analysis, wind engineering, geotechnical design, international development and environmental engineering. This program prepares you to design and construct challenging structures, improve the environment and quality of life for the future and have a global perspective on development and sustainability.

Options

  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Structural Engineering with International Development
  • Environmental Engineering with International Development

Career Possibilities

  • Structural and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Water Resources
  • Municipal Engineering
  • Wind Engineering
  • Construction

Electrical Engineering

Power the future

From the smallest microchip to the largest power station, Electrical engineers harness electrical energy for human benefit. As a Western Electrical engineering student, you will embrace the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. Your knowledge will be applied to fields such as: electronics, digital computers, robotics, power engineering, telecommunications, control systems, and signal processing. Electrical engineering will prepare you to take on the world’s power and energy challenges.

Career Possibilities

  • Power Systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Biomedical Engineering

Integrated Engineering

Become an innovation leader

Instead of specializing, Integrated engineers work across fields realizing opportunities and implementing practical solutions. In the Integrated engineering program, you will have a broad foundation in engineering fundamentals and problem-solving approaches across different engineering disciplines, and develop skills to navigate and manage the interaction between engineering and business. Your knowledge and skills will be suited to participate on and lead interdisciplinary engineering and business teams to seek innovative solutions to significant challenges, including: climate change, renewable energy, environmentally friendly buildings, food and water security, autonomous transportation systems, and much more.

Career Possibilities

  • Engineering Consulting
  • Engineering-based Startups
  • New Product Introduction and Management

Mechanical Engineering

Design a better tomorrow

Mechanical engineers use fundamental engineering concepts and contemporary design practices to develop new devices, materials, processes and systems. As a Western Mechanical engineering student, you will apply the principles of physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems, automotive and aerospace systems, and robotics. Working closely with faculty supervisors, in your fourth year you will complete a major Mechanical Engineering Design Project developing skills to become a dynamic and capable engineering professional.

Career Possibilities

  • Motor Vehicle and Parts Manufacturing
  • Aircraft and Parts Manufacturing
  • Biomedical Device Design
  • Power Generation
  • Petroleum and Process Industry

Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Develop intelligent systems and devices

Mechatronic Systems engineers combine elements of mechanical, electrical, software, and systems design to create smart solutions to everyday problems. As a Western Mechatronic Systems engineering student, you will take core courses in each of these areas alongside Mechatronic Systems engineering courses that serve to connect and expand upon discipline-specific foundations. You will graduate with the skill set to work across disciplines and improve systems in healthcare, aerospace, automotive, robotics and more.

Career Possibilities

  • Robotics and Automation
  • Aerospace
  • Research and Development
  • Controls and Systems Integration

Software Engineering

Develop the next big software solution

Software engineering is a systematic and disciplined approach to the design and development of software. It applies technical computer science skills and engineering principles to the creation, operation, and maintenance of software systems. In Western’s Software Engineering program you will experience a real- world design education approach to allow you to specify, design, implement, and maintain innovative software systems. You will engage in experiential learning opportunities and project-based courses, building software systems, ranging from apps for mobile devices to systems used by world-wide organizations.

Career Possibilities

  • Software Engineer
  • Applications Developer
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Data science Specialist
  • Video Game Developer
  • Web Systems Developer
  • Cyber Security Analyst