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Program Summary

Electrical engineers design, develop, test and manage the manufacture of equipment ranging from cell phones to giant power generators. Our unique program allows for specialization in radiofrequency and microwave circuits and applications, communication circuits, integrated circuit design and fabrication, semiconductor and nanoscale technology and devices, or electrical energy and power. Carleton is one of the few universities in Canada with its own facilities for manufacturing integrated circuits.

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree program in Electrical Engineering offers:

  • strong specializations in wireless electronics, integrated circuit design and fabrication, nano-technology, green energy, biomedical sensors and technologies, antennas, light-wave devices, aerospace electronics and design automation;
  • opportunities for students to design their own integrated circuits in our on-campus fabrication facility—one of the few such facilities at a Canadian university;
  • access to Ottawa’s large concentration of telecommunications and high-tech companies, federal government research labs, as well as leading hospital and medical research facilities such as the Heart Institute and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), enabling you to develop contacts for future employment; and
  • a progressive co-operative education option; and excellent scholarships for high-standing students.

Our laboratory and research facilities

At Carleton, you will benefit from:

  • modern, well-equipped laboratories and computer facilities right on campus;
  • on-site facilities for manufacturing integrated circuits;
  • our close association with the largest government electrical engineering laboratories in Canada including the Communications Research Centre Canada and the National Research Council Canada; and
  • a superb undergraduate computing network with state-of-the-art workstations and computer-aided design (CAD) tools.

Co-op opportunities

As a student in the Electrical Engineering program you will have the opportunity to apply to the Co-operative Education Program.Co-op integrates degree-related, paid work terms into your degree program. A minimum of four work terms are required to obtain the Co-op designation on your degree. Our program is closely associated with the Canadian high technology industry, much of which is concentrated in the Ottawa region, giving students valuable work experience and contacts that will benefit them in the future.

Ottawa is a global technology leader. Sharing a city with some of the world’s best tech companies and government laboratories offers excellent opportunities for co-op and internship placements, as well as a high number of prospects for future employment. Nearly 79,000 people in the national capital are employed by more than 1,800 tech companies, including multinational giants who lead the way in telecommunications, software, computer systems, aerospace, sensor technologies, the environment, security and defence, construction, semiconductors, and wireless technologies.

The BEng in Electrical Engineering degree program is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. When you graduate from this program, you will meet the educational requirements for registration as a professional engineer. The first year of the program emphasizes fundamentals in mathematics and science. Second year offers introductory courses in network analysis, electronic circuit design, object-oriented programming and numerical analysis, while continuing to develop a strong base of mathematical and computer skills. Third-year courses provide specialization in digital and analog circuit design, semiconductor device physics, electromagnetics and real-time programming. Fourth year offers options for further development in areas such as wireless electronics, antennas, integrated circuit design, layout and fabrication, fibre optic communications, nanoelectronics, sensors and sensing technology, solar cell/photovoltaic technology, power systems, aerospace electronics and CAD for electronics engineering.

As a Carleton Electrical Engineering graduate, you can expect to find employment with companies developing products and services in wireless electronics, biomedical electronics, instrumentation, mobile electronics, electrical power and smart grids, renewable energy systems, computer/game hardware, telecommunications, and aerospace and space electronics.