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Electrical Engineering

Degree Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering and Management (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Location North Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Four or five years
Program load Full-time
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The Electrical Engineering program focuses on the design and development of electrical and computer technologies, and their component parts. The integration of electrical components into complex systems is also studied. You also have the option to specialize in Smart Grid.

General information

The Electrical Engineering program focuses on the design and development of electrical and computer technologies and their component parts. The integration of electrical components into complex systems is also studied. You can choose the Smart Grid specialization or follow the comprehensive program. 

Smart Grid

The Smart Grid specialization leverages communications and networking technology to move our ageing power grid into the 21st century. You will study all aspects of the smart grid, including networking and security, smart metering, electric energy storage systems, power quality, and transportation electrification. 

Foundation Year

All Engineering students begin with a common foundation year, regardless of the program of study. During the foundation year, you will learn about the various Engineering programs available.

Experiential Learning

Optional internship and co-op placements provide you with the opportunity to gain meaningful hands-on experience.

Engineering and Management

There is a need for engineers with management skills. Complement the technical studies of your Engineering program with business and management courses by pursuing the five-year Bachelor of Engineering and Management (Honours) program.

Women in Engineering

A multi-year support program to help female Engineering students explore opportunities and careers, gain experience in the workforce, make a successful transition to a career in engineering and find lifelong success in a professional engineering career. View more information about our Women in Engineering program.

Learning Environment

Students have access to new, modern buildings, libraries and innovative labs, including:

  • ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel
  • Clean Energy Research Laboratory (CERL)
  • Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC)
  • Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Engineering Building
  • Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) laboratories
  • Electric Machines, Microwave and Communication Systems Lab

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 60 per cent, Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), and Physics (SPH4U). In addition, a combined minimum of 70 per cent average in prerequisite math and science courses is required, with no grade below 60 percent. Applicants with credentials from outside Ontario should visit the Admissions section.

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Last year's cut-off 75 per cent
Expected cut-off Mid-70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates 
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
International applicants
mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary) 
transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants 
home-schooled applicants 

Program curriculum

Sample courses: 

  • Circuit Analysis
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Systems
  • Electric Machines
  • Fundamentals of Electromagnetics
  • Microwave and RF Circuits
  • Probability and Random Signals
  • Signals and Systems
  • Wireless Communications

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic CalendarCourses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

Optional internship and co-op placements provide you with the opportunity to gain meaningful hands-on experience.

Career opportunities

  • Design and development of new electronics, communications, automation and control systems
  • Design of new algorithms for speech, image and video signal processing 
  • Electrical power generation and distribution
  • Integration and management of electrical components in industrial process control systems
  • Quality assurance and maintenance of communication, control and power 
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