Certificate in Forensic Engineering

The Certificate in Forensic Engineering will create a unique opportunity for interested students to gain specialized expertise and recognition for a personal and professional commitment to enhanced engineering investigation skills.

Traditionally, forensic engineering has been associated with the investigation of artifacts that fail or do not operate or function as intended, causing personal injury and/or monetary loss, the consequences of which are normally dealt with in a court of law. Forensic engineering training, however, goes well beyond the expert witness in the courtroom.

Forensic engineering skills are highly valuable in other activities such as assessment of deterioration in infrastructure, product quality and procedural practice improvement as a result of investigations, direct impact on improving engineering design practices and revision of codes and standards to improve public safety.

Students in all disciplines are eligible to participate in this certificate.


Students must successfully complete a minimum of three of the following courses:

  • MSE 431H1S: Forensic Engineering
  • Elective courses (choose two):
    • APS 440H1 S: Making Sense of Accidents (CS elective)
    • CHE 441H1 F: Engineering Materials
    • CHE 467H1 F: Environmental Engineering
    • CHE 561H1 S: Risk-Based Safety Management
    • CIV 440H1 S: Environmental Impact & Risk Assessment
    • CIV 510H1 S: Solid Mechanics II
    • MSE 401H1 F Materials Selection in Design
    • MSE 415H1 F Environmental Degradation of Materials
    • MSE 419H1 F: Fracture & Failure Analysis
    • MIE 304H1 S: Introduction to Quality Control
    • MIE 320H1 S: Mechanics of Solids II
    • MIE 364H1 S: Quality Control & Improvement
    • MIE 442H1 F: Machine Design
    • MIE 469H1 S: Reliability & Maintainability Engineering