Plan for Your Upper Years

Minors

In addition to the areas of specialization offered through the core Programs, U of T Engineering offers the opportunity to study one of eight minors:

Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing is the most intensive research and development economic sector in Canada, accounting for 75 per cent of all private sector research expenditures. The courses in this minor draw on an array of engineering skills, leadership and multi-disciplinary knowledge  all of which can be leveraged in a wide range of sectors, including biomedical, automotive, aviation, aerospace, energy and others. The Advanced Manufacturing minor provides a strong foundation in advanced manufacturing which can lead to a career in industry or graduate degrees.

Researchers conducting researchBioengineering Minor

Engineering and biology intersect in a variety of significant ways. Students interested in a career in industries such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare delivery, agriculture and more, have an opportunity to explore—and prepare for—these fields with a Bioengineering minor. Those who choose this minor will engage in a range of research areas, such as bioprocess engineering, environmental microbiology, biomaterials, tissue engineering, bioelectricity, systems biology, biomedical imaging, biomechanical engineering, nanotechnology related to medicine and the environment, as well as engineering design for human interfaces.

Engineering Business Minor

Students eager to make connections in business can pursue a unique-in-Canada Engineering Business minor, a collaborative effort between U of T Engineering and the Rotman School of Management. The minor is designed specifically for students interested in learning more about the business dimension of engineering, from finance and economics to management and leadership. Courses cover wealth production and creation, accounting, research and development, management, economics and entrepreneurship, all within a global context.

Environmental Engineering Minor

Engineers are known for imagining and creating solutions to challenging global issues. And none is greater today than that of the state of our environment. With an Environmental minor, students have an opportunity to specialize in this very important and increasingly relevant field of study. This minor touches on topics such as ecology and ecological impacts, waste management, water and wastewater treatment, environmental microbiology, water resources engineering, hydrology, preventive engineering, life cycle analysis, design for the environment and the social and environmental impacts of technology.

RobotRobotics & Mechatronics Minor

A collaboration between The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer engineering, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto Institutes for Aerospace Studies and Institute for Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, the Robotics & Mechatronics minor gives student the opportunity to explore fundamental enabling technologies that render robotic and mechatronic systems and nanotechnology, advanced techniques for signal processing and systems control and new system-level principles that underlie embedded systems.

Sustainable Energy Minor

Future engineers will be called upon to preserve our planet. The need for greener, more sustainable energy resources is critical — as is the need for more engineering expertise in sustainability. Students passionate about our planet will get to learn about energy, its sustainable use, energy demand management and public policy relating to sustainability. Our definition of sustainable energy is broad and reaches all areas of energy use, production, distribution, transmission, storage and development. More on the Sustainable Energy Minor is available online.

Biomedical Engineering Minor

Specifically designed for undergraduate engineering students interested in applying their engineering knowledge to applications in health care, the Biomedical Engineering Minor is a specialized program that emphasizes opportunities in fields ranging from pharmaceutical and therapeutic technologies, medical devices, medical diagnostics, health care delivery, health regulatory and policy development, medical diagnostic technologies, to biomedical devices and bioinformatics.

Nanoengineering Minor

This minor allows students to explore topics in electronics, communications, sustainable and legacy energy, medical diagnostics and devices, micro-electrical-mechanical systems, and new materials for the automotive, aviation and manufacturing sectors. The Nanoengineering Minor provides students with an understanding of both the structure and the application of nanomaterials.

Certificates

U of T Engineering offers certificates in nine areas to help you tailor your degree:

Engineering Certificates:

  • Forensic Engineering
  • Engineering Business
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small Business
  • Global Engineering
  • Mineral Resources
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Renewable Resources Engineering
  • Engineering Leadership
  • Communication

Majors in Engineering Science

For Engineering Science students, eight majors are available:
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Systems Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Energy Systems Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics, Statistics & Finance
  • Engineering Physics
  • Infrastructure Engineering
  • Robotics Engineering

Moving from General First Year (TrackOne) Into Second Year

TrackOne students can move into the following eight Core Programs:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Lassonde Mineral Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

How can I determine which program I want to transfer into after TrackOne?

General First Year (TrackOne) courses will expose you to the many areas of engineering while preparing you with the foundations needed to continue in any of the Core Programs. We offer special TrackOne seminars in the Winter Session to help you preview the core fields in engineering. Each seminar highlights one of the major areas of engineering with research examples and an overview of career opportunities.

Your other courses will also give you the opportunity to learn more about different disciplines within engineering. For example, in your Engineering Strategies & Practice courses, you will work with students from other programs at U of T Engineering to understand how all the disciplines come together. You can also meet with the First Year Office to discuss your options and help narrow your decision.

How will I transfer from TrackOne to one of the eight core programs at the end of first year?

By mid-May, you will need to decide which of the Core Programs you want to transfer into for the next three years. You will transition smoothly into second year without having to take any additional courses, regardless of which Core Program you chose. TrackOne students who achieve higher than 60% averages in both sessions will be able to transfer into any Core Program. If you are not in good academic standing, you may transfer into a Core Program that has space.

Entrepreneurial opportunities

In addition to the Entrepreneurship certificate, U of T Engineering is home to The Entrepreneurship Hatchery, a hothouse for the best ideas of entrepreneurial undergraduate engineers. This initiative allows you to meet other business-minded engineering students and run your ideas through a panel of mentors and seasoned entrepreneurs. If your idea is promising, your mentors will help you take your idea to the next stage, and possibly beyond.

Internship & exchange opportunities

Professional Experience Year (PEY) Internship Program

Partway through your undergraduate degree, you will have the option to participate in the Professional Experience Year (PEY) Internship program, the largest paid internship program in the country. It is a full-time engineering job that lasts 12-16 months. PEY goes far beyond a traditional student work experience program where placements usually last four months — just about the length of a summer job and barely enough time to learn the ropes. Learn the top 10 reasons to choose PEY to kickstart your career.

Engineering Summer Internship Program (ESIP)

An Engineering Summer Internship Program (ESIP) allows you to work for four months during the summer following second or third year. This introductory-level program offers you the right balance of practical and personalized career development. ESIP is a great way to gain professional experience in a short amount of time. Additionally, ESIP is particularly valuable to students in helping them prepare for competitive opportunities like PEY.

International Exchange

Graduate with a truly global engineering degree and gain an understanding of different cultures by participating in summer research opportunities abroad or a student exchange program for a term or entire year. U of T Engineering students can select from more than 160 institutions in 40 countries: go global.

Practical Experience Requirement

All U of T Engineering programs are fully accredited. But what does that mean for you?

Graduating from an accredited engineering program means that you can choose to get your Professional Engineering (PEng) designation. In order to qualify as a PEng, Professional Engineering of Ontario stipulates that candidates must demonstrate sound knowledge in engineering and significant practical engineering experience.

As one of the requirements of graduation, all U of T Engineering students must complete 600 hours of practical experience (this equates to roughly one summer of full-time employment). Many students fulfill their 600 hours by participating in PEY, but there are many ways to complete this requirement, including volunteer work.