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):
    • APS540H1 S: Making Sense of Accidents (CS elective)
    • CHE341H1 F: Engineering Materials
    • CHE467H1 F: Environmental Engineering
    • CHE561H1 S: Risk-based Safety Management
    • CIV440H1 S: Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment
    • CIV510H1 S: Solid Mechanics II
    • MSE419H1 F: Fracture and Failure Analysis
    • MIE346H1 S: Quality Control and Improvement
    • MIE422H1 F: Machine Design
    • MIE469H1 S: Reliability and Maintainability Engineering