This programme has been designed to meet the needs of engineers, technologists, safety and risk officers, insurers and asset managers who are attempting to protect and manage an asset and people under risk and uncertainty. This programme will appeal to personnel in industries such as oil and gas, nuclear, airlines and other industries where safety, risk and asset management are paramount. The programme consists of three components:

(a) 6 compulsory core courses
(b) 6 electives from a group of technical courses
(c) 1 project course


This programme is the responsibility of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and is intended for professional engineers. Applications for admission should be made to the programme on appropriate forms available from Continuing Engineering Education, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Entry to the programme is not normally restricted to any particular time of year, rather completed applications are judged by an Admissions Committee as soon as possible after they reach the CEE office. To ensure that applications are processed as quickly as possible, applicants should provide complete documentation and transcripts with the application form.


Normal entrance requirement is one of the following:

(a) Membership in the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland (APEGN).

(b) A Bachelor of Engineering degree from a recognized university, and three years experience in engineering work.

Individuals who do not possess the qualifications listed above may be admitted to the programme if they can satisfy the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science that they have qualifications and experience which ensure a reasonable chance of success in the programme.


Under certain conditions credit may be given for courses offered by the School of Graduate Studies. Credit must be approved by the Continuing Engineering Education Committee. Graduate courses shall count as 3 credit hours and the total number of credit hours obtained from graduate courses shall not exceed 6.


The format of the courses offered as part of this programme will normally be classroom lectures. Some courses will have tutorials. Courses will be offered in evening time slots. Courses will be scheduled in advance of each term. At least two courses per term will be offered. For students who cannot attend all classroom sessions an internet service is being planned.


Each course in the diploma programme will contain an evaluation procedure established by the instructor for that course. A mark of 60% must be achieved in each course taken in order to obtain credit.


Most courses are offered by a team of instructors drawn from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, OIS Fisher and other specialists from industry.


Normally a participant will complete the Diploma Programme in Advanced Studies in Risk, Safety and Integrity Engineering in two years. If the participant cannot complete it in two years, the student may apply to the Diploma Committee for an extension which may be granted for one year. A maximum of three extensions may be granted. This means that the total extended period including the normal time of two years will not exceed five years.



ENGC 9000. Basic Safety, Reliability, Risk Concepts and Legislation (3 credit hours). Natural and man-made hazards; measures of safety and reliability; accident and failure statistics; fatal accident and serious injury rates; societal risks; technical versus human reliability; safety management systems; introduction to safety and reliability terminology; risk; assessment techniques; HAZOP; classical reliability theory; modelling of engineering systems as series and parallel systems; redundancy; fault trees and event trees; availability and maintainability. Failure mode and effect criticality analysis (FMECA). Canadian and international legislation.

ENGC 9001. Statistical Quality Control and Design of Industrial Experiments (3 credit hours). Revision of elementary concepts in statistics and probability; important uni-variate distributions; the bi-variate and multi-variate distribution, normal distribution, parameter estimation and goodness, of-fit; analysis of statistical data; treatment of outliers; analysis of variance; introduction to continuous and discrete stochastic processes; Gaussian, Poisson.

ENGC 9002. Uncertainty, Risk and Reliability Analysis for Engineers (3 credit hours). Uncertainties, risks, and the consideration of reliability are unavoidable in the design and planning of any engineering project. However, in order that we can evaluate their significance on our project's performance and design, we must have a knowledge of the concepts and methods for evaluating these uncertainties, risks and reliability.

ENGC 9003. Risk and Decision Analysis Applied to Engineering Systems (3 credit hours). Basic concepts - definitions of probability and risk, framework of decision-making, decisions under uncertainty, risk assessment and risk management. Probabilistic design. Probability theory - Review of relevant probability distributions, load and resistance, system failure, extreme events and their analysis. Consequences - decision trees, expected value criteria, utility, criteria for optimal decisions under uncertainty.

ENGC 9004. Advanced Reliability and Risk Analysis (3 credit hours). First-order reliability methods; second-order reliability methods; introduction to systems analysis; extreme type distributions; correlated distributions; FORM for non-normal variables; Monte Carlo simulation techniques; directional simulations; importance sampling; software for reliability analysis.

ENGC 9005. Technical Communications (3 credit hours). Techniques to assist engineers to write business letters and reports with courtesy, clarity and impact will be learned and practiced using wordprocessing software. The student will also learn how to prepare effective oral presentations.

9006. Required Engineering Project. Supervised individual project.


Registrants are required to select 2 courses from Group A, 1 course from Group B and 1 course from Group C. The remainder of the courses may be taken from groups A, B or C.


ENGC 9007. Corrosion Engineering (3 credit hours). Forms of corrosion; passivity; electrochemical free energy; activation polarization; concentration polarization; exchange current density; equilibrium and half-cell potentials; Nernst equation; free corrosion potential; Evans diagrams; Pourbaix diagrams; internal corrosion monitoring; external corrosion monitoring; materials selection; poisons; oxygen scavengers; corrosion inhibitors; cathodic protection; anodic protection; coatings and linings; coating failures and surface preparation.

NGC 9008. Fire and Explosion Engineering (3 credit hours). Introduction to fire science; fire prevention; containment and extinguishment; methods of assessment of fire risks; hydrocarbon fires and explosions; methods of estimating explosion overpressures; dynamic response of structures to sudden overpressures; explosion detection, control and mitigation techniques; active and passive fire protection systems; escape routes; legal requirements; fire code upgrade.

ENGC 9009. Introduction to Petroleum Technology (3 credit hours). Basic geology; petroleum geology; hydrocarbon properties; reservoirs; reservoir flow dynamics.

ENGC 9010. Introduction to Sub-Sea Technology (3 credit hours). Engineering review of structures; vessels and equipment used for production offshore; sub-sea production overview; underwater techniques; physiological aspects of diving; fluid transportation.

ENGC 9011. Introduction to Drilling Technology (3 credit hours). The drilling system and equipment; flow of drilling fluids; drilling; offshore drilling and operations; well pressure control.

ENGC 9012. Reliability of Software, Safety Critical Electrical/Electronic Systems (3 credit hours). Introduction to software reliability; modelling; evaluation of software reliability; safety critical systems; safety aspects of computer control. Introduction to electrical machines and power electronics; fault calculations; condition monitoring of electrical machines and drives; quantitative methods of reliability assessment.

ENGC 9013. Reliability of Structural Systems (3 credit hours). Fundamentals of structural reliability; strength and load processes; structural analysis methods for system reliability, reliability of structural systems under time varying loads; effects of redundancy, modelling of basic variables, review of software packages for structural systems; application to bridges and offshore structures; reliability updating techniques.

ENGC 9014. Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics (3 credit hours). Review of fatigue and fracture theory; methods of non-destructive examination; reliability of NDE; introduction to PD 6493 fracture assessment; reliability-based fatigue analysis; probabilistic methods of fracture assessment; probability-based inspection planning strategies; application to offshore structures.


ENGC 9015. Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours). The physical environment and ecosystems; principles of hydrology; water supply and waste water treatment, modelling of air and water pollution; sources of industrial pollution; water quality.

ENGC 9016. Toxic Waste Management (3 credit hours). Management of toxic and hazardous waste; radioactive waste disposal; stabilization of hazardous waste.

ENGC 9017. Environmental Risk Analysis (3 credit hours). Environmental consequences from routine and accidental industrial incidents; short and long term effects; environmental protection structures; risk analysis applied to the environment.


ENGC 9018. Overview and Introduction to Ergonomics (3 credit hours). Introduction to physiology; man and the environment, biomechanics, occupational and industrial psychology.

ENGC 9019. Introduction to Occupational Medicine (3 credit hours). Human attention, vigilance and error; introduction to anthropometry; presentation and display of information; mental workload, respiratory protection, survival in extreme conditions.

ENGC 9020. Introduction to Occupational Hygiene (3 credit hours). Introduction to epidemiology, analyzing work and work station design; manual handling upper limb and back disorders.

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