NOTE: Students intending to undertake the Engineering program should note that it is possible to enter Term A or Term 1 only in the Fall semester (September of each year). Attention is also drawn to the admission regulations below.

The Bachelor of Engineering Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland is set up as a Co-operative Program, under which regular full-time academic study is alternated with equal periods of full-time work in positions related to the student's future career.



It is possible for students to pursue studies in Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, or Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering.

Courses in the engineering program are normally taken in blocks as shown in the appropriate discipline program chart. However, a student who has previously met a technical elective requirement in a given semester or wishes to defer it, may request an exemption or deferral by applying to the Associate Dean who will consult the appropriate Discipline Chair. A minimum grade of 70% is required for credit to be given towards a student's engineering program for any technical elective taken outside the normal blocks as shown in the charts.

A student who has previously completed a required course (or its equivalent) with a minimum grade of 70% may request an exemption by applying to the Associate Dean. A student cannot defer required courses.

In either of the above cases, a student who has been granted an exemption or a deferral will not be required to take a replacement course in that academic term and the student's promotion from that academic term will be based on the remaining courses as shown in the program chart. Notwithstanding the above, a student must maintain status as a full-time student to remain in the Engineering Program and can be exempt from or defer at most one technical elective or required course in an academic term. A student's request which has been initially denied by the Associate Dean, will be forwarded to the Faculty's Committee on Undergraduate Studies.

While it is recommended that complementary studies courses be taken as shown in the program charts, this is not a requirement except in the case of admission/promotion to Academic Term 1 which requires a course in English and a complementary studies elective to be included in the admission average.

The Engineering Program consists of ten academic terms and six work terms. For historic reasons, the first two academic terms are designated A and B with the remaining eight being numbered one through eight. All students must complete a prescribed core of courses in the first four academic terms. Upon entering Term 3 (the fifth Academic Term), students begin to specialize in their academic program and must select a specialization in either (1) Civil Engineering, (2) Mechanical Engineering, (3) Ocean and Naval Architectural, or (4) Electrical and Computer Engineering. Upon entering Term 5, students in Electrical and Computer Engineering must select either the Electrical or Computer Engineering program. Some of the courses offered in Academic Terms 3 to 8 are taken by all students, others are offered for more than one program, but most technical courses in Academic Terms 3 to 8 are specific to the individual programs. Students should refer to the charts preceding this section for the detailed course requirements in each phase of their program.

General Management of the work terms in the Co-operative Engineering Program is the responsibility of the Faculty Office of Co-operative Education. The Office, through its coordinators, is responsible for assisting potential employers to become involved in the program, for the continual development of employment opportunities, for counselling of students, for monitoring them on their work assignments and for the evaluation of the work term.

There is an "Engineering Profession Seminar" which is a three hour seminar offered in the fall term to Term I students. Issues include, but are not limited to: professional practice, gender issues, bearing of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland code of ethics on students' behaviour.

Public and personal safety concerns are developed in the student through a number of avenues. Special non credit seminars by the Office of Co-operative Education are given to the Term 2 students which introduce the student to the work environment and include discussion on occupational health and safety legislation. During the Winter semester a one-day first-aid course is conducted which is a compulsory component of the engineering program. A student may be exempted from the requirement if evidence of previous first-aid certification is provided. Following the Winter semester engineering final examinations a one-day seminar dealing with public, personal and industrial safety, occupational health and safety legislation, quality issues and professional practice is given. An examination on material presented in this seminar is held on the following day. A pass on this exam is a program requirement. Safety concepts continue to be stressed throughout the curriculum in all programs, particularly in the design courses, and many students receive special safety training from their employers during the work terms.

Students must satisfy the first-aid and the health and safety requirements or receive an exemption from the Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the Faculty to be permitted to register for Academic Term 3.

By being exposed to the world of work, under supervision, during their academic careers, students are provided with a broader and richer preparation for life and work. The experience gained in the industrial and professional environment should give them maturity and breadth of understanding, so enabling them to define more clearly their educational and career interests and objectives. Much of the experience gained in this type of program would not be available to students until after graduation in a conventional program. This experience makes a significant contribution to their total education.

During work terms students are brought into direct contact with the engineering profession, exposed to actual practical problems, expected to assume ever increasing responsibility in employment as their education advances, and introduced to engineering projects and installations far beyond the scope of those which could be provided in the University. The experience should provide maturing prospective engineers with an early appreciation of the economic, social and personal aspects of Engineering through direct association with professionals in a technical environment.

Matching between students and employers is accomplished through a placement process which is the responsibility of the Office of Co-operative Education. Job notices are posted and students may apply for up to twelve interviews. Employers' representatives interview students, after which the employers rank students in order of preference.

Job offers are made to students based on employer rankings. Students are then placed to fit expressed preferences. The Faculty does not guarantee placement, but every effort is made to ensure that appropriate employment is made available. In the case of students who are required to withdraw from the program, the Faculty has no responsibility for placement until they have been re-admitted to the program.

Salaries paid to co-operative students are determined within the employer's own wage structure, and can be expected to increase as the student progresses through the program and assumes more responsibility. However, students should not expect the income from work terms to make them completely self-supporting.

Students in the Co-operative Program give permission to prospective employers, in the course of the interview process, to have access to their records, which contain their academic marks and their work term evaluations. After placement, students may not withdraw from a specific job situation unless prior permission is obtained from the Office of Co-operative Education.

A list of employers participating in the Co-operative Engineering Program can be found under EMPLOYERS PARTICIPATING IN CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION ENGINEERING TRAINING.

The Co-operative Program affords an excellent preparation for a career requiring such high standards of professional judgement.

Upon the successful completion of the undergraduate program in Engineering as approved by the Faculty Council and Senate, candidates will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Engineering.


It is clear that our society is becoming increasingly dependent on technology. This imposes the requirement that Professional Engineers not only be technically able but also be prepared to exercise social responsibility in the execution of their work. Course projects oriented toward professional practice, the work terms, the complementary studies component of the academic curriculum and a continuing emphasis on public and personal safety throughout the entire program help to develop responsible attitudes. Moreover, the students learn to communicate effectively with their colleagues, other professionals and the rest of the community on issues extending beyond specialized technical matters.

The Complementary Studies component has been developed to make students aware of the function and responsibilities of the Professional Engineer in society and the impact that engineering in all its forms has on environmental, economic, social and cultural aspects of our society. This complements the technical expertise and communications skills developed and practised in all components of the program. The Complementary Studies component is the same for all programs and consists of a minimum of 21 credit hours as follows:

1. Term A or B: English 1080 (or equivalent) or English 1020

2. Humanities and social science electives - a minimum of 6 credit hours in Terms A & B and 3 credit hours in Term 1chosen from the following departments and programs listed below:
Anthropology Law and Society
Classics Linguistics
English Medieval Studies
Folklore Philosophy
French & Spanish Political Science
Geography Psychology
German & Russian Religious Studies
Historical Studies Social & Cultural Studies
History Sociology
Humanities Women's Studies

The course in Term 1 must be second year or higher. Note that a course designed primarily to impart language skills cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

3. Term 4: Engineering Economics - Engineering 4102

4. Term 5: A complementary studies elective (3 credit hours) chosen from a list provided by the Office of the Associate Dean. Students who have previously met this requirement or wish to defer it, may request an exemption or deferral by applying to the Associate Dean. Students who have been granted an exemption or a deferral will not be required to take a replacement course and their promotion from Term 5 will be based on the remaining five technical courses.

5. Term 6: Assessment of Technology - Engineering 6101

6. For graduation, students must pass each of the seven complementary studies courses described in sections 1. - 5. and they must obtain at least a 60% average across these courses.


Engineering students are expected to have a firm foundation in the fundamentals of using computers. Recognizing that students' backgrounds may vary widely, the Faculty offers workshops from time to time, directed particularly towards students in Term 1 and 2. Attendance at workshops is voluntary; it is each individual student's responsibility to ascertain whether or not they require the material on offer. Once a workshop has been given, however, it will be assumed all students have a competence in the material taught.


Students registered in academic term 7 of a Memorial Univerity of Newfoundland undergraduate engineering program are eligible to apply for admission to a Master of Engineering fast-track option. The purpose of the option is to encourage students interested in pursuing graduate studies to begin their graduate program while still registered as an undergraduate student. While enrolled in the option, a student may complete some of the M.Eng. Degree requirements and, hence, potentially be able to graduate earlier from the M.Eng. Program. For further details and the regulations regarding the option, refer to the regulations governing the degree of Master of Engineering.

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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