Engineering your future
An engineering degree gives you a strong foundation to build an exciting and multifaceted career. If you like solving problems or enjoy learning how and why things work, our engineering program is the place for you.
Our graduates forge successful careers in all areas of engineering, both with large corporations and as entrepreneurs starting their own businesses. In addition, an engineering degree can provide an excellent base for further study in law or medicine.
Professional engineers bring the world to life. They apply science and mathematics to the design, construction and operation of a wide variety of items and processes that are essential in our modern world. The seamless functionality of PDAs, the smooth flow of highway traffic and the reliability of our thermostats are all courtesy of engineers.
A strong foundation
Engineering students get off to a great start in Saint John, enjoying the benefit of small classes for up to two years of their program before transferring to our Fredericton campus to complete their degree.
The University of New Brunswick Saint John offers first year students an overview of engineering knowledge and skills, including engineering, science, mathematics and design synthesis. You’ll round out your studies with courses in the humanities and social sciences.
A degree that works for you
On average, students will earn their engineering degree in four years (eight terms). Those who choose a cross-disciplinary program, such as Geological Engineering, or who participate in a co-op or internship program will have an additional year of study, completing their degree in five years (10 terms).
To become a professional engineer in Canada, engineering graduates must write the Professional Practice Examination (PPE), administered by provincial associations, such as the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick.
What to expect
In the first year, you may choose to either specialize immediately in one of UNB’s engineering disciplines, or, for those unsure which discipline is right for them, UNB Saint John offers Engineering I, an introductory year that provides a survey of the engineering disciplines. Students then choose a specific discipline for their second year of studies. Students who choose this option may require extra time to complete their degree.
Chemical engineers apply chemistry, physics and mathematics to convert raw materials into other, more refined forms. For example, through chemical engineering, crude oil is used to create a wide variety of modern products, including gasoline, asphalt, waxes and plastics. Chemical engineers also work in the fields of wood processing, food processing and environmental technology such as air and water quality.
Civil engineers design, construct and maintain all types of buildings and transportation systems. That’s an extensive list that includes office towers, highways, airports, canals, bridges, industrial plants, water and sewage treatment systems, hydroelectric developments and irrigation systems. Civil engineering students may specialize in a variety of branches including structural, geotechnical, regional and municipal planning, transportation, construction and construction materials, sanitary and environmental and hydrotechnical engineering.
Electrical engineers oversee the production, transmission and use of electricity. That includes everything from managing large power grids that deliver electricity to designing microprocessors for computers and other electric devices. Electrical engineers often specialize in fields such as power apparatus and systems, electronics and digital systems, computer networks and communication, electromagnetics and system dynamics and control.
Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering
Google Earth exists because of geodesy and geomatics engineers, as do all forms of GPS (global positioning satellites). Geodesy is the science of mathematically determining the size and shape of the earth and the nature of the earth’s gravitational field. Geomatics is the gathering, analysis, interpretation, distribution and use of geographic information. Together, these engineers are the modern world’s mapmakers, creating precise 2D and 3D views of the physical world and our place in it.
Geological engineers merge earth sciences with engineering principles to determine what lies underground. Working primarily in the mining and mineral extraction sectors, geological engineers oversee the stability and safety of mines and of drilling sites, particularly of oil and natural gas wells. This includes stabilizing the site against landslides and other ecological disasters, protecting groundwater supplies from contamination and ensuring all work is conducted in an environmentally sustainable way.
Mechanical engineers make things move. Combining the principles of physics with engineering, mechanical engineers design, develop and analyze machines, including aircraft, automobiles, ships, spacecraft, industrial equipment, robotics, medical devices and heating and cooling systems. The majority of mechanical engineers work in manufacturing and industrial plants, improving system performance, including increased emission and other environmental controls.
Software engineers fuse the creativity of software design with the discipline of engineering principles. A relatively new field, software engineers perform a number of tasks including design, development (or construction), testing, maintenance, systems management and the adaptation of software to address regional and language differences, also known as software localization. Software engineering is a fast-growing field with employment opportunities located in almost every sector and all over the world.