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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 you with an excellent base for further study in law or medicine.

Bring the world to life

Professional engineers 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 mobile devices, the smooth flow of highway traffic and the reliability of our thermostats are all courtesy of engineers.

A strong foundation

You will get off to a great start in Saint John, enjoying the benefit of small classes for up to two years of your program, before transferring to our Fredericton campus to complete your degree.

UNB 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, you will earn your engineering degree in four years (eight terms). If you choose a cross-disciplinary program, such as geological engineering or you participate in a co-op or internship program, you will have an additional year of study and complete your degree in five years (10 terms).

To become a professional engineer in Canada, you 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 if you're unsure which discipline is right for you, we offer Engineering I, an introductory year, which provides a survey of the engineering disciplines. You can then choose a specific discipline for your second year of studies. Students who choose this option may require extra time to complete their degree.

Chemical engineering

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 engineering

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
  • sewage treatment systems
  • hydroelectric developments
  • irrigation systems

Civil engineering students may specialize in a variety of branches including:

  • structural planning
  • geotechnical planning
  • regional and municipal planning
  • transportation
  • construction and construction material
  • sanitary and environmental and hydrotechnical engineering

Electrical 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 engineering

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 engineering

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
  • 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 engineering

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
  • adaptation of software for regional and language differences (software localization)

Software engineering is a fast-growing field with employment opportunities located in almost every sector and all over the world.