If you find aircraft and spacecraft interesting and exciting, Aerospace Engineering could be the program of study for you. Canada’s aerospace industry has annual revenues of about $22 billion and employs more than 80,000 people. It is a vigorous, innovative and highly competitive industry with a worldwide reputation for leadership in a number of fields, including commuter and business aircraft, small gas turbine power plants, aircraft simulators, communications satellites and guidance systems.
The Carleton Advantage
Carleton University established the first Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree program in Aerospace Engineering in Canada. Carleton’s program is recognized for:
- a wide range of topics offered within four streams of study;
- a unique and challenging final-year design project that emulates a design office project at an aerospace firm;
- an emphasis on problem-solving skills, and hands-on laboratory and design work; and
- excellent scholarships for high-standing students
Our Laboratory and Research Facilities
Carleton’s laboratory and computer facilities are unparalleled. For example, you will have access to multiple wind and water tunnels, including the unique high-speed wind tunnel in the Minto Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering that provides a flow speed of up to one-and-a-half times the speed of sound. In addition, you will benefit from Carleton’s proximity to, and close association with, government organizations such as the National Research Council Canada.
Your Co-op Opportunities
As a student in the Aerospace Engineering program you will have the opportunity to apply to the Co-operative Education Program. Co-op integrates degree-related, paid work terms into your degree program. A minimum of four work terms are required to obtain the co-op designation on your degree. Often, the four consecutive work terms following third year take place with the same employer.
Our program is closely associated with a wide range of private and public service employers seeking Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering candidates, giving students valuable work experience and contacts that will benefit them in the future.
The pattern of work and study terms for the co-op option is shown in the following table.
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|5||study term 7||study term 8|
Choosing the Right Program
The BEng program in Aerospace Engineering is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. When you graduate from the program, you will meet the educational requirements for registration as a professional engineer.
There are four streams in the Aerospace Engineering program: aerodynamics, propulsion, and vehicle performance; aerospace structures, systems, and vehicle design; aerospace electronics and systems; and space systems design. All streams provide a foundation in the key disciplines of dynamics, thermofluids, solid mechanics and materials—disciplines that are essential to the design of airframes, space platforms and propulsion systems.
In the aerodynamics, propulsion, and vehicle performance stream, you specialize in aircraft aerodynamics, performance, control and propulsion technologies. The aerospace structures, systems, and vehicle design stream focuses on lightweight structures and materials for aircraft and space vehicles. The aerospace electronics and systems stream concentrates on modern aircraft and spacecraft electronics for navigation, guidance, communication and remote sensing. Included are courses on software structures, signal processing, electronics and telecommunications. The space systems design stream emphasizes spacecraft and satellite design and mission planning, with courses dedicated to orbital mechanics, spacecraft design, communication, propulsion and dynamics.
All of the aerospace streams begin with a common set of courses that provide a foundation in engineering, mathematics and science. These are followed by increasingly specialized courses throughout the remainder of the four year program.
The courses of a typical Aerospace program are shown below.
Note: As study terms and courses offered may vary, please refer to the Carleton University Undergraduate Calendar for specific program requirements.
Your Future Opportunities
As a graduate of the Aerospace Engineering program, you will be well prepared for a challenging career within the aerospace design and manufacturing industry, or in airline and space operations, government research laboratories, and aircraft certification and accident investigation authorities.
For admission to the Aerospace Engineering program, you must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a minimum of six 4U/M courses.
Your six courses must include four prerequisite courses:
- Advanced Functions
- One of the following:
- Calculus and Vectors (strongly recommended for applicants to all engineering programs)
- Earth and Space Science
Although it is not an admission requirement, at least one 4U course in either English or French is recommended. Equivalent courses may be substituted at the appropriate 4U level.
Since the number of qualified applicants may be greater than the number of available spaces, cut-off averages and required marks may vary.
If you are from outside Ontario, or outside Canada, please visit Carleton’s Undergraduate Admissions website for details on your specific program’s requirements.