Working in industry, government and universities, electrical engineers create the light we read by, the devices we use to play our music and the computers on which we work, game and socialize. They are responsible for designing some of the largest and the smallest structures ever built by humans. Working with nano-scale devices smaller than most living cells, they design the microchips used in larger devices from cellphones to satellites and supercomputers. This vast array of networked devices is powered by the largest man-made structure in the world: a massive grid, designed by electrical engineers, moves energy from power stations, wind generation farms and solar power arrays to places all over the world.

The Carleton Advantage

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree program in Electrical Engineering offers:

  • strong specializations in wireless electronics, integrated circuit design and fabrication, nano-technology, green energy, biomedical sensors and technologies, antennas, light-wave devices, aerospace electronics and design automation;
  • opportunities for students to design their own integrated circuits in our on-campus fabrication facility—one of the few such facilities at a Canadian university;
  • access to Ottawa’s large concentration of telecommunications and high-tech companies, federal government research labs, as well as leading hospital and medical research facilities such as the Heart Institute and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), enabling you to develop contacts for future employment;
  • a progressive co-operative education option; and excellent scholarships for high-standing students.

Our Laboratory and Research Facilities

At Carleton, you will benefit from:

Your Co-op Opportunities

As a student in the Electrical 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.

Our program is closely associated with the Canadian high technology industry, much of which is concentrated in the Ottawa region, 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.

Calendar Year Fall Winter Summer
1 study term 1 study term 2
2 study term 3 study term 4 work term
3 work term study term 5 study term 6
4 work term work term work term
5 study term 7 study term 8

Learn more about our featured co-op employers. 

Choosing the Right Program

The BEng program in Electrical 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.

First year begins with a common core of fundamentals in engineering, mathematics and science. Second year offers introductory courses in network analysis, electronic circuit design, object-oriented programming and numerical analysis, while continuing to develop a strong base of mathematical and computer skills. Third-year courses provide specialization in digital and analog circuit design, semiconductor device physics, electromagnetics and real-time programming. Fourth year offers options for further development in areas such as wireless electronics, antennas, integrated circuit design, layout and fabrication, fibre optic communications, nanoelectronics, sensors and sensing technology, solar cell/photovoltaic technology, power systems, aerospace electronics and CAD for electronics engineering.

Course Structure

The courses of a typical Electrical program are shown below.

Study Term 1 Study Term 2
Calculus for Engineering Students
[MATH 1004]
Linear Algebra for Engineering Students
[MATH 1104]
[ECOR 1048]
Chemistry for Engineering Students
[CHEM 1101]
[ECOR 1046]
Introductory Electromagnetism and Wave Motion [PHYS 1004]
[ECOR 1045]
Data Management
[ECOR 1042]
Visual Communication
[ECOR 1047]
[ECOR 1044]
Introduction to Engineering Disciplines I
[ECOR 1055]
[ECOR 1043]
Engineering Profession
[ECOR 1057]
Computation and Programming
[ECOR 1041]
Basic Science Elective Introduction to Engineering Disciplines II
[ECOR 1056]
Complementary Studies Elective
Study Term 3 Study Term 4
Differential Equations and Infinite Series for Engineering Students [MATH 1005] Mathematical Methods I [MATH 3705]
Multivariable Calculus for Engineering Students [MATH 2004] Electronics I
[ELEC 2507]
Circuits and Signals
[ELEC 2501]
Electrical Machines
[ELEC 2602]
Switching Circuits
[ELEC 2607]
Object-Oriented Software Development
[SYSC 2004]
Foundations of Imperative Programming
[SYSC 2006]
Communication Skills for Engineering Students [CCDP 2100]
Study Term 5 Study Term 6
Basic EM & Power Engineering
[ELEC 3105]
Digital Electronics
[ELEC 3500]
Electronics II
[ELEC 3509]
Engineering Project
[ELEC 3907]
Physical Electronics
[ELEC 3908]
Electromagnetic Waves
[ELEC 3909]
Computer Organization
[SYSC 3006]
Communication Theory I
[SYSC 3501]
Systems & Simulation
[SYSC 3600]
Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments [ECOR 2050]
Engineering Economics
[ECOR 3800]
Engineering Portfolio
[ECOR 2995]
Study Term 7 Study Term 8
Engineering Project
[SYSC 4907 / ELEC 4907]
[ELEC 4601]
Professional Practice
[ECOR 4995]
Automatic Control Systems
[SYSC 4505]
Engineering Elective
Engineering Elective Engineering Elective
Engineering Elective Engineering Elective
Complementary Studies Elective

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 Carleton Electrical Engineering graduate, you can expect to find employment with companies developing products and services in wireless electronics, biomedical electronics, instrumentation, mobile electronics, electrical power and smart grids, renewable energy systems, computer/game hardware, telecommunications, and aerospace and space electronics.

Alumni Feature

“Electrical engineering is so pervasive. It’s in my car, my cell phone, my computer…we can reach out and touch it. Carleton’s engineering community looks out for one another, and students here are super collaborative and helpful to one another,”

Megan McEwen (BEng/20 – Electrical Engineering) Hardware Developer at Ross Video

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Electrical 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
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • One of the following:
    • Calculus and Vectors (strongly recommended for applicants to all engineering programs)
    • Biology
    • 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.

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