The Certificates in Advanced Engineering Practice I and II are each 12-unit graduate-level certificates which will provide advanced, specialized and industry-relevant engineering knowledge to baccalaureate-holding engineers. This program is ideal for those looking to gain new skills to advance their engineering career.
For current engineers, this program will increase knowledge specific to their areas of expertise and will strengthen advanced technical and professional development skills. Certificates are awarded in any of the four specializations: Machine Learning Engineering, Software Engineering, Process Engineering Sustainability and Process Simulation Analytics. This program aims to remove barriers to advanced employment, as those enrolled will have the option to participate in a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience through which they will develop hands-on skills and establish valuable industry connections.
Completing this program
Each certificate is a 12-unit graduate level program. Each of its four specializations (Machine Learning Engineering, Software Engineering, Process Engineering Sustainability and Process Simulation Analytics) can be taken either full-time or part-time. The program is designed to support students as they complete the certificate within the expected time of one year, or the maximum allowable time of two years. Courses will be in-person, with a minimum achievement of a B- as the passing grade.
- Machine Learning Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Process Engineering Sustainability
- Process Simulation Analytics
Laddered pathway from the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Engineering Practice I to Advanced Engineering Practice II
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Engineering Practice I may receive laddering credit for the 12 units of coursework completed and apply to the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Engineering Practice Il program. Students must apply to the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Engineering Practice II within 2 years from the beginning of the Advanced Engineering Practice I program.
Influenced by the Ministerial Statement on Quality Assurance of Degree Education in Canada the list of expected learning outcomes for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Engineering Practice I are as follows:
- Depth and breadth of knowledge: students will acquire specialized knowledge by building on their existing skills and develop critical awareness of current problems and new insights in the forefront of their academic discipline.
- Conceptual awareness and/or knowledge of research: students will apply analytical, interpretative and expository skills.
- Application of knowledge: students will be expected to address complex technical issues both systematically and creatively based on established principles and techniques.
- Communication skills: students will mitigate issues by clearly articulating potential solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- Awareness of limits of knowledge: students will understand the broader implications of applying knowledge to particular situations and audiences.
- Engineering profession and society: students will broaden their knowledge of principles of ethics and responsibility.
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
For the Process Engineering Sustainability and Process Simulation Analytics specializations a degree in Chemical Engineering is required.
For the Machine Learning Engineering and Software Engineering specializations a degree in Software Engineering is required.
Minimum of one year of work experience in engineering or a closely related field, or at least one year of internship under a professional engineer in an engineering company
Resume or CV
Alternate routes to admission
In exceptional circumstances, individuals that don’t meet these requirements, but have significant life achievement, may be considered for admission to this program. The candidate must provide the program director with evidence demonstrating the potential to successfully undertake this certificate program. Such candidates may also be required to participate in an in-person interview with the program director.
English language proficiency (ELP)
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT including TOEFL iBT Home Edition) minimum score of 86 (Internet-based, with no section less than 20).
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (with no section less than 6.0).
- Cambridge C1 Advanced or Cambridge C2 Proficiency minimum score of 180.
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 59 or higher
- Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL) overall score of 70 (no section less than 60).
- Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) minimum of B+ in each course.
- Duolingo English Test obtaining a minimum score of 125 (with no sub-score below 105). (temporary until Fall 2024 intake)
For admission on September 1:
Canadians and permanent residents:
- June 30 application deadline
- February 28 application deadline
For admission on January 1:
Canadians and permanent residents:
- October 31 application deadline
- May 31 application deadline
If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements
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