Full-time Bachelor of Engineering 8030beng

Engineer Your World

Note: This program is no longer accepting new applications for September 2014. Applications for readmission may be submitted.

The Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (B.Eng Electrical) is a four year program that prepares students for a
student in a lab
professional career as an Electrical Engineer. The B.Eng Electrical is recognized as a baccalaureate degree in British Columbia by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and is nationally accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). The program is designed to provide a pathway to registration as a Professional Engineer in BC.

The Program

The B.Eng Electrical program shares first year with the Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) to provide you with options for your engineering education. After successful completion of the first year, you choose to continue in either an engineering degree or a technology diploma path. The engineering degree path requires an additional three years of study however you can choose, at any time, to transfer to the diploma path and within one additional year you can graduate with an ECET diploma.

The program encompasses a wide range of subjects designed to advance both your technical knowledge and your skills in communications, management and professional practice. A three month workplace education experience allows you to apply your developing skills prior to graduation. In a capstone project that spans the final year, you will apply your knowledge to a complex "real world" engineering design challenge.

For a comparison of the two degree programs offered by the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, please read our FAQs.

Why Take Engineering at BCIT

You will learn practical applications of electrical engineering with a strong theoretical foundation from instructors with many years of industry experience. Our well equipped laboratories support your development of hands-on practical skills.
  • The faculty in our program are motivated teachers. They are focussed on providing applied education and helping you to succeed. You have ample opportunity to interact with our instructors in both lectures and labs.
  • You will gain from BCIT's strong reputation in industry. BCIT grads find relevant jobs quickly, and have a reputation of being productive from day one. The B.Eng Electrical degree is built to achieve similar success.

Program Entry

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If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration or if you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Program Head, Neil_Cox@bcit.ca or call 604.432.8275.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

This program is open to applications beginning:

  • November 1st* for the Fall (September) intake
  • June 1st* for the Winter (January) intake

*or next business day

First Year

Entrance requirements for the first year of the BEng Electrical program are the same as those of the ECET Diploma program:

  • Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
    • English 12 (67%) or
    • Three credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (67%) from a recognized institution

    What if I don’t meet these English requirements?

  • Physics 11 (73%)
  • Chemistry 11 (67%)
  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (73%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (73%)

Second Year (BEng Only)

Entry to the second year of the BEng Electrical program is competitive and accepts students each September only. All first year students must have achieved a grade point average (GPA) of at least 70%. Students with an ECET Diploma from BCIT must also have a minimum GPA of 70%, either during their first year or overall. Students are also required to have Chemistry 11 (or equivalent).

Due to the competitive nature of this entry, achievement of a 70% GPA will not guarantee admission. Prospective engineering students for which admission is not granted can continue within one of the ECET Diploma options and apply again for entry to the engineering program on receipt of their Diploma.

Advanced Placement

Students may, on an individual basis, be admitted with advanced standing in the program if, in the opinion of BCIT, they have acquired, elsewhere, the knowledge and skills that they would have gained in some or all of the courses in the first two years of the program. This includes transfer credit for courses completed at another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of selected BCIT courses. Applicants may be required to write Prior Learning Assessment Recognition exams.

BCIT reserves the right to determine when to grant advance placement and transfer credits, and at its discretion to consider external factors in this determination. Such external factors may include, but are not limited to, prior studies policies required for program accreditation, reputation and accreditation status of the educational institution from which the candidate received prior education, grades, length of time since the prior education was completed and relevant work history.

For more information, check our Advanced Placement page.

Re-admission Requirements

Students that fail a term must consult with the program head to discuss the conditions for re-admission.

Apply to program

Students wishing to enter the Electrical Engineering BEng program should apply to the first year of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) diploma program. Students in this shared first year will indicate their preference to enter the second year of the BEng during the selection process conducted midway through term two of first year.

Students who have completed an ECET diploma from BCIT should apply for admission directly into year two of the BEng.

Students with credentials from other institutions should apply for Advanced Placement.

Note: Do not specify an option/specialization at the time of application.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

First year will have two intakes each year, in September and the end of January.

The second year will have one intake each year, in September.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment may be required as part of the Advanced Placement evaluation process.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

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Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your two years of study. If you have concerns about being able to afford the program, please visit Financial Aid to learn how you may benefit from financial assistance.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Year 1 - $1300, Year 2 - $1700, Year 3 - $1400, Year 4 - $1000
(General estimates only, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

What is the workload like?

Our engineering program contains significant workload and contact hours with your instructors. There is an average of 30 hours per week of class time in first year and 25 hours per
student in a lab
week in the remaining three years. You should expect to spend an additional 25 - 30 hours per week on your own, completing assignments, preparing for labs, working on projects and studying.

In the final year you will be required to complete, with guidance from a faculty member, a significant year-long engineering project. This is intended to bring together a number of subject areas and acquaint you with "real world" engineering problems. In preceding years some of your courses will contain "course-based" projects to prepare you for your final endeavour.

Below you will find a term by term listing of the courses. Click on the title for a quick "drop-down" course description or on the link for a more complete course outline.

Class hours

8:30am - 5:30pm

Program delivery

This is a full-time day program offered at the BCIT Burnaby campus.

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  COMM 1143 Technical Communication 1 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.5
  ELEX 0304 Learning Skills for Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology 0.0
  ELEX 1105 Circuit Analysis 1 7.0
  ELEX 1110 Electronic Manufacturing Processes 5.5
  ELEX 1115 Digital Techniques 1 4.5
  MATH 1431 Technical Mathematics for Electronics 8.0
  PHYS 1143 Physics for Electronics 1 5.5
 
Level 2 Credits
  ELEX 2105 Circuit Analysis 2 5.5
  ELEX 2115 Digital Techniques 2 5.5
  ELEX 2120 Electronic Circuits 1 7.0
  ELEX 2125 C Programming for Electronics 4.5
  MATH 2431 Calculus for Electronics 7.0
  PHYS 2143 Physics for Electronics 2 5.5
 
Level 3 Credits
  CHEM 3615 Engineering Chemistry 6.0
  COMM 3690 Technical Communication for Engineering 1.5
  ELEX 3120 Electronic Circuits 2 7.0
  ELEX 3305 Microcontroller Systems 1 7.0
  ELEX 3685 Introduction to Professional Engineering 2.5
  MATH 3431 Transform Calculus for Electronics*(half term) 2.0
  MATH 3620 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 5.5
 
Level 4 Credits
  ELEX 4618 Object Oriented Program Design 5.5
  ELEX 4650 Sensors and Signal Conditioning 4.5
  MATH 4620 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4.5
  MECH 4630 Statics and Dynamics 5.5
  MECH 4640 Thermodynamics 4.5
  MKTG 4690 Marketing and Communication for Engineers 3.5
 
Level 5 Credits
  CHSC 7540 Engineering Materials 4.5
  ELEX 7520 Advanced Circuit Analysis 5.5
  ELEX 7530 Electromagnetics Fundamentals 5.5
  ELEX 7610 Linear Physical Systems 5.5
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  MATH 7510 Engineering Statistics 3.5
 
Level 6 Credits
  ELEX 7550 Power System Components 5.0
  ELEX 7620 Signal Processing and Filters 5.5
  ELEX 7640 Analog and Digital Communications 5.5
  ELEX 7730 Industrial Ecology 4.5
  FMGT 7695 Engineering Economics 3.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0
 
Level 7 Credits
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  ELEX 7630 Semiconductor Theory and Applications 4.5
  ELEX 7710 Communication Networks 5.5
  ELEX 7720 Feedback Control 5.5
  ELEX 7790 Capstone Design Project Initiation 3.5
**Plus one Design Elective
 
Level 8 Credits
  COMM 7890 Technical Communication for Capstone Project Completion 1.0
  ELEX 7880 Engineering Law Ethics and Professionalism 3.0
  ELEX 7890 Capstone Design Project Completion 5.5
  LIBS 7007 Technology and Society 3.0
**Plus two Design Electives

***Plus one Liberal Studies Elective
 
**Design Electives

Complete 13.5 credits from the following list of electives:
Credits
  COMP 7855 Software Systems 4.5
  ELEX 7810 Electrical Power System Analysis and Design 4.5
  ELEX 7815 Digital Image and Video Processing 4.5
  ELEX 7820 Real-Time Embedded Systems 4.5
  ELEX 7860 Wireless System Design 4.5
Note: additional electives are under development
 
***Liberal Studies Elective (3.0 credits required)
All students will be required to achieve these credits in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.
 
Workplace Education (mandatory) Credits
  ELEX 6991 Workplace Education Workterm 14.0
 
Total Credits: 247.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Your learning environment will be a blend of lectures, labs and tutorials. Our labs are well equipped to support your learning
lab
needs. For example, one recent industry donation helped us to build a state of the art process measurement and control lab. In almost every lab facility each student has their own individual work station.

Workplace Education

A Workplace Education work term is a part of the BEng Electrical program. This paid work experience would normally occur in the summer after either year two or year three. The experience gained in the work term gives students an added advantage in securing employment after graduation.

Program length

This is a four year, full-time program.

Grading

All courses have a minimum passing grade of 50%. Some courses require that a passing grade of 50% be obtained in both the lecture portion and the laboratory portion of the course. A minimum GPA of 70% in first year is required to be eligible for entry into second year.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering degree program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

Graduates of an accredited engineering program are eligible to register with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) as an engineer-in-training. Once they gain four years of engineering work experience and complete the professional practice exam, they will qualify for a licensure and the designation of Professional Engineer.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Electrical engineers are employed by electrical utilities, communications companies, manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, computer manufacturers, government,
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consulting firms and a wide range of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries. They may work as employees, consultants or entrepreneurs.

Electrical engineers are involved in research, design, evaluation and commissioning of electrical and electronic equipment and systems. This includes electrical generation and distribution networks, electrical machinery and equipment, communications systems and networks, instrumentation and control systems.

They prepare design specifications, project reports, cost estimates and maintenance or operating standards. They also supervise and inspect the installation, modification, testing and operation of systems and equipment and investigate failures. Further, they may develop specialized applications and system software, prepare contract documents and evaluate tenders for construction or maintenance. They may also supervise technicians, technologists, programmers, analysts and other engineers.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

The B.Eng Electrical program is supported by a team of committed educators, staff and industry advisors who work hard for students' success.

Faculty and Staff

  • Jamil Ahmed, PhD, MBA, PEng, Program Head, Bachelor of Technology
  • Rich Beketa, DiplT, AScT 
  • Gino Carrese, MEng
  • Ed Casas, PhD, PEng
  • Neil Cox, PhD, PEng, Program Head, Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
  • John Dian, PhD, PEng 
  • Kiefer Elliott, PhD, PEng
  • Kulwant Gandham, MSc
  • Bob Gill, MEng, PEng, Program Head, Telecommunications & Networks
  • Chris Goetz, DipIT
  • Craig Hennessey, PhD, PEng
  • Todd Jelstad, DiplT
  • Diane Kennedy, PhD, PEng
  • Joselito Laguio, MEng, PEng
  • David Leversage, BEng, PEng
  • Jeff Maidens, DiplT
  • Kathy Manson, BSc, BASc, PEng
  • Andrew Mokrzycki, MSc, AScT
  • Bob Nicholson, MSc, PEng
  • Ali Palizban, Phd, PEng,Program Head, Electrical Power & Industrial Control, and Computer Control
  • Glenn Pellegrin, BASc, MET, PEng
  • Dorothy Rogers, BEng, PEng
  • David Romalo, MASc, PEng
  • Rosamund Russell, BASc, PEng, Program Head, Automation & Instrumentation Technology
  • Hassan Saberi, MScMEng, BScEEng, EIT 
  • Kavita Sharma, Administrative Assistant
  • Colin Shaw, DiplT, BBA, Program Head, First Year
  • Chris Siu, MSEE, PEng
  • Stephan Smolar, BA, MEd, AScT
  • Ron Stewart, BSc, BEd, DipIT
  • Robert Trost, MEng, PEng
  • Lewis Tsao, BEng
  • David Verner, BASc, MEng 
  • Kelly Voros, Program Administrator
  • Amir Yousefi, PhD, PEng 
  • Craig Cowan, BASc, PEng, Associate Dean
  • Trevor Williams, BSc, MSc (Mech Eng), PEng, Dean, School of Energy

Advisory committee

       
  • Earl Friesen, Canadian Coast Guard
  • Paul Fuoco, Lex Engineering Ltd.
  • Harminder Gill, Ledcor Technical Services
  • Parm Sandhu, Telus Mobility  
  • Gordon Verrall, Allied Controls
  • Lee Vishloff, Tech-Know Services Inc.

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