Materials engineers combine a solid fundamental knowledge of the structure and properties of materials with a creative spark and all the engineering skills necessary to create new materials and improve those that already exist. They work with any type of material: metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. In our program, we deal with all of these materials using them to make coatings for airplanes, prosthetics for bone replacement, nano-sized sensors, and much more.
The Materials Bachelor of Engineering program is a Co-op program where students work for up to 12 months in an industry complementing their studies with applied research. Materials Co-op students have been employed in companies such as: ArcelorMittal, Bombardier, Canadian Space Agency, GE, Hatch, National Research Council, Natural Resources Canada, Novelis, Pratt and Whitney Canada, Rio Tinto, Teck, Vale Inco and Xstrata. General information on the materials engineering field can be found here. Students may also participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURE) and do summer research in one of our research labs.
Finally, our department has the lowest student-to-professor ratio within the Faculty of Engineering and a world class research program with more than 100 graduate students supported by state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.