With the rise in demand for Engineers of all disciplines, post-secondary institutions in the Kootenays make it easier for regional students to begin their Engineering educations, along with valuable co-op experiences, closer to home.
Kootenays colleges meeting the demand for regional, transferrable, first year programs
Generally speaking, engineering is for students who are interested in the physical structures and systems in our modern world. Engineers are are the thinkers and builders who apply science and math to every aspect of modern life, designing and developing the products and processes we use every day.
It is a solid, in-demand career path often offering high-paying jobs as well as challenging, satisfying work.
Engineering careers include:
- civil (structures)
- mechanical (machines)
- electrical and computer (circuits and software)
- chemical and biological (chemical and biochemical processes)
- physics (applied physics in the design of new devices)
College of the Rockies
The College of the Rockies Engineering Certificate is designed to satisfy the first year requirements of undergraduate programs at both UVIC and UBC as well as other institutions.
With a Block Transfer agreement with University of Victoria, College of the Rockies’ engineering certificate students will receive full credit for first-year engineering at UVIC and will be on equal footing with UVIC students when it comes to competitive entry into second year.
According to College of the Rockies Dean of Instruction, Darrell Bethune, “College of the Rockies’ engineering certificate students will receive full credit for first-year engineering at the University of Victoria, and better yet, will be on equal footing with UVIC students for competitive admission into year two.”
“This is a terrific opportunity for students to begin their engineering education at College of the Rockies with smaller class sizes and more personal instruction,” Bethune notes.
The COTR engineering certificate meets the first-year requirements of all UVIC engineering streams except software engineering, though those COTR students interested can enter software engineering by taking the additional computer science course at UVIC after they transfer.
For more information on the College of the Rockies’ Engineering certificate, call (250) 489-2751 ext. 3243 or go to www.cotr.bc.ca/university.
The first-year Engineering Transfer (Applied Science) program at Selkirk College allows for the transfer option to UBC, SFU, UVic or U of A.
This program focuses on physical structures and provides the necessary background in math and physics required to pursue the remaining three years in a degree program.
Additionally, any prep or prerequisite courses can be fulfilled and successful completion of this certificate program allows for transfer of credits towards an engineering degree at UBC, UBC Okanagan, SFU, UVic, or the University of Alberta. Most of Selkirk’s first-year engineering courses in fact transfer to universities across Canada.
Co-op education programs are vital to providing valuable on-the-job, hands-on experience to future engineers. The Selkirk College co-op education integrates the first year of academic study with periods of paid, related work experience. The co-op work term credit is also transferable to further university co-op engineering programs.
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Coordinated with the East and West Kootenay Branches of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, Selkirk College organized a day-long field trip to Kimberley on September 10, 2016 to tour the Kimberley Underground Mine and the Sunmine Solar Facility.