VIU Engineering Diploma and Certificate Program

Engineering Transfer Certificate and Diploma Programs

(formerly Fundamentals of Engineering)

Engineers are problem solvers. Whether it is allowing you to carry movies and videos with you at all times (iPod), guiding airplanes and hikers to their destinations (GPS navigation systems), or providing clean water to rural villages in sub-Sahara Africa, engineers are problem solvers who search for more efficient, easier to use, and less expensive solutions to today's challenges.

The first engineers were from Egypt nearly 6000 years ago -- Imhotep (the builder of tombs) and Khufu-onekh (who built the Great Pyramid which still stands today).  These origins eventually gave rise to engineering schools which first appeared Syracruse (around 400 BC) and dedicated to solving solving military problems.  The term 'Engineer' itself derives from the Latin word 'ingenium' which meant 'catapult' or 'siege engine'.  Over the last two thousands years, the engineering field has grown considerably.  You can now find engineers trying to make energy use more efficient, constructing bridges and airports, or even landing on the moon.

What is Engineering?


Engineering Transfer Certificate

The Engineering Transfer Certificate program prepares students to transfer into the University of British Columbia - Vancouver Campus (UBC-V), the University of Victoria (UVic), or Simon Fraser University - Burnaby Campus (SFU-B) engineering in their second year. This program contains the first-year core courses required from each of these institutions including physics, chemistry, engineering design, computer programming, mathematics, and communication skills.

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Engineering Transfer Diploma

For students who wish to transfer to the University of Victoria, the Engineering Transfer Diploma program provides up to twenty courses of transferrable credit for engineering disciplines at that institution, as well as the option to take an engineering co-op during the summer period. Students who complete the Engineering Transfer Diploma program within two years with a minimum required GPA qualify for admission into the second year program at UVic with second-year, engineering credit.

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VIU Engineering Design Competition

Each year, students within the Fundamentals of Engineering Certificate complete a capstone design project as part of their ENGR 121 course. The local engineering community, as well as students and staff of the university are invited to give feedback and check out the displays!

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VIU Engineering Students Tackle New Challenges in Overseas Study Program

Engineering solutions and relationships more than 10,000 kilometres from Nanaimo

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Career Paths

A few engineering disciplines are listed below. By no means is this list exhaustive especially when it comes to the list of career paths! 

Electrical Engineering
Related to any project involving electrical devices, systems, and the use of electricity. EEs work on power plants, computers, and other electrical devices. Career paths include: BC Hydro and Research in Motion

Computer Engineering
Deal with all aspects of computer systems including design, construction and operation. May specialize in digital systems, operating systems, or networks. Career Paths include: Apple and Spectrum Signal Processing

Mechanical Engineering
Use mechanics or energy principles to design machines such as engines and motors. Typically work in areas such as robotics, automotives, or manufacturing. Career paths include: Honda Motors and Weyerhaeuser

Chemical Engineering
Take raw materials and turn them into products we use everyday. Crucial in producing pharmaceuticals. Many work within the petroleum and plastics industries. Career paths include: Ballard Power and Petro-Canada

Civil Engineering
One of the largest branches and oldest of engineering. Has its origins in the practice of individuals distinguising themselves from the military engineers by using the term civil(ian) engineers.  Work on high-rise buildings, dams, water treatment centers, and urban transit systems. Career paths include: TransLink and City of Nanaimo

Environmental Engineering
Assist with the development of water distribution systems, recycling methods, and pollution prevention and control systems. Career paths include: BC Ministry of the Environment and Metro Vancouver

Community Outreach & International Collaboration

Faculty members instructing within the Engineering Transfer Certificate and Diploma programs engage in a number of activities outside the teaching program mostly in the areas of community outreach, international development/collaboration, and research.

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