Why study Electrical Engineering at Dal?

Create the technologies of our future

Electrical and Computer engineers dream and invent the technologies of our future. Today’s society relies heavily on electrical, electronic and computer technology, creating a strong need for these types of engineers.

Electrical Engineers study how to design, develop and test electrical devices (such as radio waves and signals). Studying Electrical Engineering at Dal requires a knowledge of mathematics, electricity, electro-magnetism and electronics, and covers the fields of power, control systems, telecommunications and signal processing.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Engineering, BEng
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering; Faculty of Agriculture
Department: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Campuses: Sexton Campus, Halifax; Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years non co-op program. 5 years co-op program
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

In the first two years of your degree, all engineering students complete the Core Engineering Program. This Program can be taken on the Sexton Campus in Halifax, or the Agricultural Campus in Truro. You will study core courses in math, science, engineering science and design, providing you with a broad foundation in engineering.

At the end of your first year, you can apply to one of our six tailored engineering disciplinesincluding Electrical and Computer Engineering. Placement in a specific discipline is competitive and based on academic performance in the first year.

In the third year of your degree, you will transition into your discipline and can choose to combine your degree with co-operative education.

Areas of Study:

  • Power Systems
  • Robotics
  • Communications 
  • Microelectronics 
  • Photonics 
  • Software Systems
  • Biomedical Devices 
  • Embedded Systems
  • Microwave 

Students enrolled in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at Dalhousie can combine their degree with a Certificate in Biomedical Engineering

Careers and future study

A degree in Engineering from Dal gives you the knowledge and skills you need to be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, whether you decide to launch your career locally, nationally or internationally. The range of career options you’ll find in engineering is truly impressive. Here are just a few of the jobs that our grads have undertaken:

  • Aerospace 
  • Computers
  • Energy and power
  • Semiconductors 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Education and research
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation and automotive
  • Sales and commissioning
  • Project management
  • Defense and related industry 

Graduating from Dalhousie is the first step towards becoming a professional engineer and the beginning of a lifelong learning experience. After earning your Bachelor of Engineering, you will need to be admitted as an Engineer in Training (EIT) by an Association of Professional Engineers in Canada.

Once you have completed four years of suitable work experience, you may apply to become a professional engineer.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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