Engineering Programs & AU Open‑House

Associated Universities Open-House

The Faculty of Engineering Open House is an annual event that is held to provide first-year Engineering students with exposure to the various undergraduate Engineering Disciplines available at Dalhousie University.

The 2022 Open House was held March 9th to 11th.  Each session was recorded and is available for viewing on the 2022 Open House page.

More Resources

Engineering Co-operative Education

Dalhousie Undergraduate Engineering Society (DUES)

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions

Where is the link to apply for my discipline?
Apply for the Engineering Discipline Choice here. The deadline is April 30.

What grade average is typically expected to get into each discipline?
You will be guaranteed your first choice with a GPA of 3.5. Students from all schools are then ranked by GPA. If you are not please with your placement, you can submit again in another round. (More info)

What are the disciplines available to study at Dal?
The programs that we offer are listed above and also here.

If I am interested in the automotive industry, is mechanical engineering the primary route to this industry and what are other possible paths?
Industrial is the manufacturing side of the automotive industry, Chemical is the fuel side, Civil could also be the structural side and Electrical is the processing and signals side.

Regarding mechanical engineering, in recent years, has the focus shifted more towards automation rather than more hands-on work?
Yes, computer-controlled machining and automated assembly are strong.

What programming languages do we take in electrical/computer engineering?
C is the primary language but machine languages are used to program microprocessors

What exactly does bio-medical engineering cover as a subject, and What field would be the best path if someone would want to pursue a career in bio-medical engineering?
Biomedical is a Graduate program at Dal, but the pathway is through Chemical, Mechanical & Electrical. (More info)

Details on Mechatronics - Is it electrical, mechanical, or something entirely different?
It is a mix of Electrical (sensors, programming, processors) and Mechanical (Actuators, structure, motion). At Dal Mechanical is closer.

What is the difference in the type of work after obtaining an electrical engineering degree at a college like NSCC and the bachelor at DAL?
NSCC does not allow you to become a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), nor does it allow you to do Engineering Design in Canada. NSCC offers Engineering Technology.

What do you expect to be the most in-demand engineering disciplines in the next 4 to 6 years?
Engineers Canada has published an industry outlook. Here is the Engineering Labour Market Report.