MGB

Biomedical
Mechanical Engineering

The purpose of the Biomedical Mechanical Engineering program is to graduate engineers proficient in the areas of biomedical science related to mechanical engineering. These engineers specialize in areas that include the following: design of artificial hearts, implants, prostheses, and other medical devices, development and selection of bio-compatible metallic and non metallic materials for implants and medical equipment, robotics for medical applications and biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering.

This program is similar in structure to the mechanical engineering program but it includes courses in the biomedical field that replace a quarter of the conventional program.

This program’s broad scope gives its graduates a wide range of career options, not only in the biomedical field but also in conventional mechanical engineering. Biomedical systems are among the most complex mechanical systems; therefore, a strong and comprehensive education in standard mechanical engineering principles is provided, with emphasis on their application to biomedical systems.

Career opportunities

  • Rehabilitation engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Mechanical engineer

Salary estimates (entry level)

  • $47,210 - $76,970 [1]

Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 91.7% [2]
Graduate programs
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Biomedical Engineering, concentration in Clinical Engineering
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Biomedical Engineering
  • Doctorate (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering

Options

Options available with this program

  • BASc in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • BASc in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering and BSc in Computing Technology

Languages

  • This program is offered in English and in French.
    • All courses are offered in English.
    • All first- and second-year courses, and some third-year courses, are also available in French.

A preview of your studies

Course examples

  • Thermodynamics II
  • Biological and Engineering Materials II
  • Heat Transfer
  • Machine Design
  • Biomechanics
  • Bio-Fluid Mechanics
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Design of Artificial Joint Prostheses and Implants
  • Design of Artificial Organs

Consult and compare the course list of programs and options.

CO-OP (optional)

Examples of tasks at work

  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Design
  • Manufacturing techniques
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Preliminary design calculations
  • Project management
  • Research
  • Technical calculations (elementary analysis of resistance, energy balance)
  • Writing technical reports

Salary (weekly)

  • Average: $650 [3]

Work term placement rates

  • 96.5% [4]

    More information

    From our students' perspective

    Photo of Reeham Hammouda

    Reeham Hammouda

    Fourth year, Biomedical Mechanical Engineering, CO-OP


    As a child, I loved to take things apart and attempt to reassemble them. This childhood passion drove me to tackle greater challenges, making engineering the perfect fit for me. During my degree, I worked and volunteered at schools, shelters, hospitals and community centres, as I believe that becoming a great engineer starts with striving to become a great citizen.

    I think that being honourable, righteous, compassionate and ready to lend a helping hand builds a strong foundation for our society. Trying to make a difference through using the Richard L’Abbé Makerspace and participating in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), I merged my passion for social awareness and my engineering skills by designing a low cost, 3D-printed four-bar linkage knee prosthetic for developing countries. This experience allowed me to present my project at the Ontario Biomechanics Conference, where I received positive feedback, discovered new opportunities and broadened my network. It also sparked my interest in higher education and my love for orthopedic and rehabilitation applications, which geared my educational path towards this newfound interest.

    I am currently designing a surrogate lower limb to evaluate AFO (ankle foot orthosis) performance at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, and I continue to learn every day about the fascinating human body and phenomenal technological advancements in the biomedical field. These opportunities, which were facilitated through the University of Ottawa, has enabled me to contribute as a community member in my own unique way.

    Admissions at a glance

    Admission requirements

    Ontario

    General requirements

    A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics, except in Software Engineering, where a minimum of 70% is required for each prerequisite course.

    Students who do not have Calculus and Vectors 4U can take the replacement course at the University either the summer before or during their first term.

    Prerequisite courses

    Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
    Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    High 80s
    Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Two of the following:
      • Biology 4U
      • Chemistry 4U
      • Physics 4U
      • Earth and Space Science 4U
    Mid 80s
    Chemical Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    Mid 80s
    Civil Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Computer Science
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    Low 80s
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Computer Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    Low 80s
    Electrical Engineering
    Physics and Electrical Engineering
    Software Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • One of the following:
      • Biology 4U
      • Chemistry 4U
      • Computing 4U
      • Physics 4U
    Mid 80s
    Secondary V

    General requirements

    A minimum combined average of 84% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

    Students may be required to take up to two mathematics make-up courses at the University either the summer before or during their first year.

    Prerequisite courses

    Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
    Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    • Chemistry (Sec. V)
    • Physics (Sec. V)
    • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
    84%
    Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
    Physics and Electrical Engineering Mathematics
    Computer Science
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    84%
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Chemical Engineering
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    • Chemistry (Sec. V)
    • Physics (Sec. V)
    84%
    Civil Engineering
    Computer Engineering
    Electrical Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Software Engineering
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    • One of the following:
      • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
      • Chemistry (Sec. V)
      • Physics (Sec. V)
    84%

    These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

    See the full undergraduate admission requirements for more information.

    CEGEP

    General requirements

    A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics, except in Software Engineering, where a minimum of 70% is required for each prerequisite course.

    Students who are missing the mathematics prerequisite are required to take up to two replacement courses at the University the summer before or during their first year.

    Prerequisite courses

    Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
    Computer Science
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    Low 70s
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Computer Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    Low 70s
    Electrical Engineering
    Physics and Electrical Engineering Mathematics
    Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    • Two of the following:
      • Biology (101) General Biology I
      • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
      • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
      • Mathematics (201) Algebra I
    Mid 70s
    Chemical Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    Mid 70s
    Civil Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Software Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    • One of the following:
      • Biology (101) General Biology I
      • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
      • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    Mid 70s
    Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Biology (101) General Biology
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    High 70s

    These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

    See the full undergraduate admission requirementsfor more information.

    Studying outside of Ontario or Quebec? Find your admission requirements.

    Admission averages vary between English and French programs. See the French page for the French program requirements.

    Contact us

    Do you have questions about this program?

    Julie Cormier-Doiron
    Liaison and Communications Officer
    Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 6096
    genie.engineering@uOttawa.ca

    Michel Labrosse
    Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies - Biomedical Engineering
    Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 6284
    labrosse@eng.uottawa.ca

    Undergraduate programs

    Not sure which program you should choose? You can always change your mind! As long as you meet the criteria, you can switch to another program even after starting your studies.

    References:

    1. jobbank.gc.ca: entry-level estimate calculated by compiling salary data by discipline (from low to average) in Canada to reflect industry earning.

    2. OSAP Ontario University Graduate Survey 2015-2016.

    3. coop.uottawa.ca: average of the program specific work terms average salaries. Salary average typically increase by work term. Calculated September 2017.

    4. CO-OP uOttawa: 2017.

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