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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)

  • $50,634 - $63,863 [1]

Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 89.6% [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

  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical System Dynamics
  • 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 (hourly rate)

  • $16.99 - $21.10 [3]

Work term placement rates

  • 93.3% [4]

    More information

    From our students' perspective

    Mark-Olivier Moreau

    Mark-Olivier Moreau

    Fourth year, Biomedical Mechanical Engineering

    The medical field has always been a part of my interests when it comes to my future career path. The study of complex human systems has always fascinated me, especially biomechanics and physical rehabilitation using innovative health care techniques.

    I was introduced to the Mechanical Biomedical Engineering program at a presentation given by a maxillofacial surgeon at the Congrès dentaire de l’Outaouais. She explained the essential role of biomedical engineers in the design of cutting guides that she used during her operations. Maxillofacial surgery is one of many applications that displays biomedical engineering’s importance in the design of innovative medical devices and in the development of future technologies.

    Furthermore, I have always been intrigued by the functions of mechanical systems and the analysis of applied physics and mathematics. The Mechanical Biomedical Engineering program is a perfect combination of ideas for the design of medical devices in courses—such as Biomechanics and Design of Artificial Joint Prostheses and Implants—as well as the comprehension of the fundamentals of physics that make these pieces of equipment work in courses like Machine Design and Dynamics of Machinery.
     

    David Long

    Fourth year, Biomedical Mechanical Engineering

    My program has allowed me to turn my biomedical design ideas into reality with the resources at the Richard L’Abbé Makerspace and the Brunsfield Centre. I have been able to apply what I have learned and discovered in class towards everyday situations in the engineering industry.

    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.

    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
    High 80s
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Data Science
    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
    High 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
    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
    Data Science
    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 in science and mathematics.

    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
    Mid 70s
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Data Science
    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
    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
    Low 80s
    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
    Low 80s

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

    See the full undergraduate admission requirementsfor more information.

    Not studying in an Ontario or Quebec high school? 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
    genie.engineering@uOttawa.ca

    Marianne Fenech
    Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies - Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
    mfenech@uOttawa.ca

    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 2016-2017.
    3. coop.uottawa.ca: average of salary (hourly rate) from Work Term 1 - Work Term 4. Based on Summer 2018 work term data.
    4. CO-OP uOttawa: 2018.
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