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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.

Studies made for you

Options 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.
Course examples
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical System Dynamics
  • Bioinstrumentation

Consult and compare the course list of programs and options.

 

  • Design of Artificial Joint Prostheses and Implants
  • Design of Artificial Organs
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Mark-Olivier Moreau / Biomedical Mechanical Engineering (2020)

"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."

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David Long / Biomedical Mechanical Engineering (2020)

"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."

Enhance your studies

CO-OP (optional)

Experience your future career and help fund your studies with the CO-OP program. With the Co-operative Education (CO-OP) Program, you can gain hands-on experience in your field of study while you complete your degree.

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
CO-OP salary and placement rate

Salary (hourly rate)

  • $16.99 - $21.10

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Work term placement rates

  • 93.3%
Some of our employers include
  • Abbott Point-of-Care
  • Epocal Inc.
  • Health Canada
  • Ottawa Hospital
  • The Rehabilitation Centre
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute
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Things to know

Admission requirements

Ontario

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

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.

Opportunities with this degree

Career opportunities
  • Rehabilitation engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
Salary and placement rate

Salary estimates (entry level)

  • $50,634 - $63,863

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Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 89.6% [2]

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Graduate studies

This Engineering field offers many possibilities to students.

If you have any more questions about this field, we invite you to get in touch with the Undergraduate Studies Office or the Career Development Centre.

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