Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is at the heart of today’s exciting advances in technology. With five technical specializations—communications, systems, electronics, microwave and photonic, and power and sustainable energy—our curriculum will enable you to influence how the world’s communities communicate, generate sustainable energy and cure diseases. As an electrical engineer, you will work with other engineers or scientists on emerging technologies.

The Engineering Management option will provide you with the necessary skills to pursue entrepreneurial activities and start your own technology-related business. The double degree program—BASc in Electrical Engineering and BSc in Computing Technology—will put you at the intersection of two areas that propel technological development.

Studies made for you

Options with this program
Languages
  • This program is offered in English and in French.
    • All courses are offered in English and most courses are available in French.
Course examples
  • Microwave Circuits
  • Optoelectronics and Optical Components
  • Sustainable Electrical Power Systems
  • Wave Propagation and Antennas

Consult and compare the course list of programs and options.

  • Wireless Communication Fundamentals
  • Integrated Control Systems
  • Optical Communications and Networking
  • Electric Power Transmission, Distribution and Utilization

Hind Tlassellal / Fourth year, Electrical Engineering

"Personally, I am interested in two fields: the medical field, where electrical engineers design surgical instruments, medical imagery and radiology, and the environmental field. My primary interest in the environmental field is working on renewable energy, such as solar energy or wind energy that is both better for the environment, and cost effective. Another possibility would be to follow a career in electronics and microwaves."

Manit Ginoya / Fourth year, Electrical Engineering and Computing Technology

"My program has given me the relevant technical framework required to navigate numerous endeavors in engineering! Ultimately, it has encouraged the development of my ability to work with others on projects that involve systems optimization, robotic manipulation and many other things."

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
  • Conducting compatibility and electromagnetic interference studies
  • Debugging source documents
  • Designing and analyzing microwave and other telecommunication systems (with Matlab)
  • Designing and analyzing teleinformatics
  • Designing and writing simple programs for existing systems in C, Java and assembly languages
  • Designing control systems
  • Designing electronic circuits
  • Measurement, design and analysis of electronic systems using oscilloscopes, digital multimeters (DMMs) and functional generators
  • Project management
CO-OP salary and placement rate

Salary (hourly rate)

  • $17.80 - $25.51

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Work term placement rates

  • 92%
Some of our employers include
  • Allen Vanguard
  • Arkalumen
  • CAE Inc.
  • CIENA Corporation
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
  • Communication Research Centre Canada
  • Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Ford Motor Company of Canada
  • Hydro One Networks Inc.
  • Hydro Ottawa
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Kinaxis
  • Kongsperg Automotive
  • Linamar
  • Lockheed-Martin Canada
  • Lumenara Corporation
  • MC Countermeasures Inc.
  • Microsemi
  • Mitel Networks Corporation
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Nokia
  • Nortec Humidity Ltd.
  • Ross Video Limited
  • Shopify
  • Syncrude
  • Tesla Motors Inc.
  • University of Ottawa
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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
Low to Mid 90s
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
  • Electronics and chip designer
  • Electromagnetics engineer
  • Communications engineer
  • Signal-processing engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Automation engineer
  • Avionics engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Power systems and renewable energy engineer
Salary and placement rate

Salary estimates (entry level)

  • $ 62,811 - $ 78,225

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Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 89.6%

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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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