Answers to your main questions about VIU Engineering | Vancouver Island University
What is engineering? Engineering is about solving problems. He applies the principles of science and mathematics to design and build things.
âEverything around you has been designed, including your office, your stapler, your window, the building you are in and the road you are traveling on. Some of this was designed a long time ago, but someone did it at some point, âsays David Moss, an engineering technician at VIU. âWe build things. Basically, everything that is man-made around you has been designed, whether it has been engineered or built by engineering.
The discipline of engineering encompasses a wide range of specialties ranging from civil, mechanical and structural engineering to chemical, environmental, software and biomedical engineering.
What is the difference between an engineer and an engineering technologist?
The first difference between the two engineering professions is the learning path. Engineers enroll in a Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Engineering, typically a four-year program. Engineering technologists complete a diploma program, which typically lasts between two and two and a half years of study. The work of engineering technologists is more practical, using their technical skills in the office and in the field, so the demands of math and theoretical science courses are not so onerous.
Engineers and engineering technologists often work together on jobs and although some of their areas of expertise overlap, they often have different roles and responsibilities on projects. Engineers work more on high-level project designs and are responsible for validating plans. For example, an engineer can specify the size of beams and columns needed for a structure to ensure that it can withstand the loads and forces that the structure will encounter. An engineering technologist will specify connection and bolting requirements for beams and columns, draw the structure, and perform a hands-on inspection after the structure is built.
What makes the Integrated Engineering Technologist degree from VIU unique?
The VIU program was created in consultation with engineers and industry technologists to meet the growing needs of British Columbia. It is specially designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge desired by engineering companies. You can graduate after two and a half years in the degree program and enter the workforce faster than if you had obtained a bachelor’s degree.
The main focus of the VIU program is civil engineering with a secondary emphasis on mechanical engineering. Students also learn Electrical Engineering to emphasize the importance of electrical components that support civil and mechanical systems to ensure that graduates are familiar with all aspects of a project.
There are unique networking opportunities as local engineering professionals teach some of the courses and field trips to different engineering facilities and projects under construction to demonstrate the principles taught in the classroom and to learn more about the local industry. Students will also make connections through the cooperative education component of the program, where they will be able to take hands-on, real-world training during a four-month paid work experience.
Students also have access to VIU’s fully equipped engineering workshop, which includes equipment such as channels, sieves, concrete testing equipment, 3D printers, laser cutters, and a CNC machine (takes raw material and cuts, grinds, drills, turns, mills and / or shapes it into parts that meet exact specifications).
What kind of jobs can you get with an engineering technologist degree?
Graduates of VIU’s Integrated Engineering Technologist degree find employment in a wide range of jobs, including engineering consulting companies, manufacturing facilities, heavy industry, and municipal engineering services. According to WorkBC, engineering technologists are a growing industry with more than 3,500 new jobs expected in British Columbia over the next 10 years.
Information session on IVU engineering
Join us on January 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. for the Vancouver Island University Virtual Engineering Briefing Session. Our engineering professors and technicians will answer your questions and discuss VIU’s engineering options, including the new Integrated Engineering Technologist Diploma. Register for the free Zoom webinar.