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As part of your bachelor’s degree, you’ll have the opportunity to study aerodynamics, stress analysis and structural design, flight mechanics, stability and control, aircraft performance, propulsion, avionics and systems. You’ll also learn to design, test, manufacture and maintain aircraft or spacecraft, as well as vehicles for transport on land and water. It’s everything you’ll need to embark on a career in one of the most innovative and dynamic fields out there.

A full description of each course can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.


First Year: A strong foundation is essential. With courses designed to give you the knowledge you'll need for the rest of your degree - no matter what engineering discipline you choose - first year is the launchpad to your future sucess.

Second Year: This year of studies will continue to advance your understanding of foundational mathematics and engineering sciences.  You'll learn how to apply that knowledge to analyze and improve processes and systems, and to work with your peers to solve challenging aeronautical engineering problems.

Third Year: During this phase of your degree, you'll choose between the three streams: Aircraft (airplances, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters), Spacecraft (spacecraft, satellites), and Avionics (electronic systems on aircraft, satelittes and spacecraft) - see details below. You'll also start planning ahead for the next year by exploring opportunities for professional experience with the Centre for Advancing Engineering, Research and Innovation in Aerospace (AERIAS) and/or our co-operative internship program. (Participating in a cooperative internship will add one more year to your degree.) 

Fourth Year: In the final year of study, the focus is on your career readiness, as well as your own ideas and innovations.  You've decided what stream you want to focus on and your courses will be geared specifically towards that field.  Outside of the classroom, a world of opportunities await.  You'll work on a student team to design and analyze your own aircraft or spacecraft, and present your final project to industry representatives.  Should you want to pursue more advanced studies, your fourth year is also the idea time to consider applying to our graduate studies program.

Note: Should you participate in a cooperative internship, your fourth year will be spent exclusively working in industry.  You'll complete the rest of your degree the following year, making your program five years in duration.

Third- Year Streams

Aircraft: Are you fascinated by fixed-wing airplanes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles? If so, consider the Aircraft stream.  This specialization further deepens your knowledge in analysis, design, development and control of all types of aircraft. As a graduate of this specialization, you'll be qualified for employment at more than 400 Canadian aerospace firms. The skills you acquire can also be applied to other areas, such as robotics and automotive.

Avionics: If you are passionate about remote controlled aircraft and flight simulations, the Avionics stream could be for you. Focused on the electronics systems in aircraft, satellites and spacecraft, this specialization will give you exceptional knowledge of flight instrumentation, computer control of aircraft, and flight control algorithms. As an avionics and systems engineer, you'll be qualified for a career with most Canadian aerospace firms. The skills you acquire can also be applied to other areas, such as robotics and automotive.

Spacecraft: Dreaming of a career that sends your ideas into orbit? The Spacecraft stream will you the foundation you need. You will have the opportunity to design a spacecraft, as well as broaden your knowledge of mission planning and the dynamics of satellites on-orbit. In addition to general aerospace industry careers, as a graduate of this stream you will be qualified for jobs with leading Canadian aerospace companies and agencies. The skills you acquire in controls and design can also be applied to other areas, such as space robotics and Big Data analysis.