Algoma U Set to Offer First Year Engineering

Algoma University and Laurentian University have collaborated to expand options for students in Sault Ste. Marie who wish to study Engineering and remain close to home. Intake to the Engineering pathway will begin immediately for September of 2018.

“We are pleased to be able to offer the first year of engineering at Algoma University; there is a real need in our community for engineers and we believe this partnership with Laurentian University will help to support students in our local community(s) who may be looking for an option to stay closer to home. Laurentian’s program is exceptional and we are pleased to be working in partnership in an effort to increase the number of students entering this field of study,” said Algoma U President, Asima Vezina.  “We are also thrilled to see employers like Algoma taking an interest in supporting coop placements for students in their third year of the program. These partnerships are also critical to helping retain youth in our community.”

Algoma will offer four, one year co-op placements for students in their third year of study. “We are pleased to participate in this unique partnership to develop future engineers locally. The students who work with us will receive first-hand experience with the kinds of stimulating projects that an advanced manufacturer can offer. It is our hope that many of them will return upon completion of their studies and have long and successful careers here in the Soo at Algoma,” remarked Algoma’s Vice-President, Human Resources Jim Rennie.

The pathway agreement provides qualifying students access to a first year of study at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, followed by direct access to the second year of Engineering at Laurentian University in Sudbury in either Mechanical, Chemical, or Mining Engineering. Students in the first year at Algoma University will study in areas such as Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics in courses that prepare them to enter the high demand field of Engineering. In year two, they will transfer directly to their second year of study in the Bharti School of Engineering at Laurentian University.

“The Bharti School of Engineering has enjoyed tremendous growth and success in the past ten years,” said Dr. Markus Timusk, Director, Bharti School of Engineering. “This partnership with Algoma University represents a great opportunity to offer access to Engineering education to Northern Ontario.”

In year two, students at the Bharti School of Engineering benefit from a growing reputation and enrolment. Laurentian has the highest post-graduate employment rate in the province at 95 per cent, meaning Engineering graduates will have a wide breadth of career options available to them upon graduation. Students will study in the brand-new Clifford A. Fielding Research, Innovation and Engineering Building which is presently under construction on the Laurentian campus. The new building will feature four capstone innovation labs, a material analysis lab, environmental and soil mechanics lab, prototype development and machine shop, integrated software lab and lecture theatre, and a hydraulics and fluid mechanics lab.

The Bachelor of Engineering programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

An information session for students and parents and an employer luncheon are being planned for Tuesday, December 19. Email info@algomau.ca for details.

For more information on the program or to apply, please visit our Engineering section.