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Engineering Foundations

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Interested in Engineering Foundations? Apply to Engineering Fabrication Technologies. Students who are interested in the 1-year Engineering Foundations Certificate should apply to the Engineering and Fabrication Technologies Diploma. Once students have completed the requirements for the certificate they may opt to graduate or continue on to complete the 2-year diploma.
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Engineering
Credits: 35.0
Length: One year
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Certificate
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time
Offered: Fall, Winter
program overview

Are you a creative person with big ideas? Do you want to improve the quality of people’s everyday life? As an engineer, you have the ability to create anything you want – from screwdrivers to rockets – using a variety of science and mathematical knowledge.

This full-time, one-year certificate is designed for students interested in completing a bachelor’s degree in engineering at another institution, but are looking for a gradual transition from high school and more one-on-one time with instructors, or are hoping to save a bit of money in tuition fees. The Engineering Foundations program offers the courses for first-year engineering, including chemistry, physics and calculus.

Excellent career prospects

Engineers Canada’s 2025 job market outlook predicts an increasing demand for engineers due to the imminent retirement of the baby boomer workforce, over 100,000 engineering job openings between 2015 and 2025. Additionally, there is expected to be a shift in economic activity from Eastern Canada towards Western Canada, resulting in an increased demand for engineers on this side of the country.

Transfer to university

All courses are university transferable. Upon completion of the certificate, you may be eligible for a guaranteed seat in the second year of one of the following programs: SFU or UVic’s engineering degree programs, or UBC's Wood Products Processing degree, an award-winning program that will prepare you for a career in the wood products sector and related fields. Refer to the pathway tab for full eligibility details of these transfer agreements.

The certificate also fulfills several of the required courses for the Engineering and Fabrication Technologies Diploma program, if you prefer to continue your studies at Douglas College.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 35 credits
  • 25% (9 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College*

*Effective for Summer 2017 graduation, a minimum of 50% of the required program courses must be taken at Douglas College. 

** A UT (university transferable) course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC - according to the BC Transfer Guide in an Arts subject area.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

MATH 1120

Calculus I

3.00

MATH 1220

Calculus II

3.00

MATH 2232

Linear Algebra

3.00

PHYS 1110

Mechanics & Heat

5.00

PHYS 1210

Electromagnetism, Options, Modern Physics

5.00

CHEM 1110

The Structure of Matter

4.00

ENGR 1110

Engineering Graphics

3.00

CMPT 1110

C++ Programming

3.00

Arts Elective

Select one UT Arts elective course **

3.00

Select one course from the following two options:

CMNS 1135 (SFU/UVic Transfer)

Professional Communication for Engineering Students

3.00

ENGL 1130 (UBC Transfer)

Academic Writing

3.00

Total Credits

35.00

Academic Standard

To maintain status in the Engineering Foundations Certificate Program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33 each semester; AND
  2. achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all registered academic courses; AND
  3. register in a minimum of four required courses per semester in at least two out of three semesters per year .

NOTE: if any of the above criteria are not met, students may be placed on program probation for one semester. Any students on program probation that do not meet the above criteria may be removed from the program. Students who are not able to remain enrolled in the program may complete the credential through open enrolment.

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • English 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Physics 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Chemistry 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)
  • Principles of Math 12 or Precalculus 12 with a minimum grade of B (or acceptable substitution*)

*In most cases, university transferable coursework completed in the above subject areas can be used toward meeting the admission requirements.

Students offered a seat in the program will receive priority registration and have earlier access to the courses required for the Engineering Foundation Certificate program.

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

faqs

Is this program right for me?

Successful engineers tend to have the following qualities:

  • self-awareness
  • integrity
  • creativity
  • social and ethical responsibility
  • critical thinking skills
  • problem solving skills
  • good listening and observational skills
  • collaborative and teamwork skills
  • aptitude in math and science
  • interest in technology
  • proficient written and verbal communication skills
  • time and stress management skills

As an engineering student, you will build on these qualities to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and competencies to work and excel in the engineering field. 

When can I apply?

Applications are accepted starting 12 months prior to the start of a semester.  This program has two intakes per year in the Fall and Winter semesters. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as offers to the program are sent on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis.

Please see the Becoming a Student section of the website for further application information.

What are the entrance requirements to the program?

The two engineering programs are open to all students meeting the admission requirements to the College and the entrance requirements to the programs.
The standard entrance requirements for the engineering programs are found on the “program requirements” tab found above on this page.
In addition, there are standard entrance requirements for Douglas College:
Douglas College General Admission Information

I currently do not meet the entrance requirements. Can I still apply for admission?

Yes, you may apply for admission to the College in order to complete all the prerequisite courses. You can then apply for the program while completing the program entrance requirements.

Contact the Engineering Coordinator for advice on entrance requirements.

What are the fees for the program?

The fees for the program are the standard course fees for domestic and international students. The exact values can be found on the Douglas College website:

Douglas College Tuition Fee Chart

Can I study part-time?

At this time our programs are not offered via part time studies; they have been designed to be taken as full-time study. However, students who have taken courses in advance of entering the engineering programs will have a reduced course load.

Contact the Engineering Coordinator for advice on part-time options.

I am an international student. Is there more information on how I can become a student at Douglas?

International applicants are encouraged to apply. Douglas College International is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of our international students. Please direct your inquiries to cie@douglascollege.ca.

I have already taken some courses at Douglas that are part of the Engineering program. Can I still join the program?

Yes! You can apply to the program at any time during your studies at Douglas College. If you are accepted, the courses you have taken will count toward the completion of your credential and you will have a reduced course load.

I have taken an engineering program at another institution. Can I transfer the credits to Engineering at Douglas?

Any courses taken at other institutions must be submitted to Douglas College for transfer evaluation. If transfer credit is granted, up to 75% of the credential requirements may be satisfied by transfer credits. The remaining 25% of the credential requirements must be taken at Douglas College.

I am an international applicant. Can I apply for the program and will my foreign credentials be accepted for transfer credit at Douglas?

International applicants are encouraged to apply. Douglas College International is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of our international students. Please direct your inquiries to cie@douglascollege.ca.

I want to get an engineering degree at a university. Are the courses in this program university-transferable?

All of the courses in the Engineering Foundations Certificate are fully transferable to universities in British Columbia. Most, but not all, of the courses in the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies program are transferable to universities in British Columbia. You can check the BC Transfer Guide to see which Douglas College courses transfer to what other institutions.

I want to transfer to an engineering degree program at a university. Which engineering program should I take at Douglas?

There are two engineering programs at Douglas College: the Engineering Foundations Certificate program and the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies program. Both programs are university transferrable.

Engineering Foundations is a full-time, one-year certificate program designed for students interested in pursuing an engineering degree at another institution. The Engineering Foundations program offers the courses necessary for first year engineering, including chemistry, physics and calculus. The one-year certificate is fully transferable to the UBC SFU and UVic engineering programs.

Engineering and Fabrication Technologies is a full-time, two-year diploma program designed to offer a balance between academic and applied knowledge that will help prepare you for a career in engineering or allow you to transfer to a university program. The Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies program includes several hands-on applied courses where you will pick up plenty of new skills! These practical skills include constructing and programming robots, using a Raspberry Pi to control other devices, and fabricating prototype devices using technologies such as water-jets and laser cutters.

Are there any transfer agreements between the engineering programs at Douglas and SFU, UVic or UBC?

Yes! Douglas College Engineering has guaranteed transfer agreements with SFU Engineering, UVic Engineering and the UBC Wood Products Processing program. These agreements allow Douglas Engineering Foundations students to get a guaranteed seat in the above-mentioned programs, provided they meet certain conditions. More information can be found in the “transfer agreements” tab found above on this page. At this time, there is no transfer agreement between Douglas and UBC Engineering.

Students who do not meet the conditions of the transfer agreements can still transfer to the institution of their choice by way of the competitive entry transfer mechanism. This is the standard way to transfer credits from Douglas College to another post-secondary institution.

What courses do I need to take to transfer into second-year SFU Engineering?

To transfer to second-year engineering at SFU, you must complete the courses in the Engineering Foundations Certificate PLUS two “bridging courses”: ENGR 1100 and ENGR 1180. Furthermore, you must choose the CMNS 1135 course within the certificate, as well as ECON 1150 as the ARTS elective. Note that there is a guaranteed transfer agreement between Douglas College and SFU Engineering. The “transfer agreement” tab found above on this page outlines all of the course requirements for this agreement.

Alternatively, if you complete the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies you will have the option to choose all the necessary courses to transfer into second-year engineering at SFU, as well as additional second-year course requirements. Furthermore, you’ll gain a wealth of “hands-on” experience from several practical courses.

What courses do I need to take to transfer into second-year UBC Engineering?

To transfer to second-year engineering at UBC, you must complete the courses in the Engineering Foundations Certificate PLUS two “bridging courses”: CHEM 1210 and PHYS 1170. Furthermore, you must choose the ENGL 1130 course within the certificate, as well as ECON 1150 as the ARTS elective.

Alternatively, if you complete the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies you will have the option to choose all the necessary courses to transfer to second-year engineering at UBC, as well as additional second-year course requirements. Furthermore, you’ll gain a wealth of “hands-on” experience from several practical courses.

What courses do I need to take to transfer into second-year UVic Engineering?

To transfer to second-year engineering at UVic, you must complete the courses in the Engineering Foundations certificate PLUS two “bridging courses”: ENGR 1190 and PHYS 1170. Furthermore, you must choose the CMNS 1135 course within the certificate, as well as CMNS 1115 as the ARTS elective. Note that there is a guaranteed transfer agreement between Douglas College and UVic Engineering. The “transfer agreement” tab found above on this page outlines all of the course requirements for this agreement.

Alternatively, if you complete the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies, you will have the option to choose all the necessary courses to transfer to second-year engineering at UVic, as well as several additional second-year courses. Furthermore, you’ll gain a wealth of “hands-on” experience from several practical courses, many of which transfer to UVic’s Engineering program as well! Contact the Engineering Coordinator for more information.

When are courses offered?

All classes are offered during the day with some in the late afternoon or evening. The program is offered at the New Westminster campus.

Some of the courses in the program are offered in every semester, while others are offered only once per year. It is best to contact the Engineering Coordinator for more information about specific course offerings.

How long will it take to complete the program?

It will take one year, (three semesters) for full-time students to complete the Engineering Foundations Certificate. It will take two years, (five semesters) for full-time students to complete the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies.

Are there any scholarships for the Engineering program?

There are no specific scholarships for the engineering program, but scholarships may be available through the College in general for domestic and international students:

Douglas College Scholarships
Douglas College Awards

Where can I find more detailed information?

Attend an information session

Contact the Engineering Coordinator

How do I apply to the Engineering Foundations Certificate program?

Any student wishing to apply into the Engineering Foundations Certificate program must instead apply to the Diploma in Engineering and Fabrication Technologies Program. There is no mechanism to directly apply to the Certificate program. The entrance requirements for both programs are identical.

Once a student has been accepted into the Diploma program, they can complete the requirements of the Foundations Certificate and exit the program with the Certificate. There is no obligation to complete the requirements of the Diploma program.

transfer agreements

Summary of Guaranteed Admission Transfer Agreements Douglas College ENGR Engineering Foundations Certificate Program

1. SFU Engineering Science

Assured Admission Pathway: Douglas College Engineering Foundations Certificate (EFC) students are eligible for assured transfer into second year of the Engineering Science program at SFU under an Assured Admission pathway transfer agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Douglas College EFC students may be awarded up to 36 transfer credits toward SFU’s Bachelor of Applied Science - Engineering Science degree program.

Requirements for Assured Admission:
1. Students must be officially registered in the Engineering programs at Douglas College.
2. Students must take the twelve courses listed below (ten courses from the EFC program, plus two “bridging” courses):

  • CHEM 1110
  • CMNS 1135 (language course)
  • CMPT 1110
  • ECON 1150 (arts elective)
  • ENGR 1100 (bridging course)
  • ENGR 1110
  • ENGR 1180 (bridging course)
  • MATH 1120
  • MATH 1220
  • MATH 2232
  • PHYS 1110
  • PHYS 1210

3. Students must take ENGR 1100, ENGR 1180, and PHYS 1210 at Douglas College from an instructor with Professional Engineering qualifications (P.Eng.). Contact the Engineering Coordinator for more information.
4. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.75 on the required pathway courses at Douglas College (calculated using the best attempt for each course) and an overall GPA of 2.75 on any transferable coursework from all post-secondary institutions attended.
5. All pathway courses must be completed at Douglas College within sixteen (16) months of commencing the EFC program. No courses may be transferred into the certificate. For at least two of the terms within the certificate program at Douglas College, students must meet a minimum course load of 12 credits per term which must include the courses specified at http://www.sfu.ca/students/admission-requirements/canadian-transfer/college-university.html.html)

NOTE: Students who have been required to withdraw or not in good academic standing at another institution, or who were formerly in a Faculty of Applied Sciences program (Computing, Engineering or Mechatronics) at SFU, are not eligible for consideration under the 'Assured Admission' pathway.

Competitive Entry Pathway: Students who do not meet the Assured Admission pathway criteria may be eligible to enter the SFU School of Engineering Science based on the existing college transfer criteria for admission (24 credits of transferable coursework which must include the courses specified at http://www.sfu.ca/students/admission-requirements/canadian-transfer/college-university.html.html). In particular, students must have the following courses completed or in progress at the time of application: http://www.sfu.ca/engineering/prospective-students/undergraduate-students/admissions/transfer.html

  • CMPT 1110
  • One of MATH 1220 or MATH 2232
  • PHYS 1210

Students must also meet the competitive admission GPA requirement for the Faculty of Applied Sciences for the term in which they are applying for admission to SFU.

NOTE: Applicants from both pathways must meet the general SFU English language and quantitative admission requirements.

2. UVic Engineering

This transfer agreement provides direct transfer and guaranteed admission for Douglas College EFC students into the second-year of the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree program at the University of Victoria (UVic). Under the agreement, Douglas College EFC students take all first-year Bachelor of Engineering courses at Douglas College, except ENGR 130, then transfer to UVic at the beginning of their second year.

ENGR 130 (Introduction to Professional Practice) is a course completed by all students in the BEng program soon after they begin the UVic program. Douglas College students will take this course after transfer to UVic.

Requirements for Guaranteed Admission:
1. Students must be officially registered in the Engineering programs at Douglas College.
2. Students must take the twelve courses listed below (ten courses from the EFC program, plus two “bridging” courses):

  • CHEM 1110
  • CMNS 1115 (arts elective)
  • CMNS 1135 (language course)
  • CMPT 1110
  • ENGR 1110
  • ENGR 1190 (bridging course)
  • MATH 1120
  • MATH 1220
  • MATH 2232
  • PHYS 1110
  • PHYS 1170 (bridging course)
  • PHYS 1210

3. Students must successfully complete all of the courses in the agreement with a minimum UVic GPA of C+ (or UVic 3.0 or DOUG 2.33) and no courses with grades less than C.
4. Students must have eight (8) courses completed or in progress at the time of application to UVic.

NOTE: Douglas College students will compete on an equal footing with UVic students for placement in their chosen program: Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical or Software, which begin in second year. Where any program is oversubscribed, competitive grades are considered. Students whose grades are not competitive to gain admission in their first choice of program will be offered an alternate program.

3. UBC Wood Products Processing

Douglas College’s EFC program provides qualified graduates with an assured pathway into the Faculty of Forestry – B.Sc. (Wood Products Processing) program at UBC. Through this pathway, Douglas College students have an opportunity to transfer seamlessly into second year of the Wood Products Processing program at UBC.

Requirements for Assured Admission:
1. Students must be officially registered in the Engineering programs at Douglas College.
2. Students must take the twelve courses listed below (ten courses from the EFC program, plus two “bridging” courses):

  • CHEM 1110
  • CHEM 1210 (bridging course)
  • CMPT 1110
  • ECON 1150 (arts elective)
  • ECON 1250 (bridging course)
  • ENGL 1130 (language course)
  • ENGR 1110
  • MATH 1120
  • MATH 1220
  • MATH 2232
  • PHYS 1110
  • PHYS 1210

3. Students must have a CGPA of 2.75 (calculated based on the best attempt for each course within the certificate program and the two bridging courses). All credits must be obtained within 16 months. In addition, students must meet a minimum course load of 12 credits for at least two terms while enrolled in the EFC program.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

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