Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Faculty of Engineering

Program description

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (ECE) programs prepare students for a career in Engineering by engaging them in studies related to core and specialty areas through both theoretical and hands-on teaching methods. ECE students have many courses in common, including math, physics, circuits and electronics, programming, microprocessors, digital systems, economics, engineering law, technical writing, technology and society, and a complementary studies elective in an Arts or Management discipline. In their final year, students participate in a team-based group design project that allows them both the opportunity to put into practice knowledge and skills acquired throughout their program and the exposure to the concepts of team work and project management.


Program options

Degree options

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - 4 or 5 year options
B.Sc. Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering - 4 or 5 year options

Minors (available to all Engineering students)

  • Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Geological Sciences
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Music

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Power and Energy Systems
  • Wireless Communication Devices
  • Engineering Physics
  • Biomedical
  • Communication Networks
  • Embedded Systems
  • Machine Vision

Co-op options
Industry Internship Program (IIP)
10-16 month paid work placement
Work with prominent Manitoba and Canadian industry
Potential for full-time employment following graduation
Optional for both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering


Professional opportunities

  • Developing electronics and computing technologies behind everyday devices such as digital cameras, televisions, cell phones, microwave ovens, video game systems
  • Transportation and aerospace
  • Healthcare - instruments and diagnostic systems such as prosthetics, hearing aids, MRI, and ultrasound
  • Communication - antennas, software systems, satellite systems, and networking technologies
  • Energy - power generation and delivery, motors, converters
  • Research - nanotechnology, quantum computing, photonics, and computational intelligence

Admission Requirements

Visit the Engineering Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.


What is unique about this program at the U of M?

A key strength of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. is our strong tie with local, national, and international industry through research collaboration. Professors bring this collaboration experience to their classroom teaching, allowing students the benefit of real-world examples of theoretical concepts.

Our Power & Energy, Antennas, and Applied Electromagnetics research areas are renowned nationally and internationally for developments in the areas of power system simulation, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electric power transmission, satellite communications, and virtual antennas. In April 2011, distinguished Applied EM professor Dr. Lotfollah Shafai was awarded the Killam Prize for Engineering as acknowledgement of outstanding achievements.

Our Materials research area houses a state-of-the-art Nano Systems Fabrication Laboratory, an open-access cleanroom micromachining lab established to provide nano-system research, development, and prototyping to multidisciplinary university and industry researchers.

Biomedical Engineering research begun in our Department in the late 1970s, culminating in the creation of the Biomedical Engineering Lab in the early 1980s. This research area has seen significant growth since that time, particularly in the past 5 years with the development of the Acoustic and Motor Control Laboratory, the Electromagnetic Imaging Laboratory, and the Biomedical Photonics (Biophotonics) Laboratory.

The department also has strong research groups in Communication Systems, Signal and Image Processing, and Computational Intelligence.


Important links

Faculty of Engineering 
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Studies