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The knowledge and skills required for professional engineering practice are always changing as the world changes. We collaborate with departments in the Price Faculty of Engineering and industry partners to reflect this evolution through development and delivery of professional practice and design curricula.

Our goals are to:

  • Serve as a focal point in the Price Faculty of Engineering in the ongoing innovation of professional practice teaching and learning, and to enhance the capacity of the departments in design teaching and learning.
  • Partner with the departments and programs in the Price Faculty of Engineering toward mutual goals in design and professional practice learning, including innovation through new opportunities and support for interdisciplinary or interdepartmental efforts.
  • Nurture existing and grow new industry partnerships to enhance the undergraduate educational experience.
  • Develop opportunities for graduate-level study in engineering education in the Price Faculty of Engineering and produce rigorous engineering education research that drives the scholarship of engineering teaching and learning in Canada.
  • Membership

    Our membership model includes both core members and associate members. Core members are academic appointments from within the Price Faculty of Engineering, as well as engineers-in-residence. Associate members are others in the Faculty, other faculties, and the external engineering community with affinities to the mission of the Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education. Within Engineering, the director will use all-faculty email to let faculty members know of the opportunity for associate membership, with annual invitations. For those that wish to pursue it, they will receive a letter of invitation and be appointed for three-year terms.

    Learn more about our members

  • Engineers in residence James Dietrich, Doug McNeil and James White.


Engineers-in-residence are one way the Price Faculty of Engineering fosters educational collaboration with the engineering practice community. Engineers-in-residence are individuals with proven track records in their respective industry sector and who bring the expertise of the practice community directly to students, enhancing the undergraduate educational experience. They are engaged with the Price Faculty of Engineering in various roles of teaching and mentoring students, supporting extracurricular student design teams and building connections between faculty members and the engineering practice community.

  • UM IDEA program

    We administer the UM Innovative Design for Engineering Applications program, which brings together the requirements and expertise of the local industry with the innovative potential of engineering students.

    Learn more about the IDEA program

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  • The Canadian Engineering Education Association

    The University of Manitoba is proud to house the administrative arm of CEEA-ACEG, a membership-driven organization whose mission is to “enhance the competence and relevance of graduates from Canadian Engineering schools through continuous improvement in engineering education and design education.” CEEA-ACEG hosts an annual conference that brings together a community of academics from across Canada and internationally who are committed to excellence in engineering and design education.

    Learn more about CEEA-ACEG

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Graduate specialization and courses

Graduate Specialization in Engineering Education

The Graduate Specialization in Engineering Education (GSEE) offers biosystems PhD students a pathway to develop expertise and research in the discipline of engineering education. The GSEE consists of 12 credit hours of coursework and a research thesis on an engineering education topic.

Graduate courses and design electives

The Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education contributes to the development of graduate courses related to engineering education. Current offerings include the following:

  • ENG 4100: Contemporary Topics in Engineering Practice
  • ENG 7010: The Engineering Design Process
  • ENG 7020: Topics in Engineering Practice
  • ENG 7030: The Discipline of Engineering Education
  • ENG 7040: Foundations of Engineering Education Research
  • ENG 7510: Operational Excellence

Courses for industry participants

The Price Faculty of Engineering offers opportunities for your company and your employees to participate in courses and programs led by our engineers-in-residence. These are offered to industry participants as non-credit courses delivered concurrently as technical electives with senior undergraduate students.

Advanced Graphical Communications

Advanced Graphical Communications is structured around Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), an advanced graphical communications tool which concisely communicates design intent via 2-D and 3-D drawings. GD&T is a powerful tool in a long-term strategy of design, manufacturing and quality excellence. In accordance with the ASME Y14.5-2009 Dimensioning and Tolerancing standard, the hierarchy, application and tolerance zones for location, orientation, size and form controls will be covered. Originally developed for mechanical engineering, GD&T is widely used in aerospace engineering and is growing in civil, electrical and electronics engineering. Course content will be reinforced through drawing creation and drawing checking assignments. Participation is via a multi-year funding agreement between the University and your organization by which you can then send two employees per year to the course, or on a per-seat basis without an ongoing funding agreement. For details, contact engineer-in-residence Jim Sykes.

Applied Aerospace Instrumentation

The Applied Aerospace Instrumentation course will provide you with a practical understanding of the role that measurement plays in today’s technologically advanced world. Though geared towards aerospace test system instrumentation (with a particular focus on the gas turbine engine industry), this course is of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the design, implementation and analysis of the measurement chain. The goal of this course is to introduce you to the design and deployment of measurement systems and all elements of the measurement chain – from sensors, to signal conditioning, to data display. Through practical, industry-based projects, you will gain an understanding of how to apply a measurement system design methodology and how to measure system accuracy. Participation is via a per-seat fee. For details, contact engineer-in-residence Kathryn Atamanchuk.

Fluid Power Systems: Operation, Circuit Design and Applications

The Fluid Power Systems: Operation, Circuit Design and Applications course considers the operating principles and performance of standard fluid power components such as pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, etc. Using standard components, appropriate circuits are designed and calculations made to match components with operating conditions in typical fluid power applications. Hydrostatic transmissions, cavitation, accumulators, pump controls for energy conservation, hydraulic fluids and filtration are also covered. Participation is via a per-seat fee. For details, contact engineer-in-residence Vlad Kowalyk.

Operational Excellence

In the Operational Excellence course, participants methodically apply operational excellence and engineering principles and theory to address real industry problems. The emphasis is on the data and fact-based engineering method of problem solving. The course is grounded in the Plan-Do-Study-Act system, covering the seven-step problem solving method (Problem Definition, Examine the Current Situation, Root Cause Analysis, Action Planning and Testing, Study the Results, Standardize the changes and Draw Conclusions), applied statistical concepts (Lean Six Sigma Management), and the fundamentals of teamwork, team dynamics and change management applied to current engineering problems. Participation is via a multi-year funding agreement between the University and your organization, by which you can then send two employees per year to the course and have student teams work on your internal operational excellence challenges. For details, contact engineer-in-residence Vern Campbell.

Contact us

Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education
Price Faculty of Engineering
335 Stanley Pauley Engineering Building
97 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg MB, R3T 5V6