Courses with Industry

The Faculty of Engineering offers opportunities for your company and your employees to participate in courses and programs led by our Engineers-in-Residence. These courses are offered to industry participants as Short Courses1, delivered concurrently as technical electives with senior undergraduate students. Industry participants will receive either a Letter of Participation or a Letter of Accomplishment upon completion of the course. However, industry participants should note that, apart from Fluid Power Systems, these courses do not lead to University credit.
Advanced Graphical Communication Logo 
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/year to the course, or on a per-seat basis without an ongoing funding agreement. For details, contact Engineer-in-Residence Jim Sykes, P.Eng.
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, P.Eng.
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, P.Eng.
 Operational Excellence Logo: Plan, Do, Check, Act

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/year to the course and have student teams work on your internal operational excellence challenges. For details, contact Engineer-in-Residence Vern Campbell, P.Eng.

1 - In the University’s taxonomy of non-degree programs, Short Courses/Programs are administered at the unit level (Faculty of Engineering) with requirements set by the unit.  Completion leads to a Letter of Accomplishment where work is formally evaluated and a Letter of Participation where work is not formally evaluated. Courses do not result in University credit.