What is Engineering Physics?
Engineering Physics is a link between basic science and the traditional
branches of engineering.
Engineers often face challenges that require an understanding
of many aspects of a technical problem. To meet these challenges,
Engineering Physics graduates rely on a solid background in physics,
chemistry and mathematics, as well as experience in other engineering
disciplines such as materials, mechanical, chemical, and electrical
engineering. This integrated union of disciplines is required most
urgently in the development and emerging applications of high technology,
and graduates of the engineering physics programme are frequently
employed in these areas.
Why Take Engineering Physics ???
- A degree in Engineering Physics will prepare you for entry
into some of todays most exciting technologies - areas
such as lasers, fiber optic communications, microelectronics,
information technology, nuclear power, and nuclear instrumentation.
- The program provides a broad background in basic science and
engineering that is essential for the rapidly changing high technology
environment that engineers face in the years ahead.
- An education in Engineering Physics provides an understanding
of how to apply basic science to the solution of engineering
- Graduates of Engineering Physics have the confidence and ability
to tackle and solve problems.
Some quotes from recent graduates of our programmes illustrate what Engineering
Physics is all about:
"The range of subject materials (in Engineering
Physics) was good preparation for my industrial work since
it prepared me to change directions quickly and to handle many
unrelated projects simultaneously..."
"... The one aspect of my Engineering Physics education
that shines through is that I was taught how to learn!! As a
result, I feel comfortable with new ideas/concepts/technologies..."
"...A background in Engineering Physics allows
you freedom to move in many directions. Engineering (in
general) is an interdisciplinary field and Engineering
Physics has shown me there is nothing we cant tackle
Career Opportunities for Engineering Physics Graduates
Engineering Physics graduates have many career
options due to the flexibility developed through a broad background
in mathematics, physics, materials science, electronics, computer
systems and optics. There are many different job titles that describe
what graduates of the Engineering Physics programme are now doing.
Telecommunications, laser applications and nuclear engineering
are just a few of the career paths our graduates have focussed
their attention on. Many graduates choose to continue their studies
earning Masters or PhD degrees. Some of the companies that have
hired Engineering Physics graduates from McMaster in recent years
Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
Babcock and Wilcox Canada
Bruce Power Inc.
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
De Havilland Inc.
ELCAN Optical Technologies
Elsag Bailey (Canada) Inc.
Gamma Foundries Ltd.
GE Medical Systems
Genesis Microchip Inc.
Hamilton Health Sciences
Imaging Research Inc.
National Research Council of Canada
Newbridge Networks Corp.
North American Detectors
Nuclear Safety Solutions
Ontario Power Generation
Pembina Exploration Ltd.
Procter & Gamble
Research in Motion (RIM)
University of Alberta
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo