Mohawk engineering students in Hamilton gain pathway to top university program


Published March 9, 2023 at 1:05 pm

The path from studying civil engineering at Mohawk College in Hamilton to having that P.Eng designation has become a bit clearer, thanks to a new allaince with a historically high-rated university program.

Queen’s University at Kingston has added a “bridging pathway” initiative with Mohawk. Dubbed the Queen’s Engineering Bridge, it will give college engineering grads the opportunity to join the university’s civil engineering department or its Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining. It is believed to a first-of-its-kind initiative in Southern Ontario.

Engineering students will be able to begin additional studies in their final year of college, with summer courses to ‘bridge’ them into full-time studies at Queen’s. Students will then graduate with the accredited engineering degree required for a P.Eng designation.

“Mohawk College civil engineering technology programs provide students with an excellent foundation in engineering for rewarding careers in the sector,” Dr. Cebert Adamson, VP of Academics at Mohawk College. “This partnership with Queen’s University allows students wishing to advance their education to smoothly transition into a program that will provide them with academic requirements for registration as a professional engineer.”

Currently, Mohawk offers a three-year diploma program in civil engineering technology that is based at its Fennell campus on the central Mountain.

Queen’s has long been considered one of the top universities for engineering in Canada. It is also the second-largest undergraduate faculty at the university.

“We’re happy to be able to increase the opportunity for Ontario’s technology students to complement their diplomas with an accredited engineering degree from Queen’s University,” says Brian Frank, the Dupont Chair in Engineering Education Research and Development at Queen’s.

“We’ve created a pathway that recognizes students’ accomplishments in the classroom and in the field to allow them to move efficiently into university studies in our civil and mining departments,” Frank added.

“Once their bridging courses are complete, these students will be full-fledged members of the Queen’s Engineering community, fully integrated into their respective programs. That means access to all our campus services and resources, including a nationally leading full-time internship program.”

The development is supported by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer. Further information about Queen’s bridge program is available online. Mohawk, in addition to the civil engineering technology program, also offers courses of engineering study in chemical, computer systems, electrical, energy systems, and mechanical.

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