Potential Careers

SFU engineering science allows you to hone your technology skills while preparing for an exciting career path.

Research shows that two years after graduation, SFU engineering graduates earn more than 25 per cent/year than the average B.C. university graduate (Source: BC Stats). But choosing your career also involves understanding the types of problems you want to solve, where your strengths lie and the types of work environments you enjoy.

All SFU engineering science graduates develop a set of core skills in these areas:

  • Electronics engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Electronic Hardware Design
  • Control Systems Design
  • Mathematics
  • Computer programming
  • Teamwork, business and project management

In addition, senior-level SFU courses help you gain skills that apply to certain career paths. Below are some industry careers and the SFU courses that can help prepare you for these pathways.

Aerospace engineers

Aerospace engineers design and develop aerospace vehicles and components such as aircraft, spacecraft, satellites and space-based communication systems. They develop and carry out computer simulations using advanced mathematical modelling, prepare specifications for materials and processes to be used in manufacturing and maintenance, and coordinate ground and flight tests of air and spacecraft.  SFU Engineering Science graduates would fit best in this field working on developing electronics, communications and software components of an aerospace project. See more at Work BC.

Sample SFU courses:  

  • ENSC 327 - Introduction to Electro-Mechanical Sensors and Actuators

Biomedical engineers

Want to build technologies that save lives? Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes, such as developing new assistive devices, diagnostic tools or medical instruments. These engineers close the gap between engineering and medicine by combining the design and problem-solving skills of engineering with biomedical knowledge and human physiology to advance healthcare treatment, including diagnosis, monitoring, and therapy.

Sample SFU courses:  

  • ENSC 370 - Biomedical Engineering Directions
  • ENSC 472 - Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • ENSC 474 - Digital/Medical Image Processing

Computer engineers

Computer engineers research, design and build computer and telecommunications hardware and related equipment, such as computer processors. Computer engineers may specialize in a number of areas, including analog and digital signal processing, fibre optics, integrated circuits, lasers, microprocessors, microwaves and radio astronomy. Many computer engineers are required to work with software and electrical systems, although the focus of these engineers is related to computer and telecommunications hardware or to network system and data communication.

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Sample SFU courses:  

  • ENSC 251 - Software Design and Analysis for Engineers
  • ENSC 254 - Introduction to Computer Organization
  • ENSC 350 - Digital Systems Design
  • ENSC 351 - Embedded and Real Time System Software
  • ENSC 427 - Communication Networks

Electronics engineers 

Electronics engineers perform design for electrical power and communications systems, and instrumentation and control systems. They also apply engineering science to make consumer electronics and a wide range of other items, such as medical equipment, video and space technology, environmental monitoring systems, robotics, etc.  Utility companies – electric, gas, telephone – and high-tech companies such as Samsung and Google are employers that will likely experience an increased need for these types of engineers.

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Sample SFU courses:  

Robotics Specialist 

A robotics specialist is a behind-the-scenes designer, who is responsible for creating robots and robotic systems that are able to perform duties that humans are either unable or prefer not to complete. Through their creations, a robotics engineer helps to make jobs safer, easier, and more efficient, particularly in the manufacturing industry. See more at Work BC.

Sample SFU courses:  

  • ENSC 386 - Introduction to Mechanical Design
  • ENSC 387 - Introduction to Electro-Mechanical Sensors and Actuators
  • ENSC 483 - Modern Control Systems
  • ENSC 488 - Introduction to Robotics

Software Engineers and Developers 

Software engineers and developers research, design, integrate, evaluate and maintain software applications, technical environments, operating systems, embedded software, information warehouses and telecommunications software. Small companies require software engineers to have a broad skill-base and be proficient in many computer languages. Software engineers must understand the environment in which the software will be used. They must keep in close communication with the end-users as the software product evolves and through its testing phases.

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Sample SFU courses:  

  • ENSC 251 - Software Design and Analysis for Engineers
  • ENSC 351 - Embedded and Real Time System Software
  • CMPT 310 - Artificial Intelligence Survey
  • ENSC 450 - VLSI Systems Design
  • CMPT 475 - Requirements Engineering

Systems Engineers 

A systems engineer combines skills in software design, mathematical analaysis, robotics, mechanical systems and electronics systems to create new technologies that solve problems. Systems engineers are responsible for planning and developing an organization’s systems infrastructure. They improve and transform manual processes into automated tools and systems by writing high-quality, functional code and assembling automated hardware. They find ways to solve technical challenges through research, proof of concept and adoption of new practices and innovations.  

Sample SFU courses:  

Communications Systems Engineers 

Communications systems engineers design and analyze communications related to satellites, cellular phones, radio and broadcast media, or other communications.  They often collaborate with antenna, radio frequency, structures, power, ground segment and other network subsystems to design and test competitive communication architectures. Looking ahead, they often develop technical recommendations to improve system efficiencies and to address future technical needs.

Sample SFU courses:  

  • ENSC 180 - Introduction to Engineering Analysis
  • ENSC 327 - Communication Systems
  • ENSC 424 - Multimedia Communications Engineering

Information Scientists 

Information scientists manage the collection, supply and distribution of information within an organization to make data approachable for users. They typically work across the breadth of a company and spend much of their time communicating with colleagues or researching/archiving documents. They often use special computer applications, online databases and the internet.

Sample SFU courses:  

  • ENSC 280 - Engineering Measurement and Data Analysis
  • ENSC 405W - Project Documentation, User Interface Design, and Group Dynamics
  • ENSC 410 - The Business of Engineering

Engineering Physicists 

A physicist proves that something is possible; an engineer takes that proof and tries to create a real-world product. Engineering physicists do both. Engineering physicists solve challenging problems and develop practical applications that can be multidisciplinary. For example, they may apply new knowledge about lasers, optics, robotics, imaging systems, thermodynamics or quantum physics to develop new engineering principles in fields ranging from electronics to aerospace to the biomedical industry. Engineering physicists often work in research and development or in competitive high-tech industries and their work is constantly evolving.

Sample SFU courses:  

  • PHYS 344 - Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 421 - Electromagnetic Waves
  • ENSC 470 - Optical and Laser Engineering Applications
  • ENSC 495 - Introduction to Microelectronic Fabrication