Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Engineering Transfer

Jump-start your engineering studies with foundation courses in your first year at TRU, then transfer to UBC or UVic to complete your degree. If you are interested in a computer or electrical engineering degree, you can complete your second year of studies at TRU before transferring to UVic.

After completing the Engineering Transfer program, you will be able to continue a degree in biological, biomedical, civil, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, geological, geo-technical, integrated, materials, mechanical, mining, software, engineering physics, and other engineering specialties at UBC or UVic.

Upon completing your degree, you will have the opportunity to become an Engineer in Training, working under the supervision of professional engineers to earn your Professional Engineer (PEng) status.


Student opportunities

During the fall semester of your first year, you will be able to meet weekly with professional engineers of various disciplines who will talk to you about their careers: what types of projects they work on, the company they work for, and more. If you plan to attend TRU for your second year of studies, you will complete a mandatory co-op term, which lasts between four to eight months.

During the fall semester of your first year, you will design a Zero Net Energy green home. During the winter semester, you will design, assemble and test a line-following robot. These opportunities allow you to quickly hone your skills in engineering design methodology.


Careers for graduates

Engineers work in almost any field that you can think of.

  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Health care
  • Game design
  • Telecommunication
  • Construction of infrastructure
  • Manufacturing
  • Private consulting firms
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Government agencies
  • Research facilities
  • Your own company or consulting firm

More importantly, future engineers will be called upon to find creative ways to maintain our quality of life while preserving our fragile environment.

And engineers are in demand. It is anticipated that there will be over 110,000 engineering job openings in Canada between 2011 and 2020, and that British Columbia will have one of the strongest engineering job market during the same period.

According to the 2014 compensation survey conducted by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, the median base salary ranges from a low of $59,500 for an engineer in training to $167,500 for a top senior engineer.

Students who have transferred from TRU to either UBC or UVic have gone on to thrive in their chosen fields of study. UBC has provided data showing that TRU students perform well once integrated into UBC courses.