Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose Sheridan’s Mechanical Engineering degree?
Sheridan’s BEng in Mechanical Engineering offers the following advantages:
- Small classes (typically with 48 students in lecture and 24 students in lab).
- Tuition fees are competitive.
- One mandatory internship and one optional 8-to-12-month engineering co-op work placement.
- Students work on projects throughout the four years until they graduate, teaching them how to solve real-world problems.
- More hands-on experience working on real-world applied research/industry projects, coupled with solid math, science and engineering fundamentals.
- Professors with strong credentials and industry experience who are actively involved in applied research.
- Applicants with an average of at least 80% in the required courses are eligible for an entrance scholarship value at $2,500.
Will the school find co-op and internship opportunities for me?
The Co-op Office will help you find and secure a position. They do this through:
- An online job board of positions that you can apply and compete for.
- One-on-one supports and services including resume critiques, mock interviews, cover letter reviews and job search strategy discussions.
- A seven-week Internship Preparatory course that helps you develop your job search skills.
In addition to the above, you are required to conduct your own independent job search. This includes researching companies of interest, attending networking events, making phone calls or sending emails and promoting yourself. Although Sheridan’s Co-op Office has a long, well-established history of success, securing a position is not guaranteed and will, like any course, require your commitment of time and effort in order to achieve a successful outcome.
How do I qualify for co-op and internship?
You and all other students must complete the mandatory four-month internship to graduate. To be eligible, you must complete all of the courses from the first two years of the program and be in good academic standing. The 8-to-12-month Engineering Co-op after year three is optional and students who are interested must apply.
Sheridan may put in place a maximum number of “seats” in the Co-op program which would make entry into Co-op a competitive process and take your GPA into consideration. As this is a new degree program, the Co-op application process is still being developed and more information will be available in 2020.
I'm a graduate from a three-year advanced diploma in engineering technology. How do I join this degree program without starting from first term?
If you have a recognized three-year advanced diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology or related programs from a recognized Ontario community college, we are currently considering pathway options that will require you to complete a number of reach-back courses from the Bachelor of Engineering degree program before joining either the second or third year. There will also be a minimum GPA requirement. You and all other students will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, depending on your academic background.
Pathways will be designed to ensure all students graduating from the program meet the requirements of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Students applying for a pathway option will not be considered until September 2020, at the earliest. At this time, you may consider starting in semester 1 for fall 2019.
I already have a degree in another field of engineering. How do I apply to your program? Are you going to give me credit for some of the courses I took at university?
Transfer students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Is Sheridan’s Mechanical Engineering degree program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of Engineers Canada?
Sheridan’s Mechanical Engineering degree was designed to meet the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board’s (CEAB) requirements. New engineering programs can seek accreditation from the CEAB once they produce their first graduating class. That means Sheridan can seek accreditation for its Mechanical Engineering degree program when its first cohort graduates in 2023.
At that point, the CEAB will review Sheridan’s self-evaluation of the program and conduct an on-campus evaluation of its own. Once Sheridan’s Mechanical Engineering degree program receives accreditation from the CEAB, any students who graduated from the program that year or thereafter will be considered to have graduated from an accredited program.
How is a Bachelor of Engineering degree different than a Bachelor of Technology degree?
In general, a Bachelor of Engineering degree is designed to meet the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board requirements, and when the program is accredited, graduating students will have satisfied the academic requirements to apply for licensure as a Professional Engineer. On the other hand, a Bachelor of Technology degree program may not be designed to meet the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board requirements.
As a result, graduates from this program may need to satisfy additional academic requirements such as the completion of technical examinations to become a licensed Professional Engineer. Further information can be found on the Professional Engineers Ontario website.