The Global Engineering Certificate is an opportunity to recognize the hard work that you put into broadening your horizons and looking outside of the technical element of your education. It offers a supplementary element to your education that can give you a competitive edge in the marketplace when you begin looking for jobs.
Most importantly, it encourages perspective and a sense of service: the development of a generation of engineers (you!) who will be equipped with the skills and experience to tackle some of the big challenges facing society today in a way that will create sustainable, meaningful, and appropriate change.
What are the entrance requirements?
The GE Certificate is open to any students currently enrolled in an engineering undergraduate program at a Canadian university accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Enrolment in the GE Certificate is recommended prior to beginning the program, so you can tailor your experience to best engage with the learning outcomes.
The certificate may be completed at the student’s pace — there are no time limits. Requirements may vary by institution. EWB team members are available to support students in selecting courses and experiences to help fulfill program requirements.
What are the Certificate requirements?
In order to receive your GE Certificate, you must demonstrate that you understand the concepts that underlie global engineering more broadly, as well as demonstrating an understanding of the process by which those concepts can be implemented. You must complete and submit all of the certificate requirements before the completion of your degree program.
The underlying concepts you need to understand are outlined in these key learning outcomes:
- Awareness of globalization and its impact on engineering practice
- Capability of practicing leadership and interdisciplinary skills
- Competency in exploring complex social issues
- Ability to apply technical skills in a global context
To demonstrate these, the Certificate requirements blend theoretical and practical experience. The following components must be completed in order to qualify for the conferral of a GE Certificate.
- An Introduction to Global Engineering course
- A Discipline-specific course covering GE topics
- Project-based course activity
- Experiential GE practice
As the certificate program is being implemented at multiple universities across Canada, we do not have an exhaustive list of all courses that may match the requirements for the courses that must be completed towards the GE Certificate. This particularly applies for the discipline-specific and project-based courses.
Once you have enrolled in the GE Certificate program, we’ll ask you to fill out a course summary and, as soon as possible, include a course syllabus for the courses you have either already completed or are planning to complete for the various course-based requirements of the GE Certificate program. The GE Certificate administrator will review your submission as soon as possible and contact you regarding whether or not the courses identified meet the course requirements.
Completion and Submission
Once you have enrolled and your course selections have been approved by the GE Certificate administrator, you are free to complete the required components of the GE Certificate program. Completion of the courses and practical experience is according to your own schedule in a manner that makes sense for you.
A Note on Portfolio submission
While you have until convocation to submit your completed portfolio, we recommend that you submit your portfolio at least one semester prior to your anticipated completion of your degree. This gives us time to review your portfolio so that your GE Certificate can be conferred simultaneously to your convocation.
Portfolio components can also be uploaded on an ongoing basis to the GE Certificate as you complete them. This will give the GE Certificate administrators the chance to evaluate your submissions as you complete them, and provide any feedback necessary if it appears you are off track.