Undergraduate

Materials engineers focus on improving what things are made of and how they are made. New materials enable better performance and sustainable technologies.

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Photo: Professor Nazir Kherani with students in the Advanced Photovoltaics & Devices (APD) lab. The development of next-generation materials—such as advanced thin-film silicon—are critical to developing low-cost, ultra-efficient solar cells and many other sustainable technologies.

Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Materials Engineering

The solution to global challenges of our time—sustainability and energy

As a materials engineering student at U of T, you will learn from professors who create advanced materials for high-efficiency energy storage and conversion technologies, lower the cost of solar cells using silicon extracted from rice husk, and develop lightweight and high-performance materials for aerospace and automotive applications.

What you’ll learn

This is where advanced engineering and cutting-edge science meet. You’ll study how to design and manipulate the structure and properties of materials at a molecular and atomic level. You’ll begin with a foundation in chemistry, physics and math, then add specialized engineering knowledge in nanotechnology, biomaterials, adaptive polymers, advanced semiconductors, photovoltaics and forensics. Your upper years will allow you to focus on four research themes:

  1. Biomaterials
  2. Design of Materials
  3. Manufacturing with Materials
  4. Sustainable Materials Processing

Characteristics of the 2014 first-year undergraduate class in MSE

  • 57 first year undergraduate students in materials engineering
  • 23 female / 34 male
  • 27 domestic students, 23 from Ontario high schools
  • 30 international students

Common companies of employment

  • Accenture
  • AMD
  • AMEC
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • Celestica Inc
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Gerdau Long Steel North America
  • Giffin Koerth Forensic Engineering
  • Hatch
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • Imperial Oil
  • Integran Technologies Inc
  • Mercedes-Benz Canada
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Safran Messier-Bugatti-Dowty
  • Samsung Engineering
  • Shawcor Ltd
  • SNC Lavalin
  • TECK
  • US Steel Canada
  • Vale
  • Xstrata

Typical PEY & new graduate job titles

  • Junior Accident Re-constructionist, Giffin Koerth Forensic Engineering
  • Materials & Process Engineer, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Materials Analyst, AMEC Nuclear Safety Solutions
  • Materials Engineer-in-Training (EIT), Xstrata Process Support
  • Physical Failure Analysis Engineer, AMD
  • Process Engineer & Facilitator, Gerdau Long Steel North America
  • Product Compliance Specialist, Mercedes-Benz Canada
  • Special Process Quality Engineer, Safran Messier-Bugatti-Dowty
  • Supply Chain Coordinator, ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • Technology Consultant Analyst, Accenture
  • Quality Engineer, US Steel Canada

Meet our alumni


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