Engineering Foundations Certificate

Qualify for guaranteed admission to UVic's engineering degree programs or secure general transfer to UBC, SFU and beyond. Learn strong problem-solving skills to work in design, analysis, project management and gain a solid foundation in computer programming, math, physics and engineering mechanics.

Where: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Port Alberni, Port Hardy
Starts: September
Length: 1 year
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My instructor Jason Diemer inspired me to study engineering. I transferred directly from NIC into second year of UVic's biomedical engineering degree.

Milena Restan, NIC/UVic Engineering Dual Admission student

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Program Requirements

  • CPS-100 Computer Programming I
  • CPS-101 Computer Programming II or CHE-152 Engineering Chemistry1,2,3
  • ENG-115 Essay Writing and Critical Analysis
  • ENR-100 Introduction to Engineering I5
  • ENR-101 Introduction to Engineering II5
  • MAT-133 Matrix Algebra
  • MAT-181 Calculus I
  • MAT-182 Calculus II
  • PHY-120 Principles of Physics I
  • PHY-121 Principles of Physics II
  • PHY-141 Engineering Mechanics I: Statics or PHY-170 Engineering Mechanics I: Statics and Dynamics2,3.4
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing or University Transfer Elective2,3,4

Notes:
1. CHE-110 and CHE-111 may be taken in place of CHE-152.


2. Students transferring to UVic for software engineering should take CPS-100, CPS-101, ENG-115, ENG-160, ENR-100, ENR-101, MAT-133, MAT-181, MAT-182, PHY-120, PHY-121, and PHY-141.  They may also take CHE-152, but this would normally be taken in second year at UVic.


3. Students transferring into all other engineering disciplines at UVic should take CHE-152, CPS-100, ENG-115, ENG-160, ENR-100, ENR-101, MAT-133, MAT-181, MAT-182, PHY-120, PHY-121, and PHY-141.  They may also take CPS-101, but this would normally be taken in second year at UVic.


4. Students transferring to UBC should take CHE-152, CPS-100, ENG-115, ENR-100, ENR-101, MAT-133, MAT-181, MAT-182, PHY-120, PHY-121, PHY-170, and a complimentary studies elective (see UBC calendar and the BC Transfer Guide for options).


5. ENR-100 and ENR-101 together replace ENR-110.  Students who already have ENR-110 can substitute it for both ENR-100 and ENR-101.

Completion Requirements

Average Grade of C+ or better

Note: Students transferring to UVIC must have a C+ average and no grades less than C

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 graduation or provincial equivalent
  • C+ in Physics 12 or PHY-060
  • C+ in Chemistry 12 or CHE-060
  • B in Pre-Calculus 12 or MAT-060
  • C+ in English 12 or English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, or one of ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098, or ESL-090

International Language Requirements

International students must meet NIC international admission requirements.

Consider NIC’s Academic English Language program if you need to gain the skills to speak and understand English in the college environment.

Michael Willers

Michael Willers
michael.willers@nic.bc.ca
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8729 | Location TEB - C135
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000

Jason Diemer

Jason Diemer
jason.diemer@nic.bc.ca
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9768 | Location CWG - 230
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5041

Jennifer Fallis Starhunter

Jennifer Fallis Starhunter

Faculty

Mathematics-Science

PhD in Physics (University of Manitoba, 2009)

Subjects: Physics
Jennifer.FallisStarhunter@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4092 | Location RAV - 207
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Dennis Lightfoot

Dennis Lightfoot

Faculty

Mathematics-Science

MSc in Agricultural Engineering (McGill University, 1992)

Subjects: Engineering, Mathematics, Physics
dennis.lightfoot@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5044

Program Highlights

As an NIC Engineering Foundations Certificate student, you will gain the same skills and knowledge that you would receive in your first year at institutions such as UVic and UBC, but with smaller class sizes and personalized instruction in classes and labs.

NIC has offered a one-year study plan in engineering since 2010, allowing students to transfer to UVic and launch their engineering career. This new certificate includes all of the same courses as NIC's UVic Engineering Pathway, with the added benefit of a credential to add to your résumé and increased access to other post-secondary institutions.

Choose from part-time or full-time studies to manage your workload or complete the program in one academic year. All required courses are available at the Comox Valley campus. Most of the courses are also available at campuses in Port Alberni, Campbell River and Port Hardy.

NIC's guaranteed transfer agreement with UVic ensures that students with a minimum GPA of C+ (UVic 3.0 or NIC 2.33), and no grade less than a C, compete on an equal footing with UVic students entering second year computer, electrical, mechanical, biomedical, civil or software engineering programs. Many of NIC's first-year courses also transfer directly to engineering programs at UBC, SFU and other institutions.

To be eligible for the NIC/UVic dual admission program you must be deemed eligible for admission by both UVic and NIC and submit an NIC/UVic Dual Admission application form. Dual admission is available to both Canadian and international students graduating from high schools in the North Island College region. For more details about this option, please make an appointment with an educational advisor.

Upon graduation, you will be well prepared to communicate your ideas effectively as you learn to solve math and physical science problems at the first-year university level, applying principles of math and science to creative problem solving and design.

Career Opportunities in Engineering

Engineering opens a world of opportunities in design, analysis, project management and other jobs involving strong problem-solving skills. Engineering graduates are well-prepared for work in design, analysis, information technology, project management, and other careers requiring a combination of strong problem solving and creativity.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $3,425
NISU Fees $145
Lab Fees $125
Books $1,650
Learner Resource $180
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,800

Tuition may vary, depending on the courses chosen. Book costs and Lab fees are specific to each course. Not all courses have Lab fees.

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

This program is tuition refund Category 1.

International Fees

Tuition $15,300
NISU Fees $145
Student Services Fees $1,020
Lab Fees $125
Books $1,650
Learner Resource $180
Health and Dental $275
Total $18,695

Additional costs for International students include the $100 application fee (required).

Book costs and Lab fees are specific to each course. Not all courses have Lab fees.

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

For more information on tuition costs and refunds refer to International Tuition and Costs.

During your time at NIC you’ll explore the foundations of engineering and discover the engineering specialty for you. NIC’s transfer agreements mean you can smoothly transition to continue to path to your Professional Engineering (P.Eng) designation. Along with NIC’s transfer agreements, many NIC first-year courses also transfer to other institutions, including UBC and SFU. Please contact an NIC educational advisor for more information. 

Explore some of the many engineering specialties below and see how NIC’s Engineering Foundations certificate can prepare you to transfer into the specialty of your choice.

 

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering combines biological sciences and engineering to advance the health care industry. Biomedical engineers work to bridge the gap between medicine and engineering and work on the development and maintenance of a wide range of health care equipment and technologies including diagnostic and monitoring equipment, therapeutic medical devices and biocompatible prostheses. You can transfer to UVic’s Biomedical Engineering program through NIC’s guaranteed transfer agreement with UVic.

 

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering focuses on the physical environment including buildings and infrastructure with the goal of applying scientific principles to solve the problems of society. Civil engineers design, build and maintain roads, bridges, buildings, dams and pipelines. As a discipline, civil engineering has a range of sub-disciplines including geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering and urban engineering. You can transfer to UVic’s Civil Engineering program through NIC’s guaranteed transfer agreement with UVic.

 

Computer Engineering

Computer engineering combines computer science and engineering principles to design and develop hardware for computer systems. Computer engineers work to make systems smarter, faster and more efficient. They develop systems to control everyday devices such as vehicles and develop computer control systems for automation and robots. You can transfer to UVic’s Computer Engineering program through NIC’s guaranteed transfer agreement with UVic.  

 

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering focuses on the study of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. Electrical engineers work on electrical systems on large scales such as power generation and transmission, renewable and sustainable energy and electrical power systems within vehicles, planes, ships. You can transfer to UVic’s Electrical Engineering program through NIC’s guaranteed transfer agreement with UVic.

 

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering applies engineering principles to the design and maintenance of mechanical systems. These systems include turbines, internal combustion engines, conveyer systems and tools and equipment that involves movement in both small and large scale. After completion of NIC’s Engineering Foundations certificate, you can transfer to UVic’s Mechanical Engineering program through NIC’s guaranteed transfer agreement with UVic.

 

Software Engineering

Software engineering focuses on applying engineering principles to the development of software. Software engineers develop large, complex systems and work with computer programmers to meet the needs of the end user. They work in a wide variety of sectors that use computer tools in their day-to-day operation. You can transfer to UVic’s Software Engineering program through NIC’s guaranteed transfer agreement with UVic