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Learn More About Engineering Foundations Certificate


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. 

Choose from part-time or full-time studies to manage your workload or complete the program in one academic year.

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.

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.

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.

Program Graduate Attributes

As a participating institution in the Common First Year Engineering Curriculum for the BC Post-Secondary Sector, North Island College is committed to our students meeting the following graduate attributes at the end of this certificate:

1. A knowledge base for engineering: Demonstrated competence in university level mathematics, natural sciences, engineering fundamentals, and specialized engineering knowledge appropriate to the program .

2. Problem Analysis: An ability to use appropriate knowledge and skills to identify, formulate, analyze, and solve complex engineering problems in order to reach substantiated conclusions.

3. Investigation: An ability to conduct investigations of complex problems by methods that include appropriate experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of information in order to reach valid conclusions.

4. Design: An ability to design solutions for complex, open-ended engineering problems and to design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate attention to health and safety risks, applicable standards, and economic, environmental, cultural and societal considerations.

5. Use of Engineering Tools: An ability to create, select, apply, adapt, and extend appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering tools to a range of engineering activities, from simple to complex, with an understanding of the associated limitations.

6. Individual and Team work: An ability to work effectively as a member and leader in teams, preferably in a multidisciplinary setting.

7. Communication Skills: An ability to communicate complex engineering concepts within the profession and with society at large. Such ability includes reading, writing, speaking and listening, and the ability to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, and to give and effectively respond to clear instructions.

8. Professionalism: An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the professional engineer in society, especially the primary role of protection of the public and the public interest.

9. Impact of Engineering on Society and the Environment: An ability to analyze social and environmental aspects of engineering activities.  Such ability includes an understanding of the interactions that engineering has with the economic, social, health, safety, legal, and cultural aspects of society, the uncertainties in the prediction of such interactions; and the concepts of sustainability design and development and environmental stewardship.

10. Ethics and Equality: An ability to apply professional ethics, accountability, and equity.  

11. Economics and Project Management: An ability to appropriately incorporate economics and business practices including project, risk, and change management into the practice of engineering and to understand their limitations.

12. Life-long Learning: An ability to identify and to address their own educational needs in a changing world in ways sufficient to maintain their competence and to allow them to contribute to the advancement of knowledge.