Electrical Engineering involves the design of devices and systems that employ the flow of electrons to achieve useful purposes. It encompasses electrical power generation and distribution, robotics, electronics, wired and wireless communications, optoelectronics, signal processing, computers, radar, medical imaging and many other technologies.
Electrical Engineering is a broad-based, classical discipline with room for specialization: both computer engineering and biomedical engineering developed from the foundations of electrical engineering. This program focuses heavily on the physical design of electronics, electromagnetics and communication systems. Power systems, sustainable energy, and computer hardware/software are integrated into the program.
“I really wanted to understand how modern technology works, and Electrical Engineering provided me the technical knowledge to learn and understand technology.” – Rahul Devnai, Electrical Engineering
What makes this program unique?
- Electrical engineering is a broad-based, classical discipline with room for specialization: both computer engineering and biomedical engineering developed from the foundations of electrical engineering.
- Open-ended capstone project where students apply their acquired knowledge and develop their own unique technology to solve real problems.
- Power systems, sustainable energy, and computer hardware/software are integrated into the program.
Level II: Developing fundamental knowledge generally required in electrical engineering.
The concept of energy electrostatics and magnetostatics, (EE2FH3)
The operation principles of the electronic devices for signal transformation (resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers, EE2EI5)
Signal manipulations using electronic elements (circuit theory and analysis, EE2CI5, EE2CJ4)
The transmission of energy and signal (time-varying fields, EE2FH3)
The mathematic tools learned in level II include phasors (complex arithmetic for average power, EE2CI5), vector calculus for electromagnetics (EE2FH3), and Laplace transforms for signal analysis in frequency domain (EE2CJ4)
Level III: Developing fundamental knowledge for specific disciplines or applications in electrical engineering.
Control: model of system and its controlling techniques in time and frequency domain (EE3CL4)
Communication: wave propagation (EE3FK4), noise, and modulation schemes (EE3TR4)
Microelectronics: electronic circuits for analog and digital applications, computer added design (EE3EJ4)
Power & Energy: the operation principles of the electronic devices for energy generation, transformation, and applications (generators and transformers, EE3PI4)
The mathematic tools learned in level III include complex variables and integration (EE3TP4), probability, random processes (EE3TQ4) and stochastic processes (EE3TR4), and Fourier transformation (EE3TP3).
Level IV: Developing advanced knowledge for specific disciplines or applications in electrical engineering.
Control: medical robotics (EE4BE4) and design of control system (EE4CL4)
Communication: digital communication systems (EE4TK4, EE4TM4)
Microelectronics: microwave engineering (EE4FJ4) and nanotechnology (EE4EL4)
Photonic: photonic devices & system (EE4EM3)
Power & Energy: power electronics (EE4PK4) and energy system and management (EE4PL4)
The mathematic tool learned in level IV includes engineering optimization (EE4FL4)
You will undertake a year-long electrical engineering design course where you will complete an open-ended group project under the supervision of a faculty member (EE 4OI6), and showcase your project at the ECE Expo at the end of the academic year.
State-of-the-art electronics, control and computer laboratories feature advanced equipment such as digitizing oscilloscopes, high-end computers and function generators. Communications and power laboratories feature the most modern equipment in the telecommunications and power areas.
- ELECENG 2CI4 – Introduction to Electrical Engineering
- ELECENG 2CJ4 – Circuits and Systems
- ELECENG 2EI4 – Electronic Devices and Circuits I
- ELECENG 2FH4 – Electromagnetics I
- COMPENG 2DI4 – Logic Design
- COMPENG 2DX3 – Microprocessor Systems Project
- COMPENG 2SH4 – Principles of Programming
- COMPENG 2SI3 – Data Structures and Algorithms
- MATH 2Z03 – Engineering Mathematics III
- STATS 3Y03 – Probability and Statistics for Engineering
- ENGINEER 2PX3 – Integrated Engineering Design Project 2
- ENGINEER 1EE0 – Introduction to Engineering Co-op Program
- ELECENG 3EY4 – Electrical Systems Integration Project
- ENGINEER 3PX3 –Integrated Engineering Design Project 3
- ELECENG 3CL4 – Introduction to Control Systems
- ELECENG 3EJ4 – Electronic Devices and Circuits II
- ELECENG 3FK4 – Electromagnetics II
- ELECENG 3PI4 – Energy Conversion
- ELECENG 3TP3 – Signal & Systems
- ELECENG 3TQ3 – Advanced Probability and Random Processes
- ELECENG 3TR4 – Communication Systems
- 6 units approved complementary studies electives
- ELECENG 4OI6 A/B – Engineering Design
- COMPENG 3SK3 – Computer-Aided Engineering
- ENGINEER 4A03: Ethics, Equity and Law in Engineering
16 units from:
- COMPENG 4DK4 – Computer Communication Networks
- COMPENG 4DM4 – Computer Architecture
- COMPENG 4DN4 – Advanced Internet Communications
- COMPENG 4DS4 – Embedded Systems
- COMPENG 4TL4 – Digital Signal Processing
- ELECENG 4BD4 – Biomedical Instrumentation
- ELECENG 4CL4 – Control System Design
- ELECENG 4EM4 – Photonic Devices and Systems
- ELECENG 4FJ4 – Devices and Antennas for Wireless Systems
- ELECENG 4PK4 – Power Electronics
- ELECENG 4PM4 – Electrical Power Systems
- ELECENG 4PN4 – Electric Motor Drives
- ELECENG 4PP4 – Smart and Micro Grids
- ELECENG 4TK4 – Digital Communications Systems
- ELECENG 4TM4 – Digital Communications II
- COMPENG 4SL4 – Fundamentals of Machine Learning
Experiential learning provides students with hands-on opportunities beyond the traditional lecture-style format to gain valuable experience.
Engineering Co-op Program
The Engineering Co-op Program is an optional program which provides you with the opportunity to work in real engineering positions before you graduate. The Undergraduate Co-op Program is administered by the Engineering Co-op and Career Services Department (ECCS).
- Advanced MicroDevices (AMD)
- Siemens Canada
- IBM Canada
- Hydro One
- Toronto Hydro Corporation
- General Motors Canada
- Ontario Power Generation
McMaster Engineering has many engineering clubs, teams and societies you can join to enhance your practical knowledge and soft skills, provide support, or give you the chance to explore new activities. Clubs are an enjoyable way to enrich your student life and contribute to your social development and academic success.
- IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) McMaster Student Branch
- McMaster Electrical and Computer Engineering Society
- PhaseOne (formerly HackItMAC)
- McMaster Solar Car Project
- MAC Formula Electric
- McMaster EcoCar Team
- McMaster ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)