Telecommunications engineers play an integral role in developing the world as we know it. They are the architects of cloud computing, satellites, smart phones, internet applications, social networking technologies, wireless systems, and integrated voice, data and video communications.

Telecommunications experts have engineered the ever-present interconnectivity of our devices, permitting our everyday lives to be enhanced by the internet of everything. They are responsible for designing, building and operating the robust telecommunications and related distributed information systems that have permeated our culture and determined the future of business and entertainment.

The Carleton Advantage

Our Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree program in Communications Engineering offers:

  • Integrated studies in the principles and practice of telecommunications and related computer technologies
  • The development of strong problem-solving skills through hands-on laboratories and design work
  • Lecturers who are telecommunications experts from the university, industry and government
  • Excellent scholarships for high-standing students

Our Laboratory and Research Facilities

As a Communications Engineering student at Carleton, you will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities sponsored by Texas Instruments and TELUS for design work that emphasizes problem-solving skills and hands-on experience. In addition, you will benefit from Carleton’s close association with laboratories of the federal Communications Research Centre, the National Research Council Canada and many technology companies located in the national capital, such as Nokia, Ericsson, Juniper and Ciena.

Your Co-op Opportunities

As a student in the Communications Engineering program you will have the opportunity to apply to the Co-operative Education Program. Co-op integrates degree-related, paid work terms into your degree program. A minimum of four work terms are required to obtain the Co-op designation on your degree.

We are proud of the fact that the Communications Engineering program consistently achieves very high Co-op success rates. Our program is closely associated with the telecommunications industry, much of which is concentrated in the Ottawa area, giving students valuable work experience and contacts that will benefit them in the future.

The pattern of work and study terms for the co-op option is shown in the following table.

Calendar Year Fall Winter Summer
1 study term 1 study term 2
2 study term 3 study term 4 work term
3 study term 5 study term 6 work term
4 work term work term work term
5 study term 7 study term 8

Choosing the Right Program

The BEng program in Communications Engineering is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. When you graduate from the program, you will meet the educational requirements for registration as a professional engineer.

While studying telecommunications engineering at Carleton, you will gain a broad foundation in the basics of mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering sciences and technology. You will also develop a strong background in real-time computer systems through the study of communications theory and practice, design and analysis of telecommunications components, systems, software, applications, and regulatory and social issues.

The program provides you with the flexibility required to practice in a world of rapidly changing technology, alongside the specific knowledge and skills that are highly valued by employers in the telecommunications and information industries. You will also have the option of pursuing further studies and continuing education, including graduate studies, in several areas.

Course Structure

The courses of a typical Communications program are shown below.

Study Term 1 Study Term 2
Calculus for Engineering Students
[MATH 1004]
Linear Algebra for Engineering Students
[MATH 1104]
Computation and Programming
[ECOR 1041]
Chemistry for Engineering Students
[CHEM 1101]
Circuits
[ECOR 1043]
Introductory Electromagnetism and Wave Motion [PHYS 1004]
Statics
[ECOR 1045]
Data Management
[ECOR 1042]
Visual Communication
[ECOR 1047]
Mechatronics
[ECOR 1044]
Introduction to Engineering Disciplines I
[ECOR 1055]
Mechanics
[ECOR 1046]
Engineering Profession
[ECOR 1057]
Dynamics
[ECOR 1048]
Basic Science Elective Introduction to Engineering Disciplines II
[ECOR 1056]
Complementary Studies Elective
Study Term 3 Study Term 4
Differential Equations and Infinite Series for Engineering Students [MATH 1005] Multivariable Calculus for Engineering Students [MATH 2004]
Foundations of Imperative Programming
[SYSC 2006]
Object-Oriented Software Development
[SYSC 2004]
Introduction to Digital Systems
[SYSC 2310]
Introduction to Computer Organization and Architecture [SYSC 2320]
Circuits and Signals
[ELEC 2501]
Probability, Statistics and Random Processes for Engineers [SYSC 2510]
Communication Skills for Engineering Students [CCDP 2100] Electronics I
[ELEC 2507]
Study Term 5 Study Term 6
Introduction to Real-Time Systems
[SYSC 3310]
Communication Theory II
[SYSC 3503]
Signals and Systems
[SYSC 3500]
Communication Software
[SYSC 4502]
Computer Communications
[SYSC 4602]
Fundamentals of Web Development
[SYSC 4504]
Electronics II
[ELEC 3509]
Electromagnetic Waves
[ELEC 3909]
Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments [ECOR 2050] Engineering Economics
[ECOR 3800]
Engineering Portfolio
[ECOR 2995]
Study Term 7 Study Term 8
Engineering Project
[SYSC 4907 / ELEC 4907]
Digital Signal Processing
[SYSC 4405]
Wireless Communication
[SYSC 4607]
Digital Communication Theory
[SYSC 4604]
Telecommunications Engineering
[SYSC 4700]
Computer Communications
[SYSC 4602]
Fundamentals of Web Development
[SYSC 4504]
Communications Systems Lab
[SYSC 4701]
Professional Practice
[ECOR 4995]
Introduction to Network and Software Security [SYSC 4810] Complementary Studies Elective
Engineering Elective Engineering Elective

Note: As study terms and courses offered may vary, please refer to the Carleton University Undergraduate Calendar for specific program requirements.

Your Future Opportunities

As a graduate of the communications engineering program, you will be well equipped for a myriad of positions that are in high demand. Within the telecommunications industry, you can find yourself in research and development, manufacturing, installation, operational maintenance, protocols and new services testing.

For the computer industry, you will have the tools to engineer telecommunications products, distributed computer networks and multimedia systems, as well as the knowledge to interface them with telecommunications facilities. Telecommunications engineers are also essential to the financial, transportation, hospitality and defence industries, government research and development laboratories, regulatory and licensing agencies, standards organizations and telecommunications service providers.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Communications Engineering program, you must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a minimum of six 4U/M courses.

Your six courses must include four prerequisite courses:

  • Advanced Functions
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • One of the following:
    • Calculus and Vectors (strongly recommended for applicants to all engineering programs)
    • Biology
    • Earth and Space Science

Although it is not an admission requirement, at least one 4U course in either English or French is recommended. Equivalent courses may be substituted at the appropriate 4U level.

Since the number of qualified applicants may be greater than the number of available spaces, cut-off averages and required marks may vary.


If you are from outside Ontario, or outside Canada, please visit Carleton’s Undergraduate Admissions website for details on your specific program’s requirements.

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