Carleton University allows you to choose
the area which interests you and get an education that is anything but textbook. By studying at Carleton, you get to be involved in the research which is
being organised all over the world. What separates Carleton from other universities
is its emphasis on practicality in its engineering program. We try and be
relevant to what’s happening in industry, to what’s happening in the real world.
We try to design our labs and our
experience we give students to be really practical and therefore really useful. We’re not theorists; we’re people who
do things in the real world. Carleton offers a lot of out-of-the-box teaching so for example, if we were to be learning
about something we’d actually go out to the field, for example a trip to the aerospace museum to take a look at some aircraft. Get involved. Solve real-world problems.
Build something. Go beyond the classroom. Make things real. My fourth-year project was
an application for the iPhone. I was able to take all of my courses
from first, second, third and fourth year and apply them to what I needed to do learn the
programming language, to write all the requirements, and follow through the
entire step of developing the application
on the iPhone. Another project is the robotic guide dog.
We’re designing a robotic dog which will carry out all
the functions of a guide dog but it will also do more. So, for example, the user
might ask, using spoken language, “Where am I right
now?” and the robotic guide dog would have an electronic compass and GPS
system as well as a voice module so that it could answer the user in speech. The practical side of the classes are what were
more interesting to me: the labs and the facilities and the applications of the theories that we’re learning in the lectures. Learn from award-winning faculty and
researchers to become an engineering leader of
tomorrow. It’s not just about sitting down and giving us information.
It’s about the whole learning process. A lot of our graduates have good jobs here in
Ottawa. When I talk to industry partners that I have and consultants, they keep calling us looking for graduates.
[Sound of concrete breaking] Get the practical work experience you need to
succeed and build connections with industry
experts. Our location in Ottawa, Ontario,
provides unique access to government and high-tech sectors. Many Carleton engineering graduates have
gone on to become leaders in companies around the world. The way I landed a job is, I met the CEO here at networking conference at Carleton University. We talked about technology and how
he got started. MXI does hire Carleton co-op students for a number of reasons. I think one is that they believe in the
quality of education that they’re getting here. We’ve had great experience with Carleton students in the past: well-rounded students not only academically but outside of the
classroom as well. I come back every year because I
enjoyed being here. It’s always great to have a chance to come back to the school once a year. Quite often Bombardier hires students directly out of the program into our engineering department at Bombardier. The co-op placements I had were extremely beneficial. Some of the placements were identical to courses I was doing. It was very applicable and really did give me
the opportunity to see how what I learn in the classroom works in the real world. I’ve done two co-op placements while I was at Carleton. My first one was at Bell Helicopter and
my next co-op placement was with Air Canada. The life on campus is amazing here. Coming to Carleton was the best choice I made. I’ve met some fantastic people here, fantastic profs. I can’t see myself being anywhere else or doing anything else right now. This is where I want to be. Carleton University. Anything but textbook.