Aerospace Engineering in Canada: Scope, Employment & University Comparisons

In summary, the conversation is about a student who is considering studying aerospace engineering for their undergraduate degree in Canada. They are unsure if it would be a good decision and are also considering studying mechanical engineering instead. They are concerned about the scope and employment opportunities in the field and are researching different universities in Canada that offer aerospace engineering programs. They are looking for unbiased comparisons between York University, Ryerson University, and University of Toronto on various aspects such as accreditation, fees, professors, internship opportunities, and difficulty level. They are hoping for a helpful response to guide them in making their decision.
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Well this is my first post, i am currently in the last year of school, looking forward to apply for universities in Canada (on a student visa). Though earlier i was very adamant to do aerospace engineer particularly for its 'astronautical' part, well, i know its not easy to get into space research even after doing that and after reading many of the forums i am a bit in a fix now

1.AEROSPACE VS MECHANICAL
according to them, its better to go for undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and then specialise in aerospace as most of the aerospace engineers currently working in the space industry are actually mechanical engineers, doing this will give you broader career options but i am not sure, doing mechanical would it really help? besides some of my friends who have done computers advise me to go to either the software development or electrical engineering if i am so persistent on engineering, but computers are a big nooooooo for me. so can anyone tell that doing aerospace engineering would be a right decision?

2.SCOPE(REAL ONE) AND EMPLOYMENT
i am fully aware that in engineering its your skills that count and to make quite clear i am really hardworking and i am ready to do anything if i get into aerospace, but yeah there should be a certain kinda security i mean i am not going to spend my precious time and money doing a course which has very rare job opportunities. i googled quite a lot about the scope and employment stats and according to the business and survey sites, in Canada, aerospace engineering is on a pretty good track with annual incomes from $48000-$88000 or something near about making an average of $66000 per annum, and it said that almost all of the aerospace engineers get absorbed by the industry, as there are private manufacturing firms, government, defense forces , missiles, space and research..
but this was something official kinda, when i saw some other forums at various other sites, i don't know who were the people who posted those things but yeah to sum up all of the them said that only 3 or 4 of 50 got employed in aerospace and the employment rates are very low, most of the people doing this degree are unemployed and this is in complete contrast for what i had got earlier.
so can anyone please tell me what its actual scope? and also specifically in Canada?

3.UNIVERSITY AND DEGREE
though i haven't applied to the universities yet but i am looking forward to it in a few weeks, i will prefer around markham ontario as i have arranged residence there and it will save a bit of my money on accommodation, so i am thinking about
  • york university
  • ryerson university
  • university of toronto (UofT)
and i need to know which one offers better engineering programs and also specifically aerospace engineering. though i have studied a few other forums but they haven't been satisfactory. i want a fair and unbiased comparison on all basis, it would be really beneficial if you can compare the three on these points
  • undergrad engineering
  • aerospace engineering
  • accreditation
  • fee
  • professors
  • value
  • internship
  • practical work and labs (this is a really important thing because in my country, people lay a great emphasis on labs if going in any field of science)
  • placements and opportunities
  • difficulty level
 
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so these are the points, i am really looking forward to get a good reply and this will certainly help me in making my decision.
 

Related to Aerospace Engineering in Canada: Scope, Employment & University Comparisons

What is aerospace engineering and what is its scope in Canada?

Aerospace engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the design, development, and construction of aircraft and spacecraft. In Canada, the aerospace industry is a major contributor to the economy and is responsible for the development of cutting-edge technology and innovation. The scope of aerospace engineering in Canada is vast, with opportunities in areas such as aircraft and spacecraft design, manufacturing, maintenance, and research.

What are the employment prospects for aerospace engineers in Canada?

The employment prospects for aerospace engineers in Canada are generally positive. According to the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, the aerospace industry in Canada employs over 211,000 people and generates over $28 billion in revenue annually. With the growing demand for air travel and advancements in technology, there is a steady demand for aerospace engineers in Canada.

Which universities in Canada offer aerospace engineering programs?

Some of the top universities in Canada that offer aerospace engineering programs include the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, and Carleton University. These universities offer undergraduate and graduate programs in areas such as aerospace engineering, aerospace systems, and aerospace design.

What are the key skills required to succeed in the field of aerospace engineering?

To succeed in the field of aerospace engineering, one must possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as a solid understanding of mathematics, physics, and engineering principles. Strong communication and teamwork skills are also essential for working in the industry, as aerospace engineers often collaborate with other professionals to design and develop complex systems.

How does the aerospace engineering program in Canada compare to other countries?

The aerospace engineering program in Canada is highly regarded and is on par with other top programs in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, and France. Canadian universities have a strong focus on research and offer state-of-the-art facilities and resources for students to gain practical experience. Additionally, many Canadian aerospace engineering programs have partnerships with leading aerospace companies, providing students with opportunities for internships and employment after graduation.

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