Engineering What can I do with Engineering Physics?

  1. Hi, I'm currently doing an undergad in Engineering Physics leading to a BEng degree.
    The three option for specialization are:

    1). Nuclear Engineering (Nuclear and Particle Physics, Engineering Energy Systems, etc)
    2). Photonics Engineering (Optical Instrumentation, Biophotonics, Laser System Applications, Optoelectronics etc)
    3) Nano/Micro-Devices Engineering (MEMS, Bio-MEMS, Mechatronics/Robotics, Micro-Robotics, Micro-Fabrication etc)

    I'm interested in the photonics stream and was wondering if anyone can tell me what i can do at the BEng level for careers and jobs? Also, where are these jobs found, other than connections from the university (eg. Monster, Workopolis etc)and how can I go about finding them?
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  3. djeitnstine

    djeitnstine 619
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    EP's are usually the guys who crunch numbers for satellites and work for NASA. I know a few who do research for the hopeful manned mission to mars. They are essentially on the leading edge of space research and development.
  4. Thats awesome. My dream job would be an Aerospace Engineer, just its not too easy to come by a program. If I could aford to live away I would do it at either U of Toronto or Carleton, But I can't. Also I'd be worried about how heavy the mechanics would get too.

    What about the photonics industry? Where's the best place to look/find these jobs. Also, what kinda work specifies an engineering physics degree or closely related degree?
  5. djeitnstine

    djeitnstine 619
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    Sorry I'm not educated on the photonics industry.

    As for engineering physics, I can tell you as the name implies do a LOT of physics. for some part of their degree they brush against many engineering disciplines. Here is a small sample of my university's EP senior courses.

    Microcomputers and Electronic
    Instrumentation . . 3
    Space Physics . . . . . . . . . . . 3
    Engineering Electricity and
    Magnetism . 3
    Quantum Physics . . . . . 3
    Space Systems Design I . . . . . . . 2
    Space Systems Design II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
    Engineering Materials Science . . . . . . . 2
    Engineering Materials Science
    Laboratory . . . . . . . 1

    Many of the jobs you are looking for would certainly reside at many government labs. Take a look at the NSF (National Science Foundation) website to get you started.
  6. What university is thatÉ I think my university degree layout is quite different from yours. I am at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

    Here is the layout for after 2nd year in the photonics. These are the specialization courses.

    3rd year courses: Application of Photonics, Fundamentals of Physical Optics, Optical Instrumentation.

    4th year courses: Optical Communication Systems, Lasera and Electro-optics, Biophotonics, Photonic Devices and Systems.

    Actually the last 2 from 4th year are not required, but probably the best technical electives for this stream.

    The other 2 streams the similar layout, but requires courses associated with Nuclear engineering and Naon-micro engineering respectively.
  7. djeitnstine

    djeitnstine 619
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    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The Engineering Physics program here has a 100% job rate.
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