Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the major employers of Option graduates?

The major employers in the Toronto area are Bombardier (aircraft), Pratt & Whitney (turbofan engines) and MDA Space Missions. Bombardier and Pratt & Whitney also have operations in the Montreal area. Other employers in the aerospace field are CAE (flight simulators, Montreal), General Dynamics (Ottawa), Boeing (Winnipeg), Honeywell (control systems, Mississauga), Messier Dowty (landing gear, Ajax), COM DEV (space technology, Cambridge), Goodrich (landing gear, Oakville), etc.

What are the job opportunities like?

The demographics of the aerospace industry in Canada are such that much of the current workforce will need to be replaced over the next 10 years. On an annual basis for this industry, there’s expected to be the need for approximately 1,000 engineers – far more engineers than are produced each year by Canadian aerospace engineering programs.

How many Aero-Option students go on PEY after third year?

For the past few years, we have found that two thirds to three quarters of our students take advantage of the PEY program and have found 12-16 month placements at companies such as: MDA, Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell, the Institute for Aerospace Research (Ottawa), etc.

Why are there so few electives in the Aero Option curriculum?

Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of aerospace engineering, it is necessary to for us to provide instruction on subjects across all areas of engineering. As this material is required as background for fourth year courses, we simply do not have space for electives in third year.

How many, and where do Aero Option graduates attend graduate school?

Approximately 50-60% of our graduates continue on to complete a Master’s or PhD degree, with about half of these coming to UTIAS. Other recent graduate destinations include: MIT, Stanford, CalTech and Michigan.