"After completing UNBC’s Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design, I can confirm that the program offers an ideal combination of theoretical and practical courses and an invaluable direct exposure to the local and international timber community. This intensive yet thorough program also gives its students access to an extensive array of resources whether they are in the form of a collection of physical and online publications, software, learning spaces such as a laboratory, or dedicated and knowledgeable professors as well as reputable guest speakers who are eager to share their passion. The integrated approach offered by the program has allowed me to understand and appreciate the industry in a way that surpasses my expectations. The WIDC and its occupants simply succeed at fostering an environment that has equipped me with a variety of tools opening more doors than I hoped for."
After receiving 3 job offers, David has accepted a position at Nordic Structures in Montreal where he will be doing a combination of engineering, drafting, and building physics work.
Christian accepted a position at StructureCraft Builders as a Project Coordinator almost right after completing the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design Program in December 2016. His position will include: Coordinating and controlling of documentation and communication between product and personnel throughout the stages of construction - design, tender, award, procurement, manufacture, construction administration, install, erection and close out.
Review of the Program
"The Masters of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program at UNBC provides a diverse and unique perspective on engineering and design. Combining structural engineering and design, prefabrication, and architectural and building sciences it places its graduates in a leading position to not only continue, but also add to the already highly reputable timber and engineered wood construction industry in North America. I chose this program because its aim is to harness a natural product that is in ways both over and under used. Through its varied yet integrated approach it encourages the profitability and sustainability of wood as an abundant, renewable and architecturally intriguing building resource. The program faculty brings a variety of new and innovative expertise to an already well established, but also growing, Canadian vocation and market. Most of all, what drew me to the program is that it offers more than just practical and theoretical training in engineering design methods and techniques. It challenges to change the way we design, build and live in the structures that surround us. And understanding and using wood as a prime building material is central to that challenge. Using wood – in the modern and integrated sense – promises taller, more economical, more efficient, and more environmentally sensible buildings that don’t compromise design or cost, and this program is training the professionals needed to make this a reality."
Only 5 months after completing the MEng program, Chelsea found herself with 5 different job offers and ended up accepted a position as a Project Engineer at ISL Engineering in Canmore, AB.
Review of the Program
"UNBC's MEng program is one of kind, and provided the opportunity to work with and learn from an incredible group of professionals. Building on my previous industry experience, this program has allowed me to develop a unique skill set that will benefit my career in years to come. It was a privilege to be part of the first cohort of the Integrated Wood Design program!"
Stephanie is currently contracted with UNBC's Master of Engineering Program as a Research Assistant. She will be working on creating a Case Study for the new Wood Innovation Research Lab which is set to begin construction in June 2017.
Review of the Program
"When I applied to the program I hoped to further my education and expertise as well as build a network of connections in industry and academia. The program exceeded my expectations with the addition of opening new doors of opportunity. The small class sizes, excellent instructors and well equipped lab and facility made for an enjoyable learning experience."