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Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering (Honours)

Ontario has a long history of nuclear activity. The province’s first commercial reactor went into service over four decades ago, in 1971. Yet despite producing more than 50 per cent of Ontario’s energy, new reactors have not been built since 1983. This is about to change. 

With construction of new reactors expected in the near future and an aging workforce, there is a great need for qualified employees to address the personnel shortage across the industry, from researchers to operators to regulators. In addition to the recent changes in the domestic industry, internationally there is a strong push for nuclear power with several countries in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia considering nuclear power for the first time. Nuclear Engineering graduates are in high demand. We are prepared to meet this demand by producing educated and highly-skilled graduates.

Our Nuclear Engineering program is designed to present all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle: from mining to plant operation and finally waste management. Within this broad field, you will study courses ranging from nuclear plant chemistry, nuclear materials and heat transport and steam generation systems, to nuclear physics and plant design. Not only will you examine the current operational fleet of reactors, but you will apply your growing knowledge to the future generation of reactors (e.g., Supercritical water reactors, fast reactors and fusion reactors).

This four-year program is structured to integrate laboratory courses, field trips and research projects with core course material in order to provide the maximum preparation for this exciting, challenging and essential field.

Included in the program are courses such as:

  • Environmental Effects of Radiation;
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycles;
  • Nuclear Plant Operation, Design and Simulation;
  • Nuclear Reactor Design;
  • Nuclear Reactor Kinetics;
  • Radiation Protection;
  • Radioactive Waste and Management Design; and
  • Risk Analysis Methods.
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