It's the difference between having an engineering degree and being an engineer. There are things that cannot be learned in a classroom, so Steel Centre students go out and conduct research alongside industry partners, even during their undergraduate studies.
Steel Centre students work closely with industry partners throughout their training, so they're familiar with current tools and practices—even communication standards and terminology. They're comfortable with the modern work environment, capable of jumping in on day one, and able to join a team without having to be re-trained.
Steel Centre students are highly sought-after by industry; the close relationships forged during their education lead to opportunities for employment with a company they're already familiar with. Wherever they go, Steel Centre grads have an impressive portfolio of top-quality education paired with extensive experience in industry.
Steel Centre industry partners
A structural engineer is:
responsible for the stability, safety, and functionality of a structure, from the overall framing to a detailed connection
passionate about the impact that spaces can have on the way people behave, learn, and interact
accountable for understanding the behaviour of a structure – how do the forces flow through the structure and what are the potential modes of failure?
concerned with the conception, design, analysis, and construction of structural components subject to static and dynamic forces
aware that every challenge has multiple solutions and eager to explore the possibilities
Students work closely with industry partners on real projects. They prepare reports and give presentations to senior-level executives; they get feedback and mentorship from practicing engineers to guide the research process.
Where are they now?
Graduate Studies (M.Sc., M.Eng.)
Steel Centre students are selected by the professors after admission into a University of Alberta graduate program. If you are interested in joining the Steel Centre, follow the University of Alberta graduate studies application process.
Undergraduate Studies (B.Sc.)
The primary avenue for undergraduate students to get involved in the Steel Centre is through the Steel Squad, a competitive group selected each Fall. For details and application process, see the Steel Squad page.