Graduate Attributes

What are Graduate Attributes?

In accordance with the Washington Accord, all accredited Canadian engineering institutions must demonstrate that the graduates of their programs possess the attributes described under the following headings:

  • Knowledge base for engineering
  • Problem Analysis
  • Investigation
  • Design
  • Use of engineering tools
  • Innovation and team work
  • Communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Impact of engineering on society and the environment
  • Ethics and equity
  • Economics and project management
  • Lifelong learning

What is accreditation and why is it important?

From Engineers Canada:

  • Engineers Canada accredits Canadian undergraduate programs in engineering. Students who successfully receive a degree from an accredited engineering program meet the academic requirements needed to become licensed with Canada’s engineering regulators.
  • Accredited engineering programs bring multiple benefits for both students and regulators:
    • Regular accreditation of programs fosters the continual improvement of education
    • Accreditation ensures that programs are meeting the high standards necessary for licensure
    • Degrees from accredited programs are accepted by engineering regulators nationwide and are also recognized by our international partners.