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Queen’s University, Cambrian College sign pathway agreement for engineering degree

Partnership enables students to "bridge" into university's engineering programs
Mining engineering students are pictured at the NORCAT Underground Centre north of Sudbury.

SUDBURY — March 9, 2023: Cambrian College engineering technology graduates will now have an easier time earning a civil or mining engineering degree from Queen’s University in Kingston.

The Queen’s Engineering Bridge is a new pathway created by the university. It provides college engineering program graduates with an opportunity to join the Queen’s Department of Civil Engineering or the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining.

Cambrian is the only college in Northern Ontario to be a part of this new pathway, and one of only five in the province.

“We’re happy to be able to increase the opportunity for Ontario's technology students to complement their diplomas with an accredited engineering degree from Queen’s University," says Brian Frank, the Dupont chair in engineering education research and development at Queen’s, and a principal architect of the bridging process.

The Queen’s Engineering Bridge initiative, the first of its kind in southern Ontario, will allow students to begin additional studies in their final year of college, with summer courses to “bridge” them into full-time studies as engineering students at Queen’s. Students will then graduate with the accredited engineering degree required for a P.Eng designation.

“We’ve created a pathway that recognizes students’ accomplishments in the classroom and in the field to allow them to move efficiently into university studies in our civil and mining departments,” Frank explains. “Once their bridging courses are complete, these students will be full-fledged members of the Queen’s engineering community, fully integrated into their respective programs. That means access to all our campus services and resources, including a nationally leading full-time internship program.”

Cambrian College offers seven three-year engineering technology advanced diplomas: chemical, civil, electrical, electromechanical (mechatronics), mechanical, mining, and power.  “Our engineering technology programs provide high levels of theory with extensive hands-on training that make our students perfect candidates for the Queen’s Engineering Bridge,” says Dr. Paula Gouveia, Cambrian’s vice-president academic. “This partnership with Queen’s lets our students smoothly transition into a program that will provide them with academic requirements for registration as a professional engineer. It’s a win for both institutions and especially employers who are looking for graduates who possess both the knowledge and practical skills to get the job done from day one. This is just another great example of our commitment to providing students with pathways to their dream careers, to, through and beyond Cambrian.”

Pathway development is supported by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT).

Learn more about the Queen’s Engineering Bridge program at Learn more about Cambrian’s engineering technology programs at

About Cambrian College: Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 90 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current.