Most emerging occupations develop from more than 1 occupation, so nanoengineers may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds. Prior to enrolling in an education program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field to investigate education options and employment possibilities.
The minimum education requirement to work as a nanoengineer is a bachelor's degree in engineering with a specialization in nanotechnology. Research positions generally require graduate (master's, doctoral) degrees.
In Alberta, the University of Alberta in Edmonton offers a 4-year bachelor of science (B.Sc.) degree in engineering with the following nanotechnology specializations:
- Computer Engineering: Nanoscale System Design Option
- Electrical Engineering: Nanoengineering Option
- Engineering Physics: Nanoengineering Option (only available in Traditional Program)
- Materials Engineering: Nano and Functional Materials Option.
The admission requirement for the faculty of engineering is a competitive average in English Language Arts 30-1, Math 30-1, Math 31, Chemistry 30 and Physics 30.
Both the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary offer graduate degree programs in nanoengineering, and many faculty members in various other departments in engineering, science and medicine conduct related research. Graduate students come from various backgrounds, including traditional engineering disciplines, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and computer science.
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