Success Maps

Engineering Success Map


All Pillars | All Years
1st Year (0-30 Credit Hours)
BUILD Knowledge & Expertise

Complete all required 1st-year courses.

Consider summer courses to reduce your course load to 5 courses per semester.

Complete a Grade Consent Form by April 30th. If you do not receive the form before April 1st, request one from

Apply to Dalhousie for Conditional Placement by April 29th. If you do not receive instructions by email by April 1st, request them from

Explore your options for majors and minors by attending the Programs Day across faculties in February.

Register for classes as soon as registration opens. Classes fill early!

Visit your Academic Advisor or Program Advisor to be sure you have the right courses.

Gather information on Co-operative Education opportunities.

DEVELOP Essential Skills

Practice problem-solving skills in courses by taking a step-by-step approach: draw appropriate diagrams, state assumptions, collect data, and finally, complete the problem.

Improve upon your CAD (Solid Works) skills learned in EGNE 1210 Engineering Design I, by incorporating them in your other courses.

Develop your computer programming (C/C++) skills learned in EGNE 1204 Computer Methods, by incorporating them in your other courses.

For all ENGE courses, free group tutoring is available on particular Sundays. Speak to your professor about times and dates.

Improve your writing and thinking skills at the Writing Centre. Get expert feedback and incorporate it into your work.

Develop research skills by navigating online databases and the stacks at the Patrick Power Library. Take a virtual tour in English, French, Mandarin, or Arabic.

Build a resume at a Resume Seminar, to prepare for internships, scholarships, and summer jobs.

Start your Co-Curricular Record. Document your acquired skills from on- and off-campus activities and volunteer.

PARTICIPATE in Campus Life

Attend Welcome Week. Make friends. Meet classmates, faculty, and advisors at academic orientation. Attend a session about the Saint Mary’s culture of safety and respect.

Introduce yourself to your professors during office hours.

Sign up for the Engineering Society and join in on industry tours! Email

Participate in on-campus Design Contests.

Visit the Societies Fair. Explore student societies, including those culturally-based, before deciding which to join.

Speak Up! A program where international students practice speaking English with Canadian students.

Stay Active. Explore SMUfit, campus sports, exercise, and recreation opportunities—no extra fees!

Apply for a scholarship. There are more than 260 available!

Need help with time management, organizational, or presentation skills? Book an Academic & Life Skills Coaching session.

Learn to budget your money. Attend a Financial Literacy workshop or get advice from Financial Aid and Awards.

Check-in with Career Services to start discussing your career goals, related to your program. Experiment with different classes to see what you like.

When facing a personal crisis, get help from the Counselling Centre.

CONNECT Locally & Globally

Consider courses with Global Thinking themes for your electives.

Need a job? Create a HireSMU account to find available jobs.

Not from Halifax? Explore and discover all our cultural opportunities and have fun.

Keep current with local events. Read Pride in Your Shared Neighbourhood newsletter.

Travel while studying. Investigate travel options beyond Canada (2nd or 3rd year) at International Activities.

Obtain or update your passport in preparation for possible international travel.

Before you land in SMU from another country, browse Services for International Students available support.

Attend International Night—an annual banquet showcasing SMU’s many cultures.

2nd Year (30-60 Credit Hours)
BUILD Knowledge & Expertise

Complete your discipline-specific courses after you receive your discipline.

Considering completing a BSC General with Diploma in Engineering? Visit the Science Advising Centre to learn more about this 90-credit hour degree.

DEVELOP Essential Skills

Improve your group skills in Design II and other courses with group work.

Learn to solve open-ended design problems in Design II and Mechanics of Deformable Bodies design projects.

Upgrade your writing with one-on-one tutorials at the Writing Centre or through online resources.

Learn advanced researching techniques at the Library.

Update your Co-Curricular Record to keep track of your accomplishments and set new goals.

PARTICIPATE in Campus Life


Apply your classroom learning and improve soft skills by joining some student societies.

Apply to be a Teaching or Research Assistant.

Boost your co-curricular record by participating in Engineering Open Houses.

Participate in intramurals. Demonstrate your team skills and character to future employers and admissions officers.

Browse the Scholarship List. Match the criteria to your cover letter info. Apply between February and May.

Need more academic support? Contact Personal Counselling or Academic & Life Skills Coaching.

Seek Career Counselling. Explore the core competencies of your major, and career possibilities related to your strengths, interests, and values.

CONNECT Locally & Globally

Discover ways to give back to your community, from local to global. Come to the Volunteer Fair held every September, or speak to a Career and Employment Coach at Career Services.

Get involved with activities outside of your major and minor. Companies like well-rounded candidates.

Participate in both Atlantic-region and national design competitions.

Attend a LinkedIn photo shoot and a LinkedIn Seminar with Career Services. Put your best (and most professional) face forward!

Keep your HireSMU Account updated with accurate contact information and most recent resumes.