Graduate attributes

The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) has expectations for programs every term. One of these expectations is that graduate attributes (measurements of the students ability in different subject matter) are collected and maintained. There are 12 graduate attributes total and collection of these attributes is pertinent in ensuring our engineering programs remain accredited. See table below for more information.

Graduate Attribute

Performance Indicator

("______ graduates from UWaterloo should be able to...")

1. Knowledge Base

1a. Demonstrate understanding of concepts in mathematics

1b. Demonstrate understanding of concepts in natural science

1c. Demonstrate understanding of engineering fundamentals

1d. Demonstrate understanding of specialized engineering knowledge

2. Problem Analysis

2a. Formulate a problem statement

2b. Develop models to solve engineering problems including identifying approximations, assumptions and constraints

2c. Critically evaluate solutions of engineering problems

3. Investigation

3a. Create investigative studies of complex engineering problems

3b. Gather information from relevant sources to address complex engineering problems

3c. Synthesize information from multiple sources to reach valid conclusions

4. Design

4+. Identify a need.

4a. Define design requirements and specifications for complex, open-ended engineering problems

4b. Critically evaluate and compare design choices

4c. Generate and refine potential solutions to complex, open-ended design problems

4d. Further refine and validate the design in regards to the initial need and communicate the solution.

5. Use of Engineering Tools

5a. Select appropriate engineering tools considering their limitations

5b. Modify and/or create appropriate engineering tools, identifying their limitations

5c. Use engineering tools appropriately

6. Individual and Team Work

6a. Contribute as an active team member or leader to complete individual tasks

6b. Collaborate with others to complete tasks effectively as a team

7. Communication Skills

7a. Orally present information within the profession and to society at large

7b. Communicate in a written format within the profession and to society at large

7c. Interpret information, including instructions

8. Professionalism

8a. Articulate the roles and responsibilities of the professional engineer in society with reference to the protection of the public and its interest

8b. Describe the importance of codes, standards, best practices, laws, and regulations within engineering

9. Impact of Engineering

9a. Identify the relevance of and uncertainty associated with different aspects (social, cultural, economic, health, safety, legal, environmental), of an engineering project

9b. Analyze the social, health, safety, and environmental aspects of an engineering project, incorporating sustainability considerations and environmental stewardship in making decisions

10. Ethics and Equity

10a. Identify ethical and unethical behavior in professional situations

10b. Identify how an engineer is accountable to multiple stakeholders in engineering practice

10c. Identify equitable and inequitable situations and behaviors

11. Economics and Project Management

11a. Apply project management techniques and other business practices in engineering projects, with attention to risk and change

11b. Perform economic analyses of engineering projects with attention to uncertainty and limitations

12. Life-long Learning

12a. Identify gaps in their knowledge, skills and abilities

12b. Obtain and evaluate information or training from appropriate sources

12c. Reflect on the use of information or training received