Aerospace engineering

The aerospace industry is considered to be one of Québec's major economic sectors. In fact, Montréal is the only place in the world where it is possible to find nearly all of the components required to build an aircraft within a 30-kilometre radius. This state-of-the-art research sector is seeking qualified and specialized workers.

The Master's program with project prepares engineers and professionals for a career in the aerospace industry. These students specialize in one of the concentrations that are offered, namely Aerospace design and production, Avionics and controls, or Virtual environment.

The program is offered on a continuous full-time or part-time basis (with activities available during the fall, winter and summer terms). The focus is on the acquisition of high-level knowledge specific to the aerospace sector, along with more targeted competencies and skills in the student's chosen concentration. Toward this end, the program includes case studies, industrial internships and application projects.

The Master's program with thesis trains specialists in the field of aerospace engineering who have a propensity for designing, manufacturing and modeling components or for simulating aircraft operations. Graduates have the competencies required to determine the aerospace technology needs of companies and to respond to these needs. Students who enrol in this multidisciplinary program acquire advanced knowledge in one or several fields, such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering and automated manufacturing engineering.


AÉROÉTS is a group of ÉTS professors and researchers who are active in the field of aerospace. The members of AÉROÉTS are also members of several organizations, including the Institut aérospatial de Montréal, the Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre en aérospatiale (CAMAQ), Aéro Montréal, the Institut de formation aérospatiale (IFA), the Consortium de recherche et d’innovation en aérospatiale au Québec (CRIAQ), the Groupement aéronautique de recherche et développement en environnement (GARDN) and the Small Affordable Green Efficient (SAGE).

AÉROÉTS is responsible for the activities of the ICIA (Institut de conception et d’innovation en aérospatiale) and supervises the aerospace engineering programs at ÉTS.

Study programs admission requirements

45-credit master's degree:
  • Master's degree in aerospace engineering – with project (courses) (in French)
  • Master's degree in aerospace engineering – with thesis (research) (in French or English)

An example of aerospace engineering

Composite materials consisting of framework and cladding now compete with traditional metals in the aerospace industry. The framework made from carbon fibres provides the strength (reinforcement), while the protective cladding, which is referred to as the matrix, is generally made from a plastic material, and is designed to ensure that the entire structure remains cohesive.

There are many benefits to using composite materials instead of metals: lightweight, mechanically and chemically resistant, less maintenance, easier to mould. Whenever the weight of an aircraft is reduced by 100 kilos, it is able to take on additional passengers or decrease its greenhouse gas emissions.

However, it is more difficult and expensive to tool composite products than metal. When these materials are being tooled, the fibres must be cut without compromising the resistance of the parts and without damaging the surrounding areas. In addition, the abrasive nature of the fibres represents a serious challenge for cutting and grinding tools that have not yet been fully adapted to fibrous materials.

This is where the expertise of Professor Jean-François Chatelain has proven invaluable. His project involving the optimization of tooling processes for graphite-epoxy composites and multi-layered materials aims to develop effective methods for cutting, piercing and tooling surfaces of parts made from composite materials. The challenge is to produce tools and processes that are economical and fast, and that meet the quality requirements of the aeronautics industry.

Aerospace engineering research at ÉTS
Canada Research Chair for Aircraft Modeling and Simulation Technologies
NSERC/P&WC Industrial Research Chair on Propulsion System Integration and Optimization
Products, Processes and Systems Engineering Laborabory (LIPPS | P2SEL)
Aeronautical Research Laboratory in Active Control, Avionics and Aeroservoelasticity (LARCASE)
Shape Memory Alloys and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (LAMSI)
Laboratory of Specialized Embedded System, Navigation and Avionics (LASSENA)
Optimization of Aerospace Manufacturing Processes Laboratory (LOPFA)