IPIC Engineering Access Program

Gain access to a career in engineering through new pathways, improve your transition to being an engineering student, and become a part of a community focused on your success. 

Join the Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Community

The Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Community (IPIC) Engineering Access Program supports Indigenous students like you from before your first class all the way to your first work experience.  

IPIC has three core support programs available to Indigenous students in the College of Engineering:

  1. Pathways to Engineering
  2. Summer Bridging Program
  3. Student Success Program

Pathways to Engineering

If you don’t have the pre-requisites to apply to the College of Engineering, you can register for a year of academic upgrading in one of two programs:

  1. Indigenous Student Achievement Program into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (ISAP-STEM)
  2. Northlands Pre-Engineering and Science (PRES)

During your upgrade year, you’ll meet with an academic advisor from the Engineering Student Centre to discuss requirements of the engineering program. Once you successfully complete either the ASAP STEM or PRES program, you’ll attend the Summer Bridging Program before beginning your first year of engineering.

Summer Bridging Program

Organize your life as a student of the College of Engineering before class begins.

Learn how to make the transition to living in Saskatoon, navigate the University of Saskatchewan campus, and prepare for your education at engineering school. Over the course of a week, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to be a College of Engineering student.

Hear what’s in store for the years ahead of you in your career of choice. The Engineering Student Centre has arranged for off-campus industry tours, along with visits from experts who are working in the field.

Student Success Program

You’ll get social, academic, financial, and employment supports throughout your time at the College of Engineering. The Student Success Program helps you successfully complete your first year of engineering, and assists with professional and leadership development throughout your upper years.

What you’ll receive as part of the Student Success Program…

  • Workshops and social events led by Indigenous student ambassadors
  • Peer support and mentorship
  • Financial support when you need it
  • And more!

In your first year:

  • Regular check-ins with Academic Advisors
  • First-year study sessions at the Engineering Student Centre
  • Group tutorials led by Indigenous student ambassadors

In your upper years:

  • Employment supports, including the Indigenous Peoples Industry Partnership Program (IPIPP)

Contact the Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Office for more information about the Student Success Program.


Student Success Fund

Apply to get financial support* for wellness activities, professional and leadership development opportunities, or emergency financial assistance.

*You must be part of the Student Success Program to qualify.

Indigenous Peoples Industry Partnership Program

Lay the groundwork for excellent career opportunities after you graduate.

The Indigenous Peoples Industry Partnership Program (IPIPP) sets up partnerships between top engineering companies and you. When you participate as an IPIPP student, you’ll gain valuable summer work experience, critical industry connections, and a $5,000 tuition incentive.

Which engineering companies partner with IPIPP?

Saskatchewan’s leading companies, such as Nutrien and Hatch, have actively connected with multiple Indigenous College of Engineering students.