David & Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety & Risk Management

Program & Courses

The School currently consists of two undergraduate courses. These courses are open to all fourth-year engineering students and other interested engineering students. As each academic year progresses, the enrollment increases with the intake of students who are required to take ENGG404 (see below for description). Each of the courses also includes completion of a major risk management project that requires students to work in teams to learn and experience the dynamics of high-performing working groups, which results in beneficial skill development for students moving forward into industry.

The ESRM courses are listed as ENGG 404 and ENGG 406 in the University Course Calendar. A description of each course is noted below.

Undergraduate Courses

ENGG404 - Leadership in Risk Management (ESRM-LRM)

ENGG 404 develops core competencies and proficiencies in the leadership principles and practices towards organizational effectiveness for successful risk management. Basic concepts and topics include: risk and consequences of loss incidents; risk management principles and practices; incident investigation, causation, root cause analysis; process safety management; the roles of government agencies, professional bodies and industry associations; workplace safety; risk-based decision-making processes; leadership and the "human factors side" of risk management. The course focuses on the principles and practices of leadership towards the effective application and implementation of risk management in major organizations across all engineering disciplines. Industry guest speakers, case studies, seminars and team projects specific to the student's engineering program will be used to develop competencies and proficiencies in applying leadership and organizational effectiveness for successful risk management.

ENGG 404 Course Syllabus

ENGG406 - Methodologies and Tools (ESRM-MT)

ENGG406 explores the methodologies and tools widely practiced in industry. Basic concepts and topics include: risk and consequences of loss incidents; risk review methodologies and tools including hazard and operability (HAZOP), failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), fire and explosion indices (F&EI), chemical exposure index (CEI), layers of protection analysis (LOPA); hazard identification, risk analysis, risk assessment, loss prevention and control; process safety management; specific occupational health & safety code compliance requirements for professional engineers. It is recommended that the student have a good foundation in engineering know-how i.e. an engineering student, or a graduate with a technical (technologist / technician) certificate / diploma / degree. Case studies and industrial tour(s) demonstrate the application of specialized tools and methodologies in complex industrial operations across most engineering disciplines. Seminars and team projects develop competencies and proficiencies in applying these specialized tools and methodologies towards proactive risk management. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

ENGG 406 Course Syllabus

Graduate Course:

ENGG694 - Advanced Studies in Engineering Safety and Risk Management

ENGG694 explores loss incidents in Alberta cause a staggering number of injuries and fatalities: there are nearly 150,000 injury claims every year; 28,000 of these injuries cause time lost from the job; and one worker is killed every 9 days. The last decade alone (2005-2014) totaled ~$6.7 billion in costs and claim payments. It is estimated that as much as 4% of annual worldwide GDP (~ US$2.8 trillion) is lost due to the direct and indirect costs of work incidents and diseases. In addition, some of these incidents resulted in harmful leaks and spills to the environment and significant business losses. Reducing the frequency and severity of these incidents would have significant health, social, and economic benefits for the people of Alberta.

Post-graduate Studies and Research Opportunities:

  • A graduate-level version of the course ENGG404 ESRM-LRM may be offered at times with course name "Advanced Studies in Leadership in Engineering Safety and Risk Management". Contact the School for eligibility and details on this course offering.
  • The School is developing a new field of research in ESRM, and has limited opportunities. To learn more about any opportunities, direct your enquiries to Dr. Lianne Lefsrud.

Industry and Government:

All courses offered by the School provide operational / industry experience to ensure that engineering safety and risk management principles and practices can be applied in a multitude of industrial, commercial, and institutional settings. Over 20 guest lecturers from industry, business, and government regularly support the School to ensure that course content is current and reflects best practice. Our guest speakers demonstrate how ESRM principles and practices in the real world. An Industry-University Advisory Committee also provides direction and input into course offerings to ensure maximum effectiveness and application.

The completion of a major risk management project for each course reinforces industry learning not only in the principles and practices of ESRM, but also in learning how teams work, how to productively contribute as team member, and how to effectively play a leadership role on teams. Industry, business, and government actively seek and recruit engineers not only with a theoretical understanding of team-work but also with actual and practice experience on teams. The major risk management project is intentionally designed to provide the students with the opportunity to learn, develop, and practice team-work.

In addition, for ENGG406 ESRM-MT, the students are taken to a major industrial site and participate in a presentation/workshop delivered by an experienced risk management engineer from the facility. This is followed by a tour of the facility to give first-hand experience on complex plant installations and operations. The site tour provides students with an improved understanding of how ESRM principles are effectively applied in the field and at all levels in their organization.

Additional Presence of The School:

The School delivers a number of lectures beyond the course offerings:

  • Introductory lectures on safety and risk management to entry-level and final year engineering students in all engineering fields of study.
  • Content-specific lectures to support major design courses so that risk management assessments and techniques are incorporated.
  • Summary lectures to all co-op engineering students prior to the beginning of their first term of work to ensure that they understand the basics in workplace safety, professional conduct, and risk management practices.

Beyond Engineering Students:

  • Industrial Professors regularly present at industry safety / risk management forums, corporate safety symposia, conferences, and professional development seminars.
  • The School works with APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta), to develop and establish suitable guidelines and codes of practice for professional engineers.
  • The School has collaborated with The University's Department of Employee Health and Safety to develop university-wide initiatives such as "PPE for the Lab" and "The On-line Laboratory Safety Training Course" for students, researchers, lab-users and managers, and principle investigators.