École de technologie supérieure

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School of higher technologies
École de technologie supérieure
École de technologie supérieure (logo).png
MottoLe génie pour l'industrie
Motto in English
Engineering for industry
Parent institution
Université du Québec
DirectorFrançois Gagnon
Academic staff
Total staff
Location, ,
LanguageFrench and English
ColoursBlack   and maroon  
NicknameETS Piranhas

École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) or School of higher technologies, founded in 1974, is a public research university in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and affiliated to the Université du Québec system.

The school is specialized in applied teaching and research in engineering as well as transferring advanced technologies to companies, where professors, engineers and researchers are recognized for their practical, industrial, and innovative approaches.

In any given year, 25% of all engineers receiving a diploma from an engineering school or faculty in the province of Quebec graduate from the ÉTS and ranks second in Canada for the number of bachelor's degrees in engineering awarded at the undergraduate level.[1] Hence, it is ranked first in Quebec and second in Canada for the total number of engineering diplomas awarded annually.


  • Campus La Patrie: 1974 to 1985

ÉTS opened its doors in 1974 on rue Sainte-Catherine, in Montreal, and received 28 undergraduate students in technology (mechanics and electricity). The ÉTS Student Association (AEETS) was created the following year. In 1977, the diploma (B. Tech.) was awarded to the first 14 graduates. Bachelor's degrees in construction technology and automated production were added later on.

  • Henri-Julien Campus: 1985 to 1997

The first student club (Mini-Baja ÉTS) was created in 1989. The same year, ÉTS opened its first bachelor's degrees in engineering: construction engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, automated production engineering (B.Eng. ). In 1990, they were accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (BCAPI). In 1991, the master's program (systems technology) will be offered. The Center for Technological Entrepreneurship (Centech) was created in 1994. The same year, the students created the Student Grouping Program for International Cooperation (PRÉCI).

  • Notre Dame Campus: 1998 to 2014

In 1998, ÉTS inaugurated the first student residences and several phases were added over the decades. The first doctoral degrees in engineering were awarded in 2000 and research professors are increasingly active. The first research chair was created in 2001 (in wireless telecommunications). The same year, the Sports Center created the Les Piranhas club. In 2004, the Department of Software Engineering and Information Technology Engineering was opened and a new pavilion was inaugurated (Pavilion B). In 2007, a major expansion of the main pavilion was completed. In 2008, ÉTS adopted a sustainable development policy. Many study programs are added over the years, as well as student clubs.

  • The campus expands: 2015 to present

In 2015, the campus expanded further with the opening of the Student House (Pavilion E). In 2018, the former Dow Planetarium was completely renovated and the technology business accelerator Centech moved there. ÉTS adopts an urban development plan for the campus in order to integrate it harmoniously into the neighborhood. The Formula ÉTS student club is moving from the combustion engine to the electric motor starting in 2019. In 2020 a new pavilion was opened (Pavilion D). In 2021, ÉTS achieved carbon neutrality, nearly nine years before the deadline it had set. In 2023, major real estate projects are still in the pipeline.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Charles Bombardier, Industrial designer, Entrepreneur, and investor.

Mathieu Lemay, Canadian politician.

Arvin Morattab and Aida Farzaneh,[2]

Campuses and facilities[edit]

Building A at night

The main address of ÉTS is 1100 Notre-Dame Street West in Montreal's Griffintown neighbourhood, the site of a former O'Keefe Brewery, which was transformed to house the school. It has four buildings (Pavillon A, B, D, and E) devoted to education programs and research activities. The buildings are connected through the underground tunnels.

Pavillon A[edit]

The facilities and offices within Pavillon A inlcude the library, cafetrial, registrar's office, office of the Dean of Studies, Department of constructiono engineering, graduate students' lounge, facilities management department, Department of electrical engineering, department of mechanical engineering, office of international relations, department of systems engineering, department of software engineering and information technologies.

Pavillon B[edit]

Pavillon B, located on 1111 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal, Montreal, is home to Coop ÉTS, Tim Hortons, Le 100 Génies Resto-pub, IT service counter, Daycare Centre, General education department, and Sports centre.

Pavillon D[edit]

Pavillon D, located on 1219 William Street, Montreal, is home to AÉÉTS (student association), and Students groups and organizations.

Pavillon E[edit]

Pavillon E or Maison des étudiants, located on 1220 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal, is home to office of student life, ÉTS Continuing Education, Co-Operative Education Department.


Located on 1000 Saint-Jacques street, Montreal, Centech is home to "Development of technology businesses".


INGO, located on 355 Peel Street, Montréal, is home to "FDÉTS (ÉTS Development Fund)".

Residences | Phases 1, 2, 3, and 4[edit]

Located on 301-311 Peel Street | 1045-1055 Ottawa Street, Montreal, residences phase 1 and 2 are the first 2 student residences built for ETS students. Phase 3 of the residences is located on 425 de la Montagne Street, Montreal, and phase 4 of the residences is located on 355 de la Montagne Street, Montreal. The Bureau du respect de la personne of ETS is located in phase 4 of residences.


The school features cooperative education in all of its undergraduate programs. The bachelor's programs have all been accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Each year, ETS graduates the largest number of engineers in Quebec and ranks second in Canada. Students can specialize in the following disciplines: Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, Industrial Engineering[3] The university also offers multiple research programs leading to Master's degree or Doctor of Philosophy. International graduate students come from all five continents, including, notably, France, Brazil, Mexico, India, and Iran. The main research fields are energy, environment, manufacturing, health technologies, enterprise systems, IT, micro-electronics and telecommunications, aerospace manufacturing and avionics, project management, innovation management and many more.[4]

Undergraduate programs[edit]


University preparatory program in technology[edit]

  • Technological Academic Path.


Short programs[edit]

Graduate programs[edit]

Short graduate programs[edit]




Research groups and Chairs[5][edit]

Construction engineering department[edit]

Electrical engineering department[edit]

Mechanical engineering department[edit]

  • Industrial research chair in forming technologies for high-strength alloys.
  • Canada Research Chair in the Biomechanics of Head and Spine Trauma.
  • ETS-EERS Industrial Research Chair in In-ear Technologies.
  • Natural and intuitive interaction laboratory for robot teleoperation (INIT Robots).
  • DYNAMO – Research team in the dynamics of machines, structures and processes.
  • LAMSI – Memory Alloys and Intelligent Systems Laboratory.
  • LIPPS – Product, Process and Systems Engineering Laboratory.
  • LOPFA – Laboratory for the optimization of advanced manufacturing processes.
  • TFT – Laboratory of thermofluids for transport.

Systems Engineering Department[edit]

  • LARCASE – Active control, avionics and aeroservoelasticity research laboratory.
  • LIVIA – Imaging, Vision and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
  • Canada Research Chair in Aircraft Modeling and Simulation Technologies.
  • LIO – Imaging and Orthopedics Research Laboratory.
  • Canada Research Chair in 3D Imaging and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health for Health Behavior Change.
  • Marie-Lou and Yves Cotrel Research Chair in Orthopedics from the University of Montreal and ÉTS.

Software and Information Technology Engineering Department[edit]

  • LABMULTIMEDIA – Multimedia research laboratory.
  • LASI – Computer systems architecture laboratory.
  • LiNCS – Laboratory of Cognitive and Semantic Engineering.

Student technical clubs[edit]

The ETS student-run technical clubs participate in international competitions. The world's fastest human-powered submarine, Omer, was developed by one such club. An autonomous underwater vehicle named S.O.N.I.A., an unmanned aerial vehicle Dronolab, a walking robot, Eclipse solar-powered car, Chinook the world champion wind powered vehicle and many others have won countless prizes in international competitions over the years. The school also houses a concrete canoe club, the reigning Canadian champions three years running.


The school is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the ETS Piranhas.

Student union[edit]

The school's student union is called the Association étudiante de l'École de technologie supérieure (AÉÉTS) [1].

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "L'ÉTS en quelques chiffres" (in French). L'École de technologie supérieure. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  2. ^ https://www.etsmtl.ca/en/news/2021/bourse-arvin-et-aida/
  3. ^ Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation – University List
  4. ^ "École de technologie supérieur". Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  5. ^ https://www.etsmtl.ca/en/research/chairs-and-labs

Further reading[edit]

  • Ferretti, Lucia. L'Université en réseau: les 25 ans de l'Université du Québec. Sainte-Foy: Presses de l'Université du Québec, 1994.

External links[edit]

Projects developed by undergraduates[edit]

Students groups and clubs[edit]

  • Conjure Video game development and interactive media lab

Other links[edit]