The University of Manitoba will expand its engineering program to allow in 18 more students per year.

The Province of Manitoba is spending about $500,000 to expand the program, which currently has 336 seats.

The 18 new seats will be divided over the current U of M engineering program and a new "hybrid" program from the university and Red River College.

Once the program is ready, it will allow between 10 and 15 RRC students to transition to a U of M engineering degree.

Undergraduate enrolment in the U of M's engineering program has increased by 48 per cent since 2008, according to the university's president.