Seven fun facts about Waterloo Engineering

Interested in one of our Engineering programs? Here's a bit of extra info

Most people know Waterloo Engineering for its innovation, co-op, or size.

These things are all important. Many Waterloo graduates go on to build their own start-up company. More than 7,600 co-op jobs are arranged for Waterloo engineers every year. With over 9,500 students enrolled in 2018, Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering is the largest Engineering school in Canada.

But there is much more to Waterloo Engineering!

Interesting facts about Canada’s largest engineering school

We are the biggest faculty

Engineering is the biggest faculty at the University of Waterloo’s campus. With 7,515 undergraduate students, engineering students make up almost ¼ of the undergraduate population!

We group students into cohorts

Engineering students are grouped into a cohort based on your program, department, and co-op stream. Cohort sizes range from roughly 60 to 120 students. All lectures are held with your cohort, so you are always guaranteed smaller class sizes and a few familiar faces in class.


Our mascot is a 60-inch pipe wrench

The mascot of the Engineering Society of the Faculty of Engineering is a 60” chrome pipe wrench named the “Ridgid Tool.” The Ridgid Tool was first brought to campus in 1967; the Tool celebrated its 50th birthday in 2017! The Ridgid Tool can be seen at many of the Engineering Society’s social events, carried by the enigmatic, masked Toolbearers.

We collect hard hats

At the engineering orientation week, every first-year student earns a bright yellow hard hat. With further participation in orientation week as a leader in upper years, you can earn a green, red, or black hard hat!

You can find the hard hat collection in Carl A. Pollock Hall (CPH)!


We are welcoming a new program!

Waterloo Engineering recently Architectural Engineering to the Faculty of Engineering. Architectural engineers spend some time on the Waterloo campus learning civil engineering concepts, and some time at the Cambridge campus learning architecture concepts.

We have our own newspaper

The Iron Warrior is the newspaper written for Waterloo engineering students, by Waterloo engineering students. You can read news about current events, reviews by students, or reports on issues within the university. Plus, they have amazing crossword puzzles.


We are all in co-op

All Waterloo Engineering students are automatically enrolled in Waterloo's co-op program. This means that the entire undergraduate population rotates every 4 months, between co-op and school. Because all students are in the co-op program, this means every student gets to bring back their workplace experience to the classroom and take a real-world approach to learning.

Waterloo Engineering is so much more than the largest Engineering school in Canada. It is a vibrant, exciting faculty with lots of passionate people and faculty spirit.