Undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved in the engineering student society, join a professor's research team, take an international exchange, or join one of many student teams. Graduate students can apply for teaching assistantships, participate in the annual research symposium, and get involved in their departmental graduate student association.
Participation enhances the classroom experience and helps build connections.
Engineering student representatives serve on both engineering and university-wide committees. Graduate and undergraduate students are involved in faculty strategic planning. And each semester, our engaged students participate in high numbers in faculty course evaluations.
Student involvement and feedback is crucial, and contributes to the ongoing success of our programs, courses, and faculty members.
Hands-on engineering challenges
Launched in Fall 2014, The Engineering Ideas Clinic and its activities directly address the needs of today’s generation of engineering students. The Engineering Ideas Clinic connects the digital and physical worlds, allowing for analysis and understanding with hands on, open-ended activities. It gives students a space to create, test, refine and succeed.
Hands-on activities help students develop key skills in engineering, teamwork, safety, sustainability, economics, collaboration, and conflict-resolution.
From autonomous robots to wearable technologies, the Engineering Ideas Clinic is a creative birthplace for the engineers who shape our future.
Integrated work experience
Workplace learning is a vital part of the student experience at the University of Waterloo. All engineering undergraduate programs operate on the uWaterloo co-op model in which students alternate between academic terms and paid work terms.
Waterloo Engineering students graduate with an established resume, ready for new challenges in the workplace.
Students draw upon their classroom experiences to perform workplace tasks, returning from each work term knowing more about practical applications. To learn more about how co-op works, please visit the co-op experience section of our website.