Information for

Mechanical Engineering at Waterloo

At a glance

  • Available as a co-op program only
  • Starts in first year so apply directly to this program on your application
  • Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Offered by the Faculty of Engineering
  • Waterloo ranks top 100 in the world for Mechanical Engineering (QS World University Rankings 2015)

About the program

Mechanical engineers deal with any machine that moves, such as robots, motors, pumps, and vehicles.

As a graduate, you might design parts for small consumer products or design the latest commercial jets. You might work in industries ranging from manufacturing, robotics, and aerospace to biotechnology and the automotive sector.

At Waterloo, you'll have access to well-equipped labs for design and experimentation. You can gain hands-on experience by joining student teams such as the Formula SAE race car, Ethanol Vehicle Challenge, Midnight Sun solar car, SAE Cargo Aircraft, or CASI glider.

Through co-op, you'll gain 2 years of paid work experience relating to Mechanical Engineering. You'll also earn money to help pay for your education and test different career areas to see what you like.

Student welding with sparks flying

Customize your skills by choosing to specialize in areas such as fluid mechanics, materials engineering and processing, welding and joining, automation and control, or thermal engineering in your fourth year.

Meet Aleks, a graduate who balanced school, projects, co-op, athletics, and a start-up to create sustainable water in the developing world.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
    • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Admission averages: Individual selection from the low to mid-90s
  • An Admission Information Form is required
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements database

First-year courses

September to December

ME 100 - Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Practice 1
CHE 102 - Chemistry for Engineers
MATH 115 - Linear Algebra for Engineering
MATH 116 - Calculus 1 for Engineering
PHYS 115 - Mechanics

January to April or May to August

ME 100B - Seminar
ME 101 - Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Practice 2
ME 115 - Structure and Properties of Materials
GENE 123 - Electrical Circuits and Instrumentation
MATH 118 - Calculus 2 for Engineering
One Complementary Studies Elective Course

What other courses will you take?


By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op positions

  • Business Analyst, Transportation, Canadian Tire Corporation
  • Facilities Team Project Assistant, MDS Nordion
  • Assistant Design / Production Engineering, Tokai Rika Group
  • Junior Project Supervisor, Air Liquide
  • Mechanical Engineering Assistant, Smith & Andersen

Co-op work/study sequences

  Fall Winter Spring
First year School School Co-op
Second year School Co-op School
Third year Co-op School Co-op
Fourth year School Co-op School
Final year Co-op School  

Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
School = 4-month school term
Co-op = 4-month co-op work term

There is a second work-study sequence where co-op starts in the winter of first year.


Recent graduates

  • Processor Liability Coordinator, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.
  • Operations Program Manager, New Product, Apple
  • Automation Engineer, Score Media
  • Designer, Hitachi Canada Inc.
  • Forensic Engineer, Samac Engineering Ltd.
  • Integration Engineer, Ford Motor Co.
  • President & CEO, BladeTech Hockey Inc.
  • Aerospace Officer, Canadian Armed Forces
  • Production Systems Control Engineer, General Motors of Canada Ltd.

Possible professional designation

Learn more about Mechanical Engineering