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Mechatronics 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 Mechatronics Engineering
  • Offered by the Faculty of Engineering

About the program

Mechatronics systems are used nearly everywhere in society. In Mechatronics Engineering, you'll learn to combine mechanical engineering, electronics, control engineering, and computer science to design systems such as ATMs, “smart” user interface robotics, satellite systems, anti-lock braking systems, and "fly-by-wire" control systems for commercial jets. Each of these products is essentially mechanical in nature, but could not function without electrical and computer control systems.

With 2 years of paid co-op experience, you'll get a head start on your career through the valuable skills you'll develop, the contacts you'll make, and the money you earn through your 6 co-op work terms.

Students in lab working on experiment

Waterloo's is the first undergraduate Mechatronics program in Canada. You'll find an emphasis on teamwork and practical applications throughout the program and especially in your design project courses.

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)
    • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Admission average: 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

MTE 100 - Mechatronics Engineering
CHE 102 - Chemistry for Engineers
MATH 115 - Linear Algebra for Engineering
MATH 116 - Calculus 1 for Engineering
GENE 121 - Digital Computation

January to April/May to August

MTE 100B – Seminar
MTE 111 - Structure and Properties of Materials
MTE 119 - Statics
MTE 120 - Circuits
MTE 140 - Algorithms and Data Structures
MATH 118 - Calculus 2 for Engineering

What other courses will you take?


Sample co-op positions

  • Test Equipment Engineering, Aerotek Inc.
  • Trading Strategist, ITG Canada Corp
  • Multimedia / Graphics Embedded Software Development Engineering, QUALCOMM Inc.
  • Robotics Developer, Aeryon Labs
  • Research Assistant, The Robarts Research Institute
  • Engineering Student Intern, Persego Inc.
  • Engineering Assistant - Waterloo Clean Snowmobile Team, University of Waterloo

Co-op work/study sequences

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.

  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 Co-op
Final year School 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

  • iPhone Product Design Engineer, Apple
  • Control System Software Designer, ATS Automation Tooling Systems
  • Business Technology Analyst, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Technical Program Coordinator, Facebook
  • Hardware Engineer, Google
  • Manager, Broadband & IP Engineering, Bell Canada
  • Co-Founder, Voltera

Possible professional designation

Learn more about Mechatronics Engineering