Set yourself up for an electrifying future.
Behind just about every advance in information, power, and energy, you’ll find an electrical engineer. Join the ranks of those innovators with a degree from Waterloo, whose electrical engineering program is ranked in the top 75 internationally (Shanghai World University Rankings 2020).
You’ll study the fundamentals of electromagnetism, circuits, algorithms, and instrumentation. You'll also gain hands-on experience starting right in first year, thanks to paid co-op work terms and some of the best electrical engineering student labs in North America.
When you graduate, you’ll have hundreds of career paths open to you: from designing power stations and aircraft control systems to pioneering the future of microprocessors and telecommunications systems.
Electrical Engineering admission requirements
Ontario students: six 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)
- Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Chemistry (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
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First-year Electrical Engineering courses
September to December
January to April or May to August
*Milestones and courses with deadlines for successful completion are shown in the terms where they are normally completed. Work-term report courses (WKRPT 201, WKRPT 301, WKRPT 401) are considered milestones with deadlines for successful completion
After first year
See the range of courses available in Electrical and Computer Engineering. You can also view all the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
Why Waterloo Engineering?
Gain two years of experience in the co-op program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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 job titles
- Hardware design engineer
- Assistant information analyst
- Artifical intelligence undergraduate researcher
- Test systems engineering
- Electrical engineering intern
- Hardware designer
- Junior designer - electrical
Sample co-op employers
- Toronto Transit Commission
- Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada
- Ontario Power Generation
- Regional Municipality of Peel
- Rogers Media
in Canada for engineering (US News & World Report 2019)
Offered through the Faculty of Engineering
Students earn $13,300 on average per co-op term
What can you do with a degree in Electrical Engineering?
Waterloo Electrical Engineering graduates often pursue careers in software development, manufacturing, telecommunications, aerospace, and more. They often work for engineering firms, technology companies, and manufacturing companies.
- Hardware Engineer – Intel
- Electrical Designer – Mulvey & Banani International
- Business Technology Analyst – Deloitte
- Programmer – Kubra Data Transfer
- Software Engineer – Dropbox
- Application Specialist – Ceridian
- Engineering Product Management – IBM Canada
Possible professional designation
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in engineering.
Build electric cars
Join one of Waterloo’s student design teams where you’ll design, build, and race electric cars in North American and global competitions.
Showcase your ideas
An annual design symposium gives you the opportunity to show your fourth-year project to the public — as well as potential employers and investors!