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Mechanical Engineering

Put your career in gear.

If you love things that move, this is your program. At Waterloo, you’ll develop the skills you need to design everything from switches to spacecraft.

You’ll get a broad foundation in all aspects of mechanical design: mechanics, power, control, and manufacturing. You’ll also learn to lead large, multidisciplinary teams, solve problems, and come up with high-impact innovations.

Where you use those skills is up to you. Mechanical engineers work in all kinds of fields, constantly looking for ways to make machinery faster, lighter, cleaner, and more reliable.

And with 2 years of career-relevant experience on your résumé by the time you graduate, you’ll definitely impress potential employers.

Get your hands dirty

At Waterloo, you'll have access to well-equipped labs for design and experimentation (including our highly popular engine dissection lab).

Put the pedal to the metal

Gain hands-on experience with student teams that design everything from Formula SAE race cars and solar cars, to clean snowmobiles, submarines, and satellites.


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. 

About the Mechanical Engineering program

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#1Engineering school in Canada (US News & World Report 2018)

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Mechanical Engineering 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 Mechanical Engineering 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
1 Complementary Studies Elective Course


After first year

Sample upper-year Mechanical Engineering courses

ME 250 – Thermodynamics 1
ME 321 – Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines

ME 435 – Industrial Metallurgy
ME 547 – Robot Manipulators: Kinematics, Dynamics, Control


Gain relevant work experience through co-op

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

  • Business Analyst, Transportation
  • Assistant Design / Production Engineering
  • Junior Project Supervisor
  • Mechanical Engineering Assistant

Sample co-op employers

  • Canadian Tire Corporation
  • MDS Nordion
  • Tokai Rika Group
  • Air Liquide

Careers in Mechanical Engineering 

Recent graduates

  • Processor Liability Coordinator, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.
  • Operations Program Manager, 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

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