Mechanical Engineering

Put your career in gear

A student in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Waterloo.

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, come up with high-impact innovations, and have the chance to apply it all to real work experiences in co-op.

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

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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)
  • 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

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Why Waterloo Mechanical Engineering?

Part of Canada's largest engineering school, the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department at the University of Waterloo is home to nearly 1,600 undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff.

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megaphone icon"You get to learn to do by doing. There are multiple projects to apply what we learn beyond just practice problems. Co-op is a huge learning opportunity. The four-month terms let you try a variety of industries, allowing me to shape my career path."Delainey, third-year Mechanical Engineering co-op student

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Current Research

Visit our Waterloo Stories website to learn about research in Mechanical Engineering being conducted at Waterloo

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).