Mechanical Engineering

Put your career in gear

Mechanical Engineering student using a mill

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.

Program highlights

Endless career possibilities. Graduates from this program work in various industries, including aerospace, automotive, green energy, and oil.

Knowledge is power. Combine technical know-how with knowledge of fluids, power, and energy systems to create new technologies.


Why Waterloo Mechanical Engineering?

Become a skilled problem solver, leader, and innovator able to create mechanical systems and electro-mechanical designs that impact industries and improve the world.

What will you learn?

During your first year, you'll take a mix of foundational engineering and math courses. In upper years, most of the classes you'll take will be in Mechanical Engineering.

Learn more about the courses you'll take for your Mechanical Engineering degree.

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Co-op = relevant paid work experience

Waterloo's co-op program, the largest in North America, is an amazing way to explore potential careers, learn to interview for jobs, graduate with up to two years of valuable experience – and make money!

Sample co-op job titles

  • Assistant design / production engineering
  • Mechanical designer
  • Project engineering
  • Quality assurance
  • Machine operator
  • Manufacturing student
  • Product developer

Co-op work-study sequence

Starting in first year, you'll normally alternate between school and work every four months, integrating your classroom learning with real-world experience. You can return to the same employer for a couple of work terms to gain greater knowledge and responsibility or work for different employers to get a broad range of experience.

Your first work term will be halfway through first year (January to April 2025).

Year September to December (Fall) January to April (Winter) May to August (Spring)
First Study Co-op Study
Second Co-op Study Co-op
Third Study Co-op Study
Fourth Co-op Study Co-op
Fifth Study Study -

or after first year (May to August 2025).

Year September to December (Fall) January to April (Winter) May to August (Spring)
First Study Study Co-op
Second Study Co-op Study
Third Co-op Study Co-op
Fourth Study Co-op Study
Fifth Co-op Study -

There are two options for co-op sequences. You can request your preference if you receive an offer of admission.

Learn more about co-op →


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

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 high 80s to low 90s

Complete the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

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How to apply

Apply directly to this program on your application.