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, 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.

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.


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.

"2nd" icon purplein Canada for engineering (US News & World Report 2019)

briefcaseGain two years of experience in the co-op program

Money flowerStudents earn $13,300 on average per co-op term


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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First-year 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
  • One Complementary Studies Elective Course

After first year

Sample upper-year courses

ME 250 – Thermodynamics 1
ME 321 – Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines
ME 435 – Industrial Metallurgy
ME 547 – Robot Manipulators: Kinematics, Dynamics, Control


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grad capEarn 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

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

Sample co-op employers

  • Linamar Corporation
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • ArcelorMittal
  • WalterFedy
  • Canadian Tire Corporation
  • Bruce Power Inc
  • University of Waterloo
  • Bombardier Inc

What can you do with a degree in Mechanical Engineering?

Waterloo graduates often pursue careers in automation, automotive aerospace, and forensics. They commonly work for media companies, technology companies, vehicle manufactures, and more.

Recent graduates

  • Mechanical Engineer – Apple
  • Engineer in Training – Shell Canada
  • Reactor Designer – Candu Energy
  • Mechanical Engineer – Imperial Oil
  • Quality Control Engineer - Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
  • Production Engineer – SeedMaster
  • Senior Hardware Engineer – Teledyne DALSA

Possible professional designation

Learn about the future of careers in engineering.

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