Build the next generation of robots (and cars and wearable tech and…)
From the ATM down the street to the drone that will one day deliver your pizza, computer-controlled electromechanical systems drive all kinds of technology. Learn to design those systems in Waterloo’s Mechatronics Engineering program — the first of its kind in Canada and one of the top 100 in the world (Shanghai World University Rankings 2020).
You’ll develop expertise in mechanical engineering, electronics, control engineering, and computer science, pulling together know-how from these different fields to develop sophisticated machines.
During your co-op terms, you’ll have the chance to try out different career paths, earn money to pay for your education, and build a résumé guaranteed to impress potential employers.
Mechatronics 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)
- Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
Admission average: Individual selection from the high 80s to low 90s
Why Waterloo Mechatronics?
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First-year Mechatronics Engineering courses and beyond
September to December
January to April or May to August
After first year
Sample upper-year courses
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
- Systems software engineering
- Robotics software developer
- Hardware engineering intern
- Mechanical designer-automation
- Control systems software design
- Instrumental engineering
- Product manager
- Application developer
Sample co-op employers
- NVIDIA Corporation
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
- Teledyne DALSA
- Trexo Robotics
- SAP Canada
- Synaptive Medical
- Department of National Defence
- Autodesk Canada
What can you do with a degree in Mechatronics Engineering?
Graduates often pursue careers in product and software design, technology analysis, program coordination, and more. They usually work for technology companies, manufacturers, and telecommunications companies.
- Systems Engineer – ATS Automation Tooling Systems
- Telematics Engineer – Hyundai
- iPhone Product Design Engineer – Apple
- Firmware Engineer – Fitbit
- Program Manager – Microsoft
- Mechanical Engineer – Nikon
- Android Partner Engineer – Google
Possible professional designation
Learn about the future of careers in engineering.
Student life, including Women in Engineering
Student design teams
Have fun and develop hands-on experience through one or more of our 20+ student-led design teams! Design teams include rocketry, concrete canoe, robotics, solar car, submarine racing, autonomous vehicle, Space X Hyperloop, Formula Motorsports, Engineers Without Borders, and more.
You’ll meet people with similar interests and goals, benefit from networking with experts in the engineering profession, and develop some great skills for your résumé.
Women in Engineering
Women in Engineering (WiE) supports female students and engineers while encouraging the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering. Regardless of gender, orientation, or background, you’re welcome to join this inclusive community to participate in outreach events as well as mentorship and volunteer opportunities.
Any student is also welcome to join Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that promotes equality in STEM through skills workshops, discussions, and guest speakers.
Engineering Society (EngSoc)
EngSoc is run by students for students and provides many social and academic events and services to make your experience as a Waterloo Engineering student the best it can be.
Benefit from mentoring for first-year students or get involved and meet other students through an annual conference, semiformal, career fair, charity events, community outreach, and much more!
Our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved – no matter how unique your interests. Between our 250+ student-run clubs, sports and recreation opportunities, student government, and events, student life at Waterloo has something for everyone.
Offered by the Faculty of Engineering
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Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree
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Get access to great tools
Through Waterloo’s WATiMake lab, you’ll have access to laser cutters, 3D printers, injection moulding machines, and other tools to help you with prototypes and design projects.
Visit our Waterloo Stories website to learn about research in Mechatronics Engineering being conducted at Waterloo