Mechatronics Engineering

Build the next generation of robots (and cars and wearable tech and…)

Mechatronics Engineering student wiring a small wooden car

Autonomous vehicles, drones, 3D printers, smartphones, satellite systems, and yes, robotics, are all the computer-controlled electromechanical systems that you will learn to design.

In the first program of its kind in Canada, you’ll develop expertise in mechanical engineering, control engineering, electronics, 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.

Program highlights

A multidisciplinary approach. You’ll combine the powerful elements of machines, electronics, machine learning, and software to develop "intelligent" electromechanical devices and integrated systems.

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.


Why Waterloo Mechatronics?

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

What will you learn? 

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

Learn more about the courses you'll take for your Mechatronics 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

  • Systems software engineering
  • Robotics software developer
  • Hardware engineering intern
  • Mechanical designer-automation
  • Control systems software design
  • Instrumental engineering
  • Product manager
  • Application 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"During my co-op terms, I've met mentors who have helped me to grow my technical and soft skills and to help me figure out my path. Through clubs such as Women in Engineering, I've met fantastic people who inspire me to be a better version of myself."Andrea, Mechatronics co-op student
megaphone icon"I love the hands-on projects and the diverse skill set Mechatronics explores. I’ve learned software and mechanical skills, along with sensor work! Plus during co-op terms, I get to apply my classroom knowledge and work in a variety of companies."Sanjeevani, fourth-year Mechatronics 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)
  • 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

Complete the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

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How to apply

Apply directly to this program on your application.