Mechatronics Engineering

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

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

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.

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briefcaseGain two years of experience in the co-op program
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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

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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.

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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

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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.

Current Research

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