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.
Get access to great tools
Through Waterloo’s WATiMake lab, you’ll have access to laser cutters, 3D printers, injection molding machines, and other tools to help you with prototypes and design projects.
Join a student design team
Get hands-on experience by joining teams such as Waterloop, researching supersonic trains that travel in underground airless tubes, or the Robotics team, designing and building the robots of tomorrow.
Why Waterloo Mechatronics?
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 low to mid-90s
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First-year Mechatronics Engineering courses
September to December
January to April or May to August
After first year
Sample upper-year courses
Offered by the Faculty of Engineering
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn 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
- 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?
Waterloo Mechatronics Engineering graduates often pursue careers in product and software design, technology analysis, program coordination, and more. They usually work for technology companies 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
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on the future of careers in engineering.
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