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Mechatronics Engineering at Waterloo

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.

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.

Do research in the RoboHub

When Waterloo’s RoboHub opens its doors in 2018, it will be one of the most technologically sophisticated robotics research testing facilities in the world, with drones, humanoid robots, mag-lev robots, and more.


About Mechatronics Engineering

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Money flowerStudents earn $17,800 on average per co-op term


Admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 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 90s
  • An Admission Information Form is required
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements database

First-year courses

September to December

MTE 100 - Mechatronics Engineering
CHE 102 - Chemistry for Engineers
MATH 115 - Linear Algebra for Engineering
MATH 116 - Calculus 1 for Engineering
GENE 121 - Digital Computation

January to April or May to August

MTE 100B – Seminar
MTE 111 - Structure and Properties of Materials
MTE 119 - Statics
MTE 120 - Circuits
MTE 140 - Algorithms and Data Structures
MATH 118 - Calculus 2 for Engineering


After first year

Sample upper-year courses

MTE 220 - Sensors and Instrumentation
MTE 322 - Electromechanical Machine Design

MTE 420 - Power Electronics and Motor Drives
MTE 460 - Mechatronic System Integration


Students in lab working on experiment

Waterloo's is the first undergraduate Mechatronics program in Canada. You'll find an emphasis on teamwork and practical applications throughout the program and especially in your design project courses.


Sample co-op positions

  • Test Equipment Engineering, Aerotek Inc.
  • Multimedia / Graphics Embedded Software Development Engineering, QUALCOMM Inc.
  • Robotics Developer, Aeryon Labs
  • Research Assistant, The Robarts Research Institute
  • Engineering Student Intern, Persego Inc.
  • Engineering Assistant - Waterloo Clean Snowmobile Team, University of Waterloo

Careers in Mechatronics Engineering

Recent graduates

  • iPhone Product Design Engineer, Apple
  • Control System Software Designer, ATS Automation Tooling Systems
  • Business Technology Analyst, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Technical Program Coordinator, Facebook
  • Hardware Engineer, Google
  • Manager, Broadband & IP Engineering, Bell Canada
  • Co-Founder, Voltera

Possible professional designation

Learn more about Mechatronics Engineering