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Mechatronics Engineering at Waterloo

Mechatronics systems are used nearly everywhere in society. In Mechatronics Engineering, you'll learn to combine mechanical engineering, electronics, control engineering, and computer science to design systems such as ATMs, “smart” user interface robotics, satellite systems, anti-lock braking systems, and "fly-by-wire" control systems for commercial jets. Each of these products is essentially mechanical in nature, but could not function without electrical and computer control systems.

With 2 years of paid co-op experience, you'll get a head start on your career through the valuable skills you'll develop, the contacts you'll make, and the money you earn through your 6 co-op work terms.

    About Mechatronics Engineering

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    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

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    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

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