Waterloo's innovative Management Engineering program provides undergraduate students with an engineering education required to understand, design, implement, and manage complex management systems upon which organizations depend.
Management Engineers develop optimal solutions for today's business leaders, using mathematical analysis and engineering processes to reduce risk and maximize productivity.
This is the first program of its kind in Canada. The focus is on analyzing the big picture of how organizations operate, and then applying engineering skills to increase overall efficiency. By graduation, students have gained a strong background in data analytics, information systems, operations and supply chain management, and organizational behaviour that can take them just about anywhere from manufacturing to health care, social media, finance and more. The opportunities are endless.
The Management Engineering program has the following components:
- A foundation in management, engineering, science and mathematics
- Specialized courses in three theme areas:
Operations Research and Supply Chain Management
Management of Technology
- A Capstone design project
- A series of professional development courses (WatPD-Engineering)
In the first year, students develop a strong engineering foundation, taking core courses such as Physics, Chemistry, Calculus and Linear Algebra. They also take their first Management Engineering course, which exposes them to the fundamentals of the program.
In the upper years, students dive deeper with courses that study operations planning and optimization, data mining and analytics, information systems design, and organizational behaviour and design.
Cap it all off with 2 years of work experience and a fourth-year design project and students end up with a resume that boasts strong technical skills, teamwork, leadership, problem solving and interpersonal skills - a great start for a career in any industry!
See the degree requirements for more details.
Management Engineering is a co-operative education program that provides exciting opportunities for our students to gain hands-on professional experience to complement their academic studies. Employers value this practical experience and work term salaries contribute to help cover the costs of your education.
Management Engineering students begin co-op in first year. This means students get paid and gain real world job experience after only 8 months of classes. From your first week on campus, you can access resume critique workshops and mock interviews from the student Engineering Society, and professional development coaching from the Co-operative Education office. By graduation, you'll have 6 work terms under your belt, giving you a serious advantage when applying to full-time jobs. Starting early has its benefits!
Top industries for co-op:
- Computer Systems Design and Related Services
- Insurance Carriers
- Business Support Services
- Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
Find out what industry leaders have to say about the Management Engineering program.
Management Engineers combine the use of analytical methods, information systems and behavioural science to study, analyze and lead projects in a diverse range of organizations. With the dominant emergence and speed of developing computer technologies, information systems, data collection and analysis, any industry today needs the management engineers of tomorrow.
A wide spectrum of employment opportunities exist in industry, business, governments, universities, non-profit organizations, and wherever corporations and institutions wish to improve their effectiveness, efficiency, productivity and future planning based on engineering analysis.
Graduates of this program are uniquely qualified to work on interdisciplinary teams that require both engineering and management skills.
Top Management Engineering career possibilities:
- Management consultant
- Business and data analyst
- Industrial engineer
- Project and product manager
Those interested in pursuing graduate degrees can progress to Masters and PhD programs in Management Sciences, Business, Industrial Engineering, law or even medicine.
Management Engineering compared to other programs
Management Engineering in relation to a business program:
This program offers many of the core courses you would get at a business school, but provides more focus and greater depth in science, mathematics and engineering design than you will find in a business degree.
Management Engineering compared to Systems Design Engineering at Waterloo:
Systems Design Engineering has a stronger focus on the design of mechanical and electrical systems compared to Management Engineering.
Management Engineering contains courses in Supply Chain Management, Information Technologies and Management topics that Systems Design does not cover.
Management Engineering vs. Industrial Engineering:
Management Engineering is essentially a contemporary industrial engineering program. The term "industrial engineering" was coined almost 100 years ago when engineers began to develop techniques to improve production systems in factories.
Management Engineering takes a similar "making things better" approach to both the service and manufacturing industries. It is built on the same foundations of industrial engineering but also incorporates core management skills such as organizational behaviour and design, economics, accounting, and management of technology, material most industrial engineering programs don't delve deeply into.
How do I get started?
Would you like a program that:
- combines the analytical horsepower of an engineering degree, with business skills for today's technology-based organizations?
- combines the ability to think technically with the flexibility to see a global view of a situation?
- enables you to obtain an engineering degree that has the core management topics built-in to it?
- widens your career options towards opportunities for managerial positions?
Do you like to:
- solve problems?
- help people?
- improve work environments?
- gather information?
- learn new ways to apply developing technology?
Then Management Engineering may be right for you!
How to apply
Details on how to apply and the admission requirements for submitting your application to the Management Engineering undergraduate program in the Department of Management Sciences can be found at Faculty of Engineering Application Process.
When to Apply
Admissions timeline and deadlines for Waterloo Engineering programs will give you detailed information on the application process and when you will be expected to submit your application to meet the university application reviews.
Financing your Education
The faculty of engineering Financing Your Education page has an excellent breakdown of tuition, estimated expenses, and options for scholarships, awards and financing your education.
Learn about Hannah, a recent Management Engineering graduate