Frequently asked questions - program details, comparisons, career potential, coop opportunities and more
What is the Management Engineering program?
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 undergraduates combine the use of analytical methods, information systems and behavioural science to analyze and lead projects in interdisciplinary organizations focusing on improving the efficiency and quality of operations while reducing costs.
The Management Engineering program has five components:
- A foundation in management, engineering, science and mathematics
- Specialized courses in three theme areas:
Operations Research and Supply Chain Management
Management of Technology
- Technical breadth in a traditional engineering discipline
- A Capstone design project
- A series of professional development courses (WatPD-Engineering)
Careers in Management Engineering
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.
Management Engineers work and consult in a wide variety of careers in every industry including; manufacturing, communications, transportation, retail, energy, banks, insurance companies, healthcare, hospitals, military, mining, oil & gas, aerospace, travel and entertainment.
Those interested in pursuing graduate degrees can progress to Masters and PhD programs in Management Sciences, Business, Industrial Engineering, law or even medicine.
...individuals graduating with a Management Engineering degree will have a competitive edge in not only landing career opportunities in industry, but certainly the ability to take on broader roles and responsibilities once employed.
-Steve Radewych Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Americas Operations Celestica
Management Engineering Co-op Opportunities
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 it's benefits!
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.
The management engineer needs a blend of analytic skills and observational skills that are unique in engineering.
Dwyne Rhodes Patrick Site Director Outsourcing Services McKesson Provider Technologies Director of Information Technologies, Grand River Hospital
Is Management Engineering right for you?
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?