As one of the largest departments in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering delivers a wide variety of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and carries out extensive research in fields such as:
- Automation and control
- Automotive technology
- Biomechanics and health engineering
- Fire behaviour and combustion processes
- Fluid mechanics
- Green energy
- Materials engineering and processing
- Solid-body mechanics and mechanical design
- Thermal engineering
- Microelectromechanical systems
At the undergraduate level, we offer two programs that provides broad perspective into the engineering design of mechanical and electro-mechanical devices:
- Mechanical Engineering provides a broad foundation in all aspects of mechanical design: mechanics, power, control, and manufacturing.
- Mechatronics Engineering emphasizes the design of electro-mechanical devices ranging from large-scale automated manufacturing systems to micro-scale sensors and instrumentation. This program is offered in collaboration with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Systems Design Engineering.
As with all engineering programs at Waterloo, every undergraduate student takes part in co-operative study, with up to six, four-month work terms conducted between academic study terms. This practical experience complements and reinforces in-class learning, providing students with a solid and well-grounded education.
At the graduate level, MME offers programs for both researchers and industry professionals:
- Masters of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctorate (PhD) degrees emphasizing academic research
- Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees for working professionals, with optional certificates in Design, Fire Safety, and Green Energy
Whether they are building careers in academia or upgrading skills to approach new job opportunities, our graduate students benefit from the breadth and depth of knowledge our faculty members offer.
Since 2010, the department has been based in the impressive Engineering 5 building, shared with Electrical and Computer Engineering, Systems Design Engineering, and the world-class Student Design Centre. Our co-location promotes extensive collaboration between the three departments for the purposes of teaching, research, and providing support to our many student design teams.
What can you do with a degree in Mechanical or Mechatronics Engineering?
An applied science degree in mechanical or mechatronics engineering provides several versatile career paths. Since graduating from their programs, our mechanical and mechatronics engineering alumni have found rewarding careers that enable them to use their skills and knowledge to make our world a better place.
MME graduates often pursue careers in automation, automotive aerospace, and forensics. To view the achievements of some of our outstanding graduates, visit the Alumni Profiles page.
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