Information for

Future undergraduate students

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Interested in studying with us at Waterloo?

The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering offers two-degree programs that provide a broad perspective on the engineering design of mechanical and electro-mechanical devices. Both programs include paid co-op work placements that alternate with study terms. Students graduate with valuable job experience and a degree from Canada’s largest, and best known undergraduate engineering school.

The Mechanical Engineering program exposes students to all aspects of mechanical design, including solid mechanics and machine design, thermal sciences, fluid dynamics, materials sciences, and automation and control.  Mechanical engineering graduates can work in a variety of industries such as: automotive, aerospace, energy, construction, and biomechanics.

Mechatronics Engineering is the first full undergraduate program of its kind in Canada to combine mechanical, electrical, computer and systems design engineering to design electro-mechanical systems and devices. Mechatronics engineering graduates can work in a variety of industries such as: automotive, aerospace, robotics, and precision machining.

Our students are active and involved! There are endless opportunities to enrich your learning experience. Join one of the many student design teams; get involved in the Engineering Society or Engineers Without Borders; or connect with professors looking to expand their research team.

How long does it take to complete the program?

It will typically take 4 2/3 years to complete the Mechanical and the Mechatronics engineering programs. This is the same as other engineering programs.

All engineering programs at Waterloo have a mandatory co-op component. This means that you will be continually alternating between work terms and academic terms from first year to fourth year, resulting in 6 work terms and 8 academic terms.