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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.

Program Compatibility Quiz

If you're unsure where to start or what program your interests align with, we've built a program compatibility tool for you to use! Click here to take the quiz, review the programs, and research your options.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for an undergraduate program in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, please visit the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. Follow the link to learn more about the application process.


Interested in speaking virtually with a current student? You will have a chance to talk to one of our current Engineering students about the Engineering program, Co-op experiences, academics and what it's like to be a student at the University of Waterloo!

Tours and Events

Join us for online events to learn about our programs, our campus, and our community.Talk to our students, professors, and staff as you learn about becoming a Waterloo Warrior. Find more information on webinars, campus tours and info sessions.

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.

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering videos

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Find out more about the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering programs in this program overview video from Assistant Professor James Tung, PhD.

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Learn more about the facilities, technology and research in the department of Mechanical and Mechatronics.

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Check out some of the best Waterloo Engineering highlights in this campus tour video.

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Learn about the new phase of the innovative Engineering IDEAs clinic, The Industry Hub. This new initiative brings together a concentration of industry partners in a single engineering domain to solve shared challenges.