Faculty of Engineering

Waterloo Engineering is a multi-faceted engineering school with eight academic units, home to about 264 faculty, 1,800 graduate students, and 6,300 undergrads.

Over 33,000 alumni have made their mark in industry, academe, and the public sector, in Canada and around the world. We are proud of our reputation for leadership, innovation, and excellence, which has earned Waterloo Engineering recognition as a premier engineering school. Waterloo’s undergraduate engineering program is Canada’s largest and best. We offer bachelor’s degrees in core disciplines like chemical engineering and architecture and in emerging multidisciplinary areas like mechatronics and nanotechnology engineering.

Our co-operative education program is world famous. Our students are leaders and innovators: Engineers Without Borders was founded at Waterloo, and student teams consistently take home top honours in national and international competitions.

Waterloo Engineering's graduate students are outstanding student-researchers drawn from across Canada and around the world. They study with world-renowned experts, work in state-of-the-art laboratories and fuel the university's drive to expand the frontiers of knowledge and technology. Our scholarships are competitive, and our standards are high. If you want to learn, work, and research alongside the best, consider Waterloo.

Our faculty members have an impressive record of achievement, including 18 Canada Research Chairs, an Ontario Research Chair, 15 Early Researcher Awards, 6 NSERC industrial research chairs, and an NSERC design chair.



Undergraduate Engineering Program



Waterloo Engineering's undergraduate program is Canada's largest and best, home to over 6,300 exceptional students. At Waterloo, you'll learn from top professors and leading researchers, and pursue a professional degree in an established discipline like mechanical engineering or architecture, or in an emerging multidisciplinary area like mechatronics or nanotechnology engineering. Waterloo Engineering is recognized internationally for our co-op program, in which all undergraduates alternate between academic and work terms. This hands-on experience gives our students the skills and savvy they need to make their mark, even before graduation. If you're looking for the best education, integrated with real-world work experience, you'll find it at Waterloo.

We offer 13 undergraduate degree programs in the Faculty including:

• Architecture
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Geological Engineering
• Management Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Mechatronics Engineering
• Nanotechnology Engineering
• Systems Design Engineering
• Software Engineering *
(offered jointly by the Faculties of Engineering and Mathematics)


Co-op Waterloo Style...


All Waterloo Engineering undergraduates are enrolled in our co-operative education system in which they alternate academic terms with paid employment. The way our co-op program is offered is what really sets us apart. Our students finish with an engineering degree and up to two years of relevant and paid work experience.

Students make, on average, between $50,000 - $80,000 over their 5 years in the co-op program. Waterloo pioneered co-operative education in Canada, and now has the largest and most successful co-op program in North America. Students have the opportunity to try up to 6 different work environments, which helps determine future career direction before graduation and entering the work world. Thanks to co-op, our graduates are internationally renowned for possessing the knowledge, skills, and experience industry needs.




At Waterloo Engineering, we want to attract the best and brightest, and we have scholarships to help us do just that. The university automatically awards scholarships to students with admission averages of 85 per cent or better. Within Waterloo Engineering, we also offer additional entrance scholarships based on a student's complete application package (which considers students extracurricular activities,) not just on marks alone. The total value of scholarships awarded to Engineering students this part year was $3.1 million, and we're always working to further increase the number of scholarships available.


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Not sure what kind of engineer you want to be?
With 13 engineering degree programs offered at the University of Waterloo, the potential career options are endless. Take this online quiz to help you decide what kind of engineer you can be!
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Waterloo Women in Engineering



At Waterloo Engineering, the participation of women at all levels is important to us.

In 2009, 17 % of our undergraduate students and 21.5 % of our graduate students were women. 12.5 % of our faculty are women.

While these percentages are on par with those at other engineering schools, Waterloo is determined to do better.

That’s why we established the Women in Engineering Committee (http://wie.uwaterloo.ca/membership.html). This committee reaches out to young women in elementary and high schools, organizes speakers and social events for students and professors, and works hard to develop a support system for women in engineering at Waterloo. The role of the Women in Engineering (WIE) committee is to:

• To keep Waterloo faculty, staff, alumni and students aware of WIE issues on campus, nationally and internationally

• To give women of all ages the opportunity to choose engineering as a career

• To encourage and promote an environment where women can pursue scientific work and study

WiE in co-operation with the Engineering Society and other campus organizations, hosts events every term and is involved in various outreach programs in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.



GO ENG Girl!

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The University of Waterloo also believes in supporting the students of the future, which is why the school proudly participates in GO ENG Girl! – an event that every school of engineering across Ontario hosts annually on the same day in the fall for girls in grades 7,8,9 and 10. The Waterloo event includes special guest speakers, an information fair, opportunities to meet current female Waterloo Engineering students, cool hands-on activities and lots of great give-aways!



Contact Information

Faculty of Engineering
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
519 888 4567