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  • Overview

    At McMaster, the Faculty of Engineering offers all undergraduate engineering students a common first year, Engineering I.  This gives students a full academic year to learn about all the engineering focus disciplines McMaster has to offer.

    By March of first year, students are well-positioned to make an informed decision and select their preferred engineering disciplines to pursue in upper levels. Applicants with a strong admission average may be offered “Free Choice.” This guarantees a choice of Level II program (dependent upon successful completion of Level I Engineering). Please note: “Free Choice” does not apply to our Chemical and Bioengineering, Engineering and Management, or Engineering and Society programs.

    In first year, Engineering I students typically take up to two approved complementary elective courses, offered by other faculties.  These electives often relate to an individual’s strengths and interests in other areas such as philosophy, music, languages, social sciences and history.

    Why Engineering at McMaster?

    Founded in 1958, the Faculty of Engineering is committed to identifying new trends in the engineering profession and to introducing unique programs to cater to these trends. Students join an engaging and inclusive community dedicated to developing socially responsible, globally-minded engineers.

    Our reputation for innovation and excellence in research and teaching is the pride of the Faculty of Engineering. We are not only recognized for having one of the highest levels of research funding per faculty member in Canada, but for our student-centred, engaging learning environment. Our academically rigorous engineering programs taught by first-class faculty have made McMaster one of the leading engineering schools in North America and the world.

  • Admission Details

    OUAC Application Code: ME / MEC

    Target Enrollment: Approx. 900 students

    Admission Average & Requirements


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Careers or Options Beyond This Program

With a Bachelor of Engineering, the career possibilities are endless! The following are some of the many career options/fields that are available to graduates of McMaster’s Bachelor of Engineering program.

    • aeronautics (Global Positioning System, instrumentation)
    • automotive materials and transportation systems
    • construction and design of buildings
    • diagnostic imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • electronic patient devices for hearing, vision or muscle control
    • embedded systems for mobile devices
    • entertainment electronics (MP3 & DVD players, portable video games, PDAs, watches)
    • game design
    • laser applications
    • manufacturing
    • materials production (metals, ceramics, polymers and glass)
    • nanotechnology
    • nuclear and energy systems
    • optical design and photonics
    • pharmaceuticals
    • recycling and development of environmentally friendly materials
    • robotic surgery
    • solar cells (photovoltaics)

Typical Timetable

Typical Timetable
Term II courses: ENG 1D04, MATH 1ZB3 & 1ZC3, MATLS 1M03, PHYS 1E03, Elective 2
Note: Economics 1B03 is a required elective for students interested in the Engineering & Management option.


McMaster’s Engineering I program is administrated from the John Hodgins Engineering (JHE) Building, the Engineering Technology Building (ETB) and the Information Technology Building (ITB).

Some of the services and programs available for Engineering I students include:

  • an Engineering Student Services office to provide support for first-year undergraduate students with a dedicated Level I Academic Advisor
  • an Engineering Co-op and Career Services office
  • small tutorial/lab groups
  • a state-of-the-art Elliptical Computer Lab, dedicated exclusively to Level I Engineering programs
  • the student-run McMaster Engineering Society (MES)
  • an active Women in Engineering program
  • over 15 unique engineering clubs and teams

Please refer to our Virtual Tour ( for images/videos of our facilities.


All McMaster Engineering programs include a co-op option. To achieve the co-op designation, you must complete a minimum of 12 months of work experience prior to the beginning of the final academic term of your undergraduate degree.

The mandate of the Engineering Co-op & Career Services is to:

  • connect students with employers
  • equip students with tools and resources to enhance employability
  • manage experience-related programs for undergraduate students

The Benefits of Co-op @ McMaster Engineering

1. Flexibility
Co-op is very flexible at McMaster, as you can decide to join at any time during your studies – as long as you are enrolled as a full-time student before, and after, your co-op work term.  Once registered for the co-op program, you can decide how to spread out your 12 month of work experience in:

  • three summer terms (four months each)
  • one summer term (four months) plus one fall/winter term (eight months)
  • one 12-16 month consecutive term

2. Preparation
A mandatory, eight-hour preparation course gives you all the tools you need to successfully compete for co-op positions.

3. Helpful Service
The Engineering Co-op & Career Services Office staff delivers the Co-op program to thousands of students each year.  They work with students during the whole process, assisting them to navigate their way through job applications, interviews and offers. 

4. Paid Experience
Need we say more? You will gain hands-on practical experience, begin to develop a strong network and earn excellent pay for each work term.  The Co-op program provides students with the opportunity to apply the technical knowledge learned in university out in the workforce.

5. Career Development
Employment experience enhances career development and full-time employment opportunities upon graduation. Through completing co-op work terms, you will learn to identify your strengths, interests and the way in which you can best contribute to an organization. Some of our current employers include:

    • ArcelorMittal Dofasco
    • Blackberry
    • Celestica
    • CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)
    • Chrysler
    • Ford Canada
    • GE Canada
    • General Motors Canada
    • Husky Injection
    • Hydro One
    • IBM Canada
    • L-3 Wescam
    • Linamar Corporation
    • Maple Leaf Foods
    • Ontario Power Generation
    • Rockwell Automation
    • Stackpole International
    • Suncor Energy
    • Toronto Hydro One

Profiles & Alumni