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Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking during your first year of this program. For formal policies governing mandatory courses and the order in which they have to be taken, please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take


Automation Engineering Technology

The Automation Engineering Technology program prepares students to build complex electronic systems that create solutions to everyday problems. By teaching skills from the fields of chemical, mechanical, electrical and computer engineering, graduates can easily transition between industries. From robotics to food processing — wherever you might find an automatic system that uses sensors, instruments, actuators, and networks — you will find a role suitable for a skilled automation specialist.

Where will you go?

  • Use hardware and software to improve the efficiency of plants and labs
  • Design control systems and assembly lines
  • Develop and program robotics

Top co-op employers

  • RBC
  • Linamar Corporation
  • PepsiCo

Did you know?

The Automation Engineering Technology program has developed a Smart Systems stream option for students. New courses in the field of Smart Engineering Technology have been introduced, including cloud computing, Internet-of-things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, embedded systems, smart health systems and smart cities.

Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology

The Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology program teaches students to make vehicles safer, faster, cleaner and more sustainable. Students are taught with a systems perspective blending various engineering disciplines such as: mechanical, electrical, computer science, mechatronics and materials. Students develop hands-on skills on 3D CAD modeling, robot programming, controller tuning, electric/hybrid vehicle design, vibration control, troubleshooting and manufacturing.

Where will you go?

  • Develop hybrid and green vehicle technologies
  • Design power and control systems, engines and bodies
  • Perform complex analysis on mechanical components, assemblies and systems

Top co-op employers

  • General Motors
  • Magna International
  • Honda of Canada Manufacturing

Did you know?

Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology students have exclusive access to labs in the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC), which houses industry-scale labs, classrooms and equipment to prototype the vehicles of the future and research ways to make vehicles better, cleaner and greener.


Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary field merging basic science, applied science and engineering. Study genetic engineering; cell biology, molecular biology and microbiology; analytical instrumentation; and bioprocessing. Students learn about the latest research in immunology, virology, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. With the combination of theoretical foundation and lab experience, you will be prepared for success in areas in genetic engineering and bioprocessing.

Where will you go?

  • Work in bio-fuel, food and pharmaceutical industries
  • Monitoring quality control and assurance of biomaterials and bioproducts
  • Work in bioinformatics, genetic and protein engineering, nanobiotechnology and bioremediation

Top co-op employers

  • Sanofi Genzyme
  • Government of Canada
  • Stemcell Technologies

Did you know?

Biotechnology students are the only undergraduate students at McMaster with access to a Level II Biosafety lab. In addition, students complete a capstone project on leading-edge research in the biotechnology field.


Every student in the BTech program completes a minimum of 12 months of paid co-op work experience as part of their program, allowing them to hit the ground running in their career after graduation.

How it works

Your professional career starts in your first year with an introductory non-credit co-op course. Throughout the year, a team of 15 staff from the Engineering Co-op and Career Services office connect with more than 1,000 employers, bringing them directly to you through over 200 workshops and events annually. We also work with you to help navigate the career exploration, job search, application, interview and offer process.

In most cases, one four month work term is completed after the second year of study and one eight month term is completed in the third year of study.

Kickstart your career with co-op:

  • $50k average annual salary $23/hr average hourly rate
  • 2,000+ students are on co-op each year around the world!
  • Students can complete co-op anywhere in the world
  • Top employers include: BMW, Tesla, Amazon, CIBC, Pepsi Co., General Motors, Estée Lauder and IBM
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C++ Programming (Lecture)


Mathematics I (Lecture)


C++ Programming (Lecture)


Chemistry (Lecture)

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Mathematics I (Lecture)

10:30 a.m.

Communication Skills 1 (Lecture)

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Physics (Lecture)


Communication Skills 1 (Lecture)

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Chemistry (Lab)


Physics (Lab)

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Gerald Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning (HATCH)

If you take a stroll through the Gerald Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning (known as ‘Hatch’ to our students), it’s hard not to feel the energy. This is home base for the McMaster Engineering Society and affiliated clubs and teams. MacEng students brainstorm ideas and bring them to life in 28,000 sq ft of collaboration rooms, lounges and garage space devoted to undergraduate student life. In addition, this is where you will find our Engineering Co-op and Career Services Office, as well as Academic Advising Office.

John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE)

JHE is the beating heart of McMaster Engineering. Home to offices, classrooms, student society spaces, labs, and more.

Engineering Technology Building (ETB)

This LEED certified glass-covered building is home to many BTech lecture, tutorial rooms and labs, including the Learning Factory, Biotechnology Biosafety Level 2 lab and more. Grab a smoothie at booster juice on the first floor while your here! More about ETB facilities.

McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC)

Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology students travel to MARC after year 1, to utilize our state of the art laboratories and classrooms. The $26 million facility officially opened in 2013 and allows our students to participate in current research in automotive and hybrid technology.

Mohawk College Fennell Campus

After first year, students may travel to Mohawk’s Fennell campus for labs in state-of-the-art facilities.

Take the Engineering Guided Virtual Tour online.

Profiles & Alumni

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology
B.Tech. Alumni Profile:
Edward Garcia Torres, B.Tech. '17

While Edward Garcia Torres doesn’t know exactly what his eventual career will look like, he’s pretty certain he’s launching it with his dream job.

“Starting my career at General Motors is exactly what I wanted after finishing school,” says the 2017 graduate. Read more

B.Tech. Alumni Profile:
Vivian Esmailzadeh, B.Tech. '17

As a process engineer working in R&D for the Estée Lauder Companies, Vivian Esmailzadeh is a crucial link between science and the consumer.

“My job is to act as a ‘middle woman’ between the chemist’s bench and the manufacturing plant,” says the 2016 graduate. Read more

B.Tech. Alumni Profile:
Kavya Divakarla, B.Tech. '13; M.A.Sc. '15

Kavya Divakarla is determined to play a leading role in the future of electric and robotic vehicles, and it’s very likely she will.

In fact, the 25-year-old PhD student is a prime example of the kind of success students can realize. Read more