We’re redefining engineering education.
At McMaster Engineering, we offer you more than a best-in-class degree. We offer experiences that help create global-ready, socially-aware citizens through project-based classes, flexible co-op work terms, research opportunities and dozens of clubs and teams. That is our Degree + Experience promise.
It’s about more than being brilliant.
McMaster Engineers are empowered to be difference makers.
Our foundational first year, called Engineering 1, introduces you to the engineering profession, but will also provide you with a solid background in the fundamentals important to all engineering disciplines. After the completion of a full year of broad-based engineering, you’ll be well-positioned to select an area of specialization for your degree.
- Chemical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering*
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Physics
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronics Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Engineering & Management*
- Engineering & Society*
*five-year program options
Why choose Engineering I?
Are you ready for a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will set you apart as a future engineer? Our new first-year, experiential learning-based design course, called Integrated Cornerstone Design Projects in Engineering, is focused on experiential, collaborative, and project-based learning. Students take real problems in society and learn the technical and teamwork skills to solve them.
Our world-class co-op program is flexible – you get to complete co-op when it works with your schedule. A team of 18+ staff from Engineering Co-op and Career Services connects you with more than 1,000 employers through over 300 workshops and events. With 6,000+ positions posted each year and
a $50k average annual salary, your dream co-op is closer than you think.
McMaster Engineering hosts the largest undergraduate research program in Canada. McMaster faculty members are at the forefront of groundbreaking innovation, and with 500+ research assistant, teaching assistant, or technical assistant opportunities available, our undergraduate students are right there alongside them as part of the team making new discoveries.
Community & Diversity:
We believe that engineering is for everyone. In Fall 2021, female students accounted for more than 30% of our incoming class, and McMaster welcomed students from 110 countries around the world. In addition, we have 70+ clubs, teams, and societies that come together as one #FireballFamily to learn
through cooperation, not competition.
Degree + Co-op
Welcome to Engineering Coop & Career Services | Video
Learn everything you need to know about Engineering Coop & Career Services at McMaster Engineering and we can help you reach your career goals.
Co-op Fast Facts
$50k / $23/hr
Average compensation for co-op students
students are on co-op each year around the world
of employers would hire another MacEng student
positions are posted each year, meaning endless opportunities
Mac is the only university in the world to offer an Employer of the Week series
for Employability Rankings (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2022)
Lacey Wice, Mechanical Engineering & Society, Graduate:
“Being a part of the Engineering & Society program, I have gained an incredible perspective on my impact on the world around me not only in my personal life, but also as a prospective engineer. By continuously challenging my understanding of the sustainability and long-term effects of my actions, I am much more critical of the information I consume, and more thoughtful when implementing ideas.”
Maanav, Software Engineering, Level 3:
“On co-op at Microsoft, I got to work on a project that I felt was very visible and very applicable to the real world. Not only did I gain a lot of real-world experiences as a software engineer, but I was also able to really figure out what I want to do in the future. I also got to make a lot of amazing friends and on top of that, getting to spend my summer in Seattle meant I could visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world.”
Want to take a look at this year’s offerings and build a mock schedule? You can use McMaster’s MyTimetable tool to pick from Mac’s entire course offerings this year. We have pre-populated it with what your first semester may look like and left space for electives.
How does it work? Simply follow these steps:
- Step 1: Look at your first semester. You will see a schedule filled out with a typical first semester of courses. If you would like to start from scratch, press “Start Over” in the bottom left.
- Step 2: Start searching for classes in the box on the left. Don’t know where to start? You can type out subjects, such as “English” or “Physics” or pick from the courses listed below under “Typical First-Year Courses.” Classes that have the number “1” in the title are first-year courses.
- Step 3: Pick your classes and times. When you find a class that you like, click on it and it will appear in the calendar on the left. You can pick different tutorial and lecture times to fit the classes you want. When you find a class and times that you like, click on it in the calendar to pin it in place.
- Step 4: Fill out your schedule and save the URL. Keep picking classes and times until you have your schedule (this is usually five courses per semester). Once you’re finished, save your URL so you can come back and see what you’ve built.
What you’ll take:
- General Chemistry for Engineering (CHEM 1E03)
- Engineering Mathematics (MATH 1ZA3, 1ZB3, 1ZC3)
- Waves, Electricity, and Magnetic Fields (PHYSICS 1E03)
- Introductory to Mechanics (PHYSICS 1D03)
- *NEW* Integrated Cornerstone Design Projects in Engineering (ENGINEER 1P13)
- 6 units of electives
At the end of Engineering I, students select one of the following disciplines: