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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 McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take


At the end of Engineering I, students select one of the following disciplines:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Software Engineering

Students may also choose one of the five-year program options such as Engineering & Management, Engineering & Society or Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering. These unique programs have received wide recognition for the value they add to a core Bachelor of Engineering undergraduate degree.

Engineering Free Choice
Students with a minimum admissions average of mid-90s may qualify for guaranteed choice of discipline in second year and beyond, dependent on successful completion of first-year Engineering. This does not apply to Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering or Management or Society 5 year program options.

Note: Engineering & Management and Engineering & Society options are not available to students in the Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering.



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 position.
  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



8:30 a.m.

Chemistry (Lab)

9:30 a.m.

Engineering Mathematics I (Lecture)


Engineering Mathematics I (Lecture)

ENG 1P03

Profession and Practice (Tutorial)

10:30 a.m.
ENG 1C03

Design and Graphics (Tutorial)

11:30 a.m.

Chemistry (Lecture)


Chemistry (Lecture)

ENG 1C03

Design and Graphics (Lecture)

12:30 p.m.

Introductory Mechanics (Lecture)


Introductory Mechanics (Lecture)


Introductory Mechanics (Lecture)


Chemistry (Tutorial)

1:30 p.m.
ENG 1C03

Design and Graphics (Lab)


Chemistry (Lecture)

2:30 p.m.

Engineering Mathematics I (Lecture)

3:30 p.m.Elective

Introductory Mechanics (Lab)


Engineering Mathematics I (Tutorial)

4:30 p.m.
ENG 1P03

Profession and Practice (Lecture)

5:30 p.m.

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

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