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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.

For Fall 2019/2020 curriculum click here.


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.



Your co-op, your way!

Every student has access to the co-op program. The best part? You decide when you would like to complete co-op and we’ll help you get there.

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.

Beginning as early as the summer after your first year, you can begin completing four-month co-op positions.

After your third year, you’ll have the option to complete longer, more immersive eight-, 12- or 16-month positions.

Fast Facts:

  • $50k average annual salary $23/hr average hourly rate
  • 2,000+ students are on co-op each year around the world!
  • 2/3 of students complete some co-op as part of their degree
  • 76% of co-op work terms were longer than 4 months in 2018/2019

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






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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 Engineering 1 (common first year) tutorial rooms and labs, including EPIC, a 3D printing and design lab, and Elliptical, an oval shaped computer lab. Grab a smoothie at booster juice on the first floor while your here!

Information Technology Building (ITB)

ITB is home to the departments of Computing & Software and Electrical & Computer Engineering. Labs, lecture and tutorial rooms are found throughout the building.

Take the Engineering Guided Virtual Tour online.

Profiles & Alumni

MacEng 2018 Graduates
MacEng Moments
Engineering Scholarship Winners