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It starts right from day one.

We’re ranked #1 in Canada for student satisfaction with a community-based project in first year (National Survey of Student Engagement 2017). We are taking this a step further by revamping our popular client-focused design course and integrating it throughout one-third of your entire first-year curriculum.

At McMaster, all undergraduate students take a common first-year program, Engineering I. This provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of engineering disciplines. In Engineering I you’ll gain broad exposure to engineering before choosing a specialization for second year and beyond.

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

Learn more about the requirements for Engineering I here.

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

Welcome to McMaster Engineering
International students share their “Mac Eng Journey”
MacEng in Numbers
Engineering Admissions 101
Explore Engineering
Engineering graduate