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Experiential Learning

Engineering Students learning engineering skills everywhere.

Students develop important leadership, technical and teamwork skills by taking part in on-campus clubs and teams, through volunteering in their local community or by participating in industry-sponsored activities.

Why experiential learning?

Experiential education provides students with hands-on learning opportunities beyond the traditional lecture-style format.

We are challenged to re-imagine engineering education as a holistic approach to educating the “whole” engineer. The “whole” engineer is:

  • A skilled analytical thinker
  • A creative and inventive designer
  • Adept at communicating technical and non-technical concepts and information to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Societally aware and emotionally intelligent; self-aware
  • Poised and professional, collaborative and presenting as an engineering leader
  • Thoughtful and reflective.

Out of classroom experiences, such as joining a club, team or society, volunteering in your community or participating in an student event can educate the whole engineer.


Increase Your Campus Profile

Engineering students engage in several student-run clubs, teams and events. These activities need industry support to be successful and sustainable. By sponsoring student activity, your company can reach out to students in a meaningful way, enhancing your on-campus brand and recruitment needs. Events include hackathons, competitions and industry nights.

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Do you want to increase your leadership skills? Do you care about your local community? Want to improve your technical skills?

Get Involved!



High-Impact Opportunities

Opportunities from volunteering in the local community, to joining the many engineering clus and teams or taking part in student governance,  are  excllent ways to earn some job-ready skills outside of the classroom!

Volunteer/Experiential Posting Board

Volunteer/Experiential Posting Board

The Engineering Experiental posting board on OSCARplus is the place where you can find activities such as volunteering in your community or industry-sponsored competitions . 
New opportunities posted weekly!

Join a Club or Team

Join a Club or Team

Provide skills, learn new ones and make friends that last a lifetime!

McMaster Engineering Society (MES)

McMaster Engineering Society (MES)

Play a part in shaping the student expeirence. The MES has many roles to fill and they need students with passion and commitment.
Are you ready for the challenge? 

Short-term Opportunities

Have a morning, a day or a weekend? Why not try out these opportunities!



Attending a hackathon is a must-have for today's tech students. Lots of top employers, lots of coding, not much sleep and yes, lots of fun!

McMaster Engineering Competition (MEC)

McMaster Engineering Competition (MEC)

Grab a group of friends and spend the weekend in a true engineering challenge.
Held in late October over 2 days with lot's of great food, prizes and a chance to attend the Ontario Engineering Competition! 

Student-run Events

Student-run Events

There are loads of student-run events that you can attend. From industry nights, to code nights to game nights, there is always something going on for you to mix and mingle with your peers, industry and the community. 

Check out the Engineering Experiential Calendar to find out what's happening! 

Gerald Hatch Centre

The Gerald Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning serves as the central hub for student-focused experiential learning initiatives. 

The Hatch Centre offers 28,000 sq. feet of space for transformative learning experiences where students can actively take charge of their education and career and professional development:  our students will be hands-on and minds-on, developing their skills and competencies as future leaders in engineering, entrepreneurship and innovation.

McMaster Engineering undergraduate students contributed $2-million and helped design the three-storey, 28,000-square-foot building, which will be a hub for several engineering teams, clubs, societies, student support services and collaborative workspace. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2017.

The building’s namesake, Gerald G. Hatch, the late founder and first president of the global engineering consultancy Hatch, generously donated $2 million toward the project. As well, several Hatch employees contributed funds with the company matching donations, totalling more than $1 million. Gennum Corporation co-founder Doug & June Barber contributed $1.5 million and former Chairman and CEO of the Timberland Group of Companies Walter G. Booth donated $1 million.

Equipped with meeting rooms, large building spaces and shared workspaces, the Hatch Centre has been designed as a hub for the Faculty’s 5,000 undergraduate engineering students to collaborate on projects and share ideas to foster experiential learning and support work being done in the classroom.


Experiential Engineering Course Credit

One of the first of its kind in Canada, ENGINEER 4EX3 provides third and fourth year engineering students with an opportunity to receive formal recognition of experiential learning conducted within the atmosphere of technically-oriented McMaster Engineering teams such as Solar Car, Chem-E-Car, Concrete Toboggan, Baja SAE, EcoCar3, Formula Electric, and Rocketry.  
Students who are active participants in a team may seek their team faculty advisor’s permission to enroll in this course. This pass-fail course is used as a 3 credit technical elective as credit towards a student's degree. Students learn how to build a portfolio showcasing their extracurricular work, an asset when applying for a job or co-op.

To learn more about the course, email Elizabeth Hassan, Assistant Professor, Engineering 1 & Mechanical Engineering.