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Engineering 1

It’s about more than being brilliant. McMaster Engineers are empowered to be difference makers.

Starting with a common first year, we will teach you to be the engineer who sees only solutions, not problems. The one who can adapt easily to any situation, reinvent themselves throughout their career, and truly thrive in today’s dynamic technology-based economy.

Your First Year

It starts right from day one.

We’re ranked #1 in Canada for student satisfaction with a community-based project in 1st 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. With a focus on experiential, collaborative and project-based learning, students take real problems in society and learn the technical and teamwork skills to solve them.

In first year, you’ll gain a broad exposure to engineering before choosing a specialization for second year and beyond.

What you'll take:

3 unit(s)


An introduction to chemical principles for Engineering students, including reactivity, bonding, structure, energetics and electrochemistry.
Three lectures, one lab (two and one half hours) every other week; one term

MATH 1ZA3 - Engineering Mathematics I

3 unit(s)


Functions: limits, continuity, derivatives, optimization, curve sketching. Antiderivative, definite integral, techniques of integration, with applications.
Three lectures, one tutorial, one lab; one term

MATH 1ZB3 - Engineering Mathematics II-A

3 unit(s)


Techniques of integration, applications of definite integrals, differential equations, polar coordinates, parametrized curves. Sequences, infinite series, power series. Partial derivatives.
Three lectures, one tutorial, one lab; one term

MATH 1ZC3 - Engineering Mathematics II-B

3 unit(s)


Vector spaces given by solutions to linear systems. Linear independence, dimension. Determinants. Eigenvalues, eigenvectors and diagonalisation. Complex numbers.
Three lectures, one tutorial, one lab; one term

3 unit(s)


A course for engineering students. Oscillations and waves, interference; electrostatics, electric potential, circuit elements; magnetic fields.
Three lectures, one lab (three hours) every other week; one term

13 unit(s)


Project-based integrated learning course that introduces a range of foundational (i.e., cornerstone) topics in engineering, including engineering design and communication, computation, graphic design, materials and the engineering profession. These topics are applied through a series of integrated team-based design projects in simulated workplace environments

Three lectures, one tutorial (two hours), two labs (three hours each); both terms

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In Fall 2020, we’re introducing a full-year, project-based learning experience where students are exposed to a series of design projects that will develop both technical and professional skills. Using a unique educational approach, students will learn in three ways:

  1. INTRODUCE CONCEPTS: Three one-hour classes per week to introduce new subjects, reinforce interesting topics and learn about the profession of engineering 
  2. DEVELOP SKILLS: Two three-hour labs per week to develop technical skills 
  3. APPLY IN REAL LIFE: Two hours of access to your brand new design studio to work with your group on projects, as well as to build and test prototypes

Projects transition from well-structured to open-ended as the course progresses, with technical skills and subject expertise steadily building in engineering design and graphics, programming, professional engineering practice, and structure and properties of materials.

With a team of Faculty mentors, instructional assistants, lab technicians and teaching assistants on hand to lend support, students will develop projects to be featured in a personal online portfolio that can be incorporated into co-op job applications.

Projects could include:

  • Developing applications of biomedical sensing in robotics
  • Developing sustainable communities through autonomous recycling

96.5% of students successfully complete 1st year. 

 

Beyond First Year

With a year of broad-based engineering study under your belt, you’ll be well positioned to select an area of specialization for your degree. Students are selected for spots in 2nd year disciplines based on their year 1 GPA.* 

*Free Choice:  Students with a minimum admission 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 and Society five-year program options.

87% of 1st year students choose the co-op option.

Students can work anywhere in the world, including for US employers such as Google, Microsoft, & Tesla

 

EXPLORE CO-OP

Meet the Engineering 1 Team