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B.Eng. (Co-op Optional)

Bachelor of Engineering

The McMaster Materials Engineering Programmes are designed to permit studies over a broad base of fundamental topics, with the opportunity to specialize in specific materials systems in the upper years of the programme.

Current Student Inquiries:

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+1 905.525.9140 x 24295
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Future Student Information

Overview

Materials Science and Engineering students study the conversion of natural substances into products for structural, microelectronics, optical, and biomedical use by using chemical and physical methods. 

"Materials offers a different perspective on solving almost any engineering challenge. Every other discipline needs materials to do their job, so I get to learn about a variety of applications and innovations by studying the materials innovation behind them." - Erik Korber, Materials Science and Engineering

What makes this program unique?

  • Small class sizes
  • Some of the world’s most advanced facilities including the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy
  • Annual industrial tours to some of the most advanced manufacturing facilities in Canada.
  • Strong contact with local industry and excellent employment opportunities.

Program Structure

The McMaster Materials Engineering Programmes are designed to permit studies over a broad base of fundamental topics, with the opportunity to specialize in specific materials systems in the upper years of the programme.

The Materials Engineering programmes are accredited with the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, permitting subsequent admission to “P.Eng.” status following graduation and the completion of other requirements of the profession.

Materials Engineering requires a total of FOUR years to complete. The Materials Engineering and Management, and the Materials Engineering & Society programmes require five years of study.

The materials engineering content of each of the programmes is identical. In each case there is a common core which emphasizes basic physical chemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics, materials structure and materials processing fundamentals. Major emphasis is placed on the relationship of materials properties to processing and to their engineering function for proper materials selection in engineering design. Specialization is achieved by taking appropriate elective courses permitting specialization in one or a combination of:

  • Electronic Materials
  • Polymers
  • Structural Materials
  • Nanomaterials

Specializations

Electronic Materials

Polymers

Structural Materials

Nanomaterials

ENG PHYS 3PN4 (in Level 3)

ENG PHYS 4MD3

MATLS 3Q03

MATLS 4Q03

CHEM ENG 3Q03

CHEM ENG 4X03

MATLS 4P03

MATLS 4T03

MATLS 4D03 (in Level 3 or 4)

MATLS 4C03 (in Level 4)

MATLS 4T03

MECHENG 3C03

MATLS 3Q03

MATLS 4FF3

MATLS 4G03

MATLS 4H03          

Co-op and Experiential Learning

Experiential learning provides students with hands-on opportunities beyond the traditional lecture-style format to gain valuable experience.

Engineering Co-op Program

The Engineering Co-op Program is an optional program which provides you with the opportunity to work in real engineering positions before you graduate. The Undergraduate Co-op Program is administered by the Engineering Co-op and Career Services Department (ECCS).

Example Employers:

  • Acuren
  • TransCanada
  • GE
  • Xerox
  • Boeing
  • Bombardier
  • Magna
  • Huskey Energy
  • UTC Aerospace Systems

Learn more about the co-op program

Extracurricular Activities

McMaster Engineering has many engineering clubs, teams and societies you can join to enhance your practical knowledge and soft skills, provide support, or give you the chance to explore new activities. Clubs are an enjoyable way to enrich your student life and contribute to your social development and academic success.

  • Materials Science and Engineering Club
  • Baja Racing
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Women in Engineering Society

Learn more about extracurricular involvement

Careers and Research

Example Career Opportunities:

  • Design Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Process Control Engineer
  • Failure Analyst
  • Research Engineer

Research Areas

  • Organic/polymer electronics
  • Polymer fuel cells and systems
  • Lightweight automotive materials
  • Development of sustainable steelmaking processes and products
  • Nano-engineering and thin-films

Learn more about research