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Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (M.E.M.E.)

Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing is fundamental for making people's lives better and create value for a society. You will acquire capabilities to make manufacturing processes more efficient and sustainable.

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Application Deadlines

January 2020 admission:
Online portal opens Aug. 15, 2019

Deadlines for:
Domestic applicants - Nov. 15, 2019
International applicants - Sept. 30, 2019

September 2020 admission:
Online portal opens Nov. 15, 2019

Deadlines for:
Domestic applicants - Aug. 1, 2020
International applicants - July 5, 2020

International applicants are encouraged to apply early since the visa application process may take 3 months.

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Canadian: $2,815.83 CAD/term (3 terms)
International: $11,000 CAD/term (3 terms)

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2020-2021)
Canadian: $2,815.83 CAD/term (3 terms)
International: $11,550 CAD/term (3 terms)

Students enrolled in multiple academic years ( e.g. January admission) pay the fees corresponding to these years.

Manufacturing is an exciting career

Build a successful career in the manufacturing industry anywhere in the world. If you love to design and operate resource-efficient manufacturing plants this is the program for you.

The manufacturing sector offers many career opportunities for engineers in discrete manufacturing (e.g. from consumer products to aircraft),  and in process industries (e.g. from petrochemicals to food production). Our program builds on Ontario’s deep history of high-quality manufacturing.

Develop capabilities to improve operation of any type of manufacturing facility (e.g. statistical analysis of plant data) and augment that by adding courses specializing in process industries or in discrete manufacturing.

Available are either a project-based option (6 courses plus project) or course-based option (8 courses).

Discrete Manufacturing focus

Develop capabilities to design and operate traditional and additive manufacturing, experiment with different materials, use robots, and monitor and manage production for automotive, aerospace, machinery, household products and other discrete manufacturing industries.

Process Industries focus

Develop capabilities to design and operate process plants, monitor and control their operation in chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, and other process industries.


From the bleeding-edge tech we have at our disposal to the supportive professors, mentors and a multicultural student base, this program has it all. What's more, you can customize your learning to create the best springboard to launch your career.

—Prasanna Venkatesh, M.E.M.E. '18




January 2020 admission
Online portal opens August 15, 2019

Deadlines for:
Domestic applicants - November 15, 2019
International applicants - September 30, 2019

September 2020 admission
Online portal opened November 15, 2019

Deadlines for:
Domestic applicants - August 1, 2020
International applicants - July 5, 2020

International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months.

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Tuition & Fees

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Canadian: $2,815.83 CAD/term
International: $11,000 CAD/term

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2020-2021)
Canadian: $2,815.83 CAD/term (3 terms)
International: $11,550 CAD/term (3 terms)

Students enrolled in multiple academic years ( e.g. January admission) pay the fees corresponding for the academic year the term is within.

Other Fees:

  • Application Fee: $110.00
  • Online Interview Fee (Kira Talent): $40.00
  • Non-refundable deposit upon acceptance: $500.00


Admission Requirements

Prior degree: STEM Degree, B average in last two years of study (20 technical courses), equivalent to a McMaster 8.0 GPA out of 12

The Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering is aimed at highly motivated students seeking advanced training in the broad area of Manufacturing. Application for admission to the program may be made through the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology. The program accepts full-time and part-time students - see the Program Structure section for details.

In addition to the general requirements for entry into a graduate program in Engineering, students must hold an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with at least a B average (equivalent to a McMaster 8.0/12 GPA) in the penultimate and final years.

As part of the application process, you are required to provide the following:

  1. An up-to-date resume or CV, including professional work experience (this includes prior co-op experience)
  2. Complete Contact information for 2 Academic References (to be included in the on-line application)
    Only institutional emails will be accepted as credible references.
  3. Strong letters of recommendation
  4. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended along with grading scale
  5. A clearly written Statement of Interest (A letter answering why you want to complete this program)
  6. Online video interview using the Kira Talent software platform
  7. Recent IELTS or TOEFL scores (within the last 2 years) required for international students. Minimum IELTS score 6.5 overall (minimum requirement 5.5 in reading and writing and 6 in listening and speaking). Minimum TOEFL score is 88. Note that if your medium of instruction was English and this is documented on your transcripts, you do not need to submit an ELP test

* No additional documents should be uploaded *

**Please note that applications cannot be reviewed until all documents have been uploaded, the referees have responded and online interview has been completed. All applications must be completed before the international or domestic deadline to be considered.**

Candidates may be enrolled on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students will complete the degree in twelve consecutive months of study. Students are admitted for September. Part-time students will normally be expected to complete the program in 28 months.

Prospective applicants who did not attain the required standing in their undergraduate degree, but who have at least four (4) years of relevant work experience, should discuss their situation with the Program Lead. If the experience is deemed sufficient, the Program Lead may then recommend an interview. Evidence of ability to do graduate work will still be required. (See Sections 2.1.1 Admission Requirements for Master’s Degree and 2.1.5 Admission of Students with Related Work Experience or Course Work beyond the Bachelor’s Degree in the Graduate Calendar.)

McMaster students may receive advanced standing for up to two courses (note that a maximum of two 600-level courses can count towards a SEPT graduate program) with the approval of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.



Rapid Prototyping lab (ETB 122)

The lab is equipped with 3D printers and machining equipment. You will develop your skills and comfort working with these tools to make your design vision into an operational prototype in metal or plastic.

Tools and equipment accessible in the lab include:

  • 3D Metal Printers
  • CNC lathe and router
  • PCB soldering station
  • 3D Polymer Printers
  • Laser cutter for plastic sheets
  • Bench scale tools including a drill press, band saw, etc.


MARC Facility (McMaster Automotive Resource Centre, Located at 200 Longwood Ave.)

Students in the M.Eng. Manufacturing Engineering program can access this facility by appointment. The space can be used for prototyping in course and project work. The SEP 762 Prototyping tools and methods course uses the MARC facility.

Tools and equipment accessible in the lab include:

  • CNC lathe and router
  • PCB soldering station
  • 3D Polymer Printers
  • Bench scale tools including a drill press, band saw, etc.


Workstation Labs for CAD Design (MARC 266)

Houses workstation computers that can be accessed for CAD design and modelling simulation. Access is based on scheduled availability.




CAD/CAM computing network

Accessible within the ETB 524 studio space. This network supports engineering computing and 3D prototyping via your laptop. This allows you to use your laptop as an interface, while outsourcing the "heavy lifting" of highly detailed design work to a mainframe server.

Industry Partners & Projects

Stackpole International

Project: Deploying an Industry 4.0 Non-Destructive Testing solution to improve the reliability and throughput of product inspection.

Challenge: Stackpole International, a leader in manufacturing automotive parts using powder metallurgy, engaged a group of our students in a project to develop a new solution for their Non-Destructive Testing work cell. The system they were using was stand-alone and they saw opportunities to improve reliability and connectivity with their production line network. Students analyzed different technologies comparing open-source with commercial packages and custom hardware with off-the-shelf. Students finally developed, built and deployed the new work cell into the partner’s facility.

Canadian National Railway

Project: Re-designing a condensate blowdown valve assembly on to operate in the extreme cold of Canadian winters

Challenge: Students identified that the design of blowdown valves on trains were inadequately designed to cope with extreme cold weather, resulting in significant delays during the coldest parts of the year. Moisture freezing inside blowdown valves caused brakes to lock in place. The built-in electrical heaters affixed to the valve assembly was not thawing the ice, requiring maintenance crews to use portable heaters and manually de-ice the valves. Students in the program analyzed the system and proposed a solution to redesign the valve assembly so that it could operate in colder temperatures than existing vales.

Westhill Innovation Inc.

Project: Powering transportation refrigeration systems using solar power collected from the top of trailers.

Challenge: Westhill Innovation identified an opportunity to reduce emissions produced while powering refrigeration units and they engaged a group of students to help design a solar panel solution for truck trailers. Truck drivers are mandated to take rest periods while on the road, and while resting they must power refrigeration units using the truck’s diesel engine. By developing a system that allows solar panels to be mounted to the top of a transport trailer, the 425 square feet of space on the roof can charge a battery bank that will power the refrigeration unit and allow drivers to turn off their engines while parked. In the future, this technology could greatly extend the range of electric trucks and feed into the power grid when the trailers are parked for loading and unloading.

Edson Packaging Machinery Ltd.

Project: Developing a Fully Automated Picking and Packaging Solution

Challenge: Edson Packaging Machinery sought our student’s help to develop a robotic solution that could recognize between 1000s of products and identify the those bought by a single customer and place them into one box for shipment. The solution students worked on with Edson would also include a system to create and seal customized box sizes for e-commerce orders, minimizing the need for excess packaging. The final objective of these solutions would be that they need to operate quickly and accurately.

Other recent and notable partners include:

  • Arcelor-Mittal Dofasco
  • Linamar
  • Magna
  • Hamilton Community Energy
  • Toyota
  • Honda
  • General Motors

See our complete list of current and past partners.

Program Structure

The M. Eng. Manufacturing Engineering program requires completion of 24 units — Translating into 8 courses or 6 courses plus a project with industry (faculty approval required). This is a “fast track M.Eng. program completed in 3 terms (12 months) full-time study, or 6 terms (24 months) part-time study with a project, or 7 terms (28 months) part-time study for a course-based degree.

All full-time students must successfully complete SEP 771, W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part I & II (0 units). This is a W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology seminar series aimed at knowledge development, networking and community building. 

Students in the project-based stream must also complete Manufact 701 in their last term that they are completing their project. 

You can choose to focus in either Discrete Manufacturing or Process Systems. The topics contained within each focus are listed below.

Discrete Manufacturing Focus

  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Design and Prototyping for Manufacturability and Assembly
  • Statistical Methods for Production Monitoring and Quality Control
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Reliability and Risk Management
  • Project Management

Process Systems Focus

  • Process Design and Control for Operability
  • Process Design and Integration
  • Advanced Process Systems Engineering Tools and Methods
  • Statistical Methods for Production Monitoring and Quality Control
  • Digital Control Systems
  • Process Systems Modelling and Optimization
  • Sustainable Manufacturing Processes
  • Reliability and Risk Management
  • Project Management
  • Six Sigma

Co-op and Experiential Learning

Co-op is an optional component of the Master of Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering program. McMaster established its graduate student co-op program in 2017, seeing it grow rapidly. Employers are quickly embracing it as a mechanism for recruiting talent and expertise.

There are several steps you must complete before you begin applying to co-op positions. Firstly, ensure you enrol in the Graduate Co-op Prep Course ENG 701 in September. You will also need approval from your program chairperson before accepting a co-op placement. Speak with Co-op and Career Services if you have any questions.

If you intend to find a co-op placement remember that it is competitive, much like any job search. Start early and put in consistent effort throughout the school year to make connections and grow your network.

Here are some tips for finding your co-op position:

  • Attend as many career events throughout the school year – and try to speak with the employers who attend. Events are posted in OSCAR plus and require you to register as an attendee.
  • Search OSCAR plus for posted co-op opportunities. Hundreds of openings are offered by employers in a year and some of them might be right for you. Apply to any that look like a good fit – make sure you keep your resume current so you can apply as they’re posted.
  • Find opportunities to network with professionals in your field. Look for networking events, become active on LinkedIn, make meaningful connections and schedule information interviews. Whenever you meet someone new, ask them if they can recommend anyone else you should speak with.
  • Reach out to your existing network. This could be family, friends from your time in undergraduate studies who are now employed, or really anyone you have an established relationship with who works for a company that operates in your field.


If you’re an employer interested in hiring graduate students for a co-op term connect with our co-op office to discuss listing your open opportunities.