Earn Your Hardhat


You have chosen to attend one of the greatest engineering universities in Canada. Are you ready for your first week?
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What is Engineering Orientation Week?

Engineering Orientation is a time to be introduced to the Faculty of Engineering and all it has to offer. Throughout the week, 18 teams will battle it out in various engineering challenges. Login to find out which colour team you are on!

What is the purpose of Engineering Orientation Week?

The purpose of Engineering Orientation Week is to be introduced to the faculty, meet fellow first years and upper years, discover all the services and support systems that are available, and to start making Waterloo Engineering your new home!

When will the Orientation Week schedule be released?

Once you have registered for Orientation on Portal, you can check out the schedule in the calendar tab!

When is Fall 2020 Engineering Orientation taking place?

Engineering Orientation will be taking place from September 1st to September 7th.

Will any of the components of Fall 2020 Engineering Orientation require paying a fee or purchasing software?

No, Fall 2020 Engineering Orientation is completely free. Any software that you will need to use is either free or accessible for free using your uwaterloo email.

Will there be any in person components during Fall 2020 Engineering Orientation?

No, Fall 2020 Engineering Orientation is fully online. It does not matter where you are located in the world or in which timezone, all activities will be accessible to you.

What kind of events can I expect to see?

A great variety from earning your hard hat, to challenging your engineering thinking, to an online concert, to exploring campus in Minecraft and even flexing your social media muscles. There will be a wide variety of programming available for all interests to contribute to their teams success! Stay tuned for our schedule release.

Will I be in a group?

Yes! You will be in one of 18 colour groups. From there you’ll be broken into one of 4 colour subgroups* of about 30 first years and a few leaders. These groups will be made up of people in your program (including leaders) and stream!

*These groups are not your Waterloo Ready groups, and are made by Eng O-Team