The Engineering Society is proud to offer an amazing number of services. Here is a brief summary of what we can offer you so you know how to get around engineering and fully utilize everything that is available.
C&D (Coffee and Donut)
EngSoc runs two coffee and donut shops with the lowest prices on campus. Head over to the Carl Pollock Hall (CPH) or Engineering 7 (E7) Foyer for low cost coffee and treats! Please note that it does not accept Watcard, but it does accept cash and debit! If you bring your own mug you can even get a discount!
EngSoc Office (a.k.a The Orifice)
The Engineering Society Office, also located in CPH, is a great place to get cheap printing, report binding, photocopying, and scanning! Trust us when we say that cheap report binding will be a great thing for many of you in the near future. You can also sign out board games, pool and foosball equipment, and pick up your student deals sticker! Please make sure to come by the Orifice to see everything we have to offer and to meet the lovely EngSoc Executive. You can usually find at least one of us working there at all times!
In our student lounge, POETS, everyone is welcome! It is a great place to hang out between classes, play a game of pool, or even take a nap. It will be open every day from 8:30-5:30 and for special events. There is a pool table, foosball table, and movies playing around the clock. Look out for our special “First Year Fridays” throughout the term!
Novelties and RidgidWare
Novelties is your one stop shop for all Waterloo Engineering swag and merchandise. While normally located in CPH between POETS and the C&D, it has moved online until it is safe to open in person again. We have a variety of items including sweaters, keychains, glassware, and so much more! Come out and show off your Engineering pride!
RidgidWare is our hardware and electronics store/service, and is a handy source for materials for both hobbies and projects! We have supplies such as LEDs, breadboards, Arduinos, and more! It is also a place where people can go for information and advice on hardware related matters for any projects they’re working on. Located in E7 directly across from the C&D, once it is safe to open again come pop by!
The Society offers a student deals program with discounts from local restaurants. Come by the Orifice to pick up your free student deals sticker. All you have to do is show your sticker at participating restaurants to get the discount. It really is as good as it sounds!
Midterms can be a stressful time, but the Engineering Society can help you study! We have an online exam bank where you can search hundreds of past exams to help you study. The exam bank will give you a sense of what your first year exams will look like. It can be found on our website, at www.engsoc.uwaterloo.ca/exambank.
Resume Critiques/Interview Skills
Each term, there are thousands of students at Waterloo looking for co-op jobs. Finding that first job can be scary, but don’t worry! EngSoc has lots of great resources to help you succeed.
This term, EngSoc will be running online resume critiquing sessions with upper year students. You’ll be able to sign up for one-on-one time with an upper year student to go through your resume and ensure it is tailored to the type of engineering career you want. We also offer a variety of other resume services, such as a resume and cover letter workshop, a frequently asked questions section, and example templates. You can also submit your resume throughout the term for multiple critiques!
We also hold interview skills workshops where you can practice answering some engineering specific questions in order to prepare for your first round of interviews.
Mental Health Services
Mental health is an issue that is growing among engineering students, but EngSoc has made it a priority to help you stay healthy. We run various events throughout the term to help you cope with stress. Some of our popular events include Let’s Talk Mental Health and F*ck Up Talks! We also have a mental health blog, mental health resources, and run initiatives like positivity chain mail.
UW MATES (Mentor Assistance Through Education and Support) is a peer-to-peer counseling program run through WUSA with the help of UW Counseling Services. The Engineering Society has partnered with MATES to run this program for engineering students. By applying through the UW MATES website, you will be paired with a student in engineering who has been trained extensively to help in areas such as stress, relationships, mental health, transitioning to university life, and adapting to the culture in Canada. If you would like to sign up for an appointment, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.