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Co-op Program

Overview of the Engineering Co-op Program

The Engineering Co-op Program provides students with the opportunity to gain practical work experience related to their studies in an engineering setting in industry or elsewhere, and to explore potential career options. All Engineering Co-op students are paid prevailing wages and are generally well paid for these placements.

Co-op placement opportunities extend from three to four months and may be local or abroad. Co-op work terms are expected to occur mainly during the Summer term (May to August), but may also occur during the Fall or Winter terms when an opportunity suits both the student and an employer.

The Engineering Co-op Program includes:
  • a placement process
  • preparation assistance for all participating students
  • student co-op work-term reports
  • employer evaluation

Requirements for participation

Undergraduate students in any Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science program who have a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA can choose to participate in the Engineering Co-op Program, although participation is voluntary. International students are also eligible to participate in the Engineering Co-op Program. Following the co-op placement, students must return to complete at least 3 full-time courses prior to graduation, as necessary for employers to receive their CRA tax credit.

Engineering Licensing Experience

Up to 12 months of experience gained through the Engineering Co-op Program may count towards the 45 months of experience required for licensing by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), provided the student has completed at least fifty percent of the academic program in which they are registered before the work term and the nature of the work experience is deemed acceptable. Once you have graduated, PEO may accept a copy of the work-term report for licensing consideration along with the PEO Pre-Graduation Experience Form.

Benefits for Engineering Co-op Students

The potential benefits to students participating in the Engineering Co-op Program are immense, as students have the opportunity to:
  • gain meaningful engineering experience that complements academic studies
  • stand out from their peers in the eyes of employers, and thus often obtain more interesting and satisfying careers
  • assess an employer in terms of a potential career
  • earn money during their academic career
  • develop a more professional attitude and approach to tasks
  • use the co-op experience to obtain partial credit towards the four years of engineering experience required for engineering licensing, subject to the approval of the licensing body
  • use the activities carried out during a co-op term, if suitable, as the basis of a fourth-year design thesis

Monitoring

UOIT strives to connect students with quality companies for exciting employment opportunities and to ensure the co-op experience is meaningful. UOIT’s Career and Employment Services Office takes on a supportive role for any workplace issues that may arise and the Co-op Coordinator acts as a liaison between the student and employer. This may also include a performance check that is carried out with the employer during the co-op term.

Evaluation

There are three documents that must be submitted to UOIT’s Internship and Co-op Office:

The work-term report will be marked by the Faculty within two weeks of concluding the co-op placement. A duplicate copy must also be sent to the employer. The Engineering Co-op course is graded either a pass or fail and appears on the student’s academic transcript. The pass or fail result is not included in a student’s grade point average.

Recruitment

UOIT’s Career and Employment Services Office actively recruits employers to post summer and other co-op job opportunities in the fields of engineering. Students are also encouraged to find their own placements through portals such as Indeed.ca and Talentegg.ca. The Co-op & Internship Coordinator can assist you in finding your own placement. Placements may be local or abroad. Co-op position opportunities will be marked ‘Engineering Co-op’ and posted when received by UOIT’s Career and Employment Services Office. UOIT cannot guarantee that a co-op placement will be available for each student who wishes one.

The procedures and deadlines established by employers will be followed, regarding required application materials, dates and interviews. The selection of co-op students is made by employers. Start and end dates and salary are negotiated between the student and the employer.

Placement & Fees

Students interested in the Engineering Co-op Program must work with the Co-op Coordinator to be approved and registered in the Co-op Program (ENGR 0999U). Any student accepting a co-op or internship will incur administration fees of $550 per semester. This fee is subject to change, without notice, based on UOIT Board approval.

Contact

Anne Coulby
Co-op and Internship Coordinator
Tel: 905.721.8668 x5314
Email: anne.coulby@uoit.ca
Web: http://studentexperience.uoit.ca

Benefits for employers

There are numerous potential benefits to employers, including the following:
  • Co-op students come highly motivated to assist with engineering tasks ranging from a single project to a series of short-term tasks, depending on the employer’s needs.
  • Co-op students can be assessed by employers for their ability, professionalism and aptitude as potential career employees.
  • Companies that hire students as part of a co-op program may be eligible for financial assistance. Some possible sources of support include the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit and certain Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Awards. Information on these programs is available from University’s Internship and Co-op Office.

Employer responsibilities

To ensure the co-op term is meaningful, the employer is expected to provide a job that:
  • involves engineering experience
  • allows the student to enhance communication and interpersonal skills
  • occurs in a supportive and constructive work environment
  • is guided or supervised by a professional engineer at some level (this supervision is essential for validation purposes, should the placement count towards the professional experience component necessary for professional engineering licensure)
The employer is also expected to:
  • ensure an appropriate supervisor meets the co-op student and describes the job and workplace expectations
  • provide the co-op student with an orientation to the workplace (through appropriate tours, personnel meetings, assigned readings, etc.)
  • arrange regular meetings between the supervisor and co-op student to allow for mentoring and monitoring of the student’s progress
  • complete a questionnaire about the co-op student’s performance and final report

For more information or to hire a student please contact:

Anne Coulby, Co-op and Internship Coordinator
Tel: 905.721.8668 x5314
Email: anne.coulby@uoit.ca

For program-specific questions, please contact:

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Email: engineering.advising@uoit.ca

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