WORKING STUDENTS

Co-op courses: A work term fee is levied by the University for each Co-op work term with designated co-op employers, or for any self-directed co-op that will be used as a Co-op work term. Consult the SFU Calendar regarding fee requirements before registering.

 

ENSC

194

Optional Non-Technical

Co-op Practicum

ENSC

195

CO-OP PRACTICUM I

(1st Work Term)

ENSC

295

CO-OP PRACTICUM II

(2nd Work Term)

ENSC

395

CO-OP PRACTICUM III

(3rd Work Term)

Dropping courses: If you are placed after the tuition refund deadline has passed, only the co-op office can drop or add courses without penalty. To drop courses and add a work term after the deadline, send your request by e-mail to your co-op coordinator. Please include your student name, student number, courses to drop, and work term number to add. 

Taking additional courses: Students may request to take a maximum of one additional course during their work term semester, but a co-op work term is considered full-time status as an SFU student, and you must ensure that your co-op job will be given top priority, time, and attention. Requests will be reviewed by your coordinator on a case-by-case basis, but you must provide the co-op supervisor and course professor’s approval by email. The Co-op office will not drop you from your course at a later time in the semester.

UPass: If you are placed outside of Metro Vancouver, you may be eligible for a U-Pass exemption. Your co-op mailing address (including postal code in go.sfu.ca) must be outside Metro Vancouver AND remain outside for the entire term (Sept 1 – Jan 1, Jan 1 – May 1, or May 1 – Sept 1). If you do not yet have an “out of town” address, you must use your workplace address. U-Pass BC eligibility can be checked online. If you have questions, please email upass@sfu.ca or phone their office at 778-782-6805.

The course will be offered through Canvas and Co-op Coordinators will work with you to successfully complete your work term.

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    PREPARING FOR YOUR FIRST DAY

     
    BOL II and/or Bridging International Learning (BIL): Please register and complete BOL II just before you begin your Co-op work or within the first weeks of your placement. Students placed outside of Canada will also need to complete BIL. Instructions will be sent to you from the International Co-op office.

    Expectations: When hiring co-op students, employers expect productive work and professional behaviour in exchange for salary and training time. As a co-op student, we expect you to be an ambassador for SFU in the community. This means that you will be expected to adhere to company policies and seize the opportunity to learn. You should be courteous and respectful of all co-workers, arrive and leave work according to the norm set by the company, and dress appropriately. If problems involving work arise, you should contact a coordinator for assistance. Employers also expect students to work full-time, and you may be required to work overtime. If you plan on getting or keeping a part-time job or taking courses while on a work term, the employer and co-op office should be notified of the situation and must agree to it.

    Confidentiality: If your project involves any degree of confidential information, your employer and the School expect you to respect their policies on confidentiality and proprietary information.

    Pre-Departure: Before you begin your work term, there will be a Pre-Departure session held. At this session, you will learn more about expectations on the work term, work term requirements, and the site visit. You will also be offered a Co-op log book for use in documenting your work on your co-op term.

    Learning Objectives: These are goals that you set out for yourself to ensure that you are learning, contributing, and gaining what you want from this work term. You are required to complete a minimum of 3 learning objectives or outcomes in your myExperience placement profile in the first month on your work term. Go to Experiential Learning > Experiential Learning Overview > Work Term Details > Goals/ Learning Outcomes > Click Create Record
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    SITE VISITS

     

    A coordinator will visit students and supervisors on the job. The purpose of the visit is to discuss the student's progress, performance, work report, and future plans. The coordinator will also wish to learn more about current developments within the company and to explore possible university/industry research links.
     
    A telephone interview or email may be substituted for a site visit if an in-person visit is not feasible. Students working internationally will get an email site visit or a visit from another SFU representative.
     
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    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR CO-OP SUCCESS

     

    The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board’s Core Engineering Competencies 2012:

    A: Apply engineering knowledge, methods and techniques

    B: Use engineering tools, equipment or technology

    C: Protect the public interest

    D: Manage engineering activities

    E: Communicate engineering information

    F: Work collaboratively in a Canadian environment

    G: Maintain and enhance engineering skills and knowledge (Source: www.engineerscanada.ca/e/pj_competency.cfm)

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    WORK TERM REQUIREMENTS

     

    All Engineering Science students are required to complete 3 items for each co-op work term:

    1. Supervisor Evaluation Student
    2. Self Evaluation
    3. Work Term Assignment (see below)

    Work Term Assignment for Burnaby Engineering Science students:
    Work Term #1: Oral Presentation
    Work Term #2: Technical Report
    Work Term #3: Develop Your Professional Network
    Work Term #4: Strategic Planning
    Work Term #5: OLC Article
    *All ENSC assignments follow the General Work Report Guidelines

    Deadlines:

    Spring Semester: April 10th
    Summer Semester: August 10th
    Fall Semester: December 10th

    (Oral presentations must be RSVP’d in the Events Calendar on myExperience by this deadline)

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    TIME AWAY FROM WORK

     

    Since work term placements are short term, employers do not expect to provide time off. Therefore, any request for time off should be discussed with the employer prior to the start of the work term. Generally, students will receive vacation pay (at a current rate of four percent) as part of salary and will be paid for statutory holidays following a thirty-day employment period. Sick leave or any absence due to illness may mean a loss in pay. If the nature of your illness is such that it will interfere with your work term, notify a Coordinator immediately.

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