Engineering Co-op Blog

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Recruitment & Career Development: What Employers Want

Computing Engineering

Having been involved in recruitment and on-boarding processes, discussions with managers and engineering recruitment teams, I share my experiences in recruitment and career development to give you insight into what employers are looking for. 

By: Paul Vu 2401 reads | 0 comments
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The Unconventional Job Hunt: Creating Your Own Co-op Opportunities

solar energy

In five years at SFU, engineering physics undergrad Scott Beaupré landed three co-op job positions and four research projects without ever dropping off a résumé. Find out how! 

By: Taylor McKinney 8402 reads | 0 comments
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My Transition to Toronto: A Guide for Students Going Away for Co-op

Co-op Reflections

Planning upfront saves you from last minute hustles. This article will prepare you for co-op in a city outside Vancouver where new opportunities and variable threats are waiting.

By: Akbar Samani 3133 reads | 0 comments
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Five Tips on Being a Successful Web and Mobile Developer

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

Being a successful developer doesn’t come easy. In this blog post, I offer five tips that I have learned through my co-op experience as a Web and Mobile Developer to help you get there with fewer bumps in the road.

By: Tsung Kai (Eric) Lee 5837 reads | 0 comments
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Is Co-op Worth Delaying Your Graduation?

Co-op Reflections

Practical experience isn't always gained in the classroom. Sure there are labs and projects, but nothing tops a real workplace environment. If you’re second guessing participating in co-op because of delaying your graduation, this post is for you! 

By: Christopher Chew 6009 reads | 0 comments
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The Essential Co-op Skill: Time Management

Co-operative Education

Knowing how to deal with multiple tasks each having different priorities and deadlines is necessary for success. Time management, an essential skill in most work places, is therefore an even more important skill to develop as a co-op student. In this article, I share some time management methods for handling small side tasks in order to free up more time for the bigger things at hand.

By: Harry He 5595 reads | 0 comments
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For a Chance at a Job, Take a Chance and Apply!

Returning to SFU

I completed my undergraduate degree without doing co-op. This meant that after graduation, I was competing for jobs with others who had work experience, while I had none. Find out how doing co-op as a PhD student allowed me to not only gain work experience, but also gave me confidence in my abilities.  

By: Shruti Menon 1552 reads | 0 comments
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The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

Co-operative Education

It has been six long years since I started at SFU, switching majors three times along the way. With such a convoluted path, it’s no surprise that life after school began to fall out of context. Thankfully, a well-timed co-op opportunity allowed me to refocus my life and reverse my dwindling academic attitude. 

By: Brett Erickson 7764 reads | 0 comments
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Working in Product Development: Consumer vs. Industrial

Engineering

Ever wondered what makes the difference between a consumer level product and an industrial one? Read on and find out some of the key differences that make industrial level products stand out in reliability. 

By: Harry He 10911 reads | 0 comments
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The Value of Growth: Sowing the Seeds for Future Success

TIO Networks Corp

Growth is about constantly challenging and stretching ourselves, both personally and professionally. Through co-op, I have had the opportunity to learn and grow from my peers and mentors, truly experiencing and understanding the value of growth in the process. 

By: Aakriti Arora 9802 reads | 0 comments
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How My Personal Projects Landed Me a Research Co-op Helping Others

Co-op

In my experience with co-op, personal projects and hobbies outside of school gave me the tools to build something in practice. This not only made me much more competitive in the job search, but also allowed me to acquire a co-op position where the work was directed at improving lives of other people. 

By: Sohail Sangha
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Beast in the East: Why You Should Go Away For Co-op

BlackBerry

If you’ve only been looking for co-op placements in the Greater Vancouver area, here’s why you should definitely reconsider.

By: Imran Kanji 3056 reads | 0 comments
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Touch the Future of Hydrogen Storage

Co-operative Education

The future of energy belongs to hydrogen but you can be part of the future as well. Take part in the development of the next generation power source and learn engineering knowledge throughout the whole process with Hydrogen In Motion Inc. at Powertech Labs Inc..

By: Weilin Sun 1869 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Jobs Help Fulfill Iron Man Career Ambition

During the Work Term

Sheldan Manansala's childhood dreams came true as his journey took him to land a co-op at Tesla Motors.  

By: Caitlin Dawson 2205 reads | 0 comments
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Getting out of my Rut: How Co-op Changed my Life

Applied Sciences

Jason shares how co-op has helped him develop personally and professionally.  He takes us back in time and back as he shares his life before co-op and contrasts it to where he is now. 

By: Jason Wallace 2664 reads | 0 comments
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Tackling an Industrial Co-op: A Few Tips on Getting Started

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

Mechatronic Systems Engineering Student, James Wang, spent his last co-op accumulating industrial experience at Kodak.  He shares his top four tips for success when working in a company setting.

By: James Wang 3054 reads | 0 comments
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The Co-op Life of a Mechatronics Systems Engineering Student

FortisBC

The Mechatronics Systems Engineering program puts a focus on a broad scope of experience, Co-op student, Austin Tsai shares his three work terms that provided him with a wide variety of experience to match his educational background.

By: Austin Tsai 12084 reads | 0 comments
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Ritik's Japanese Co-op Adventure

Co-operative Education

Ritik had a pretty amazing time in Japan while on his International Co-op term with BOSCH. The projects he worked on may have been classifed, but the fun he had sure wasn't, and he's here to share it with you.

By: Ritik Looned 14711 reads | 0 comments
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Confidence Through Co-op

Engineering

Software Engineering Co-op student Alex Moore writes about his final Co-op experience before graduation, and the importance of lifelong learning.

By: Alex Moore 3577 reads | 0 comments
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A Wonderful Experience at Broadcom

Co-operative Education

Senior Co-op student, Alex Lung shares his experience at Broadcom, where he spent two work terms in QA Test Platform Development.

By: Alex Lung 4735 reads | 0 comments
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Mike's IC Development with Broadcom

Engineering

Michael Leung shares his experience of spending eight months as a co-op student for Broadcom Corporation.

By: Michael Leung 6640 reads | 0 comments
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Engineering with IBM: A World Without Borders

Co-operative Education

Computer Engineering student, Harpeet Basaron is currently on a 16-month co-op term with IBM. Read how her time in Toronto has allowed her to broaden her career horizons, as she left the province to set out on her own, overcoming new challenges and career experiences.

 

By: Harpreet Basraon 6591 reads | 0 comments
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Going International With CJCP

Applied Sciences

Considering going International for your next Co-op experience? Read about how David went to Japan to utalize his engineering experience with the Canada Japan Co-op Program.

By: David Stevens 4401 reads | 0 comments
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Hardware Engineering Co-op at Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation

Working at Broadcom over the past 16 months as a Hardware Engineering co-op student has been both challenging and rewarding. The time has been filled with lots of exciting, challenging, and hard work; yet it has also been filled with lots of fun and memorable experiences. This is the kind of company that every SFU engineering student should strive to work for!

By: Shervin Asgari Pour 5966 reads | 0 comments
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Mechatronics Co-op Alumni Profile: Chris Stewart

Technology & Innovation

Chris Stewart is a junior engineer at Brock Solutions. He works in the development of control systems for airport baggage handling systems and has been working with Brock since November 2011. 

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Mechatronics Co-op Student Profile: Armaghan Mogouei

Co-op

Mogouei shares with all women that are thinking of Mechatronic Systems Engineering as an ideal fit, because it allows you to explore various engineering disciplines and industry application. Armaghan Mogouei is following her dreams through her work with Ballard Power Systems.

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Mechatronics Co-op Profile: Brendon Sauer

Co-op Reflections

Fusing the world of Business and Mechatronics, Brendon Sauer has shown that MSE students really can have the bFusing the world of Business and Mechatronics, Brendon Sauer has shown that MSE students really can have the best of both worlds. Read more about his experience at Discover Energy.

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Mechatronics Co-op Student Profile: Spencer Steel

Student Spotlight

Steele is a well-rounded individual who has no doubt that his strong mechanical aptitude derived from restoring classic cars and fabricating Drydock systems for his family company, MRX Marine, has helped him get his last two co-op jobs. He also believes that it is important for MSE students to get involved and have interests outside of lasses.

 

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Leif Stroman's High-Tech Co-op Experience

Recon Instruments

Leif Stroman shares his amazing  high-tech co-op experience, working in Whistler for Recon Instruments. As the only software engineer for Recon's new Transcent goggles, he was able to influence major product decisions from start to finish (which included plenty of mid-air and mountain-top testing!)

By: Chloe Smith 4880 reads | 0 comments
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Extra! Extra! SFU Co-op Students Featured in Hong Kong News

Engineering

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks (HKSTP) is known as a hub for innovation and technology in Asia. The following article is a translated excerpt from Takungpao, featuring Simon Fraser University students on international work terms at HKSTP.

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