Co-op / Work Experience

Launch your career with co-op

Want to add major companies to your resume before you graduate? Keen to work with entrepreneurial start-ups aiming to become the next big thing? Your mandatory -- and paid – co-op placement gives you invaluable real-world experience and shows future employers that you have the right hands-on skills.

You’ll be part of one of the best and most diverse co-op programs in Canada. With at least 2000 job postings every year and more than 350 active employers, it’s a proven route to career success. In fact, over 85% of our co-op students find employment within three months of graduation through the network they built via their co-op placements.

Where will I work?

Our students secure work terms at leading companies in dozens of pioneering fields. Imagine adding one of these names to your resume:

  • SAP
  • Sony Picture Imageworks
  • Mobify
  • Microsoft
  • Electronic Arts
  • Blackberry
  • HSBC
  • Telus

How it works

Your mandatory co-op experience will include three work terms in research or industrial facilities, often designing and building real products. After completing your co-op requirements, you’ll return to campus for at least one academic term.

Ideally two of the three mandatory work terms should be completed in industry (ENSC 195, 295, 395) unless a student plans to pursue post-graduate studies. Students may participate in additional work terms but are encouraged to seek diversity in their experience. The three mandatory work terms may include one special co-op term (ENSC 196, 296, 396) this may include self-directed, entrepreneurial, service or research terms – permission of the Engineering Science co-op office is required.

An optional non-technical work term (ENSC 194) is also available through the Engineering Science co-op also available and is often completed after the first two study terms. ENSC 194 does not count toward the mandatory three-course requirement.

The engineering science co-op program can also seek opportunities for students wishing to complete their thesis requirements in an industrial setting.

Why it works

Co-op enhances a student's employability after graduation. We work with our students to help them prepare their job search strategies and materials, conduct professional interviews and support the exploration and development of their career goals. Our students secure work terms across Canada, in Silicon Valley, and internationally in places such as Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

Here are some of the additional benefits of co-op:

  • Gaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace
  • Applying classroom learning in practical situations
  • Building a strong application for graduate studies
  • Exploring different career options
  • Working locally, nationally or internationally
  • Gaining job interview practice
  • Expanding your professional network
  • Experiencing different work environments
  • Developing “soft” skills, including communication and time management
  • Building your resume
  • Gaining relevant work experience
  • Helping to finance your studies

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