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Winter 2009

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FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

Co-operative Education Program

The Faculty of Engineering Co-operative Education Program offers students the opportunity to combine their classroom experiences with career-related work experiences. The Co-operative Education Program is based upon the principle that the preparation of undergraduate Engineering students can be enhanced by blending career related work experience with a quality curriculum.

Admission to the Co-operative Education Program is competitive. Students who apply and are accepted into the Program must successfully complete three or four paid work experiences (85-198, 85-298, 85-398, or 85-498), normally interspersed throughout the four-year honours program, in addition to specified program requirements. The experience gained while participating in these structured and supervised work placements is viewed as an integral component of the student's education program.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Students who are granted admission to the Engineering program are offered the option of participating in the Co-operative Education (Co-op) Program at three different times as follow:

1) Applicants to the Engineering program who are offered admission to first-year with a mid-term average of eighty percent or higher will be sent an application to participate in the Co-op Program, along with their acceptance package.

2) All other students who are accepted to first-year of the Engineering program will be given an application to participate in the Co-op Program during their course in Professional Development in September.

Academic criteria for participation will vary depending upon the number of Co-op applicants and the number of co-op jobs expected to be available. Decisions regarding participation in the Co-op Program will be finalized by the Centre for Career Education in the Winter term of the students' first year of study. Actual registration in the Co-op Program and fee assessment will not occur until students obtain their first work assignment in the Summer term after their first Fall and Winter terms of study.

3) During the summer before the second year of the Engineering program, all students who have completed their first year and have achieved the Engineering Co-op academic requirement of a cumulative average of 5.0 or better and no more than one failure may be considered for admission to the Co-op program, but a higher grade point average will usually be required.

Second-year applicants are evaluated on the basis of their first-year academic achievement, paid and volunteer work experience, application and an interview.

Decisions regarding acceptance into the Co-op Program will be finalized by the Centre for Career Education in September. Registration in the Co-op Program and fee assessment will also occur at this time.

PLACEMENT

The placement process is competitive. Co-op students will register and apply for work placement positions advertised by the Centre for Career Education using an Internet-Academic software program. Student application documents are forwarded to employers who select the students they wish to interview.

After interviews take place, both the student and the employer will be involved in the ranking and matching process co-ordinated by the Co-op Office.

The Faculty of Engineering or Centre for Career Education do not guarantee placement, but every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that appropriate employment is made available.

SEQUENCE OF WORK AND STUDY TERMS

FIRST YEAR
Fall Term: Study term
Winter Term: Study term
Summer Term: Work term

SECOND YEAR
Fall term: Study term
Winter term: Study term
Summer Term: Work term

THIRD YEAR*
Fall Term: Study term
Winter Term: Work term
Summer Term: Study term

THIRD YEAR* (for Environmental Engineering)
Fall Term: Study term
Winter Term: Study term
Summer Term: Work term

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Term: Work term
Winter Term: Study term
Summer Term: Study term

ACADEMIC STANDING

After each study term, Co-op students' academic records will be reviewed to ensure that they meet the academic requirements necessary to remain in the Co-operative Program. The Co-op academic requirement is a cumulative average of 5.0 or better and no more than one outstanding failure.

WORK TERM EVALUATION

A student's performance in a Work Term will be evaluated as either "Pass" or "Fail". To obtain a "pass" evaluation, a student must successfully complete all the requirements of the Co-operative Program as described in the rules and regulations handout provided to all co-op students and available from the Centre for Career Education.

CO-OPERATIVE PROGRAM GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the requirements for graduation from the regular B.A.Sc. program, students in the Co-operative Program must satisfactorily complete three work terms, including a final, Fall work term, unless a student is involved in an internship which is approved for different specific conditions.

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING: GENERAL INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS

GENERAL UNDERGRADUATE REGULATIONS