Engineering, Computer Science and Math Co-op
The Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op office administers several different programs—learn more about them here.
READY TO APPLY FOR A CO-OP JOB? Here's what to expect.
Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics/Statistics Co-op and Career
Mandatory co-op programs
Co-op is mandatory for the following programs:
- Biomedical Engineering (undergraduate)
- Civil Engineering (undergraduate)
- Computer Engineering (undergraduate)
- Electrical Engineering (undergraduate)
- Mechanical Engineering (undergraduate)
- Software Engineering (undergraduate)
- Mandatory co-op—part of your degree program
- Automatically enrolled; no application required
- Four work terms required
- Must complete ENGR 130 (Introduction to Professional Practice) and ENGR 446 (Technical Report)
Co-op is optional for the following programs:
- Computer Science – Co-op or Work Experience Program
- Mathematics and Statistics – Co-op or Work Experience Program
- Engineering graduate programs
- Not automatically enrolled; application required
- Must complete Introduction to Professional Practice before your first work term
The following co-op program formats are available:
- Parallel co-op (part-time)
- Entrepreneurial co-op
- Work term transfer
- Work term challenge
- Other formats possible - Volunteer work term: In special circumstances, you can take on a "volunteer" work term if the work provides productive and paid, full-time work experience that is related to your program of study. This allows you to volunteer with approved not-for-profit organizations. It must include four months of work and you must receive payment in-kind, for example, an employer contribution to travel, food or housing expenses. Your employer must provide supervision and you must secure proper insurance.
Sample co-op jobs
We've listed a few sample jobs here - for specific examples, contact your co-op coordinator:
- Audio software engineer with Electronic Arts Canada
- Design and production co-op student with Creo
- Engineering co-op student with Ballard Power Systems
Potential career paths
- Healthcare engineer
- Structural designer
- Environmental analyst
- Software engineer
- Cyber security officer
- Big data analyst
- Project manager
- Application developer
TIP: See our What can you do with your degree? sheets for more!
About the Co-op Program
If you're an undergraduate student, you can apply to the Computer Science/Math Co-op Program after you have completed CSC 110, Math 100 and:
- at least 4.5 units on your last academic term
- a minimum grade of C+ in any Computer Science courses and a minimum of a C in any Math or Stats courses taken on your last academic term
- no F, E or N in courses taken on your last academic term
How to apply
- Apply by January 15 and September 15 each year
- Download and complete the undergraduate co-op application form and drop it off at the Computer Science/Math Co-op office in ECS 204
- If admitted to the program, you will need to sign a copy of the Terms and Conditions form at the start of your program (NOTE: this PDF is provided as a reference only - completed forms must be submitted through the Learning in Motion portal)
About the Work Experience Program
What is it?
The Work Experience Program provides all the same benefits and support as the co-op program, but you'll complete two work terms instead of three or four.
- You can apply after you have enrolled in, or completed, at least 3.0 units of 300- or 400-level courses in the Department of Computer Science or the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
How to apply
- Apply by January 15 and September 15 each year
- Download and complete the undergraduate co-op application form and drop it off at the Computer Science/Math Co-op office in ECS 204—make sure to indicate on the form that you are interested in the Work Experience program
- If admitted to the program, you will need to sign a copy of the Terms and Conditions form at the start of your program (NOTE: this PDF is provided as a reference only - completed forms must be submitted through the Learning in Motion portal).
As a graduate student, you can take part in the optional co-op or work experience program.
- Master's students will complete two work terms (8 months of work) to receive a Co-op designation, or one work term to receive a "work experience" endorsement on your degree.
- Doctoral students will complete three work terms (12 months of work) to receive a Co-op designation, or one work term to receive a "work experience" endorsement on your degree.
- Work terms do not have to be continuous—can work for different employers on different work terms
- You must have your grad supervisor's permission to participate in co-op (and each specific work term)
- You must complete your first co-op work term before the academic term in which you complete your academic requirements (defend your thesis or equivalent)
- You must complete regular work term requirements (including Introduction to Professional Practice, competency assessments and work term report)
How to apply
- Apply for co-op two terms before you want to go on your first work term (eg., apply in October to go on a work term in May).
- Due dates each term: November 1, July 1, March 1 (or next business day)
- Complete and drop off the following forms to your co-op office. (You can also pick up a hard copy forms package from outside the office.)
Find a co-op work term
In addition to the general process for securing a co-op job, you need to complete one of the following forms before you can be made eligible to apply to co-op job postings:
- work term registration form for undergraduate students
- work experience work term registration form
- work term registration form for graduate students
During your work term
As part of the work term requirements for all co-op students, you'll need to write a work term report for every work term you complete, even if you stay with the same employer for more than four months. This is mandatory for all students, including those in optional or graduate co-op programs.
One month before the end of your work term, complete and submit the work term report topic form to let us know what you plan to write about. There are different types of reports, depending on your academic program. When you are enrolled in your work term, please refer to your Work Term Coursepaces course for further information about deadlines and guidelines for your work term report.
Engineering work term reports
Use the engineering work term report guide as you create your report. You can also check out these sample work term reports:
- White Liquor and Weak Black Liquor Pump Replacement Justification (pdf)
- Embedded Communication System for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (pdf)
- Engineering work term report title page sample (docx)
Computer science and math/stats work term reports
Use the computer science and math/stats work term report guide as you create your report. You can also refer to the computer science and math/stats work term report title page sample (docx). Ask your co-op coodinator to see samples of past work term reports.
Changing your schedule
BEng and SEng students who need to change their schedule should check these requirements.
While you’re on a work term, you’re considered a full-time student and not usually allowed to take academic courses. If you want to take a course at the same time, you’ll need approval from your employer and the program manager. Contact your co-op coordinator to arrange permission.
Are you an excellent ambassador for Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op and Career and the Faculty of Engineering? If you’ve contributed to your co-op employer, UVic, ENGR Co-op and Career and the community, you could be selected as co-op student of the year.
Co-op students of the year receive a framed certificate, a cheque for $500 and a profile on the Co-op and Career website. The runner-up receives a cheque for $250. The winning student may also be invited to represent UVic provincially for the Association for Co-operative Education in BC/Yukon award and nationally for the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education award.
You must be nominated by your co-op coordinator for this award (no need to apply). If you're interested in actively seeking out a nomination, contact your coordinator if you:
- have completed at least one co-op work term during the year (Jan–Dec)
- have a cumulative GPA of at least 5.0
- received a rating of "very good" to "excellent" from your work term employer on the final competency assessment
You name will be added to the list of applicants and you will be contacted with instructions on how to complete the nomination package.
- Work term report topic submission form (pdf)
- Request for an extension on work term documents (pdf)
- Work term report guide - engineering (pdf)
- Engineering sample work term report - White Liquor and Weak Black Liquor Pump Replacement Justification (pdf)
- Engineering sample work term report - Embedded Communication System for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (pdf)
- Work term report title page sample - engineering (docx)
- Work term guide report - computer science/math (pdf)
- Work term report title page sample - computer science/math (docx)