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Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op

Find out everything you need to know about Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op using the links below. Need help? Contact us at 250-472-5800 or engrcoop@uvic.ca or stop by ECS 204.


Co-op process

The co-op
process

Once you’re accepted into a co-op program:

  1. Download and sign the appropriate Terms, Conditions and Expectations form (Engineering Terms, Conditions and Expectations Form or Computer Science/Math Terms, Conditions and Expectations Form and submit it to your co-op office.
  2. Complete, sign and submit one (1) co-op registration form for each term that you would like to access co-op jobs on Learning in Motion.
  3. Attend workshops on topics which include career prospects, learning objectives, résumé and cover letter preparation, job development and more.
  4. Discuss your job search goals with your coordinator and prepare to apply for jobs.
  5. Apply for jobs by submitting your cover letter, résumé and transcript.
  6. Normally, if you apply for jobs on LIM, the employer will arrange interviews through the co-op office, who will notify you of these details.
  7. If you’re the successful candidate, you’ll receive a formal job offer from the employer via the co-op office. In most cases, you’ll have 24 hours to accept or decline.
  8. Within two weeks of the start of your work term, go to moodle.uvic.ca for information about assignments, due dates and other relevant details during the work term. Sign in to Learning in Motion and go to the "co-op module." Click on "My competency development" and create a record for your work term. You'll see a tab called "Learning Objectives" - work with your supervisor to identify 3 to 5 competencies that you'd like to complete during your work term. Describe your goals on the learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment). Check out the Description of the 10 core competencies and the competency kit for tips.
  9. Your co-op coordinator will contact you to schedule a work site visit halfway through the work term. You’ll have the chance to discuss any/all aspects of your work term. Before your work site visit, sign in to Learning in Motion to complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment). Your supervisor will receive a copy of your form once you've submitted it online; he or she will then complete the supervisor portion. Check out the Description of the 10 core competencies and the competency kit for tips.
  10. At the end of your work term, you'll receive an email reminding you to sign in to Learning in Motion to complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment). Your supervisor will receive a copy of your form once you've submitted it online; he or she will then complete the supervisor portion. Check out the Description of the 10 core competencies and the competency kit for tips.
  11. At the end of your work term, you'll be required to submit a work term report to the co-op office and a logbook sample to Moodle.
  12. If you successfully complete the required number of work terms, you’ll earn a co-op designation on your degree. Ask your coordinator for specific requirements.

There are no guarantees that you’ll secure a co-op job. To improve your chances, cast a wide net—apply to a wide range of jobs with different employers in various locations.

Academic
credit

Undergraduate students will earn 4.5 units of credit for each co-op work term they complete. Graduate students earn 3.0 units. These credits won’t replace the credits you need to complete your academic program—they go towards the co-op designation you’ll receive on your degree.

These credits give you full-time student status during your work term, so you’ll have access to services which include the Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) and the Student Health and Dental Plan.

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.

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