Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op
- Types of programs
- How to apply
- The co‑op process
- Career services
- Types of work terms
- Find a co‑op work term
- During your work term
- After your work term
- Apply for a co‑op work permit
- ENGR 020
- ENGR 446
- Fees, funding and salaries
- Frequently asked questions
- Co‑op student of the year award
- External job sources
- Co‑op forms
- Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co‑op and Career staff
The co-op process
Once you’re accepted into a co-op program:
- Download and sign the appropriate Terms and Conditions form (Engineering Terms and Conditions Form or Computer Science/Math Terms and Conditions Form and submit it to your co-op office.
- Attend workshops on topics like career prospects, learning objectives, résumé and cover letter preparation, job development and more.
- Discuss your job search goals with your coordinator and prepare to apply for jobs.
- Apply for jobs by submitting your cover letter, résumé and transcri[pt.
- If you’re shortlisted by an employer, you’ll be interviewed.
- If you’re the successful candidate, you’ll receive a formal job offer from the employer via your coordinator. In most cases, you’ll have 24 hours to accept or decline.
- Within two weeks of the start of your 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.
- Normally, your co-op coordinator will visit you and your employer at your workplace halfway through the work term. You’ll have the chance to discuss how your work term is going. A week before your work site visit, you'll receive an email reminding you to 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.
- 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.
- At the end of your work term, you'll complete a work term submission, which usually includes writing a work term report, and may include an oral presentation and a debriefing session.
- If you successfully complete the co-op program, you’ll earn a co-op designation on your degree. Ask your coordinator for specific requirements.
There are no guarantees you’ll secure a co-op placement every time you look. To improve your chances, cast a wide net—apply to a wide range of jobs with different employers in various locations. The more you put in, the more you’ll gain from your co-op experience!
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 like the UVic bus pass and health care coverage.
Co-op programs will usually increase the length of your degree by about a year, but you'll gain work experience that will put you ahead. Co-op graduates usually find permanent employment faster and receive a higher salary than those who don’t participate in co-op.
Co-op work terms are usually scheduled like academic terms. Schedules are different for BEng/SEng and computer science and math students—ask your co-op coordinator for a sample 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. Contact your co-op coordinator to arrange permission, or you’ll be deregistered from your course!