The Engineering Co-operative Education Program provides motivated and qualified students workshops, coaching and support, including the employer job posting system, to search and secure paid, program monitored work experience, which is directly related to their academic program. Through participation in the job search and work terms co-op students gain valuable skills that can assist them with their academic program path while preparing for their post-degree career. The Co-op Program is available in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, Integrated Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mining Engineering. (Note: Co-op is available for Engineering Physics and it is administered by the Science Co-op office).
The program is an optional, year-round program that normally requires completion of four work terms including one work term in each of Term 1 and Term 2 of a Winter session. To remain in the co-op program students must continue to meet the co-op requirements, including academic, and be eligible for advancement in their academic program. Students must end their degree program on an academic term. The Co-op Program requires an additional year to complete the Bachelor of Applied Science requirements.
Students intending to enter these programs normally apply between the end of first year, May, and beginning of second year, September. Specific deadlines are available from the Co-op office.
Co-op coordinators conduct student-employer visits during each work term, assist in workplace learning, and provide advice on the written or oral assignments that are a requirement of the program.
Students who wish to be considered for the program must meet all requirements of the Faculty of Applied Science (engineering) and will be selected on the basis of academic performance, written and oral communication skills, and general suitability for the work environment.
The total enrolment is subject to the current state of the market as well as the resourcing to support coaching and job development. Acceptance into the program does not guarantee students employment in each work term. Students who are accepted to the program will be registered in, and pay for, the appropriate Co-operative Education courses, e.g. work term. In addition, students admitted to the program are required to pay the co-op workshop fee(see Program and Course Fees)
In order to graduate with the co-operative education designation, a student must have satisfactorily completed the required number of work terms, in addition to the normal academic requirements of their discipline. Co-operative education course credits cannot be used in lieu of or to complement academic course credits required.
Normally, students transferring from other institutions with accredited Co-op programs may be given credit for work terms completed at their former institution if they meet the following requirements:
Regardless of the number of work terms accepted, students will be required to complete at least 50% of the required work terms in the new program into which they are transferring. Acceptance into a co-op program at one institution does not guarantee acceptance into UBC's Co-op Program. Application for transfer of work terms must be made to the director of Co-operative Education prior to undertaking any additional work terms at UBC.
For more information please visit Engineering Co-operative Education (www.coop.apsc.ubc.ca).