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Why work with Ontario Tech?

  • Ontario Tech offers flexible work terms for Engineering Co-Op or Internships.
  • Our students can go out for 4, 8, 12, or 16 month placements that start in January, May, or September.
  • Students are eligible after completion of 2nd year of their engineering program, while maintaining an overall GPA of 2.3/4.3. Co-op and intern job descriptions are reviewed and approved by the faculty.

Students are available from the following programs:

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
    • Smart Grid Specialization
  • Health Physics and Radiation Science
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
    • Energy Specialization
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Software Engineering
    • Internet of Things (IoT) Specialization
  • COVID-19 Resources for Employers
    • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy- As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 24 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to August 29, 2020.
    • Student Work Placement Program- The Student Work Placement program gives post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study.
    • National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)- Young talent offer fresh perspectives that can fuel innovation. Our youth employment program provides financial assistance to companies so they can hire young talent to contribute to their innovation needs.
    • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)- To ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need to see them through the current challenges, the Government of Canada has launched the new Canada Emergency Business Account, which has been implemented by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC).
    • Co-operative Education Tax Credit- The Co-operative Education Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit. It is available to employers who hire students enrolled in a co-operative education program at an Ontario university or college.
    • Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers-The 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the number of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
    • Work Sharing Agreements- The Government of Canada introduced temporary special measures that extend the maximum duration of Work-Sharing agreements from 38 weeks to 76 weeks across Canada for those businesses affected by the downturn in business due to COVID-19 and for the forestry and steel and aluminum sector.
    • Canada’s COIV-19 Economic Response Plan- The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant, and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Employer Benefits
    • A student available for a 4, 8, 12, or 16 month term will have completed a minimum of 2 years of academic study, thereby obtaining a solid base of theory and technical skills.
    • Students could be assessed by employers for their ability, professionalism and aptitude as potential career employees.
    • Students inject energy, enthusiasm and new ideas into your organization.
    • Employers develop a collaborative relationship with the university and tap into training and research opportunities.
    • Students assist in the management of uninterrupted work flow during periods of vacation or particularly high demand or to be involved in a special project.
    • Students offset costs through tax credits of $3000 per work term for hiring a student.
  • Employer Responsibilities

    The student and the employer both benefit by participation in the Co-op and Internship Program. The employer gains an energetic, enthusiastic and creative addition to staff as well as a potential graduate employee. The student invests a period of months (minimum 4) in order to acquire significant experience and insight into the workplace environment. 

    Consequently, the employer is expected to provide a job that:
    • Provides work that offers program related experience and appropriate challenges
    • Ensures a supportive and constructive work environment
    • Offers appropriate supervision, coaching and mentorship and ensures on-going and clear communication
    • Provides orientation to the workplace and required safety training
    • Plans regular meetings with student to discuss goals, project work and provide regular verbal feedback
    • Completes evaluations at the end of the work term, discusses comments with students and sends copies to Ontario Tech
    • Participates as an advisor in the writing of the Work Report and completes the employer’s component
  • Raise your Company Profile

    The more students know about your organization, the more likely you are to generate interest and attract top talent.

    Increase awareness of your company by participating in:
    • Corporate Information Sessions
    • Employer Career Panels
    • Engineering Reverse Career Fair (held in October every year)
    • Ontario Tech/DC Job Fair (held in February every year)
    • Networking Events
    • Targeted Recruiting Sessions
    • Mentor Student Run Clubs and Associations
    • Sponsor Research and Capstone Design Engineering Projects
  • Contact Information

    Should any concerns arise during a placement, please contact:

    Anne Coulby
    Co-op and Internship Officer
    Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
    Ontario Tech University
    E: anne.coulby@ontariotechu.ca
    P: 905.721.8668 ext. 5702


    For general enquiries, please email:
    engineering.internship@ontariotechu.ca


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