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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Program Details

Here is all you need to know about the Co-Op Program. If you have other questions, please check out our F.A.Q. or contact us at:

Office Location: ACE 2010

Office Hours: Appointments are available to book on the Student Life Portal or see the Student Life Portal event calendar for drop-in hours.


How to Apply to Co-op? Watch the video below for instructions:

  • Why Participate?

    Experiential Learning

    • Gain industry experience in your chosen field.
    • Strengthen skills through practical application.
    • Figure out what you like or dislike about working in different settings.
    • Clarify career direction and define employment goals.
    • Increase motivation to better understand the significance of course material.

    Paid Positions

    • Students in 2021 earned anywhere between $8000 and $22,000 per work term!
    • Offset costs of your education.
    • Reduce your debt load while making minimum OSAP re-payments.
    • Having co-op or internship experience on your transcript can help you get a higher starting salary upon graduation.

    Industry Connections

    • Enhance your resume with relevant technical and employability skills.
    • Develop valuable professional networks to assist in getting a grad job.
    • Build confidence in interacting with employers.
    • Acquire up to 12 months of pre-graduation experience towards the required 48 months for PEO Licensing.


  • How Do I Apply?

    You can select the co-op option when you apply to your program on the OUAC application, or once you are at Ontario Tech. You will be formally admitted into the co-op stream once you have completed first year with a minimum GPA of 2.3. Students in the co-op stream must pay co-op program fees and successfully complete the preparatory course ENGR 1000W - Professional Competencies for Engineers in their second year. This online course prepares students for their first co-op work term.

    Please note: International students - If you are an International Student, please refer to the International Office to learn more about the co-op work permit. For additional information, you can contact your International Student Advisor.

  • What is the Preparatory Course Requirement?

    Students in the co-op stream must successfully complete the preparatory course ENGR 1000W - Professional Competencies for Engineers. This online course prepares students for their first co-op placement and serves as an introduction to professionalism by covering a variety of topics related to the job market, such as communication, social and cultural diversity, creativity and innovation, networking and interviewing.

    Transition Plan for the new Co-op Stream

    The new Engineering Co-op stream will begin in Fall 2022. All current upper year students will be able to apply to the program, including students who have successfully completed three 4-month co‐op work terms (minimum of 12 months) so long as they have attached to the Co‐op program for all work terms and completed all the required work term reports and other required documentation.

    Students who have successfully completed a co-op work term prior to the Fall 2022 semester start are not required to complete the Professional Competencies for Engineers (ENGR 1000W) course. 

    Any student participating in a co-op work term for the first time after Fall 2022 will be required to complete ENGR 1000W prior to beginning a co-op work term.

  • When can I work?

    The Engineering Co-Op program at Ontario Tech offers flexible work terms.  You can go out for 4, 8, 12, or 16 month placements that start in January, May, or September.

    A co-op is a 4 month work term, usually taken in the Summer semester after completion of 2nd year. However, a co-op can occur in any academic term.

    An co-op internship consists of several co-op work terms back-to-back. A co-op internship can be 8, 12, or 16 months in length. It usually takes place after completion of 3rd year of a 4 year program, or after the completion of 4th year of a 5 year program.

    While there are many different options for when to go out on placement depending on your individual program map, the most common sequences are below:
     Chart indicating when students can study, work any job and participate in a co-op/internship program

    View the accessible version of the table

  • How to Enroll?

    Any student in FEAS and FESNS with a cumulative GPA of 2.3 and in good standing can enroll to participate in the Engineering Co-op program.  Once you have registered into the Engineering with Co-op Program option through the Registrar’s Office, you will need to create a co-op record in the Student Life portal.  This is where you will be able to access co-op job postings and will upload your co-op documentation.

    Follow the steps below to enroll in the program:

    1. Visit Student Life Portal
    2. Click on Students/Student Login in the top right corner
    3. Log in with your student number and MyCampus password
    4. Click on "Co-op & Internship" on the left-hand side
    5. Choose your program from the list
    6. Complete the application and submit
    7. Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed and then approved 
    8. Read the Student Agreement Terms and Conditions for each term and click ‘accept’
    9. The terms will then be ‘Released’
    10. You will then have access to the Co-op and Internship job postings


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