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All engineering undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo participate in the co-operative work/study program. Co-op education combines formal classroom teaching with on-the-job experience. For current students, all matters dealing with Co-operative Education should be directed to Co-operative Education.

Co-op wages

Co-op lets you explore careers and gain paid work experience while earning your university degree.

Co-op jobs/employers

ECE students have the opportunity to explore diverse career areas and employers.

 

Co-op study/work sequences

ECE students are assigned to Stream 4 or Stream 8 for their study/work sequences. Stream 4 students being their first work term in January while stream 8 students begin in May. Students may request to switch their co-op academic/work term sequence for longer co-op terms or other reasons.

Courses during work terms

You may take up to two courses during each Co-op Work Term, although this count includes any PD courses in which you may be enrolled. If the course hours are during your working hours, you should obtain approval from your employer first. Courses may be taken either on-campus at the University of Waterloo, through the Centre for Extended Learning from the University of Waterloo, at another University (if you are taking an engineering course, the program must be accredited) or through Distance Education at another university such as Athabasca University.  Courses taken at another university require a Letter of Permission.

Longer Co-op Work Terms

You can attempt to take an 8-, 12-, or 16-month Co-op Work Term, however, if you do not want to take a term off, you must plan carefully by looking at the Cohort Progression Chart. It is your responsibility to seek employers who will offer longer Co-op Work Terms. Co-operative Education does not have the facilities to assist you in this process; however, they must approve any Work-term Position. You can discuss the possibility of longer Co-op Work Terms with your Academic Advisor.