Dean of Engineering Office
Carl A. Pollock Hall (CPH) 4301
519-888-4567 ext. 32718
Employers demand skilled workers. An engineering degree qualifies job seekers for a variety of jobs, but other skills like communication, ethics, and problem solving support long-term career success.
WatPD-Engineering provides students with the opportunity and support needed to develop these foundational workplace skills as part of their co-op experience.
WatPD-Engineering is a unit of the Dean of Engineering Office, with Academic Director Dan Davison (Office: EIT 3114, phone ext. 35338, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are able to develop, implement, and oversee WatPD-Engineering with the support of the Curriculum Committee and our many partners from across the university including WatPD, Centre for Extended Learning, Co-operative Education, EngSoc, Waterloo faculty and staff members, and Information Systems & Technology.
We visit one of the concepts or professional practice courses during the fall term (for 1A stream 4 students) and again during the winter term (for 1B stream 8 students). During these information sessions, we provide more information about PD 20 and PD 21, and we're happy to answer any questions you may have. Keep an eye out for emails announcing these classroom sessions. We look forward to meeting you in person!
This online academic program includes core courses designed to include skills specific to engineering workplaces and elective courses that address skills required for success in any field. Students generally complete one ten-week Professional Development (PD) course per work term, with each course requiring two to three hours of time per week. [WatPD-Engineering Frequently Asked Questions]
Since WatPD-Engineering is an integrated part of Engineering at Waterloo, WatPD-Engineering program requirements must be met in order to earn your degree. Students must earn a total of five PD credits. For more information about program requirements and individual PD courses, please see Program Information.
To enhance the overall integrated work-learning experience for Waterloo Engineering students by:
• providing engaging and relevant online courses to help students improve their employability and workplace productivity
• encouraging critical reflection on personal growth of academic and professional skills while in a context close to the engineering workplace
Please contact us with any questions or comments, or review some frequently asked questions about WatPD-Engineering.