Waterloo hosts the largest co-op program on the planet, with connections to over 6,900 employers. As an engineering or architecture student at Waterloo you'll automatically be entered into the co-op program.
Throughout your degree, you'll gain up to two years of real-world experience, build connections in industry and strengthen your professional skills with WatPD-Engineering, an online program that covers résumé writing, networking and more. On average, engineering students earn over $17,000 per term, over six work terms, helping to pay for tuition, books and living expenses.
Common questions about engineering co-op
What co-op stream will I be in?
Co-op will provide you with a unique schedule for school by having you alternate between school and work every 4-months. Depending on your program you will be entered in a different co-op stream that will start either 4 or 8 months into you first year, except architecture which starts 2nd year. To find out more about your schedule, visit our co-op stream page.
How will I apply for co-op jobs?
WaterlooWorks is an online site run through Co-operative Education & Career Action (CECA) to help students find their co-op Jobs.
Students will upload their resume on to WaterlooWorks and from there apply directly to co-op jobs that CECA have found for students at Waterloo.
Students can also find their own jobs outside of WaterlooWorks and can apply to have them count for a co-op credit.
What can I do to prepare for co-op?
If you're already thinking ahead to co-op, there are a couple of things you can do before you start school this fall.
One of the best ways to improve your odds and feel confident going into your first co-op job interviews is to have solid experience. It’s in your best interest to take the initiative this summer to gain work or volunteer experience, or learn a new skill like a programming language.
TIP: If you’ve had a great work experience, think about asking for a letter of recommendation from a past employer.
Draft your résumé
Once you're on campus, you'll have access to a great support system of people and tools to help you prepare for co-op right away. If you're in a Stream 4 program, the job search and interview process begins in your first month of classes, so it's a smart idea to take stock of your experience and skills and develop a résumé before you arrive — it will definitely give you a head start!
Get started by checking out our available resources.
How does WatPD-Engineering support co-op?
Professional Development for Engineering Students
As part of your degree requirements, you'll complete a series of professional development courses during your work terms, aiming to enrich your experience and help you become a more effective engineer. These self-directed courses will help you expand your skills and knowledge, using everyday situations from your work term environment.
For more information, visit: WatPD Engineering