Co-op and Careers

All Software Engineering students participate in the year-round co-op system of study, which alternates between four-month study terms at university and four-month work terms in business, industry, or government. While on work terms, you'll experience how software engineering concepts are applied in the real world, and earn a salary at the same time.  The Software Engineering program has six work terms, with the first work term starting in the Spring of your first year. Because of the work terms, it takes just under five years to complete the program, but you'll graduate with up to two years of full-time work experience.                                          

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4   Year 5
F W S F W S F W S F W S F W
ST ST WT ST WT ST WT ST WT ST WT ST WT ST

F = September - December; W - January - April; S = May - August

ST =study term; WT= Work term

The Co-operative Education & Career Services office will work with you to find co-op  jobs. They develop employment opportunities, advertise jobs, schedule interviews, and match employers with students.  The Department's field co-ordinators offer support and advice when you are on work term. Average weekly salaries range from about $498 to $696, generally increasing with education level and experience.  As a Software Engineering student, you can earn $50,000 to $60,000 over the course of your studies.