Applying to Co‑op

Students generally apply to the co-op program in September of their third year. The work terms may begin in September, January or May of the third year, depending on the program.

Before you apply

The Online Co-op Orientation and Job Compeitition Preperation Course (ENGI 8890) is a pre-requisite for all engineering co-op work term classes. It must be completed one term prior to the first work term. Student must register by January 15 and the course must be completed by April 15, for the fall work term. 

Co-op Program Fees

The Co-op Program Fees and comparision costs to other universities can be found at the Co-op office website. Please consult your Faculty Co-op Advisor should you have any questions about the fee structure.

ENGI 8890: Co-Op Orientation and Job Competition Preparation

This on-line course introduces aspects of career development including, self-assessment, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills and job search techniques. It provides students with an overview of the graduate attributes, the Pre-Grad EIT work credit, and co-op program policies and procedures. This class is available every term and is a pre-requisite for all engineering co-op classes. It must be completed one term prior to the first work term. The grade will be Pass/Fail.


Co-op requirements

Work term report. Monthly experience records. Performance appraisal. It is your responsibility to ensure that all requirements for the co-op program are completed during your work term.

Co-op Work Term Report

Students are required to submit a work term report at the end of every registered 4-month work term. The co-op work term report must be submitted to the Industrial Engineering Office within the first week of the academic term.

The work term report should be about a project that you personally worked on and it should be technical in nature. A general overview of the company or organization should be included in the introduction along with a process flow sheet, if applicable. You are welcome to include any professional interactions, incidents involving engineering ethics and law in a separate section.

Your report must be a reflection of your good technical writing skill. Good sentence structure, proper use of language and proper formatting are requirements of the report.

A research paper or a document you produced for the company is not acceptable.


The Department of Industrial Engineering will not enter into any confidentiality agreement with your employer. You must discuss this with your employer at the beginning of your work term and have your report released by them for review by any Industrial Engineering Faculty member.

Monthly Experience Records

The Monthly Experience Record, as required by Engineers Nova Scotia, should be completed and signed by your supervisor at the end of each month and be included in the appendix of your work term report. Students are required to submit Monthly Experience Records at the end of every registered 4-month work term.

Performance Appraisal Form

The performance appraisal should be completed online prior to you leaving your work term placement. This is submitted electronically to the Co-op Office. You have until the end of the first week of the academic term to have this completed.

It is your responsibility to have the performance appraisal completed by your supervisor. Without the submission of the performance appraisal, you will obtain an 'Incomplete' grade.

If, after repeated attempts, you fail to get your supervisor to submit this - within two weeks of the academic term - inform both the department and the co-op office immediately. The co-op office will then pursue the matter on your behalf.


Ready to apply?

Visit our co-op office website for register for Industrial Engineering Co-op.