Bachelor of Engineering (Co‑op)

Apply classroom theories to real-world problems

Our Bachelor of Engineering Co-operative Education program integrates academic study with university-approved industrial experience. Graduation from this program requires satisfactory performance in both areas.

Co-op students take the same academic program as the non co-op program; however, our co-op option gives you an opportunity to complement your studies with three paid work terms. Gain invaluable real-world experience and pay for your studies at the same time.

Work terms begin in your third year and typically last four months.

Co-op program schedule

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2
2 Study Term 3
Study Term 4
3 Work Term 1 Study Term 5
Work Term 2
4 Study Term 6 Work Term 3
Work Term 4
5 Study Term 7
Study Term 8


The curriculum is designed to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of Mechanical Engineering through lecture, tutorial, and laboratory activities.

Courses in mathematics, and various non-technical subjects are offered to broaden the student’s outlook and understanding of the profession. Visit the For Current Students section to view the full program curriculum.


Laboratory involvement is considered an important component of your education. Emphasis in the laboratory is placed on project work in which design, development and testing are combined in term projects.

The laboratory facilities include extensive equipment which is available for use by both undergraduate and graduate students. Measurement techniques and interpretation of test data are emphasized in the laboratories, which include several testing machines, photoelastic equipment and strain gage facilities. The control systems laboratories include hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic control systems and components. Several test cells are available for engine testing and a well instrumented, low turbulence wind tunnel is available.

Most undergraduate laboratories use high-speed PC-based digital data acquisition and control systems with graphical interfaces for lab experiments and computations, and the department has several advanced computer graphics systems.

Senior year design project

A design project is an integral part of your senior year curriculum. Generally, the material learned in several classes must be applied in an imaginative way to achieve the required objective.

Non-credit machine-shop practice classes are available to aid the design and construction of projects. Many design projects are sponsored by industry. Most projects involve hardware and typically result in construction and testing of prototypes.


How to apply for co-op

You must be a current Dalhousie student to apply for co-op. Visit the For Current Students section for information on applying to co-op.