The Engineering Programme consists of ten academic terms and six work terms. For historic reasons, the first two academic terms are designated A and B with the remaining eight being numbered one through eight. All students must complete a prescribed core of courses in the first four academic terms. Students choose their discipline specialization upon entering Term 3 (the fifth Academic Term). Some of the courses offered in Academic Terms 3 to 8 are taken by all students, others are offered in more than one discipline, but most technical courses in Academic Terms 3 to 8 are specific to the individual disciplines. Students should refer to the charts preceding this section for the detailed course requirements in each phase of their programme.
General Management of the work terms in the Co-operative Engineering Programme is the responsibility of the Faculty Office of Co-operative Education. The Office, through its coordinators, is responsible for assisting potential employers to become involved in the programme, for the continual development of employment opportunities, for counselling of students, for monitoring them on their work assignments and for the evaluation of the work term.
It is clear that our society is becoming increasingly dependent on technology. This imposes the requirement that Professional Engineers not only be technically able but also be prepared to exercise social responsibility in the execution of their work. Course projects oriented toward professional practice, the work terms, the complementary studies component of the academic curriculum and a continuing emphasis on public and personal safety throughout the entire programme help to develop responsible attitudes. Moreover, the students learn to communicate effectively with their colleagues, other professionals and the rest of the community on issues extending beyond specialized technical matters.
The Complementary Studies component has been developed to make students aware of the function and responsibilities of the Professional Engineer in society and the impact that engineering in all its forms has on environmental, economic, social and cultural aspects of our society. This complements the technical expertise and communications skills developed and practised in all components of the programme. The Complementary component is the same for all disciplines and consists of a minimum of 21 credit hours.
There is an "Engineering Profession Seminar" which is a three hour seminar offered in the fall term to Term I students. Issues include, but are not limited to: professional practice, gender issues, bearing of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland code of ethics on students' behaviour.
Public and personal safety concerns are developed in the student through a number of avenues. Special non credit seminars by the Office of Co-operative Education are given to the Term 2 students which introduce the student to the work environment and include discussion on occupational health and safety legislation. Safety concepts continue to be stressed throughout the curriculum in all disciplines, particularly in the design courses, and many students receive special safety training from their employers during the work terms.
A two week surveying field school (Engineering 470W) for prospective Civil engineering students, and Electrical Engineering workshop (Engineering 480W) for prospective Electrical Engineering students and a Mechanical/Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering workshop (Engineering 290W) for prospective Mechanical Engineering and Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering students are conducted on campus once during each calendar year. The surveying field school, the Electrical Engineering workshop and the Mechanical/Naval Architecture workshop are held concurrently in the period following the Winter Semester engineering examinations and prior to the commencement of the Spring Semester. The two workshops and the field school have common lectures which deal with public, personal and industrial safety, occupational health and safety legislation, quality issues and professional practice.
All students should participate in one of the workshops or the surveying field school. Students must satisfy this requirement or receive an exemption from the Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Faculty to be permitted to register for Academic Term 3.
By being exposed to the world of work, under supervision, during their academic careers, students are provided with a broader and richer preparation for life and work. The experience gained in the industrial and professional environment should give them maturity and breadth of understanding, so enabling them to define more clearly their educational and career interests and objectives. Much of the experience gained in this type of programme would not be available to students until after graduation in a conventional programme. This experience makes a significant contribution to their total education.
During work terms students are brought into direct contact with the engineering profession, exposed to actual practical problems, expected to assume ever increasing responsibility in employment as their education advances, and introduced to engineering projects and installations far beyond the scope of those which could be provided in the University. The experience should provide maturing prospective engineers with an early appreciation of the economic, social and personal aspects of Engineering through direct association with professionals in a technical environment.
Matching between students and employers is accomplished through a placement process which is the responsibility of the Office of Co-operative Education. Job notices are posted and students may apply for up to twelve interviews. Employers' representatives interview students, after which the employers rank students in order of preference.
Job offers are made to students based on employer rankings. Students are then placed to fit expressed preferences. The Faculty does not guarantee placement, but every effort is made to ensure that appropriate employment is made available. In the case of students who are required to withdraw from the programme, the Faculty has no responsibility for placement until they have been re-admitted to the programme.
Salaries paid to co-operative students are determined within the employer's own wage structure, and can be expected to increase as the student progresses through the programme and assumes more responsibility. However, students should not expect the income from work terms to make them completely self-supporting.
Students in the Co-operative Programme give permission to prospective employers, in the course of the interview process, to have access to their records, which contain their academic marks and their work term evaluations. After placement, students may not withdraw from a specific job situation unless prior permission is obtained from the Office of Co-operative Education.
A list of employers participating in the Co-operative Engineering Programme.
The Co-operative Programme affords an excellent preparation for a career requiring such high standards of professional judgement.
Upon the successful completion of the undergraduate programme in Engineering as approved by
the Faculty Council and Senate, candidates will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of
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