Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (2012/2013)
3.4 Work Terms

Engineering work term registration, grading, and tuition fee charges and payments are governed by the UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS in this Calendar and those outlined below. Engineering work term placement and opt-outs, conduct, and evaluation are governing by the Engineering Student Co-op Handbook which is available at

Students must complete successfully a minimum of four work terms in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. The Bachelor of Engineering degree offers the opportunity to complete up to five work terms beyond academic term 3. Students are expected to complete as many of these work terms as possible. Students who expect to complete the Engineering One requirements by the end of the Winter semester may apply to the Committee on Undergraduate Studies to undertake a work term during the Spring semester of Engineering One. Academic performance is the basis for approving such requests.

All students in academic terms 3 to 7 and any student approved to complete a work term during the Spring semester of Engineering One will be registered automatically during the regular registration period for the next scheduled work term unless the student has opted-out. Students may opt out of up to two work terms beyond Academic Term 3 by completing the procedures outlined in the Engineering Student Co-op Handbook. Opt outs normally are approved only in cases where students have successfully completed a minimum of four work terms.

3.4.1 General Information
  • During work terms students are brought into direct contact with the engineering profession, exposed to the work place setting, expected to assume ever-increasing responsibility in employment situations as their education advances, and introduced to experiences beyond the scope of those which could be provided in the classroom.

  • Students are responsible for finding suitable work placements. The Division of Co-operative Education provides resources to assist in this process.

  • Students who cannot meet the demands of the work term may be required by the Faculty to withdraw from the work term until they can demonstrate an ability to continue in the program.

  • Following the date of automatic registration for a work term, only students who are registered for that work term will be approved to join the job placement process and be approved to begin a work placement

  • Students are not permitted to drop work terms without prior approval of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, on the recommendation of the Division of Co-operative Education. Students who drop a work term without permission, or who fail to honour an agreement to work with an employer, will be assigned a grade of FAL (fail) for that work term.

  • Students who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause their termination from the job, will be assigned a grade of FAL (fail) for that work term.

3.4.2 Evaluation of Work Terms

Two components are considered in work term evaluation: work performance and a communications component, as described in the Co-operative Student Handbook which is available at

Each component is evaluated separately and equally weighted resulting in one of the following classifications: Outstanding, Above Expectations, Satisfactory, Marginal Pass, Fail. Both evaluations will be recorded on the transcript. Overall evaluation of the work term will result in the assignment of one of the following final grades:

  • Pass with distinction (PWD): To receive a PWD, a student must obtain an evaluation of Outstanding in both the communications and work performance components of the work term.

  • Pass (PAS): To receive a PAS, a student must achieve an evaluation of Marginal Pass or better in the communications component and in the performance component of the work term.

  • Fail (FAL): A student receiving a Fail in either the communications or performance component of the work term will receive a FAL. For promotion from the work term, a student must obtain PWD or PAS.