Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (2009/2010)
3.4 Work Terms

Students in the Engineering program are governed by the Co-operative Student Handbook which is available at Prior to registering for the first work term, students must successfully complete the non-credit course Professional Development Seminars.

Students must successfully complete a minimum of four work terms in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. Students who are expecting to complete the Engineering One requirements during the Fall and Winter semesters may apply to the Committee on Undergraduate Studies to undertake a work term during the Spring semester of Engineering One. Students who have completed the requirement for four work terms may apply to the Committee on Undergraduate Studies to undertake additional 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.

  • 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.