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Connecting with engineering and technology students before they graduate is essential in today's competitive business world. Hiring students for co-op and internship work terms or getting involved in on-campus student activities, ensures that your business stays ahead of the game by engaging with tomorrow's emerging talent.  

Why Hire a Student?

Real world hiring is the aim of McMaster Engineering Co-op. It is important that you have the opportunity to select a student that is the right fit for your team and organization. We work with employers from around the world, offering year-round availability of students to start co-op in September, January and May. We have flexible work term lengths, with students available from 4-months to 16-months. We do not use the rank and match system

Why McMaster Engineering?

Large Co-op Program

McMaster Engineering is one of the largest engineering co-op programs in Canada, with over 5700 co-op students across 21 unique disciplines available annually. 

World University Ranking

McMaster University is consistently ranked among the Top 100 universities in the world. The Faculty of Engineering is ranked within the top 10 programs in Canada (Macleans) and has several subjects ranked in the top 200 worldwide.

Employer Satisfaction

98% of our employers would hire a McMaster Engineering Co-op student again

Our process is seamless, and we are there to support your organization through the entire process; from building your brand on campus, writing job postings that capture students attention, setting up interviews and extending job offers.  Click below to learn more about what we offer:

Access to Your Future Talent Pool

At McMaster Engineering, our students develop technical proficiency, societal awarness, and an appreciation for diversity. Our office can give your business access to a large pool of students who are skilled, motivated and eager to put theory to practice. Students have proven hands on experience from previous co-op terms, experiential learning opportunies, class assignments and lab work. 

Custom Campus Engagement

Looking to build your company brand? We pride ourselves on the ability to assist in employers in developing custom branding opportunities to engage and attract the best students. In 2018, our office was awarded the Special Award for Innovation by a Career Centre, recognizing the innovative branding and engagement opportunies we offer for our employers.

Flexible Work Terms

Our co-op program is known for its flexibility. Students can work 4, 8, 12, and 16-months depending on the time of year. We offer continuous hiring and always have students available to start in September, January or May.

Personalized Service and Support

Your company is unique and requires personalized assistance. Our team knows this, we will work with you to identify the best way to individually support you and your company every step of the way, whether you be interested in recruiting a co-op student, or looking for ways to increase your brand presence on campus. 

What employers have to say

Sarah Law, Senior Manager, Early Talent Acquisition, RBC

Sarah Law, Senior Manager, Early Talent Acquisition, RBC

“McMaster Engineering students bring analytical thinking and new perspectives to the work we do in RBC Technology & Operations. The WIL opportunities we provide allow students to apply hands-on learning to meaningful projects and showcase how their skillsets and academic knowledge translate to on-the-job experience. We appreciate the partnership we have with McMaster Engineering to work with their students and be inspired by their contributions.”

Lisa Zhu, Technical Recruiter, TESLA

Lisa Zhu, Technical Recruiter, TESLA

"Tesla is always passionate about hiring the best engineers and McMaster has proven to be a school with successful engineers. We've met a lot of passionate students. I've spoken with many studens who have expanded their horizons with different projects and societies. They have the ability to work together as a team. I've seen a lot of strong clubs, which are vital to what we're looking for."

Jim Hunkins, Fellow Silicon Design Engineer, AMD

Jim Hunkins, Fellow Silicon Design Engineer, AMD

"Every year that I interview to fill engineering co-op positions from McMaster, the number of quality candidates is excellent. It is often difficult to narrow the selection down to just 1 or 2 students. The skill sets, excitement for the job opportunity, and even the variety of outside interests make for a tough but very welcome selection process."

What types of employer interactions do students want


Steps to Hire

Our team in Engineering Co-op & Career Services is with you every step of the way and ready to assist you through the entire recruitment process. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! 

Step One : Post a Job

Step Two: Arrange Interviews

Step Three: Extend an Offer

Recruitment Cycles

Our flexible and highly customizable co-op program has students available year-round to meet your specific recruitment needs. McMaster Engineering operates a continuous cycle, and does not use a rank/match hiring system. Hire our students according to your company needs. 

Co-op Student Availability


Co-op Positions Start

Student Availability

Fall 2019 September 4, 8, 12 or 16 months
Winter 2020 January 4, 8, 12 or 16 months
Spring 2020 May 4, 8, 12 or 16 months

Available Programs and Disciplines

We have students available from a variety of programs and disciplines. For more information, please visit here

Undergraduate Programs



Graduate Students

Automation Engineering Technology Automotive & Vehicle Technology Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology Masters
Biotechnology Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences Manufacturing Engineering Technology Ph.D.
Chemical Engineering Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Power & Energy Engineering Technology  
Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Software Engineering Technology  
Computer Science Engineering Physics    
Electrical Engineering Materials Engineering    
Mechatronics Engineering Mechanical Engineering    
Software Engineering      

Campus Branding

We make it easy getting your brand, and your people, in front of top talent.

Ever wondered how to engage Gen Z, top talent or experienced graduate students? From company info sessions, to career fairs, to supporting the many student-run clubs and events, our staff can help you find unique ways to engage with and recruit from our highly-engaged engineering co-op students.

Campus Recruitment Opportunities

Benefits of Branding on Campus

Company Information Sessions organized by Engineering Co-op and Career Services (ECCS) allow your organization to tap into a pool of highly qualified and engaged McMaster University engineering students. These events are quick and easy to arrange and help to get your corporate “face” in front of hundreds of potential co-op students and new graduates. Our team has seen many outside-the-box recruitment ideas, we can make suggestions that will be unique and allow you to capture students attention.


Generally, we book you a free classroom in or near the John Hodgins Engineering (JHE) Building. Conveniently located where engineering students congregate, rooms can be booked free of charge that can accommodate 20-100 students. Room location subject to availability.

Dates and Times

Company Info sessions are best booked either in October/November or in January. Sessions run from 5:30-7:30, Monday through Thursday. Other time frames can be arranged.

A/V Equipment

We encourage employers to bring their own laptop. All rooms are equipped with projectors and screens. A perfect space to show corporate videos, display your job boards or other promotional videos. Just let us know your needs.


Parking is conveniently located near the JHE building in Lot I, off the Cootes Road entrance to the university. Parking is $6 after 4pm and can be paid at one of the lot kiosks upon exiting. See our campus map.

Event Advertising and Attendance

We advertise your event for free through the online system OSCARplus and will hang up your posters. We list events in the Career Events section so students can sign-up in advance. We will confirm final attendance numbers with you the day before the event.

Larger Venues

Larger venues on campus can be booked for a fee. The University Club can hold approx. 100- 150 students. Celebration Hall or CIBC Hall in the Student Centre are other options. Please let us know if you require one of these rooms and we will provide you with the proper contacts. (Average price of room/food ~ $800.

For more information, please contact:

Engineering Co-op and Career Services 905-525-9140 ext. 24674

McMaster University’s annual career fair is great way for employers to show their presence on campus. Being the largest annual career event held at McMaster, it allows employers to feature full-time, part-time, internship and co-op opportunities.

This event is held every September on campus, allowing employers the opportunity to connect with our students prior to the application and interview process if you are looking to hire for January or May start dates.

For more information on how you can partake in this event as an employer, please reach out to the McMaster Student Success Centre.

Student Success Centre

Gilmour Hall 110

1280 Main St. W.

Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

1 (905) 525-9140 x24254

Each year, every student-led association puts on an Industry Night, inviting employers to come to campus to network with students from specific programs. This provides an excellent opportunity to meet students one-on-one, and recruit students looking for both co-op as well as full-time opportunities.

For more information on getting connected as an employer, please contact Louise Gazzola, Experiential Program Coordinator. 

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Experiential Learning Events

Tap into a pool of highly qualified McMaster University engineering students by supporting student clubs, special events, or other experiential-learning activities. For more info on participating contact the Experiential Program Coordinator

Student clubs require funding, guest speakers, and other support for their activities. They host industry nights, PD days, site visits and more. By supporting these students, your company will get in front of the most active and passionate students. Check out the list of  active clubs and teams

Every top university hosts a hackathon - and McMaster's is one of North America's best. Held in the winter term, this event let's you spend over 36 hours with some of the best and brightest tech students. Along with McMaster students, other teams from the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto attend - about 400 students in total participate! Find out more

The MEC brings together hundreds of students in teams of 4 students competing in  engineering challenges such as consulting, design, programming and debate. Winners go to the Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC). We need judges, prizes and sponsorship money to make this a top-level event. NEW! We are hosting this year's OEC 2019 with schools across the province in attendance!

Capstone projects can be done in all of the engineering programs and are final-year in-class projects tackling a real-world technical problem. Students in small groups work for either 1 or 2 semesters and help assist in creating a solution to an engaging work-related issue. Participating in capstones are an immersive and long-term way to partner with the Faculty of Engineering. 

Companies have joined forces with ECCS to design their own custom events that bring big impact when branding your name on campus. From hosting site tours, case competitions, resume and technical interview workshops, these bespoke events will help you capture the attention of the best and brightest students. 


After you have hired a co-op student, there are expectations that are required of you as an employer to fulfil the co-op requirements:

Work Term Evaluations

Work Site Visits

What are the requirements for a eligible co-op experience?

For a position to be verified as an eligible co-op experience, it must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • The role needs to be related to engineering and/or technology.
  • The role needs to be a minimum of 12-consecutive weeks in duration, for every 16-week employment term.
  • The role needs to be full-time hours. The minimum requirement is 35 hours per week.
  • The roles must be paid, and the wages/salary need to meet provincial or territorial minimums. The current minimum wage requirement for Ontario employers is $14/hour. 


It is never more affordable to hire a McMaster Engineering co-op student. Many funding, subsidies and tax incentives exist to offset the hiring costs of our co-op students.

We will continue to update this funding page as the Government of Canada and organizations announce new funding opportunities.

If a co-op position is in Ontario, and the company is not a government institution, they are eligible to receive an Ontario Tax Credit for hiring a co-op student from the provincial government. This is given to employers who hire co-op students and is worth a maximum of $3000. The reimbursement varies per position. For full details and to see additional funding options, please click here.

The Engineering Co-op and Career Services Office sends tax credits letters to employers once all the expectations and requirements of both the employer and student have been met. More information on what needs to be done on the employer end can be found here.

New co-op funding opportunities have been announced as part of the Government of Canada's Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP) being administered by Employment and Social Development Canada.

So far, there are five confirmed partners for the SWILP program:

  • Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA)
  • BioTalent Canada
  • ECO Canada
  • Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
  • Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

Employers can receive wage subsidies of up to 50 percent of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70 percent (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for under-represented students including first-year students, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers.

Please contact us to learn more about the positive impact our co-op students can make on your organization.

NSERC’s Experience Awards (previously Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards [IUSRA]) offer organizations access to talented natural sciences and engineering undergraduate students for a work term. This cost-shared program allows students to address organization-specific R&D challenges while gaining valuable industrial experience. Experience Awards also let organizations identify potential future full-time employees.

The value of the award is $4,500.00 for every 16-week employment period. 

Please visit here for more information.

Export Market Access (EMA) is a $5 million initiative, jointly sponsored by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC). It is designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises SMEs)increase their access to global markets.

Generally the EMA program will cover 50% of the eligible costs in four specified areas. Non-repayable contributions generally range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $30,000 (with the exception of capital bidding projects which generally would not exceed $35,000).

Through FedNor’s Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario, the SMART Productivity Assessments program was created to assist and support Northern Ontario manufacturers improve their operations. Under this program, CME can contribute 50 percent of the eligible costs to a maximum of $15,000 to help companies identify opportunities in the areas of product and process improvements, quality, lean manufacturing, information systems, human resources, management systems, and market analysis.

NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) provides financial support to qualified small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to help them undertake technology innovation.

Programs | Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) wants to partner with business-minded Northerners to develop innovative technologies, invest in infrastructure, bolster collaboration and build economic development capacity. By supporting your business vision, we can strengthen the North’s competitive advantage.  NOHFC programs focus on the growth of the existing and emerging sectors identified in the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario and the government’s key priority of helping communities prosper.


Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) have rolled out their Career Ready Program nationally and would like to actively engage you in matching employers with your work term students. Their goal is to place 200 students for 2018, 300 in 2019 and 500 in 2020. The scope of programs includes both business and technology (i.e. BTM and MIS), computing, computer science, computer engineering or alike programs. They still have spots remaining for Fall and Winter 2017/2018, and are encouraging CAFCE members to distribute the attached Workplace Integrated Learning Wage Subsidy Employer Application Form to Fall and Winter term employers you believe would qualify for the wage subsidy. The subsidies are distributed on a first come first serve basis.

They will actively work with employers to identify their schools of interest and work with you to screen employers and ensure jobs meet a student’s learning outcomes and that you are able to manage the work term placement for the student. Their key market are the SME’s and in particular start-ups and they will work actively with incubators and accelerators across Canada to not only create awareness about the benefits of WIL to those communities, but provide interesting work experience opportunities for your students. Throughout the year, they will organize various outreach activities such as meet-up style events and webinars where students and employers can network and learn about WIL opportunities.

Career Focus Green Jobs is a wage subsidy program for employment opportunities that have a green mandate or any job with an employer that has an environmental focus. The program provides up to a maximum of $13,500 in wage subsidies to help employers hire the talent they need and help recent graduates initiate a career.

The Career Focus Green Jobs wage subsidy program gives employers the freedom to:

  • Meet their staffing needs with less financial risk
  • Grow their business
  • Access a pool of workers eager to utilize their skills
  • Develop new talent within their companies

For more information, please visit here.


Access to new talent with hands on experience in the latest trends in engineering.

Future Employee Investment: By hiring a co-op student, you get decide who you would like to hire before your official hiring process even begins a few years down the road. Many of our students receive offers from employers, asking them to come back and work for them once they graduate.

Talent Pool: McMaster students are talented and hard-working; they will get the job done. Our students are highly rated by our employers.

Flexible Work Terms: Our co-op program is very flexible. Students can work 4, 8, 12, and 16 months depending on the time of year. We offer a continuous, real world hiring experience. We do not use rank and match. You hire and select students who are the best fit with your company.

Free Job Postings and Interview Rooms: We post jobs freely on our online co-op job board, OSCARplus. Email us the job description, qualifications, job location, start date (and end date if possible), and length of the term. If you require assistance with interviews, we provide support with interview scheduling and on-campus interview rooms.

Ontario Tax Credit: If the position is in Ontario, and your company is not a government institution, you are eligible to receive an Ontario tax credit for hiring a co-op student. This is given to employers who hire co-op students and is worth a maximum of $3000. The reimbursement varies per position.

Pre-Screening of Candidates: Our Co-op students are in good academic standing and take a co-op prep course before they are given access to job postings. They are taught to a specific standard so that they are ready work.

Team Support/Personalized Service: Our ECCS team will provide support through every step of the co-op process. We are dedicated to making sure employers and students are satisfied with their co-op experience.

Co-op students in the Faculty of Engineering are available from the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Technology
  • Bachelor of Technology, Degree Completion Program
  • Graduate Studies (Masters and Ph.D.)

McMaster Engineering's Co-op program is a highly flexible and customizable co-op program. We have students available from various programs, year round. For more information, visit our Co-op Recruitment Cycles page.

Yes, many of our co-op students are offered full-time permanent positions after they graduate. Co-op students can only be hired while they are still completing academic studies.

If a co-op position is in Ontario, and the company is not a government institution, they are eligible to receive an Ontario Tax Credit for hiring a co-op student from the provincial government. This is given to employers who hire co-op students and is worth a maximum of $3000. The reimbursement varies per position. For full details and to see additional funding options, please click here.

The Engineering Co-op and Career Services Office sends tax credits letters to employers once all the expectations and requirements of both the employer and student have been met. More information on what needs to be done on the employer end can be found here.

Generally, average co-op salaries range from $15 to $24 per hour. Salaries are usually dependent on level of study, length of the co-op, and discipline/stream. For more information on average salaries, please contact us.

Other than verifying if the work meets the requirements to qualify for co-op, there are additional expectations for employers. Please click here for more information. 

For a position to be verified as an eligible co-op experience, it must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • The role needs to be related to engineering and/or technology.
  • The role needs to be a minimum of 12-consecutive weeks in duration, for every 16-week employment term.
  • The role needs to be full-time hours. The minimum requirement is 35 hours per week.
  • The roles must be paid, and the wages/salary need to meet provincial or territorial minimums. The current minimum wage requirement for Ontario employers is $14/hour. 

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If you are an employer and would like to learn more information about our co-op program, please contact:


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General Employer Inquiries

For questions about the recruitment process and hiring a co-op student (including posting jobs, interviews, and offers), please contact: 

Engineering Co-op & Career Services

McMaster University

John Hodgins Engineering Building, H301

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, ON L8S 4L7

Office Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Monday to Friday)

For directions to our office, please click here.

Employer Inquiries

For more information about our programs, students and ways to brand your company on campus, please contact: