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Connecting with engineering and technology students before they graduate is essential in today's competitive business world.

One of the largest co-op programs in Canada, with over 6000 students available annually, hiring a #MacEng co-op student ensures that your business stays ahead of the game by engaging with tomorrow's emerging talent.  

Hire a #MacEng Co-op Student

Five McMaster Engineering students and recent alumni share the technical skills and experience they can bring to your organization. Whether you want to hire a student today or learn more about our program, our co-op advisors are here to help you.


Varun Jain 

Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences Program (iBioMed) + Designathons + Rugby Team = Varun

“iBioMed has provided me with an abundance of technical skills from programming (Python, R, Arduino, and MATLAB) to CAD to designing biomedical instrumentation. In fact, within one of my design courses, my team and I had the opportunity to program a biomedical device using Arduino that monitors the gait of children with cerebral palsy.”

Lacey Wice

Mechanical Engineering & Society + Baja Racing + Biomechanical Research = Lacey

“I was extremely fortunate to get involved with the McMaster Baja Racing Team within my first year; an SAE-sanctioned automotive design team which brings students through the entire design process. We designed, built and raced single-seat off-road vehicles across North America, and I was lucky enough to do so for each of my five years at McMaster.”

Biya Kazmi

Computer Science + Hackathons + Boxing = Biya

“My courses have always put a lot of emphasis on optimality. Writing efficient code is a priority as I work, but I try to optimize other aspects of life as well. I optimize social interactions to learn as much as I can from everyone I meet as well as sharing knowledge in turn.”

Julee Minniti

 Biotechnology + Women in Engineering + Dance = Julee

“Through my program, I have gained valuable insight regarding new and emerging technologies and through my hands-on laboratory experience, I feel prepared to support companies as we explore the future of biotechnology. I’ve also been fortunate to receive valuable technical skills from my biotechnology-related courses and business skills such as project management in order to have a wholistic view and problem-solving strategy for the industry.”

Tomisin Olomi

Materials Engineering + Bass guitarist + Steel Research = Tomisin

“During my 16-month term at Stelco, I had the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired from my undergraduate courses and implement them in real life applications like conducting failure analysis and performing statistical analysis to aid in making production decisions.”

Interested in Hiring a #MacEng Co-op Student?

How to Hire a Student 

Our team of experts in Engineering Co-op & Career Services are here every step of the way to guide you through the recruitment process. 

Available Programs and Disciplines

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

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

No Rank/Match! 

We offer a highly flexible and customizable co-op program, allowing employers to recruit the right talent, at the right time. 


Co-op Positions Start

Student Availability

Fall 2021 September 4, 8, 12 or 16 months
Winter 2022 January 4, 8, 12 or 16 months
Spring 2022 May 4, 8, 12 or 16 months

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.

Step One : Post a Job

Step Two: Arrange Interviews

Step Three: Extend an Offer

Campus Branding & Engagement

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

Are you looking to build your company brand with our students? Our staff can help you find unique ways to engage with and recruit from our highly-engaged engineering co-op students.

We've developed new student engagement opportunities based on student feedback that are exciting and outside the box. In 18/19, our team received the Special Award for Innovation by a Career Centre, recognizing our innovative approach to career education on our campus. 

Campus Recruitment & Employer Branding Opportunities

Our team offers the engagement opportunities which put your company front of mind. Partner with us today to run events, such as:

Be the Employer of the Week! One week can make a big difference. Over the course of one week, our team will ensure prime student engagement and campus branding opportunities that puts your company at the forefront. In return, we ask you to involve your managers, HR reps, engineers and current co-op students in opportunities on or off campus showcasing student career opportunities and your company culture. In 2018/19, Google, IBM, Suez, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Promach, Bombardier, Apotex, and L3 Wescam were our employers of the week. To see details of their events and activities, please visit here.

What’s in it for your company?

  • Digital signage on campus screens 
  • A recruitment booth(s) in high traffic areas
  • Multimedia awareness through student led social media posts and on the Engineering website.
  • A creative opportunity to brand your company to students and engage with top engineering talent

Talent Talks

Student Size: 30-120 | Fall/Winter | Day or Evening

We understand your company is more than just a job posting. For employers who post a position for our co-op students, we're pleased to offer Talent Talks. These virtual sessions will connect you with job-seeking students for upcoming job search terms.

The Talent Talks series is highly customizable in format, allowing you to present your brand to students in a format that works for your company. This could include any combination of presentation, speed-networking, virtual break-out chat, question & answer session, and much more! 

Career Talk Tuesdays

Student Size: 40-60 | Fall/Winter | Day

Are you interested in contributing to engineering student professioinal development while also branding yourself to prospective hires? Join us for Career Talk Tuesdays. Every week, industry professionals from your HR or management team will provide career tips and industry-specific knowledge to support students in their career journey. Topics may include:

  • Resume Roast
  • How to Ace a Technical Interview,
  • Networking Your Way to a Job
  • Personal Branding

Student Size: 100-300 | Fall/Winter Term | Evenings

In partnership with Engineering Co-op & Career Services, our respective engineering student societies put on a collaborative networking event each year to connect students with industry. This is a great opportunity to meet and recruit students from targeted programs. 

Booth in the Lobby

Student Size: 30-120 | Fall/Winter | Day 

For two hours, set up a booth in the Faculty of Engineering Lobby. Have former co-op students, HR staff and managers available to answer students' questions about your company. Chat to students about your company in a space that is comfortable and familiar to students. 


Student Size: 300 | Winter Term 

This could be the night you meet your next best hire. We have booked our largest space on campus and will be bringing our best and brightest job seeking students. We’re looking for employers who enjoy giving interview tips in regular, behavioural or technical interviewing to come out and host two tables followed by open networking with all students.  

Career Pathways

Student Size: 40-60 | Fall/Winter | Evening

McMaster alumni and current engineering staff at your organization are invited to share their stories and knowledge with current undergraduate and graduate students. This monthly series will feature a panel and two break-out sessions. Career Pathways will give McMaster engineering students the opportunity to learn more about what work opportunities and career options are available in different engineering sectors, and get information about careers they may or may not have considered before.

Tech Talks

Student Size: 40-50 | Fall/Winter | Day or Evening

Is there a technology at your organization that you wish potential candidates knew more about?

At Tech Talks, employers bring their expertise on campus by teaching students a technical skill that is relevant to their organization and/or industry, along with giving insight into the organization and professional development for its employees. Whether it's a programming stack or a lab safety technique, you can lead a Tech Talk on a topic of your choice or we can help you choose the best topic based on the interests of students. 

Classroom Chats

Student Size: 30-120 |  Fall/Winter | Day or Evening

Build connections with potential talent by co-teaching or presenting in a classroom or taking part in a lab session with the Faculty of Engineering. Bring your expertise onto campus by teaching students a technical skill that is relevant to your industry. Participate as a classroom guest lecturer on topics related to your company goals. We will assist in connecting you to a class/lab and faculty member based on the topic you would like to present and your student recruitment target(s). 

McMaster University Career Fair 

Student Size: 2000 | Fall Term

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.

Engineering Co-op Career Fair 

Student Size: 1000 | Winter Term

Still need to hire a co-op student? This event will bring together employers with immediate hiring needs, and students who are actively seeking co-op roles. Students will range from junior level to senior level, and students seeking 4, 8, 12 and 16 month co-op durations. Employers attending must be actively hiring students to attend. 



Connect with our team to learn more:

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 lets 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 a 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. 

Employer of the Week

One week can make a big difference. The Employer of the Week series features a new employer every week, who will engage with our students, both on and off-campus. Showcase your organization to McMaster Engineering students, and learn what our students can do for you!


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Employers of the Week 2020-2021




September 21st to September 25th 2020




October 5th to October 9th 2020




October 19th to October 23rd 2020




November 2nd to November 6th 2020




November 16th to November 20th 2020




February 1st to February 5th 2021


General Motors


February 8th to February 12th 2021

Past Employers 


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

What are the requirements for an 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.

Available funding during the COVID-19 pandemic: Many funding organizations have temporarily expanded their program flexibility to make hiring more accessible to employers. The below funding has been updated to reflect current changes, and will continue to be updated as more information develops. 

As part of the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), a variety of funding opportunities are available for employers to hire students for the purposes of experiential learning. This funding is being administered by Employment and Social Development Canada.

Through SWPP, organizations within Canada that offer full-time employment opportunities between 12-16 weeks for full-time Canadian post-secondary students can receive wage subsidies:

  • up to 50% of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) per student OR
  • up to 70% (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.

There are a total of 10 delivery partner organizations that help distribute this funding.

You can apply for this funding through the SWPP delivery partners, outlined below:

Delivery Partner Organization     Eligibility

Magnet Student Work Placement Program


Any registered Canadian business or non-profit organizations. Municipal governments are not eligible for funding.


Biotalent Canada


Organizations in Canada looking to hire for roles related to biotechnology. Roles do not need to be exclusively science/engineering based.


Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace


Organizations in Canada working in the aerospace and aviation industry (cannot be a research position in a school lab).


Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) - Empowering Futures

  • Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
  • Firms engaged in the manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
  • Firms engaged in supporting the sector including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency, energy storage, electrical vehicle integration, smart cities.


Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) of Canada - Co-op Program


Organizations in Canada that are looking to hire students from science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics (STEAM). Work terms must be at least 6 weeks long. Funding can be applied to part-time students as well as co-op students.


Information and Communication Technology Council - WIL Digital Subsidy

    Eligibility requirements include:
  • A registered business in Canada
  • Company must be in the following sectors: intelligent retail, fintech, advanced manufacturing, entertainment and gaming, connected transportation, e-health, cybersecurity, big data, or clean tech
  • Must offer a quality full-time position to a student
  • Must have insurance
  • Must be compliant with Human Rights and Labor legislation, regulations, and laws
  • Must create a net new student position


Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR) - Gearing Up


Organizations in Canada (small and large companies/post-secondary institutions/non-profit organizations) working in the mining or mineral exploration sectors are encouraged to apply.


Technation - Career Ready Program


Organizations in Canada looking for employees with skills in the field of Information and Communications Technology.

Positions you are hiring for can fall under the following categories:

  1. Business Technology Management
  2. Computer Science
  3. Computer Systems Technology
  4. Computer Engineering.

Municipal governments are eligible for funding.


Toronto Finance International (TFI) - Aspire

    Organizations in Canada working in the financial services sector, including:
  • Banks
  • Insurers
  • Pension plans
  • Investment managers
  • FinTechs
  • Hedge funds
  • Credit unions in Canada


Venture for Canada - Internship Program

    Employers must:
  1. be a small to medium sized business, start-up, social enterprise, nonprofit, or charity (1-500 employees)
  2. have their business located in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia and the Prairies

Employers can be from a wide range of industries from agriculture to robotics and anything in between.


Need more information about funding, or assistance finding a candidate? Please contact us to learn more. 

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.

Full details on eligibility and how to apply can be found here

Any Ontario employer hiring students from a post-secondary co-op program, who are not government institutions, are eligible to receive an Ontario Tax Credit

Large corporations can claim 25% of expenditures, up to $3,000 per work placement. Small businesses can claim 30%, up to $3,000. This tax credit is available for each eligible 4-month work placement and employers may have multiple work placements at the same time and throughout the year. The tax credit is per eligible work placement and there is no cap. If you hire a student for 8, 12 or 16-months, you will receive a tax credit for each 4-month block of time. 

The Engineering Co-op and Career Services Office sends tax credits letters to employers at the end of every 4-month term, once all the expectations and requirements of both the employer and student have been met. More information on co-op program requirements can be found here.

The 2020-21 Bioenterprise SmartGrowth Program provides SME’s in southern Ontario’s agri-technology sector access to acceleration financing to support scale-up and expansion projects. SmartGrowth invites innovative food and agri-businesses with innovative technologies to lead impactful projects that will accelerate their business growth and profitability while strengthening the regional economy for southern Ontario’s agri-technology industries.

Bioenterprise's SmartGrowth program is a matching fund that provides eligible enterprises with:

  • Up to $100,000 in acceleration financing (to be matched by recipient enterprise as per the Program Guide)
  • Coaching/mentorship support services (e.g. IP, Regulatory, Legal, Financial, investment preparation and access to Bioenterprise global network)



Enterprises applying for the Bioenterprise SmartGrowth Program must:

  • be incorporated in Canada and headquartered in southern Ontario (regions are outlined in Appendix B of the Program Guide).
  • be a for-profit SME with a technology or technologies at or beyond TRL-7+ stage of development only (TRL stages are outlined in Appendix A of the Program Guide).
  • operate in the agri-technology sector (as defined in the Program Guide).
  • have less than 500 employees and be generating a minimum of $200,000 in sales revenues annually.
  • be a member of Canada's Food & Agri-Tech Engine(as described in the Program Guide).

    Additional program details, including eligible project types, are described in the 2020-2021 SmartGrowth Program Guide.

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

    On April 17, 2020, the Government of Canada announced $250 million in funding for the Innovation Assistance Program (IAP) to assist Canadian small and medium-sized  enterprises (SMEs).

    IRAP IAP provides a wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks.

    SMEs pursuing technology-driven innovation who have been unable to secure funding under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) are eligible and can apply for financial assistance under IRAP IAP. 

    The call for applications will close Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT.

    Who can apply:

    Your company must meet the following to be eligible:

    • Be ineligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
    • Be an incorporated, profit-oriented small or medium-sized business in Canada
    • Be a company with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees
    • Plan to pursue growth and profit by developing and commercializing innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services or processes in Canada
    • Lack sufficient financial resources to sustain operations from April 1, 2020 to June 23, 2020 inclusive
    • Have a Canada Revenue Agency business number
    • Be incorporated by no later than March 1, 2020

    How can I apply?

    • If you meet all eligibility criteria listed above, please complete an application
    • The program will be accepting applications until April 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT

    Next steps

    • Following the assessment and approval of applications, applicants will be notified in writing on the status of their application as early as the week of May 11, 2020
    • IAP will begin making payments to successful applicants starting the week of May 11, 2020

    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.

    The NOHFC currently offers one program:

    Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to support all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition in the labour market.

    The program provides wage subsidies to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. 

    Organization Eligibility: 

    • Not-for-profit organization (eligible for wage subsidies up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage)
    • Public-sector organization (eligible for wage subsidies up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage)
    • Small businesses with less than 50 full-time employees (eligible for wage subsidies up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage)

    Student Eligibility: 

    • Full-time student returning to full-time studies after summer work term
    • Student between the ages of 15 – 30
    • Student that is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to who refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment

    For more information, please visit the Government of Canada website


    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. 

    Need more information?

    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: