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Welcome to ECCS!

The Engineering Co-op & Career Services team is available to help with all of your career and recruitment needs. Currently, we're holding in-person and virtual student career appointments. For the Fall 2021 term, all career workshops and employer events are being held virtually.

We run the second-largest engineering co-op program in Ontario. In 2019/20, over 2200 students completed over 3500 co-op work terms across the globe. McMaster University is one of the only engineering co-op programs in Canada to offer co-op at the Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. levels. 

We're open for business. Students can go on to book in-person and virtual appointments and reserve a spot in workshops and employer networking events. 




Did you know?

98% Of our employers would hire a McMaster Engineering co-op student again

44,000 Student applications were submitted on our co-op job portal in 2020/2021

$25,536,453 The total wages earned by Engineering co-op students in 2020/2021

3,297 One-to-one student career development appointments with our staff in 2020/2021

General Inquiries

Engineering Co-op & Career Services now services students in-person and virtually. 

If you have a question related to co-op and career support, feel free to contact one of the email addresses below.

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Office Location: JHE H301 (3rd floor of Gerald Hatch Experiential Centre)

T: 905-525-9140 x22571 E: (students); (employers)
Directions to McMaster University; Campus Map

Meet the Team

Coop & Career Services Admin Team

Student Career Education

Our student career education team assists students and co-operative education supervisors through 1:1 workshops, virtual and in-person appointments and career courses on topics that include: on-the-job success, resume building, career planning, interview skills, leadership, and much more. We have over 200 weekly available appointments; book this on our University career portal Oscarplus

Employer Relations & Engagement

Our employer relations team supports all industry employers and engineering alumni to recruit top talent. Contact our team to learn how to best engage with Faculty of Engineering students, recruit students, post-co-op and new graduate jobs, and attend career events or invite students to join your organization. 

Student Engagement

As a student, outside the classroom, engagement is crucial to developing your competencies, skills and competitive advantage. Are you a student interested in learning how to get involved in a club, team, hackathon, research or campus association? Our Student Engagement team meets 1:1 with students to plan and support their outside the classroom experiences, assisting you in having the best McMaster Engineering experience and cultivating a strong resume. Book an appointment or attend an engagement event by going to McMaster's Career Portal and sign up for events or book an appointment. 

Co-op Ambassador Program

Co-op Ambassadors are engineering co-op students who work with ECCS to help expand the co-op program, support the students in our Fireball Family, and engage with our employer partners.

Interested in becoming a McMaster Engineering Co-op Ambassador? Scroll down for instructions on how to apply.

2020-21 Co-op Ambassadors

Click on the photo of your program's ambassador to learn more about them. And see further below for more information about the ambassador program.

Lead Ambassadors

Josh Lawrence

Josh Lawrence

Lead Ambassador 1

Julee Minniti

Julee Minniti

Lead Ambassador 2

Program Ambassadors

CJ (Charanjit) Chaunkaria

CJ (Charanjit) Chaunkaria

BTech - Automation Engineering Technology

Jordan Di Pietro

Jordan Di Pietro

BTech -- Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology

Harsh Patel

Harsh Patel

BTech - Biotechnology

Gurkeerat Gill

Gurkeerat Gill

BTech - Gentech Representative

Tracy (Tu Uyen) Huynh

Tracy (Tu Uyen) Huynh

Chemical Engineering

Rania Murshed

Rania Murshed

Civil Engineering

Alex (Alexander) Austin

Alex (Alexander) Austin

Computer Engineering

Shervin Manzuri Shalmani

Shervin Manzuri Shalmani

Computer Science

Fuad Ali

Fuad Ali

Electrical Engineering

Desmond Kennedy

Desmond Kennedy

Engineering Physics

Maddison Konway

Maddison Konway

Materials Engineering

Leisha Fernando

Leisha Fernando

Mechanical Engineering

Colleen Lam

Colleen Lam

Mechatronics Engineering

Jason (Jiakun) Li

Jason (Jiakun) Li

Software Engineering

Prakhar Garg

Prakhar Garg

Graduate (Computer Engineering)

The ECCS Co-op Ambassador Program

The Co-op Ambassador Program was created in 2019 to help support ECCS in their efforts to expand the co-op program and continuously improve the relationship between ECCS and the fireball family! Each year we recruit Co-op Ambassador Leaders to oversee the team and one Co-op Ambassador from each of the engineering programs.

Co-op Ambassador Activities

Student Facing Activities

Return from Co-op
Q&A Sessions/Panels
Fall Open Houses
Level II Program Choices
Career Carnival
May @ Mac
Mock Networking
Reddit AMAs

Employer Facing Activities

Employer Introductions and Networking
Information Sessions
Employer of the week
Big Mock Interview Night
Career Fairs

Social Media/Content Creation Activities

Career Tips/Event Advertisement
LinkedIn Posts
Instagram Live
Instagram Takeover
Article Writing
Video Creation

Apply to be a McMaster Engineering Co-op Ambassador

  1. To connect with students in your program and market ECCS services to help increase engagement

  2. To share your knowledge and experience of the entire co-op process and workplace experience in order to improve the employability and positive experiences of other students

  3. To professionally represent ECCS and McMaster University to key stakeholders, including current and incoming students, student families, university staff and employers

Ambassador Applications are accepted between May 14th and June 14th each year.

  1. Read the Co-op Ambassador, Co-op Social Media Ambassador and/or Lead Co-op Ambassador Role Descriptions to check your eligibility for the role(s).
  2. Apply by submitting a resume and answering all of the questions on the application form in 1500 characters or less. Some questions may allow you to submit a short, 120-second video instead.
  3. All applications will be reviewed by the Program Lead(s) – McMaster Engineering Co-op Ambassador Program.
  4. Lead Co-op Ambassadors and Co-op Social Media Ambassador: Several candidates will receive a request for a 30-minute interview which will take place within 1-2 weeks after applications close.
  5. Co-op Ambassadors: One ambassador selected from each of the engineering programs. Selected students will be informed through an email to their McMaster email address.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity. In the Co-op Ambassador Program, these values are also paramount and we aim to create an inclusive environment for all ambassadors and students. As such, we welcome all applications, including those from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

This part-time, paid position requires about 60-70 hours commitment per term. The Lead Ambassador(s) will guide the Co-op Ambassador team while reporting to the Program Lead(s), and will be involved in all aspects of the program, including ambassador training, managing ambassador communications, idea generation, supporting event planning and organizing social activities. The Lead Ambassadors will strengthen their organizational, planning, social media and leadership abilities.

View Lead Co-op Ambassador Role Description

Lead Co-op Ambassador - Click here to apply [Note: Applications accepted between May 14 and June 14]

Note: If you would also like to be considered for the general Co-op Ambassador role, please indicate this on the Lead Ambassador application. You do not need to submit a separate application.

This voluntary, part-time position requires about 30-40 hours commitment per term and will involve creating content for various ambassador social media initiatives and developing plans and timelines for social media activities, in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering marketing teams.

View Co-op Social Media Ambassador Role Description

Co-op Social Media Ambassador - Click here to apply [Note: Applications accepted between May 14 and June 14]

Important note: Co-op Ambassadors are not responsible for reviewing student resumes or cover letters, leading job search workshops, etc. For these activities, please see the ECCS Career Assistant Role.

This voluntary, part-time position requires about 10-20 hours commitment per term and will allow ambassadors to increase their engagement with students, employers and ECCS staff while strengthening their communication, leadership and networking abilities.

View Co-op Ambassador Role Description

Co-op Ambassador - Click here to apply [Note: Applications accepted between May 14 and June 14]

If you have any questions about the roles, please contact the Program Lead(s) - McMaster Engineering Co-op Ambassador Program:

                             Program Lead – Elysia Somogyvari –

                             Program Lead – Sam Stewart –

If you would like to speak to a Co-op Ambassador or Lead Co-op Ambassador, please contact the Program Lead(s) who will be able to connect you with an appropriate contact.


Our services are still fully available to you. Currently, until the end of August 2021, we are no longer available in-person in the Hatch Centre but we're still available virtually. Please check Oscarplus for over 200 available career appointments, career events and weekly webinars. Co-op interviews will continue and will be scheduled remotely. Please contact our team

For general information on how COVID-19 is impacting the University, please visit .

Co-op Work Terms

Domestic Work Terms – Within Canada

All co-op work terms that allow students to work within Canada will be approved provided that they meet the co-op work term requirements. For Winter and Spring 2022, co-op work terms must be a minimum of 12-weeks in length and at least 420 hours over the duration of the term.

International Co-op Work Terms – As of July 26, 2021

All international co-op work terms that allow students to work remotely from within Canada will be approved, provided that they meet the co-op work term requirements. If you're searching for a Winter or Spring 2022 co-op job, the last day to start work to receive co-op credit is March 7, 2022, for an 8-week work term.

Co-op Work Terms Outside of Canada

The Global Affairs Canada Level 3 (L3) advisory covers all travel restrictions as outlined in the McMaster University Risk Management Manual Program: Field Trips, Student Placements and Research Activity Planning and Approval Program. This policy restricts students from travel to an L3/L4 country. Such trips can now be considered depending on the risk level.

We are now in a position to consider approving any international co-op work term for the Winter and Spring 2022 term, which requires students to travel to locations outside of Canada. Please note that in the changing landscape of the pandemic, we cannot guarantee if the university will approve the co-op. We will inform you once we have received final approval following a petition submission.

We now have two processes, see each process below and follow SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS for that process. 

Process 1: International Students Working Outside of Canada 

International Students Working Outside of Canada:

The Faculty of Engineering may recognize international co-op experiences for students currently residing abroad who cannot travel back to Canada for the start of term. Co-op work term credit may be considered for your work term abroad; this applies to all individuals, regardless of citizenship. Students will be required to submit a Petition for Special Consideration – International Co-op Work Term Approval – Risk Management & Assessment on Oscarplus Forms. Each international co-op work term will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure our students' health and safety and meet all academic requirements.

All policies will be reviewed and altered as required as new information and instructions are received from Public Health, IRCC, and provincial and federal governments.

 How to Request Consideration for Approval of an International Co-op Work Term

Complete the Petition for Special Consideration – International Co-op Work Term Approval – Risk Management & Assessment. Located under Oscarplus Forms

NOTE: On page 2 of the International Co-op Confirmation Form, the signatures required must be original; typed names will not be accepted.

Process 2: Domestic Students Wishing to Work Outside of Canada

  • Student reviews Risk Management Manual Program
  • Submit Petition for Special Consideration - Domestic Student International Co-op Work Term on OscarPlus follow the upload requirements for each section.
  1. The Student Placement Approval Form 2021 Package (3) forms
    1. Student Placement Approval Form - ECCS will obtain for you all required signatures, Supervisor, Chair, Dean and Provost.
    2. Statement of Responsibilities Checklist
    3. Declaration of Health Status
  2. Participant Waiver Agreement
  3. Upload: proof of TWO Covid vaccinations prior to departure
  4. International Co-op Work Term Confirmation Form
  5. Job Description
  6. Co-op Job Offer

Next Steps: ECCS will update the OscarPlus petition form and inform you whether your petition has been cleared to move to the next level of approval, or further discussion is required.

All Students will be notified within 7-10 business days if their co-op work term has been approved, denied, or further consideration is required.

Our Services

The Engineering Co-op & Career Services Office helps undergraduate and graduate students find valuable engineering work experiences before they graduate. We also connect with employers and faculty and build relationships that help get McMaster students hired.

Services for Students

From helping you develop your resume and cover letter to giving you tips on how to ace an interview to posting job opportunities and much more, we do everything we can to help you find and secure a co-op job. For more information on our services, see Why Co-op? 

Services for Employers

We can connect you with students as well as post your jobs and help arrange your interviews. For more information on all that we offer, see

Services for Faculty

We will help you connect with employer and community partners, arrange classroom participation talks and guest speakers, and provide research partner support.

Events & News

Things are going on in-person and virtually! Check out our ECCS events on OSCARplus.

Employer/Industry of the Week Events

Co-op & Career Events