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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 2021/22, over 2500 students completed over 4000 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 https://www.oscarplusmcmaster.ca/ to book in-person and virtual appointments and reserve a spot in workshops and employer networking events. 

 

Overview

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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: engcar@mcmaster.ca (students); engcoop@mcmaster.ca (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.

2021-22 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

Maddison Konway

Maddison Konway

Lead Ambassador 1

Riya Suthar

Riya Suthar

Lead Ambassador 2

Program Ambassadors

Zafira Fathima

Zafira Fathima

Social Media Co-op Ambassador

Jayant Prajapati

Jayant Prajapati

BTech Automation Engineering Technology

Maria Koutlemanis

Maria Koutlemanis

BTech Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology 

Yufei Liu

Yufei Liu

BTech Biotechnology

Yidan Dong

Yidan Dong

Civil Engineering 

Chaochen Song

Chaochen Song

Chemical Engineering 

Jil Shah

Jil Shah

Computer Engineering and Management

Elston Almeida

Elston Almeida

Electrical Engineering

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
Competitions
Career Fairs

Social Media/Content Creation Activities

Career Tips/Event Advertisement
LinkedIn Posts
Instagram Live
Instagram Takeover
Reddit
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 – somogyve@mcmaster.ca

                             Program Lead – Sam Stewart – stewas32@mcmaster.ca

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.

COVID-19

ECCS continues to offer in-person and virtual services for students and employers. Please check Oscarplus for over 200 available career appointments and events.

For more information on the University’s COVID-19 policies, please visit covid19.mcmaster.ca.

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 and the student is work term eligible.

Please note that if the student will be traveling at any point during their co-op, they may need to complete an RMM-801 if the destination is listed as L2, L3, or L4 for any travel or health advisories. Completed forms may be sent to engcar@mcmaster.ca to be uploaded to the student’s record.

International Co-op Work Terms

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.

Co-op Work Terms Outside of Canada

The McMaster University Risk Management Manual Program: Field Trips, Student Placements, and Research Activity Planning and Approval Program previously restricted students from travel to an L3/L4 country. Such trips can now be considered depending on the risk level and the reason for the risk.

We are considering work terms that require students to travel to locations outside of Canada. Please note that in the changing landscape of the pandemic, we cannot guarantee the University will approve the co-op. We will inform you once we have received final approval following a petition submission.

We have two processes in place for students who will be traveling to complete a work term:

Process 1: International Students Working Outside of Canada 

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:

  • Log into OSCARplus and go to ‘My Forms’
  • Click on the circle with the 3 dots in the bottom right corner
  • Select ‘Submit a Form’ and follow the prompts
    • Be sure to choose the petition called ‘Petition for Special Consideration – International Work Term Approval – Risk Management & Assessment’
  • Include the International Co-op Confirmation Form, a copy of your contract, and a copy of the job description or job posting
    • Note: The signatures on the International Co-op Confirmation Form must be original; typed names will not be accepted.
  • Include the 1.200 (Risk Assessment, Acknowledgement, and Waiver)
  • Review the Risk Management Manual Program
  • Complete and include the RMM-801 form
  • Participate in the Student Success Centre’s Pre-Departure Orientation

ECCS will then update the petition in OSCARplus and inform you of the decision. You may check the status of your petition at any time by going back to ‘My Forms’ in your main dashboard on OSCARplus. Please allow for 7-10 business days for your petition to be reviewed.”

Process 2: Domestic Students Wishing to Work Outside of Canada

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.” Under this line, add a sub-header similar to the one in the process for international students that reads “How to Request Consideration for Approval of an International Co-op Work Term:

  • Log into OSCARplus and go to ‘My Forms’
  • Click on the circle with the 3 dots in the bottom right corner
  • Select ‘Submit a Form’ and follow the prompts
    • Be sure to choose the petition called ‘Domestic Student International Co-op Work Term’
  •  Include your completed International Co-op Confirmation Form, a copy of your contract, and a copy of the job description or job posting
    • Note: The signatures on the International Co-op Confirmation Form must be original; typed names will not be accepted.
  • Review the Risk Management Manual Program
  • Include your completed RMM-801 form
  • Include your Participant Waiver Agreement
  • Participate in the Student Success Centre’s Pre-Departure Orientation

ECCS will then update the petition in OSCARplus and inform you of the decision. You may check the status of your petition at any time by going back to ‘My Forms’ in your main dashboard on OSCARplus. Please allow for 7-10 business days for your petition to be reviewed.”

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

Want to Host an Event?

Career Workshops for Engineering Student Clubs/Teams 

Are you looking to host a career workshop for a group of 20 or more? The Engineering Co-op and Career Services (ECCS) team is here to help you meet allyour planning needs! 

Our team of professionals is your first point of contact for requesting a workshop and here to support all our MES clubs/teams on any of the below topics.   

Our workshop topics include: 

  • Exploring Career Options (e.g., Job Shadowing, Careers by Degree/Industry) 
  • Employer Engagement Strategy (Seeking Sponsorship, Request for Partnership, etc.) 
  • Engineering Undergraduate Research 101 
  • Why Join a Faculty of Engineering Club/Team? 
  • Job Search Strategies (e.g., Finding Work, Networking) 
  • Job Applications (e.g., Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviews, LinkedIn) 
  • Experiential Learning Support (e.g., Navigating the Workplace, Work-Integrated Learning, Reflective Practice)  

Submit your workshop request at least 3 weeks prior to your scheduled event date. Requests are prioritized based on staff availability.  

Please note: Our busiest times are September, October, November, January, and February. 

To ensure success, your responsibilities include: 

  • ensuring a minimum of 15 - 20 students in attendance. 
  • Coordinating event registration with our team and sharing attendance list with ECCS staff for tracking purposes. 
  • Providing appropriate technology for facilitation either online or in person 
  • Booking suitable space (for in-person events as applicable)  
  • Providing a point-person for day-of support (both in-person and online events)
  • Appropriate technology for online delivery (if required) 
  • Professionally crafted and delivered presentation tailored to your audience. 
  • Trained subject-matter expert will deliver the session and address questions from your group. 
  • Recording of session to be available to all attendees after the workshop. 

To submit a request please fill out the below form and someone from our team will get back to you within 24 – 48 hours. 

ECCS Career Workshops Request Form

Co-op & Career Events

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