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Gain Experience & Get Paid

Every student has access to the co-op program. The best part? You decide when you would like to complete co-op and we'll help you get there. 

About MacEng Co-op Program 

The Engineering Co-op Program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain valuable engineering work experiences before they graduate. We have the 2nd largest engineering co-op program in Ontario! In 2018/2019, our students participated in over 3,200 4-month co-op work terms across the globe. 

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 2018/2019

$25,536,453 : The total wages earned by Engineering co-op students in 2018/2019

MacEng Co-op: Flexible, Optional, Supported.

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.

1. FLEXIBLE 

Co-op term lengths vary. Many students complete 4 month work terms during the summer. Others opt for longer placements - 75% of co-op work terms are 8 to 16 months in duration, enabling intensive work term experiences.

2. OPTIONAL

Students in Engineering, iBioMed, & Computer Science can opt into co-op at any point in their degree, prior to their final year of studies. (B.Tech. students must complete 12 months to graduate).

3. SUPPORTED

A team of 18 staff in the Engineering Co-op and Career Services office engage with over 1000 employers to ensure that there are ample opportunities for you when you are ready to apply. 

Flexible Co-op Options

There’s more than one way to gain work experience at MacEng. Our flexible co-op structure means you can complete work terms when and where it makes sense for you. 

Check out our 2020 co-op students of the year (Areeba and Mitchell) for two examples of how you might complete up to 28 months of co-op during your degree. 

LEARN MORE 

Supporting Your Success: 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.

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Supporting Your Success: ENGINEER 1EE0

Learn about ENGINEER 1EE0: a 5-week online course for first year McMaster Engineering students registered in the co-op program that covers skills in resume and cover letter writing, interview performance, managing your digital footprint and so much more.

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  • All students complete in first term, first year

  • Awareness focus, learn to build your network 

  • Learn how to stand out and build skills

  • Required to attend one mandatory in-person career event in first term, first year

  • Peer support- 12 TA's and 2 Instructors 

Students for Students 

Advice and tips from our current MacEng Students!

Read about some additional experiences that our students have had with co-op

Co-op Ambassador Program bolsters community spirit in an online world

October 3, 2020

Co-op Ambassador Program bolsters community spirit in an online world

Engineering Co-op and Career Services (ECCS) is introducing 18 Co-op Ambassadors to increase engagement and build a stronger community spirit amongst members of the engineering co-op community.

Five students share secrets to co-op success

September 29, 2020

Five students share secrets to co-op success

This year’s Co-op Return to (Virtual) Campus Event on September 16 welcomed 235 participants.

3 honest thoughts on McMaster Engineering\'s co-op program

June 27, 2019

3 honest thoughts on McMaster Engineering's co-op program

Advice from Kelvin Lin, a recent Software Engineering and Management co-op graduate

Where Big Ideas are Born

More interested in starting your own company than working for one? No problem. With our Minor in Innovation program option, you can develop skills to create your own start-up. Our on-campus incubator, The Forge@Mac is there to support our budding entrepreneurs.  

We even have Big Ideas Entrance Scholarships and Innovation & Society Living Learning Community in residence, so you can begin thinking about your end goal beginning in first year. 

Thode Makerspace

Thode Makerspace

Thode Makerspace offers students a space to learn technical skills, develop new technologies and work collaboratively, while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge.

Innovation Minor

Innovation Minor

Offered jointly by the Faculty of Engineering and the DeGroote School of Business, the Minor in Innovation is designed to give students the tools they need to succeed as entrepreneurs.

The Forge

The Forge

Whether you want to be part of a team, or need help recruiting, attracting funds, or validating your idea, The Forge will be here to help and lead you along the way. 

MacEng Innovators in the News

Software Engineering student top finalist in $1M competition to combat fake news

January 29, 2020

Software Engineering student top finalist in $1M competition to combat fake news

Second-year software engineering student, Jay Mody, is competing for the $1 million Leaders Prize.

McMaster student first Canadian to be awarded prestigious aerospace fellowship

February 11, 2020

McMaster student first Canadian to be awarded prestigious aerospace fellowship

This International Day for Girls and Women in Science, we’re celebrating Hira Nadeem, an electrical engineering student who is one of 40 women recognized for excellence in the aerospace industry.

Six McMaster Engineering startups to watch

November 19, 2020

Six McMaster Engineering startups to watch

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, we are recognizing six thriving startups founded by McMaster Engineering students and alumni.

Four students answer your research and entrepreneurship questions

December 1, 2020

Four students answer your research and entrepreneurship questions

Want to know more about student research or working with a startup but don’t know where to begin? Four McMaster Engineering students who attended last week’s Engineering Research & Entrepreneurship Fair can help.

Virtual Backpack to Briefcase event brings together students and alumni from around the world

January 27, 2021

Virtual Backpack to Briefcase event brings together students and alumni from around the world

Last week, more than 250 McMaster Engineering students, graduates and faculty members from around the world connected virtually at the Faculty’s annual Backpack to Briefcase event.

Black History Month Q&A Spotlight Series: Rotimi Fadiya

February 4, 2021

Black History Month Q&A Spotlight Series: Rotimi Fadiya

By embracing ideas and opportunities with grace, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering grad, Rotimi Fadiya has discovered the key to success early in his career.