Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op)

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Career preparation for tomorrow's engineering leaders

U of T Engineering students can choose to graduate with up to 20 months of meaningful work experience, a competitive salary, an extensive network and professional skills they’ll leverage for years to come.

That’s what we deliver through PEY Co-op, our flagship work-experience program with a proven track record going back more than 40 years. Created in collaboration with industry partners and engineering leadership experts, this program is designed to help you build your professional profile and prepare you for long-term career success.

Participation in PEY Co-op automatically fulfills the Practical Experience Requirement for your studies.

 

How to apply for PEY Co-op

PEY Co-op is completely optional. As an applicant, you will indicate your interest in PEY Co-op when you apply for studies at U of T Engineering. You will be asked to answer a yes or no question on the Engineering Applicant Portal. Your answer will not affect your admission eligibility in any way (i.e., it will not be more competitive to get into the Faculty with PEY Co-op). You will later be able to opt in or out if you change your mind.

The PEY Co-op experience is built on three pillars

  1. Lay your foundation: Starting in first year, you’ll complete foundational programming designed to orient you to different industries, guide you through the professional goal-setting process, and practice the skills you’ll need to be successful in securing employment during the recruitment cycle, like making a positive impression and writing industry-ready resumes and cover letters.
  1. Apply your knowledge: Drawing on the career confidence you’ve developed, you’ll apply to and interview for co-op positions that align with your goals. Through our robust network of employers, you’ll have access to 1,900+ jobs around the world and across every sector. There are two main recruitment cycles: during second year in preparation for an optional four-month summer co-op, and during third year in preparation for a 12-to-16-month position.
  1. Showcase your talent: While on the job, you’ll immerse yourself as a full-time employee. Working for 12 to 16 consecutive months after third year will give you ample opportunity to make meaningful professional contributions and build a valuable network. You’ll also have the option to work for an additional four months after second year, giving you up to 20 months of paid professional work experience before you graduate.

PEY Co-op Quick Facts

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Leverage U of T Engineering’s connections to 360+ hiring companies worldwide, including Airbus, Honda, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Sanofi Pasteur, Shell and more.

You’ll have access to 1,900+ positions across every industry worldwide; 1 in 10 students work outside of Canada.

All PEY Co-op positions are paid. Last year, students earn an average 12-month salary of $51,000 CAD with higher earnings for longer durations of work.

Graduate with up to 20 months of professional experience from different companies across two work-terms after second and third year.

PEY Co-op experience can count toward obtaining your P.Eng. designation, giving you a head start on earning your professional engineering license after graduation.

The PEY Co-op Experience

Kimberly Lai completed her PEY Co-op at Safran Landing Systems, a global company that designs and manufactures aircraft landing gear​s. As a Systems Architecture Intern, Kimberly helped to develop ​a model-based-systems engineering platform for ​the development of landing gear systems. While her office was located in Ajax, Ontario, she collaborated with engineers all over the world, and had the opportunity to travel to France to work with industry experts.

1 in 10 PEY Co-op students work outside of Canada

This map highlights some of the countries in which students have gained international work experience. Students have secured positions at companies such as Facebook, HSBC, Harvard Medical School, Google, Samsung and Airbus, among many other high-profile companies and research centres.

USA

United States of America

Japan

Japan

China

China

South Africa

South Africa

Botswana

Botswana

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

South Korea

South Korea

Belgium

Belgium

Switzerland

Switzerland

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