A New Era in Co-operative Education
PEY Co-op offers you more ways than ever before to put your best foot forward as a future engineering professional.
What if you could graduate with meaningful work experience, a strong resume, an extensive network and professional competencies that you’ll leverage for years to come?
That’s just the start of what you can gain from our Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op), the largest optional work-experience program of its kind in Canada. Building on a 40-year legacy of facilitating successful professional opportunities for engineering students, we have expanded PEY Co-op to include more flexibility, enabling you to tailor your career development to suit your unique needs.
PEY Co-op is designed to provide you with the perfect balance of industry exposure and professional development. It can help you create career momentum and build a strong portfolio of meaningful contributions, career confidence and professional connections you’ll draw on after graduation.
PEY Co-op has two distinct components:
To help you prepare for — and excel in — your PEY Co-op positions, you’ll complete career development modules throughout your degree, alongside your academic program. These flexible online and in-person modules cover several topics over the course of the program, including: setting professional goals; resume and cover letter writing; interview skills; building your network; and transitioning to industry. You’ll use these critical competencies throughout your time at university, and well beyond.
Paid Work Experience
Through PEY Co-op, you’ll immerse yourself as a full-time employee for 12 to 16 consecutive months after third year. 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. Whether you see yourself contributing to a small team at a fast-paced local startup or gaining international experience with a large multinational company, you’ll have unparalleled access to 1,500+ positions across every industry through PEY Co-op.
PEY Co-op Quick Facts
Leverage U of T Engineering’s connections to 360+ hiring companies worldwide, including Apple, BMW, Microsoft, Shell and more.
850+ students choose to participate in PEY Co-op each year; 1 in 10 students work outside of Canada.
Students earn an average 12-month salary of $50,000 CAD with a higher earning potential for longer durations of work. All PEY Co-op positions are paid.
When you combine the optional four-month position with the 12-to-16-month position after third year, you can graduate with up to 20 months of professional experience.
PEY Co-op experience can count toward obtaining your P.Eng. designation, a head start on earning your professional engineering license after graduation.
Your Roadmap to PEY Co-op
PEY Co-op is completely optional: you can indicate your interest during the application process. Acceptance into PEY Co-op is indicated on offers of admission to U of T Engineering.
As an applicant, you will now indicate your interest in PEY Co-op at the time of their initial application to the Faculty of Applied Science & 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.
Guided by a team of career- development experts at the Engineering Career Centre, you’ll complete a series of modules throughout your first two years of the PEY Co-op Program — alongside your academic program. These flexible online and in-person modules cover topics ranging from applications and interviews to career exploration and market awareness.
Put your knowledge to work in an optional four-month position in the summer after your second year.
Drawing on the career confidence you’ve developed over your first two years, you’ll apply to and interview for longer-term co-op positions in third year. As you navigate interviews and negotiate job offers, you can rely on dedicated advisors for guidance. Each year, PEY Co-op students have access to 1,500+ positions worldwide.
The end of third year marks the beginning of your 12-to-16- month PEY Co-op position. Working at the same company for a year or longer enables your employer to invest in you as a valued team member. It also gives you dedicated time to develop your unique professional profile, make meaningful project contributions and foster lasting relationships — all while earning a competitive salary.
With your work term complete, you’ll return to school to complete your degree with renewed perspective, a strong professional network — and potentially a full-time, post-graduation job offer in hand. With support from career advisors, you’ll chart the next steps in your journey — whether that means continuing your career in industry, pursuing graduate studies or starting your own company.
The PEY Co-op Experience
Engineering Science student Kimberly Lai shares her experience as a PEY Co-op student at Safran Landing Systems in Toronto.
PEY Co-op Abroad
This map highlights some of the countries in which our PEY Co-op students 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.
United States of AmericaJapan
United KingdomUnited Arab Emirates
United Arab EmiratesSouth Korea