Practical Experience Requirement

Every U of T Engineering student must complete a minimum of 600 hours of practical work before graduation. The nature of the work should form an integral part of a student’s education and career development. It therefore must contain a good measure of responsibility (e.g., management of programs, systems, equipment, personnel or finances), sound judgment and effective communication, and be supportive of the professional career of the student after graduation. Students typically find work in many facets of industry, government, university research or public service to fulfill the practical experience requirement.

This experience may be obtained at any time during the program or through the Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op Program), and work done before entering the Faculty may also meet the requirement. Participation in PEY Co-op automatically satisfies the practical experience requirement, provided that students complete and submit the requisite reports.

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

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.

Engineering Career Centre

The Engineering Career Centre (ECC) connects engineering students with employers. The centre also offers workshops, counselling and coaching.  Over 360 top companies including Apple, BMW, IBM hire students through the centre.

For more information on PEY Co-op Program and employment, visit the Engineering Career Centre:

222 College Street, Suite 106, Toronto