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 Engineering Summer Internship Program (eSIP) or 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 eSIP or PEY Co-op automatically satisfies the practical experience requirement, provided that students complete and submit the requisite reports.

Professional Experience Year Co-op Program

The Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op Program) allows students to apply their engineering knowledge in a 12-16 month project-based professional work opportunity. The length of the term offers students sufficient time to become involved in large-scale projects, build relationships with employers and gain significant professional experience before graduation.

Students register for PEY Co-op Program in their 2nd or 3rd year of study and complete their employment during the following academic year. Last year, over 700 students had more than 1,500 positions to choose from. The average salary for 2016 was $50,000.

Engineering Summer Internship Program (eSIP)

The Engineering Summer Internship Program (eSIP) is a paid summer co-op program offered through the Engineering Career Centre. It is available to eligible domestic and international engineering students in year 2 or 3 of study.

Engineering Career Centre

The Engineering Career Centre (ECC) connects engineering students with employers. The centre also offers workshops, counselling and coaching.  Over 325 top companies including Apple, BMW, IBM hire students through the centre.

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

222 College Street, Suite 106, Toronto