Co-op Info

Students enrolled in a co-operative education program pay a mandatory fee to cover the costs of employer relations development, job development, job-readiness preparation and co-op service administration. Payment of fees does not secure a co-op position.

Co-op Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a co-op position, students must have:

  • Successfully completed all program courses in the terms prior to applying, if applicable.
  • Be enrolled in all of the current term courses.

To be eligible to participate in a co-op position, the student must have:

  • Successfully completed all program courses in the terms preceding the work term.
  • A minimum program cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  • Fees paid in full.
  • Met any additional academic prerequisites established by the program.

Eligibility exceptions may be permitted in extenuating circumstances (e.g. the imminent completion of a course in which an NG grade has been issued by the dean). Exceptions must be approved by the department manager after consultation with the relevant dean. The preparation of the student, the likelihood of the student’s success, and the safety of the student in the co-op experience, cannot be compromised by the granting of an exception.

Students who do not meet the required 2.5 GPA or other co-op eligibility requirements, as well as students who meet the requirements but are unable to obtain a co-op position, are still permitted to graduate from the program as long as they meet graduation requirements.

Student Responsibilities

  • Co-op employment positions are not guaranteed. Securing a co-op position is frequently a competitive process and ultimately the responsibility of the student.
  • Students must follow the sequence of the courses, prerequisites and co-op terms as presented in their program map.
  • Students must attend co-op workshops and training opportunities as identified by Co-op & Career Services to be eligible to continue in the co-op stream.
  • A student considering or entering into a co-op must be aware of and comply with the Co-operative Education & Internship Policy (2000-8-1).
  • It is the responsibility of the student to meet any employment requirements such as, but not limited to; obtaining a current visa, work permit, immunizations, security background check and medical clearance. Please note: a valid Ontario driver's licence is required by most co-op employers.

Co-op is Graded

  • A student registered in a co-op course will be awarded either a P (Pass) or NP (No Pass) grade, which will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
  • When offered a position by a potential employer, the student must accept or decline the offer promptly (within one business day of the offer). An acceptance, including verbal, is considered a binding contract, and must be honoured. Failure to honour an acceptance will result in a No Pass (NP) grade for the co-op course.
  • A student may not withdraw from a co-op course. Withdrawing from a co-op will result in a No Pass (NP) grade, not a Withdrawal (W) grade.
    • Note: In extenuating job or personal circumstances, the Co-op & Career Advisor in Co-op & Career Services may permit and process a withdrawal and assess a W grade.
  • In order to receive a Pass grade, a student must complete all of the requirements established for the co-op course and work experience, including the agreed-upon contract dates and the minimum required hours.
  • A student seeking to appeal any decision arising from or with respect to this policy should refer to Appeal of an Academic Decision Policy (2000-1-13).

Co-op students have the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace. Co-op placement opportunities help students gain valuable work experience that may assist them in finding permanent employment after they graduate. Students have access to our Co-op & Career Advisors who provide comprehensive co-op and career development services and resources for co-op students.

Program Outcome Comparison between CPET and PETC

What CPET covers that PETC does NOT:

  • Maintain and control bio-industrial processes such as bio-fuel and bio-based chemical production by applying the principles of industrial bio-technology and chemical engineering
  • Advanced Process Operations: distillation, refinery theory and operation including catalytic cracking, sulphur recovery, product finishing plants, absorption
  • Unit operations theory and practice in the areas of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, distillation theory, mass balance, thermal balance, reaction kinetics
  • Advanced control applications as related to chemical, distillation and refining processes

What PETC covers that CPET does NOT:

  • Additional hours of advanced theory and experience on steam boilers, steam turbines, generators and refrigeration systems
  • Advanced power plan and steam utility simulators
  • Advanced operating engineering calculations
  • Alternative power production processes
  • Power plan administration

All other aspects of the two programs in the areas of safety, environmental and sustainability, shutdown planning and scheduling, human interactions, mathematics, communications, electrical systems and devices, general chemistry and mechanical practices are identical for both programs.

Common Outcomes for CPET and PETC

  • Analyze and solve complex technical problems to optimize power plant operations.
  • Apply mathematical, physical, electrical and chemical concepts to the performance of assigned tasks and the analysis of problems.
  • Explain design of process equipment and operate various types of equipment found in process plants to: move fluids, facilitiat heat transfer, effect refrigeration, act as engines, generate power and operate building HVAC systems.
  • Analyze and operate instrumentation systems and process control systems.
  • Utilize analyzers to monitor change in process stream composition.
  • Apply knowledge of electrical systems in process stream composition.
  • Apply basic mechanical skills and perform routine maintenance on process equipment and mechanical systems.
  • Apply knowledge of human interaction and team building skills to the shift work environment.
  • Apply computer skills relevant to the power engineering technology field.
  • Perform relevant Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures.
  • Adhere to appropriate acts, standards and codes for personal safety and the protection for employees, the community and the environment.
  • Discuss principles of sustainable development and process plant impact on the environment and community, and how positive effects can be maintained.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of required areas of power engineering and perform procedures on steam producing processes including start-up, shutdown, operation and troubleshooting at the 4th Class level.
  • Describe environmental principles and compliance requirements. Explain the principles in sound environmental management of a plant site.
  • Develop a plan for continued professional growth.

Key Difference in Outcomes between CPET and PETC


      Key Differences in Outcomes between CPET and PETC
       Relate the flow of fluids in a line to the allowable pressure drop throughout a fluid systemDemonstrate knowledge of required areas of power engineering, and perform procedures on steam, turbine and power generation processes including start-up, shutdown, operation and troubleshooting at the 3rd Class level
       Apply engineering principles for sizing of basic plant and process piping and equipmentUtilize the TSSA Act and operating engineers regulations as required
      Relate the rate of heat transfer in a heat exchanger to the flow rates, the area and the temperature differenceDemonstrate academic preparation to write Operating Engineering examinations 2nd and 3rd Class
      Calculate material balances across unit processesApply mathematics to solve power engineering problems in the areas of applied mechanics, ASME code and thermodynamics
      Sketch flow diagrams for and describe the principles of operations for various petrochemical unit processesExplain combustion processes for solid, liquid and gaseous fuels
      Operate and explain the types of multi-variable control systems used to operate plants and various process control schemes in common applicationsExplain design requirements for steam piping systems and boiler installations
      Perform calculations on statistical quality control charts and interpret dataExplain in detail all of the required safety systems for a boiler and steam plan installation
      Explain the theory and operation of distillation plants (operated on live plant and simulator)Operate a power plant simulation of a large scale steam plant for steam utility and power generation
      Explain the theory and operation of a crude oil refining plant (operated on simulator)Explain the thermodynamic principles and operation of co-generation facilities
      Expaling the theory and operation of a catalytic cracking unit and sulphur recover unit (operated on simulator)Explain the fundamentals of other types of power generation including nuclear, wind, solar and biomass
      Explain the operation of various refinery processes to produce the large variety of products 

      For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

      Sarnia/Main Campus
      905-890-7833 x 222
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