Co-op Info

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.

The Role of Co-op in the Power Engineering Technology Program

Students are not required to complete a successful co-op term to graduate with a Power Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma. However, students who successfully pass their first and second term courses qualify for a nine-month steam time reduction toward their 4th class certification.

4th class certification is required prior to qualifying for any 3rd and 2nd class steam time reductions. It is therefore, highly recommended that students pass their first round of TSSA exams and successfully complete a co-op term prior to entering term 3 of the program.

Facts about Co-op
  • Getting the required steam time can be the golden ticket to a solid and lucrative career
  • Within the Power Engineering Technology program, any co-op you consider must provide four months of qualifying steam time; if it does not, it will not be approved
  • Although the co-op rate is very high, not all co-ops are paid
  • Lambton College can provide workplace insurance coverage and liability insurance for unpaid work terms with Ontario employers

Co-op Eligibility (CPL-1049)

In order to be eligible to apply for a co-op, students must:

  • Have successfully completed all courses required by the program for the terms prior to the recruitment term*
  • Be enrolled in all courses required for the recruitment term*
  • Have a minimum program cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater

In order to be eligible to participate in a co-op, students must:

  • Successfully complete all required courses for all terms preceding the work term*
  • Have a minimum program cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater

Recruitment Term - the term in which the student is applying for a work experience to occur in the next subsequent work term (term prior to work term).

Work Term - the term in which the student is engaged and enrolled in a work experience. 

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.) The department manager must approve exceptions after consultation with the relevant dean. The granting of an exception cannot compromise the preparation of the students, the likelihood of the student's success, or the safety of the student in the co-op experience.

Securing a Co-op

The process for obtaining co-op positions is competitive.

Although the co-op & career services department actively engages employers, students must work actively with the department through the process. Students who have met co-op eligibility requirements are encouraged to actively participate in the recruitment process in the term prior to their co-op work term.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Sarnia/Main Campus
905-890-7833 x 222
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