Summer Engineering Co-op Program (SECOP)

What is SECOP?

SECOP is a Summer Engineering Co-op Program designed to assist students in finding quality paid engineering work placements for the summer months. The duration of the co-op is four months - from May to August.

Why should you participate?

  • Gain hands-on experience related to your academic program;
  • Develop marketable skills future employers are looking for in new recruits;
  • Clarify your career goals and objectives;
  • Earn a salary to help offset the cost of tuition;
  • Build a professional network with employers and engineers in your field - a SECOP position may provide you with an opportunity to pursue an Internship placement with the same employer. Many employers view co-op work terms as an opportunity to assess candidates for future full-time positions after graduation.

Who can participate?

  • All full-time undergraduate engineering students who are returning to Western Engineering (full-time) for both the fall and winter semesters;
  • Students who have a cumulative academic average of at least 65% and no scholastic offense.

What is the enrollment process?

  • Co-op information sessions are available annually in the Fall Term;
  • Online registration begins Sept. 12, 2016 on CareerCentral

What are the costs?

The SECOP fee in 2016 is:

  • $100 Dollars for Direct Match Placements
  • $300 Dollars for positions secured from a Summer Co-op posting on CareerCentral

What does an employer expect?

  • Motivated and enthusiastic students;
  • Clear, neat and organized resumes;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ethical and professional judgment;
  • Responsible and accountable student employees.