Frequently Asked Questions
Please read through the FAQ below for any questions you may have before contacting the Co-op Office. The Co-op Office is here to help make your transition into the workforce as smooth as possible. Do not hesitate to contact us if your question has not been answered below. You can email or schedule appointments with your Co-op coordinator through PDPortal. If you are looking to join co-op, visit the intake FAQ.
Each engineering discipline has an assigned Coordinator team and each student has a primary Coordinator. Your assigned Coordinator is listed in the PD Portal under the Co-op tab, in your Co-op Record. Co-op Coordinator contact details can be found here.
Effective January 21, 2019.
What counts as a No-Show?
A No-Show occurs when a student has registered for an event, workshop, or coaching appointment and does not attend and does not cancel their registration.
What are the consequences of a No-Show?
Failure to cancel attendance by the timelines outlined below will result in a No-Show being added to the student’s file. Following the student’s second No-Show, access to PD Portal will be revoked. The student will have to meet with the Senior Manager, Student Experience to have their access reinstated.
My plans have changed – How do I cancel my registration to avoid a No-Show?
To avoid a No-Show, students must cancel their registration in PD Portal 24 hours in advance. This applies to anything that requires a registration: workshops, events, employer info sessions, and coaching appointments with a Co-op Coordinator.
Exceptional Circumstances – We understand that there are exceptional circumstances and sometimes things come up at the last minute (e.g. illness, emergency). If a student needs to cancel the morning of an event, they must e-mail their Co-op Coordinator with a valid reason as to why they will not be able to attend.
Co-op APSC X10 courses are pass or fail. “P” indicates that you have successfully completed the work term. If you do not yet see a grade on your transcript, please allow some time as the Co-op office might be still reviewing your learning objectives, work term report, and performance assessment submitted by your employer. Allow a minimum of six weeks into the term following the work term for the details and grade to be processed.
Note: we advise you to remind your employer to complete the performance assessment before the final week of your Co-op term.
If you wish to withdraw from the program, you should meet with your Co-op Coordinator. You must fill out Program Withdrawal Form to withdraw and send it to your Co-op Coordinator for review and processing.
If you do not send in the withdrawal form by the term deadline you will be assigned a “Withdrawal” standing for your APSC Co-op course and you will be charged 100% of the Co-op tuition fees. The deadlines for withdrawing from the Co-op program are:
○ For Winter work term (January to April) – by August 31st
○ For Summer work term (May to August) – by December 31st
○ For Fall work term (September to December) – by April 30th
Meet with your Co-op Coordinator if you have any questions or extenuating circumstances
Yes, you may be able to use up to 12 months of Co-op work terms toward the four-year work experience requirement leading to the P.Eng. It is a good idea to keep a log of the type work you have been doing during your term. This can help you remember what you did and how your Co-op activities fulfill Engineers and Geoscientists BC required competencies leading to the P.Eng.
Take a look at Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Competency Experience Reporting System for a better idea of the requirements here. If you will be pursuing a P.Eng in another province, go to that province’s professional association for engineers website for reporting requirements.
There is the Workshop and Administration Fee, a one-time fee that is paid when you are admitted to the Co-op Program, and there is the Co-op Course fee that is paid for each confirmed 4-month co-op work term. For up to date information about these fees, please visit the UBC Calendar. Your co-op fees are used to cover costs that are directly related to the management, administration and promotion of the Program.
CIE is the Faculty of Applied Science Coordinated International Experience program. It is an experiential opportunity for engineering students which we support by providing the opportunity to integrate it in your plans to graduate with Co-op designation on your degree. If you are completing a CIE term during a scheduled work term, you may be eligible to count this term toward one of the minimum four work terms required for Co-op standing. Contact your Co-op Coordinator.
Full CIE program details are available here.
You can find Co-op sequence options at the Work Term Schedule page. Use program filter to see all the options available for you.
Each engineering discipline has a pre-approved sequence. Normally, you will follow one of these preapproved Co-op sequences; however, you can choose to create your own sequence.
As some academic courses are only offered once per year (either Term 1 or Term 2), you may end up missing prerequisites for the core courses of your program, which may extend your program, and postpone the graduation date. Before making any formal changes to your Co-op/Academic sequence, you need to confirm with your department’s academic advisor whether your plan will fit with the academic courses and future schedule. Note: by submitting the completed Co-op sequence change form, you are confirming that you have discussed your sequence plan with your academic advisor and they have approved it.
You need to fill out the Sequence Change Form to change your work term sequence and email it to your Co-op Coordinator. Please note the deadlines for changing your co-op sequence:
● December 31st for Summer term (May to August)
● April 30th for Fall (T1) term (September – December)
● August 31st for Winter (T2) term (January – April)
If you have any questions or extenuating circumstances, contact your Co-op Coordinator.
In order to graduate with the Co-op designation on your degree parchment, undergraduate students must successfully complete four co-op work terms from at least two different academic terms (e.g., three summer work terms and one fall work term or two summer work terms, one fall work term, and one winter work term, etc.)
The maximum of number of Co-op terms is seven (7) for Canadian or Permanent Resident undergraduate students and five (5) for international undergraduate students.
If you do not secure a position for one term, you then have four work terms scheduled which could then meet eligibility to graduate with Co-op designation on your degree parchment. If you do not secure a work term, you will simply proceed to the next scheduled term on the schedule to complete the remaining four work terms.
First, are you scheduled to be heading out on a work term in the next term? If so…. Have you reviewed and accepted the Terms and Conditions in the PD Portal AND selected your Intention? Go to the PD portal and click Co-op overview, find the appropriate work term and select your intention.
Finally, if you still cannot see any job postings, please contact the Co-op office.
Refer to the Co-op Toolkits. There are separate toolkits for resumes, cover letters and interviews in the PD Portal. To access these: Log in to PD Portal > Click Co-op > Click Resources
If you have further questions, make an appointment with your Coordinator. You can make an appointment through the PD Portal, under the Co-op tab, then to Appointments. Also, Co-op Peer Advisors are here to help! A Peer Advisor has been in your shoes, will provide feedback, and can share tips on how to become a successful Co-op student.
While some employers pay attention to student’s grades, and in some cases require a minimum academic average to qualify for a job (e.g. NSERC), having an “F” on your transcript does not directly affect your hireability. Many employers focus on your skills demonstrated through your projects, extracurricular activities, and relevant work experiences in addition to your academic courses.
Employers do not have access to your work term sequence/schedule as posted in the PD Portal; therefore, they do not know your work term sequence history.
As a nationally accredited co-op program, each work term must be remunerated. Unpaid internships are ineligible for co-op work term credit. Contact your Co-op Coordinator if you have any questions regarding remuneration.
If the position meets the minimum Co-op requirements (i.e. minimum 35 hours per week (or equivalent), paid, supervised) it may be eligible for credit for a co-op work term. You will need to provide details to your Co-op Coordinator and outline why you are interested in the position and how it fits your professional development. Your request will be reviewed and you will be advised if it will be eligible for a co-op work term.
You have two (2) business days to accept or decline an offer. After two business days, the Co-op office must notify the employer of your decision. After this time the employer may then extend the offer to another student
You may decline a job offer. You must respond to a job offer within two (2) business days of receiving the offer (either verbal or written) indicating if you are accepting or declining. Once you have accepted a job offer you are expected to honour it.
You may decline an offer but, as outlined in Terms and Conditions, you should only be applying to positions that you intend to accept if you were offered. If you have any concerns with an interview or an offer, speak to your Co-op Coordinator immediately.
A verbal offer is a formal offer of employment, once an employer receives confirmation that you have accepted their offer, they will then issue a written offer. You are expected to honour any offer you accept.
As an accredited co-op program, each work term needs to be a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks of full-time, remunerated employment or equivalent. Please contact your Co-op Coordinator for confirmation.
Please schedule an appointment with your Co-op Coordinator or a Peer Advisor to discuss. We are here to assist you for your future success.
You do not enroll in the Co-op work term course. The Co-op office will enroll students in the appropriate course once you have a confirmed co-op position. Before registering for courses, you will have to pay a $100 registration deposit, which will be applied toward your co-op course fee and tuition. The deposit will appear on the Pay Fees screen through the Student Service Centre (SSC) once your registration date has been released. The Co-op course fee, which is paid for each 4-month work term, is applied to your UBC account upon registration. The Co-op work term fees are paid to UBC in the same method as your other tuition fees. For current fee information, please visit the UBC Calendar.
As an accredited program, we check in with each student during the work term and receive an evaluation at the end of each work term.
A Co-op Coordinator will conduct a ‘site visit’ – a mid-term check-in – through an in-person meeting, a phone meeting, or an email at approximately halfway through your Co-op work term. The Coordinator will meet with your supervisor and then with you to discuss and review your job responsibilities, learning and progress to date, future goals, and any concerns that you might have.
While on a work term, your primary course is your work experience. If you wish to enroll in one course outside of your work hours/employer’s business hours, you may. If you wish to take more than one course or a course that could cross into your work hours (even if you are working on-campus), you must obtain permission from both your employer and a Co-op Coordinator.
While on a Co-op work term you are considered a full-time student for eligibility for student loans and interest-free status. If you have any questions about student loans, grants or awards, follow up with your Enrolment Services Advisor (ESA) in Vancouver or Student Services at UBC Okanagan. You can also visit BC Student Aid for student loan details.