Civil Engineering

An investment that works

By hiring a CO-OP student from the University of Ottawa, you invest in a winning combination! You get a motivated and enthusiastic employee while giving a student the chance to put his or her academic training to the test. The University of Ottawa is the place to recruit CO-OP students!

Only the top students are admitted to the program. Each one has achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 6.0 out of 10 (a B average). Students begin their first work term after two complete years of study giving them a strong academic background to help them succeed on the job. Students are available year-round. You may choose French-speaking, English-speaking or bilingual students. The sequence of work and study terms is shown below. In all, students will complete 4 work terms (total 16 months of on the job training).

Skills that are in demand

CO-OP students in Civil Engineering may choose between four programs of study:

  • General Civil Engineering (Structural and Geotechnical Option)
  • Environmental and water resources engineering
  • Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship option (project management)
  • Combined program in Civil Engineering and Information Technology

 

Students are assigned to their first placement after two and a half years of intensive academic courses, during which they acquire a solid basis in mathematics, chemistry, computing, physics and engineering as well as in various fields in civil engineering. This training means interns will integrate quickly into your work environment, becoming a productive member of your team in no time.

 

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - by default, all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Study
4Work 3StudyWork 4
5Study--

Sequence 2 - available to students hired for 12-month terms with the same company

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Work 3
4Work 4Study-
5StudyStudy-

Sequence 3 - available to students hired for 8-month terms with the same company

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Study
4Work 3Work 4-
5StudyStudy-
Examples of tasks at work
  • AutoCAD
  • Computer programming (numerical modelling)
  • Design techniques in their field of specialization
  • Field engineering
  • Laboratory analysis and testing (materials)
  • Project management
  • Surveying
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