Software Engineering (Mandatory CO-OP)

Admission requirements
  • Be registered full-time
  • Follow the CO-OP sequence and the faculty course sequence
  • Must be in good academic standing (based on Faculty of Engineering policies)
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or an international student (with a work permit)

CO-OP fees

As a student in a mandatory CO-OP program, you also pay CO-OP fees (announced every year by the Registrar) during each study term.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - by default, all students follow this sequence

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study Work 1
2 Study Work 2 Study
3 Work 3 Study Work 4
4 Study Study Work 5
5 Study - -

Sequence 2 - available to students hired for 8-month terms with the same company

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study Work 1
2 Study Work 2 Work 3
3 Study Study Study
4 Work 4 Study Work 5
5 Study - -

Sequence 3 - available to students hired for 12-month terms with the same company

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study Work 1
2 Study Work 2 Study
3 Work 3 Work 4 Work 5
4 Study Study -
5 Study Study -

Sequence 4 - Followed by students that need to study in the summer after year one.

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study Study
2 Study Work 1 Study
3 Work 2 Study Work 3
4 Study Study Work 4
5 Study - -

Sequence 5 - After completing two work terms, students can opt to follow this sequence.

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study Work 1
2 Study Work 2 Study
3 Study Study Work 3
4 Study Study -

CO-OP fees

As a student in a mandatory CO-OP program, you also pay CO-OP fees (announced every year by the Registrar) during each study term.

Some of our employers include
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Amazon
  • BlackBerry
  • CIENA Corporation
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canadian Bank Note Company Ltd.
  • Communication Research Centre Canada
  • Desk Nibbles
  • Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Ericsson Canada Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company of Canada
  • Fuze
  • Groupe Nordik
  • Health Canada
  • House of Commons
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Kinaxis
  • Klipfolio
  • Mitel Networks Corporation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC)
  • Mozilla
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Nokia
  • Open Text AG
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Shopify
  • Statistics Canada
  • Teksavvy
  • TripAdvisor Media Group
  • University of Ottawa
  • Wealthsimple
  • You.i
Examples of tasks at work
  • Database design
  • Design simple programs and extensions to existing programs
  • Develop complex software applications, including data transmission and network software
  • Mathematical and statistical analysis
  • Program in languages such as C++, C#, Java, Python, HTML, Javascript and Ruby on Rails
  • Project analysis and management
Work term reports guidelines

You must submit your work term report through the CO-OP Navigator. The “Work Term Report” link can be found next to your work term, under the “My Evaluations” tab. The system will allow you to change or submit your report right up until the deadline for submission, and professors will be able to submit their comments and attach a corrected copy of your report online as well.

You must include a cover letter or letter of transmittal along with your CO-OP work-term report in one PDF file.

For confidential Work-Term Reports, please make sure to submit your cover letter or letter of transmittal through the CO-OP Navigator by the deadline for submission.

Academic coordinators
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