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TheUniversity of Waterloo is a leading global innovation hub that drives economic and social prosperity for Canada and the world. With more than 41,000 students, we are home to the world's largest co-op education talent pipeline, game-changing research and technology and an unmatched entrepreneurial culture. Together, these create partnerships and solutions to tackle today's and tomorrow's challenges.  

Co-operative and Experiential Education at Waterloo is made up of researchers, academics, dedicated staff and students committed to our mission to equip and empower learners for the future of work and lifelong learning. We do so by developing talent for a complex future, advancing research and strengthening Waterloo’s sustainable and diverse communities through work-integrated learning. We offer a dedicated service team, no participation fee and access to Waterloo’s talent year-round. 

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Campus Engagement Opportunities 

Co-operative and Experiential Education at the University of Waterloo offers multiple opportunities for current students to network with employers, learn from professionals in their field and grow their skills with events and workshops offered each term.  

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Programs and opportunities

The University of Waterloo has over 120 co-op programs across our six faculties of Arts, Engineering, Environment, Health, Mathematics and Science. Find out more about our full list of course offerings. Energy-related programs and courses include: 

Biochemistry

Biochemistry

In Biochemistry, students create chemicals. Analyze genes. Explore the fundamentals of metabolism. They start with a broad science foundation in the first year, including chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus. Students graduate with the knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of areas, from forensics to pharmaceuticals to food and agriculture. 

Thanks to our extensive range of lab courses, students have plenty of opportunity to learn hands-on skills like chromatography, electrophoresis, nuclear magnetic resonance, and more. 

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering 

Chemical engineers design, implement, and supervise industrial processes where matter undergoes change, including in the pharmaceutical, energy, or plastics industries, among others. They also play a major role in the emerging field of nanotechnology, with applications in the development of new eco-friendly advanced materials and devices. 

Through North America's largest co-op program, students can apply transferable skills in a wide range of jobs that support the transition to sustainable energy, combat climate change, maximize food production, enable a circular economy, enhance health care, and more. 

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering 

As climate change and resource scarcity accelerate at an alarming rate, it’s critical that we design solutions that protect the planet we all call home. Students will gain the skills to design smarter water treatment and distribution systems, clean contaminated soil, or even prevent E. coli outbreaks. 

At Waterloo, students can nurture their passion for sustainability, mathematics, and science. While also gaining two years of paid experience through six co-op work terms, allowing them to earn money and discover the career areas fit them best. 

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering co-op program 

Students study the fundamentals of electromagnetism, circuits, algorithms and instrumentation. They’ll be able to specialize in a range of technologies such as power generation, clean energy and electric vehicles.  

Students learn to design, create, and integrate more efficient and reliable technologies, like wind turbines, GPS devices, hybrid cars, communication systems, and other circuits and systems. 

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering co-op program 

Students get a broad foundation in all aspects of mechanical design: mechanics, power, control, and manufacturing. They also learn to lead large, multidisciplinary teams, solve problems, come up with high-impact innovations, and have the chance to apply it all to real work experiences in co-op.  

Graduates from this program work in various industries, including aerospace, automotive, green energy, and oil. Combine technical know-how with knowledge of fluids, power, and energy systems to create new technologies. 

Geography

Geography and Environmental Management 

Explore how people shape the planet we live on. Delve into the dynamics of the Earth’s physical systems. Help solve many of the world’s most pressing problems, such as climate change, water scarcity, resource management, global population growth, natural resource sustainability, and more. 

Ranked 4th in Canada for research and reputation (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023), Waterloo's Geography and Environmental Management department is one of Canada's largest. 

Sustainability

Diploma in Sustainability 

This credential is open to students enrolled in degree programs or any non- or post-degree academic plan. 

Employer Information Sessions

Employer Information Sessions (EIS) 

We offer Employer Information Sessions as a recruiting event hosted by an employer looking to hire Waterloo students directly into their organization and is hosted in partnership with Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) at the University of Waterloo. Sessions can be held in person or virtually and can be a great way to connect with students and showcase your organization's opportunities. 

An EIS allows you direct access to emerging talent to increase your brand visibility and make connections with Waterloo students. EIS sessions allow you to meet potential candidates for roles and increase your number of applications. Not to mention, we have a dedicated service team to support all sessions.  

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Course options

 

Each program offers various course options, and students can choose to take courses as electives, where available. Some of those offerings include: 

 

ECE260 - Electromechanical Energy Conversion 

Power systems and their fundamental components and models. Introduction to the principles of electromechanical energy conversion, including transformers and rotating machines, particularly (direct current) dc, induction and synchronous machines. 

ME250 - Thermodynamics 1 

The engineering science of energy. The scope and limitations of thermodynamics. Macroscopic approach to heat, work, energy and the First Law. Properties and state of simple substances. Control-mass and control-volume energy analysis. The Second Law of Thermodynamics, principle of increase of entropy, limiting cycle efficiencies, criteria for equilibrium. 

ME459 - Energy Conversion 

Review of reserves and consumption trends of Canada's and the world's energy resources. Design of fossil-fuel central power plants, including boiler efficiency calculations and advanced steam and binary cycles. Review of atomic physics including fission and fusion energy. Design of nuclear fission power plants including design of reactor core for critical conditions, fuel cycles and radiation hazards. Design considerations for solar energy conversion devices including: availability of solar energy, solar-thermal converters, thermal storage and photovoltaics. Principles of fuel cells and some aspects of their design. Other topics as appropriate. 

GEOG459 - Energy and Sustainability 

Renewable and non-renewable energy supply systems are compared using economic and environmental measures. Consumption trends and conservation options are considered at the local and global levels. Projects are used to show the economic and environmental challenges in the design of a sustainable energy system. 

SCI200 - Energy - Its Development, Use, and Issues 

A survey course which deals with energy resources, their conversion into energy products and their use in today's industrial societies. In light of the Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) Model, energy supply demand, and conservation constraints, the use of non-renewable fossil and nuclear fuels, biofuels and other renewable fuels (wind, hydraulic, solar) will be reviewed and technical and social issues arising from their use explored. This course should prepare students to analyze and deal with the many contradictory energy usage claims and decide for themselves the best course of energy use. 

ENVE279 - Energy and the Environment 

Conservation of energy, energy balances on closed systems. Steady-state and transient heat transfer via convection, radiation, and conduction. Mechanical and electrical work. Internal energy, enthalpy, and specific heats of solids, liquids and gases. Phase change in natural environmental systems; The basics of heat engines, refrigerators, and heat pumps. Function, evaluation, and design of energy resource technology: wind and hydroelectric turbines, photovoltaics, geothermal energy, biomass and biofuel, natural gas and petroleum extraction, and tidal energy. Renewable energy policy and implications. 

Network and Professional Events

Network and Professional Events Calendar 

The Networking and Professional Events calendar is a great tool to showcase your organization's events and opportunities to Waterloo students for free. Submitted events will be reviewed and upon approval will have their activity added to our student-facing events calendar in WaterlooWorks. This is a great way to showcase your organization's opportunities to students! 

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Have an inquiry about Networking and Professional Events at UWaterloo?  Please contact the Professional Events team via email

Testimonials

Hear what our students are saying

Biochemistry co-op student

“Two years ago, when I came to the University and the co-op program, I wasn't expecting to be leading my own studies or to contribute in such a profound way. Or, to have my own publications as an undergraduate student.” Milena Gojsevic,

Environmental Engineering co-op student

"Being in environmental engineering, I was interested in looking at system infrastructure and the greater impacts that it has on different communities. Renewable energy came up as something that could target all those things. It made me feel like I could make an impact in many ways.” Frances Hallen

Geography and Environmental Management co-op student

“Co-op has allowed me to learn more about myself and the work that I would like to do when I graduate, try new things and learn invaluable lessons along the way.” Breanna DeFreitas

Contact us

Contact us

If you are interested in discussing hiring University of Waterloo talent, reach out to Aaron DeFaria via email.