Students are able to contribute to all aspects of an engineering project, including: research, analysis, design, production, inspection, and documentation. Students major in one of six main disciplines:
The type of work students can undertake varies from well-defined positions with specific tasks and procedures to unstructured situations where they work with only objectives and deadlines. Most work under one or more professional engineers who can provide technical direction and mentoring. Co-operative education co-ordinators can advise employers on structuring job duties to meet the needs of both students and employers.
To develop further skills in time and project management as well as communications, students are required to complete a work report that is evaluated by the university. While the report generally comprises a project selected by the student and approved by the employer, the employer may also assign the topic. In either case, the topic would have to be approved by the Engineering Co-operative Education Office. It usually involved analysis of a practical work related issue. The use of employer facilities and allocation of time to the student for the report is at the discretion of the employer. Specific steps can be taken to protect confidentiality where required.