Engineering Career Practicum

Engineering Career Practicum

Students in their first year of engineering are automatically enrolled into the Engineering Career Practicum (ECP) course where they can begin building their career readiness. By connecting theory with hands-on learning opportunities, they can gain relevant work experiences early in their degrees, increasing their future success and employability.

Isabella Uzcategui

The Engineering Career Practicum was a perfect way to receive feedback and guidance in my job search as an engineering student.

Isabella Uzcategui

Engineering Career Practicum student

How it works...

The Engineering Career Practicum (ECP) involves completing self-directed online modules and at least one paid work-term with a minimum of 350 hours of relevant work experience.* Upon completion, students will receive a Digital Badge (micro-credential) to show they have successfully completed the ECP, which can be displayed on resumes and on LinkedIn. In addition to this, all ECP students will be provided with access to the ECP Job Board after completing modules 1 and 2 of the online course. Students are encouraged to search external job boards as well.

*Employment is not guaranteed as it is up to the student to secure a position. 

Career Readiness, Exploration and Preparation (Modules 1 to 3)

Explored during the academic year before the work term begins.

  • Understanding their unique engineering interests and skills
  • Exploring different types of engineering careers 
  • Writing professional and effective resumes and cover letters
  • Working on interview skills
  • Learning the proper steps for applying to jobs
  • Successfully navigating accepting a position
  • Understanding their unique learning and communication styles
  • Using various social media platforms effectively 
  • Analyzing multiple job offers and making decisions

Career Insights (Module 4)

Takes place during the work term.

  • Online module to self-assess skills, evaluate learning outcomes and other reflections
  • Feedback on the employment experience to the employer (with an opportunity for the employer to provide feedback as well)

Engineering Career Practicum (ECP) job board

Access our ECP job board on Elevate and apply for summer work terms after your first year and/or second year of engineering. These positions will help you build your resume and portfolio for when you are ready for the Engineering Internship Program and post-graduate work.

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Wage subsidies for first-year students

Hire a first-year student for a summer practicum and you could receive up to $7,000 in support through the Student Work Placement Program.

I never really understood the point of a cover letter before going through this module…

Hamza Gohar

Engineering Career Practicum student