Through co-op work experience, IEEQ Program participants gain Canadian engineering employment experience while earning a wage or salary, working with engineering colleagues and/or supervisors, and where both they and you (the employers) have access to the IEEQ Program and Coop / IIP Program for support as required.
Guidelines for Employers Hiring IEEQ Program Students
1. The co-op employment term should be at least 16 weeks long. Work term dates may vary, although typically begin on or around May 1. (Please note: Often, the four-month co-op term is the final requirement in the IEEQ participant's program and the participant will be looking for ongoing employment. This gives the employer the opportunity to use the four-month co-op term to assess the participant's potential as a long-term or permanent employee. However, no commitment beyond four months is expected or required).
2. The IEEQ Program participant should be engaged in engineering work, i.e. work that counts for Engineering Intern or engineer-level experience in your firm. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba defines engineering practice as including some or all of: the application of theory (analysis, design, testing, implementation); practical experience (field engineering, site visits); engineering management (planning, scheduling, budgeting, project control); communication skills; exposure to ethical responsibilities; and, exposure to the societal implications of engineering.
3. The IEEQ Program participant's work should be directly or indirectly supervised by a registered professional engineer in good standing with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba .
4. The IEEQ Program participant is to be paid a wage or salary by the employer. Negotiations regarding compensation packages and working conditions are left to the employer and the participant, with a recommendation to take the participants’ past experience and skills into account. Past participants have received hourly wages in the range of $18 - $28, with an average of $24/hour. Potential wage subsidies and tax credits are available.
5. The employer should allow the Co-op/IIP Program to monitor the co-op employment. Generally, this consists of periodic e-mail or phone contact with the supervisor and possibly one in-person visit with the supervisor during the co-op work term. The employer is encouraged to contact Co-op/IIP Program staff at any time during the co-op term as required.
6. The IEEQ Program participant will be writing a report on their co-op employment term for the Faculty of Engineering. Any confidentiality issues related to the employer’s business will be taken into account in the writing of the report.