How it works

  • Co-op is not for credit but you remain enrolled in the degree whilst completing each Co-op term.
  • You can complete a minimum of 2 terms. After the successful completion of 2 work terms, the Co-op program will be listed on your academic transcript as 0 credit point units.
  • There are no tuition fees payable for Co-op.
  • Co-op terms have a minimum of 12 weeks (summer), and up to 6 months (whole semester). Year long Co-op terms will be considered on a case by case basis.

Student remuneration

Co-op is based on an employer and employee relationship for the 3 or 6 month term.  You are employed on a full time basis and receive a salary paid by the employer.

Cost to student

The Faculty of Engineering will provide you with employability skills training by way of a targeted program offered only to Co-op students and aimed at preparing you for your Co-op experience. You will be provided with exclusive access to internship positions not usually available to the rest of the student cohort. Upon receiving confirmation a successful Co-op term a fee of $400 is payable. This payment is payable for each Co-op term but does not have to be paid until you are receiving payment from your employer. The selection process for Co-op positions is determined at the discretion of the employer.

Employability Skills Program

As a Co-op student you will attend a compulsory robust employability skills program to ensure you are significantly prepared to work with your organisation. This program provides modules run in conjunction with Career Connect such as:

  • CV writing
  • Interview skills “how to” workshop
  • LinkedIn profiles
  • Working in Australia and workplace talk (International students only)

Interactive workshops and components specifically designed for the program include:

  • Plan your career
  • Meet an engineer
  • Mock interviews
  • Leadership Essentials
  • Personal growth videos

The Employability Skills Program will either be offered on a weekly basis or a combination of full days and evenings.

Self-sourced Co-op placements

We recognise that students sometimes have their own networks and may be offered a position outside of the Co-op recruitment process. If you are a Co-op student and you have found your own placement please contact us to determine its suitability to be recognised as part of the Co-op program. If your self-sourced placement is approved and your employer decides to take a subsequent Co-op student in the future, your placement fee will be refunded.

How to apply to the Co-op Program

Students are required to make a formal on line application to the Co-op by completing the on line application questions and submitting a CV


You must:

  • Be enrolled in a single or double engineering degree;
  • Have completed at least 72 points of engineering studies and have more than 48 points of engineering studies remaining;
  • Be eligible to work in Australia.