Mechanical Engineering Co-op Program

The Co-op and Internship Programs were established by the Department as a formal mechanism by which the Department monitors and assesses the engineering work experience gained by ME students during their work terms.

Summary of the Mechanical Engineering Co-op Work Term
Requirements -
The following information supersedes any instructions you may find on the University Co-op Homepage.

1. Co-op Work Term Report

  • The Co-op Work Term Report is to be handed into the Mechanical Engineering Office within the first week of the academic term. The work term report should be about a project that you personally worked on and it should be technical in nature. A general overview of the company or organization should be included in the introduction along with a process flow sheet if applicable. You are welcome to include any professional interactions, incidents involving engineering ethics and law in a separate section.

  • A research paper or a document you produced for the company is not acceptable.

  • Your report must be a reflection of your good technical writing skill. Good sentence structure, proper use of language and proper formatting are requirements of the report.

2. Confidentiality

The Department of Mechanical Engineering will not enter into any confidentiality agreement with your employer. You must discuss this with your employer right at the beginning of your work and have your report released by them for review by any Mechanical Engineering Faculty member.

3. Monthly Experience Records (APENS Diary)

The Monthly Experience Record or APENS Diary should be completed and signed by your supervisor at the end of each month and be included in the appendix of the Work Term Report.

4. Performance Appraisal Form
  • The Performance Appraisal should be completed via the on-line process prior to you leaving your work term placement. This is submitted electronically to the Co-op office. You have until the end of the first week of the academic term to have this completed.

  • If your supervisor prefers to complete a hard copy of the Performance Appraisal, please download and print off from the Co-op website. This can be faxed to the Co-op Office or submitted with your work term report.

  • It is your responsibility to have the Performance Appraisal completed by your supervisor. Without the submission of the Performance Appraisal you will obtain an 'Incomplete' grade.

  • If, after, repeated attempts you fail to get your supervisor to submit this within two weeks of the academic term inform both the Department and the Co-op office immediately. The Co-op office will then pursue the matter on your behalf.


The Dalhousie Co-op Office website contains information on the Co-op Program, Co-op Work
Term Report, and the Performance Appraisal Form.

The Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia website has information on the
Monthly Experience Records and Pre-Grad Experience.

The Mechanical Engineering Section of the Undergraduate Calendar website has general
information on the Co-op Program.

(Updated April 2007 by Dr. Prabir Basu, ME Co-op Coordinator)