2009/2010 year end report
contentSFaculty oF applied Science deanS MeSSage 4
prograM directorS MeSSage 5
prograM overview 6
cheMical and Biological engineering 9
civil engineering 10
coMputer engineering 11
electrical engineering 11
geological engineering 12
integrated engineering 13
MaSter oF engineering 14
MaterialS engineering 14
Mechanical engineering 15 Mining engineering 16
MaSter oF SoFtware SySteMS 17
uBc okanagan 19
award winnerS 22
SponSorShip prograM initiativeS 23
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Dear Engineering Co-op Partners,
Thank you for supporting Engineering Co-op throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Whether you are an employer, student or faculty member, we value your participation in the program. Your partnership is vital to the programs success.
As we mark the 30th anniversary of co-operative education at UBC, we celebrate the growth of Engineering Co-op. The program provides our students with invaluable work experience, our industry partners with enthusiastic students to help meet business objectives, and our faculty with students who understand and appreciate the practical applications of classroom learning. And ultimately, society benefits from engineers with experience.
During the history of Engineering Co-op at UBC, we have been able to serve a growing number of students from an increasingly broad range of engineering disciplines. In 1994/1995 work term placement numbers were 240 for Chemical and Biological, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering compared to 1,302 work terms secured in 2009/2010 for ten undergraduate disciplines and two graduate programs.
Despite the proven quality and growth of our Engineering Co-op program, we have been adversely affected by the recent economic downturn. However we are optimistic that the economy is improving and that we will soon be on a trajectory to once again serve an increasing number of students and industry partners.
Again, thank you for the value you add to UBCs Engineering Co-op program. Whether you are a student gaining practical experience, an industry partner providing that experience, or a faculty member working with both, you are helping us collectively make a difference in our world.
Dr. Tyseer Aboulnasr, O.ONT., FCAE, FEIC, P.Eng.Dean, Faculty of Applied Science Professor, Electrical Engineering
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Dear Co-op Supporters,
It is my great pleasure to present the 2009/2010 UBC Engineering Co-operative Education Program Year End Report. UBC Engineering Co-op students have established a record of making a tangible difference in research, analysis and the application of solutions to real-world problems. They have done this while learning about innovative and best practices in all facets of Engineering.
This report highlights the programs successes this past year - successes achieved despite a challenging global fiscal climate. The Co-op program secured 1,302 four-month Co-op work term placements; a 17 per cent decrease compared to the previous year. Seventy-nine per cent of our students worked within British Columbia and 13 per cent within Canada. A total of eight per cent of Co-op students from different Engineering disciplines gained international experience in over 20 different locations around the world including Africa as well as Central and South America.
In January, we officially welcomed 360 highly motivated second-year students into our program and said farewell to our 240 Vancouver and Okanagan Co-op students who graduated with Co-op standing. Graduation receptions were held for both campuses. This year was very special as we celebrated our first graduating class in the Okanagan campus. The 2010 graduating classes participated in over 965 Co-op work terms - totaling over 3,945 months of relevant, technical, industry work experience and collectively earned over $11.4 million dollars in salaries during their time in the Engineering Co-op program!
Forging ahead, we celebrate UBC Co-ops 30th Anniversary in 2010. Our program has grown in leaps and bounds over the
years and has positively impacted thousands of students in their Engineering career development. We look forward to many new opportunities and initiatives in the upcoming year:
an improved market in 2010/2011 for increased Engineering Co-op student opportunities domestically and internationally
a new home for our program from the Engineering Annex to renovated space in the UBC Pulp and Paper Centre
new website and marketing materials
commencement of our new Master of Engineering Clean Energy Co-op program - the first of its kind in Canada and one of only a handful worldwide
We look forward to a brighter year ahead and extend our thanks to you for your continued support of the UBC Engineering Co-op program. If you have any feedback, suggestions or questions on the program, please contact me directly at 604-822-6598 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenny ReillyDirector, UBC Engineering Co-op Program
program directorS meSSage
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work terM StatiSticS 1994 to 2010
uBc engineering co-op students participated in a total of 1,302 four-month work terms in paid, relevant and technical engineering positions. compared to the previous year, we experienced a 17 per cent decrease as a result of global economic challenges.
over two-thirds or 67 per cent of co-op students
were located in the lower Mainland of Bc, 12 per cent within Bc and 13 per cent within canadian provinces and territories. the remaining eight per cent of co-op students worked internationally.
in 2009/2010, 76 per cent of co-op students worked in the private sector - the largest co-op employment provider. the public sector accounted for 21 per cent while three per cent of opportunities were in non-profit.
engineering co-op students applied their hands-on, technical engineering experience and contributed to local and global projects: Vancouver 2010 Olympics Port Mann Highway 1 Project Sustainable Building Designs Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion (LEED platinum) Expanding 3G networks
76% Private Business
Provincial Agency 8%Provincial Government 2% 2% Federal Agency
4% Federal Government
5% Municipal Government
3% Non Profit Organization
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once again, students from all engineering disciplines had the opportunity to explore international work terms. they enriched their professional skills while working in engineering-related co-op work terms away from canada. in
2009/2010 a total of eight per cent or 106 co-op work terms were secured in over 20 different locations around the world; our most diverse to date!
a majority of students were placed in germany, hong kong, Japan and the united States, while other students ventured off to africa and central and South america.
Student Salary averageS in 2009/2010 uBc engineering co-op students employed in canada reported an average monthly salary of $2,944. co-op students jointly earned over $14 million dollars in salaries.
Monthly Salary averageS
diScipline 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
cheMical & Biological $2,423 $2,865 $3,681
civil $2,893 $3,044 $3,296
coMputer $2,570 $2,855 $2,909
electrical $2,735 $2,942 $2,962
environMental $2,552 $2,814 $2,899
geological $2,727 $3,121 $3,271
integrated $2,284 $2,777 $3,161
Mechanical $2,610 $2,764 $3,166
MaterialS $1,723 $2,638 $2,908
Mining $3,458 $3,749 $3,864
MaSterS oF SoFtware SySteMS n/a n/a $3,489
MaSterS oF engineering n/a n/a $3,062
the following summary shows average domestic salary data for co-op work terms from all engineering disciplines.
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cheMical and Biological engineering
Chemical and Biological Engineering Co-op students continued to work in diverse fields in either Chemical and Biological, Process or Environmental Engineering. This year 100 students secured work terms in different environments including oil and gas, academic research, consulting and fuel cell industries. Once again the oil and gas sector provided the most opportunities for students, hiring over 22 per cent of the students. Nineteen per cent also had the opportunity to work with the award-winning faculty in Chemical and Biological Engineering, including research at the Michael Smith Laboratories.
Eighty-nine per cent of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Co-op students secured work terms within Canada; with the majority of those staying in the Lower Mainland of BC and rest of British Columbia. Eleven per cent worked abroad in countries such as Japan, Korea, Peru, Taiwan and the United States of America.
The Environmental Engineering Co-op Program is a unique initiative run jointly between UBC and The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). In 2009/2010, 14 Environmental Engineering Co-op students secured work terms in British Columbia and Alberta. Co-op students gained valuable experience with the municipal and federal government, in engineering consulting and academic research.
hiStorial work terMS
Pulp & Paper 6% 18% Academic Research
19% Consulting - VariousManufacturing/R&D - Various 20%
Oil & Gas 21%
Bright lightS! uBc student igeM team wins gold for building traffic light inside cell
a team of uBc undergraduates won a gold medal for their biosensor technology at the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in november 2009. this was the first time a team from uBc has participated in the contest that draws more than 100 teams internationally.
the wining project focused on building an e.coli traffic light, a system that detects multiple levels of an input substrate and will light up when it detects e.coli. heather kempthorne, a third-year chemical and Biological engineering co-op student, was involved with the team in every aspect of the project including project planning, proposing experiments, performing experiments and analyzing and validating results.
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the civil engineering co-op program continued on a strong path with 263 work terms during 2009/2010. this reflected a slight decrease of only three per cent compared to the previous year. co-op students were involved with local projects such as the port Mann highway 1 project. they were also highly successful in the preparation and implementation of effective transportation solutions for the 2010 vancouver olympics - something we were all thankful for during the games! civil co-op students also contributed to international projects ranging from the construction of new transportation and infrastructure systems in France and the united States of america, construction of a new drainage tunnel in hong kong, geotechnical work relating to mining in australia to consulting work in china, hong kong and new Zealand.
throughout British columbia, consulting companies provided 102 four-month work term opportunities. Federal, provincial and municipal offices provided 61 co-op work terms within various departments such as structural, fisheries and oceans, traffic, utilities and waste management. the construction industry in British columbia provided 39 co-op work terms for students.
Seventy per cent of civil co-op students worked within the lower Mainland of Bc; 12 per cent worked within British columbia and across canada. eight per cent of civil work terms were spent international in hong kong, china, australia, new Zealand, France and united States of america.
hiStorial work terMS
Utility Company 6%
Materials Testing 10%
40% Consulting - Various
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in 2009/2010, 96 computer engineering co-op students secured work terms in a cross-section of sectors ranging from the private sector to government on the municipal, provincial and federal level. one hundred per cent placement was achieved for the Fall 2009 and winter 2010 work terms despite the economic challenges.
a total of 1,369 jobs were posted, a decrease of 32 per cent, as compared to 2,013 the previous year. computer engineering co-op students gained experience, developed industry knowledge and practical skills in various industries including the video-gaming, software, telecommunications and biomedical fields.
eighty-five percent of co-op work terms were in the lower Mainland of Bc while nine per cent worked in ontario, canada. Six per cent worked abroad in hong kong, Japan, Scotland and the united States of america.
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Software Development 35%
22% Manufacturing/R&D - Various
9% Consulting - Various
13% Academic Research
the electrical engineering co-op program experienced a 21 per cent decrease in work terms from 262 to 208 work terms compared to the previous year. the Fall 2009 and winter 2010 work terms fared well and 88 per cent and 100 per cent of work terms were achieved.
a wide variety of industries sought after electrical engineering co-op students, including computers and electronics, research and development, telecommunication, alternative energy, biomedical devices and electrical consulting. the number of job postings decreased significantly by 35 per cent, from 2,130 to 1,385 compared to the previous year.
the majority of students, 80 per cent, worked in the lower Mainland of Bc while others relocated for their co-op work terms. one per cent worked within British columbia, 11 per cent worked across the rest of canada and another eight per cent traveled internationally to china, Japan, taiwan, germany, ireland, africa and the united States of america.
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Utility Company 11%