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A work placement is a great way to gain practical experience, build your resume, develop your employability skills, and learn what it takes to be successful in your field. Our work placement program for Diploma students, WORK2LEARN, is all about helping students learn and develop work-ready skills outside of the classroom.

Work Experience Matters!

If you are like most students, you came to college to find a good job when you graduate. There is a definite connection between participating in work placement, and landing that good job. We know employers prefer to hire graduates who have gained work term experience at their own workplace. In fact, in a recent survey of Ontario employers who hired grads, “over 80% extended offers of employment to graduates who had gained work term experience at their worksite”. (HEQCO, October 2012).

WORK2LEARN in Diploma programs

Work term experience gives you a head start on your career, and a competitive advantage over other recent graduates who don't have this experience.A meaningful work placement is an opportunity for you to learn and build skills for career success in your field of study. In designated Diploma programs, a placement is also:

  • Paid employment (earn while you work and learn)
  • Productive work (not job shadowing or observing)
  • Occurs in the summer (May to August) after Semester 4*
  • Ideally 4 months of full-time work (minimum 400 hours).

*Note: For Interior Decorating, the work term occurs after Semester 2, minimum 240 hours.


Top 10 Reasons to enroll

  1. Get a head start on your career.
  2. Work to gain valuable, practical work experience.
  3. Earn money while you learn.
  4. Apply what you learn in school to real-world problems or situations.
  5. Gain new skills and experience “on-the-job”.
  6. Learn from people working in the field.
  7. Bring the skills learned on-the-job back to your final year of study, to bring a different perspective to your academic training.
  8. Experience what its like to work for a particular employer, or in a particular position or field.
  9. Add to your network of people in your field, including people who can provide you with a reference for other jobs.
  10. Gain (more) insight into your career goals and interests.

How You Will Benefit

  • Exclusive access to many technical job postings you are not likely to find on your own, through our Work Placement Job Portal.
  • Connect with people from organizations you are not likely to access directly, through on-campus Career Networking Events.
  • Get help with developing a technically-focused, skills-based resume that our employers look for.
  • Develop more confidence with your interviewing skills, through practice interviewing.
  • Take advantage of arranged job interviews, both on-campus and at the employer's site.
  • Successful completion appears on your academic record, for future employers to see.

WORK2LEARN is a two-phase process. Phase 1 is preparing for the job search by registering in WORK 120 and attending workshops (Fall 2018) and searching for a placement (Winter 2019); Phase 2 is the work placement itself (WORK 121 - Work Placement, Summer 2019). There is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $285 ($Cdn), payable at the time of registration. Fees cover the costs associated with job search workshops, resume feedback, employer marketing and outreach, career events, the job posting system and employer database, administration and student placement support. 

Upon successful completion of WORK 120 and the work placement itself, students will receive SATisfactory (PASS) evaluations on their academic record. In addition to job leads provided by the School, students are expected to actively pursue their own career goals and interests. As a student in WORK2LEARN, you will be required to conduct your own job search to improve your employment prospects. Students are ultimately responsible for their own employment success.

Work Experience Matters

WORK2LEARN Diploma Programs:

The following Diploma programs have optional work terms (May to August) after Semester 4 (except in Interior Decorating where the work term occurs after Semester 2):

  • Architectural Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • ElectroMechanical Engineering Technology
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • HVAC Technology
  • Interior Decorating
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Sustainable Energy & Building Technology

Eligibility for WORK2LEARN:

To be eligible to participate in WORK2LEARN students must be enrolled full-time in a work term designated program, eligible to participate in an optional work placement (in the case of International students), and, available to work during the scheduled work term period. Students must also be in good academic standing and have successfully completed all core courses prior to the work term. 

Thinking of a Degree after Graduation?

Interested in joining OACETT or becoming a Certified Engineering Technician or Technologist (CET/CTEC)?

Other academic institutions with work term requirements, as well as organizations such as the Ontario Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), frequently recognize formal work term experience gained from our programs!