A RETROSPECTIVE: DESIGNING A CAREER DEVELOPMENT PREPARATION COURSE IN A MANDATORY COOP ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • In the 2012-2013 academic year McMaster’s University School of Engineering Technology (SET) introduced a Professional Workplace Practices course (GENTECH 2PW3) within the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) Program. The course uses an experiential learning approach to instill key employability skills required to successfully participate and progress in today’s dynamic engineering and technology organizations. It is a second year academic prerequisite before a student can commence the B.Tech Program mandatory 12 month coop work experience. The course is delivered and supported by a multidisciplinary team that includes faculty members, career development practitioner, who serve as instructional assistants, and the McMaster Engineering Career and Coop Services (ECCS) department. For the purposes of knowledge sharing, this paper will discuss the GENTECH 2PW3 course structure, delivery, administration, and outcome results for 470 students from the last three cohort years.

publication date

  • August 7, 2015