6 How Co-operative Education Helps Engineering Students develop the Necessary Graduate Attributes for Career Success

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Gordon Jin, Geoff Smith & Claire Avery, Memorial University

 

Gordon Jin, Memorial University
Gordon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Memorial University in 1982. He is a registered professional engineer in Newfoundland and Labrador. After graduation, he worked with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, first as a Civil / Structural Engineer for 14 years then as a Senior Bridge Design Engineer for another 13 years. He then made a career change and started work with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University as an Academic Staff Member – Co-operative Education and has been in this role for over 8 years.

 


Geoff Smith, Memorial University
Having supervised and mentored co-operative education students and engineers throughout his professional career, this move to academia in 2009 has been an ideal fit as he is now mentoring the future generation of engineers and ensuring their success as they journey through their undergraduate program. He is involved in job development nationally and provides career guidance and mentorship to students in their job searches as they develop life skills needed in their transition from student to graduate engineer.
Geoff Smith graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1998 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Memorial in 2004. He is a registered professional engineer in Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Smith currently works with the undergraduate Engineering program at Memorial as an Academic Staff Member – Co-operative Education, and has been in the role for over 10 years. Prior to working at Memorial, he worked in private industry, in field engineering, project management, and business development primarily in the Atlantic Canadian offshore oil and gas industry. Having experienced the immense value of co-operative education as an engineering student, and having witnessed the value delivered by co-operative education students as a supervisor, Mr. Smith was pleased to join Memorial’s engineering co-operative education office in 2006. At Memorial, he monitors students on work terms, provides guidance and support to students in their job searches, and explores job markets locally, nationally, and internationally to identify work term opportunities so that students may maximize the benefit they draw from the engineering co-operative education program at Memorial.

Claire Avery, Memorial University

Claire Avery graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1999 with a B. Eng. in Ocean and Naval Architecture Engineering. She worked for several years with Oceanic Consulting Corporation in St. John’s, Newfoundland as a project engineer focusing on model testing. Claire then pursued work with Fleetway Inc., in Halifax, Nova Scotia and contributed to the maintenance support service of the Canadian Navy Patrol Frigates along with other commercial and naval architectural projects. In 2015, Claire joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science as an Academic Staff Member – Co-operative Education and focuses on student mentorship and guidance related to co- operative education, work term development in all industries locally and internationally and acts as a liaison for industry partners and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

 

KEY WORDS

  • Accreditation
  • Outcomes
  • Work terms
  • Learning
  • Graduate attributes
  • Hard skills
  • Soft skills
  • Kolb’s Learning Cycle
  • Required communication deliverables
  • Curriculum enhancement

 

BIO

Gordon Jin, Memorial University
Gordon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Memorial University in 1982. He is a registered professional engineer in Newfoundland and Labrador. After graduation, he worked with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, first as a Civil / Structural Engineer for 14 years then as a Senior Bridge Design Engineer for another 13 years. He then made a career change and started work with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University as an Academic Staff Member – Co-operative Education and has been in this role for over 8 years.

Geoff Smith, Memorial University
Having supervised and mentored co-operative education students and engineers throughout his professional career, this move to academia in 2009 has been an ideal fit as he is now mentoring the future generation of engineers and ensuring their success as they journey through their undergraduate program. He is involved in job development nationally and provides career guidance and mentorship to students in their job searches as they develop life skills needed in their transition from student to graduate engineer. Geoff Smith graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1998 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Memorial in 2004. He is a registered professional engineer in Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Smith currently works with the undergraduate Engineering program at Memorial as an Academic Staff Member – Co-operative Education, and has been in the role for over 10 years. Prior to working at Memorial, he worked in private industry, in field engineering, project management, and business development primarily in the Atlantic Canadian offshore oil and gas industry. Having experienced the immense value of co-operative education as an engineering student, and having witnessed the value delivered by co-operative education students as a supervisor, Mr. Smith was pleased to join Memorial’s engineering co-operative education office in 2006. At Memorial, he monitors students on work terms, provides guidance and support to students in their job searches, and explores job markets locally, nationally, and internationally to identify work term opportunities so that students may maximize the benefit they draw from the engineering co-operative education program at Memorial.

Claire Avery, Memorial University
Claire Avery graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1999 with a B. Eng. in Ocean and Naval Architecture Engineering. She worked for several years with Oceanic Consulting Corporation in St. John’s, Newfoundland as a project engineer focusing on model testing. Claire then pursued work with Fleetway Inc., in Halifax, Nova Scotia and contributed to the maintenance support service of the Canadian Navy Patrol Frigates along with other commercial and naval architectural projects. In 2015, Claire joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science as an Academic Staff Member – Co-operative Education and focuses on student mentorship and guidance related to co- operative education, work term development in all industries locally and internationally and acts as a liaison for industry partners and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

 

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