Professional Development



Practical Experience Requirement

U of T Engineering undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 600 hours of practical work before graduation. Many students complete these hours during their Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) after their second or third year of study. Learn more about the Practical Experience Requirement on the Discover Engineering website.

To claim hours worked, MIE students must submit a completed Practical Experience Form soon after finishing each work experience to the Undergraduate Office (MC109) along with their supervisor's business card if available. Students can view their accumulated hours of practical experience on Degree Explorer.


Engineering Career Centre Co-op & Internship Programs

The Engineering Career Centre (ECC) offers two internship programs that are specially designed to help undergraduate U of T Engineering students develop the skills and experience they need for the workplace:

  • Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op)
    • Work full-time for 12-16 months
    • Completed after second or third year of undergraduate study
    • Optional
  • Engineering Summer Internship Program (ESIP)
    • Paid 4 month summer co-op experience
    • Open to second and third year undergraduate students
    • Optional

Learn how to enroll in the PEY co-op and ESIP programs on the ECC website


Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record is designed to help students find opportunities at U of T beyond the classroom and to have their skills and experiences captured on an official document. It is a centralized directory of paid and unpaid opportunities.


Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation (UT-IMDI)

The Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation provides opportunities for engineering undergraduate students across disciplines to work on real-life projects with industry clients. Most projects run from May to August. Students work under the supervision of a senior engineer and a faculty member.

Study & Train

Study Abroad

Learn more about international study opportunities on the Study Abroad page.


Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a certificate offered by U of T's School of Continuing Studies. Topics include understanding quality and its relationship to business strategy, statistical concepts associated with quality, the process of change management and the Lean Six Sigma approach to business process improvement.


Machining Courses

It is beneficial for engineers to have a firm understanding of machining principals and limitations. Students interested in getting involved with campus groups such as Blue Sky Solar Racing or U of T’s Formula Racing Team would greatly benefit from building their machining skills.

U of T Engineering students (including those on PEY), researchers and faculty have access to MIE’s Machine Shop for professional services as well as use of the shop’s equipment and facilities. Courses are offered by the Faculty to provide machining and welding training:

  • Basic Machining: machine shop safety, lathe, mill, drill press.
    Completion of this course required to gain access to the MIE’s Machine Shop facilities in MC78
  • Introduction to Welding: oxy-acetylene, manual arc & gas metal arc welding
  • Advanced Machining: Builds on the concepts introduced in the Basic Machining course. Pre-requisite: Basic Machining
  • Machining III: Builds on the concepts introduced in the Basic Machining course. Pre-requisite: Basic Machining

View all upcoming machining courses on the Machining Courses Calendar.


Mechanical Engineering Techniques Summer Program

The Mechanical Engineering Techniques Summer Program for University Engineering Students is specifically designed to compliment engineering students, in any discipline, with theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical engineering skills. Topics include shop safety, engineering drawing, solid modeling (SolidWorks), basic and intermediate machining, welding, CNC machining and pneumatics. Course work emphasizes practical skills through lab activity.

  • Cost (Domestic Students): approximately $4,000 (Students may be eligible for financial assistance through the Ontario Student Assistance Program, OSAP.)
  • Cost (Visa Students): Approx. $16,000

(Fees are subject to change.)

What You’ll Learn
Upon completion of the program students will have a strong hands-on foundation in understanding the capabilities/limitation, applications, and safe operation of machining tools and equipment. Engineers with a firm understanding of machining principals and limitations can design systems for quick and easy manufacture. Further, students interested in the vast array of campus groups such as the Solar Car Team and Formula SAE will find this training invaluable.

Certification: Ontario College Certificate.

Semester 1A (May 8, 2023 – June 23, 2023) Courses:

  • Quality Practices
  • Machining Fundamentals I
  • CAD with SolidWorks
  • CNC Machining

Semester 1B (June 26, 2023 – August 18, 2023) Courses:

  • Intermediate Machining with CNC Applications
  • Electronic and Pneumatic Systems

Note: Classes run Monday-Thursday each week. No Friday classes!

Location: Casa Loma Campus, 146 Kendal Ave. By the TTC: Exit at Dupont subway station, walk north on Spadina Rd. to MacPherson Ave., walk one block west to Kendal Ave. (Map)

Note: Classes are cancelled during Reading Week, June 23-27, 2023.

Enrol at

Students will need a credit card to register:

  • Click on the “Apply” button
  • Create an account (if you have never applied to an Ontario community college before)
  • Sign-in to your account
  • Apply to the program “Mechanical Techniques” at George Brown College, program code T149, starting May 2023.
  • Specify that you DO want a copy of your U of T transcript sent immediately to George Brown College. Specify that you DO NOT want a copy of your high school record sent automatically to George Brown College.
  • After completing your online application, sent an e-mail to to arrange to have your high school grades sent to George Brown College from U of T records. Include your U of T student number in the e-mail.


Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering:

George Brown School of Mechanical Engineering Technologies (technical details of program):
Pradeep Kalsi
416-415-5000 ext. 3260

George Brown School of Mechanical Engineering Technologies (registration inquiries):
Graeme Magee
Admissions Officer
(416) 415-5000 ext. 3978

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