Co-op / Work Term

We're looking for you.

MDA has been a supporter of university and college student education in Canada for more than 20 years. MDA offers work terms for co-operative (co-op) and non co-op programs in a variety of engineering domains.

Each year, we invite the best and brightest students from universities and colleges across Canada to our Richmond, Brampton, and Montreal offices to work on a diverse range of projects. In our highly competitive program, students work as a full member of the project team and are held accountable for their results.

A co-op/work term placement with MDA not only allows you to apply what you have learned in the classroom, it provides real-world practical experience for your resume, and networking opportunities for that all-important job search after graduation.

We post our co-op/work term openings with co-op offices and placement coordinators coast to coast, three times each year. There are a number of different programs, including some non-technical placements, so be sure to check out our postings at your co-op office.

How long are the work terms?
Our Richmond and Montreal locations offer a variety of four- and eight-month work terms and internships beginning in January, May, and September, depending on project requirements.

At our Brampton location we offer four or 16-month work terms or internships. The four-month internships are offered in January, May, and September. The 16-month internships start in May, and students return to school the following September to complete their academic program.

Consult your co-op office to determine when to apply for these work terms.
What programs do you recruit from?
Our Brampton and Montreal locations prefer students to have completed their third year of studies (although we will evaluate all applications) in one of the following disciplines: Electrical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Our Richmond location prefers students to have completed their second year in one of the following disciplines: Engineering Physics, Computer Science, Applied Physics/Mathematics, Aerospace, Software, Electrical, Computer, Mechatronic, and Systems Engineering. We also have opportunities for students in professional programs on an as-needed basis.
What will I do as a Co-op / Work Term student?
As a Co-op/Work Term student, you will be a contributing member of an MDA team developing a component of a larger project in progress. Typically, you will be assigned a "work package" on which you will work individually with the support of the team. For example, your work package could consist of a well-defined piece of software expected to take one to three months to design, develop, implement, and test. Or you could model in 3D and produce associated documentation for pieces of flight equipment that will go on a satellite.

Depending on the project, expect to apply your knowledge of engineering or programming methodologies on complex assignments using CATIA, Pro-Engineer, NX, Nastran, Pspice, Mentor Graphics, HFSS, C/C++, Java, Perl, Ada, or CORBA, in UNIX.
What will be expected of me?
You will participate as a member of the project team, with deadlines and full accountability for your work package. Expect weekly team meetings and reviews, where we will want to hear your ideas and input. You will be expected to take the initiative to learn about the environment, get involved, ask questions, and take advantage of the resources available to you.
What about the work environment?
At MDA there is a hierarchy in each business project (Project Managers, Project Engineers, Team Leads), although we work hard to maintain an atmosphere where everyone is recognized as key to our success. And every day is casual day!
How will I be compensated?
In addition to your salary, you will receive statutory holiday pay, vacation pay, and flex time benefits. MDA Richmond also likes to recognize outstanding effort and contribution by awarding scholarships to co-op and work term students who are returning to school. At the end of each work term period, a selection committee reviews the scholarship applications and chooses recipients based on their performance relative to their peers.

As a temporary employee, you are also eligible to take internal MDA courses that range from programming languages to engineering process, to time management. These courses are taught throughout the year by MDA staff.
Is it all work and no play?
Not at all! We pride ourselves on the diversity of social and sports activities organized by employees. From hockey, soccer, volleyball, tennis, basketball, to ping-pong, yoga, and running, we have a range of fun, fitness-related activities to keep you happy and healthy.

MDA Brampton's Recreation Club offers a variety of activities ranging from live theatre, group trips, Blue Jays games and casino trips to family picnics and Christmas parties.

MDA Montreal's Social Club is busy every year providing an assortment of activities. Popular events include our "Day Up North", a fun-filled day of skiing, tubing, alpine roller coaster riding, finishing off with a sugaring party. Other events include Casino Night, the annual summer picnic, golf tournament, Christmas parties, rock climbing, and kart racing!

MDA Richmond has active Social and Fitness Committees that provide a variety of social events throughout the year, including a golf tournament, curling event, skit night, MDA Day at a local amusement park, Christmas parties, and a number of sports clubs including hockey and running clubs, as well as our always-competitive summer volleyball league.

A well-equipped fitness facility is available to staff at all locations.
How do I apply?

MDA posts its co-op opportunities at school co-op offices at the beginning of every semester:

  • January for a May placement
  • May for a September placement
  • September for a January placement
Submit your application package (which should include your resume, a cover letter and latest transcripts) through your school's Co-op Coordinator or Placement Coordinator and we will take care of the rest. If you are not part of a co-op program at your school, please access Current Opportunities on MDA's Careers website to review specific co-op opportunities, and apply directly within the posting.

We are excited to be visiting a number of Universities in the Fall timeframe. Our teams are attending Career Fairs and hosting Student Outreach Initiatives, and we would love to talk with you.

Location   Date 
Queen's University   October 18, 2016
University of British Columbia    November 3, 2016 
Simon Fraser University    November 17, 2016 
University of the Fraser Valley    November 25, 2016 
Université Laval   January 2017