Smith + Andersen’s co-op program is an integral part of who we are as a company. Teaching young professionals is built into our work processes, enabling new generations of engineers to gain practical work experience. Across all of our engineering teams – from mechanical and electrical engineering to specialty lighting and audio-visual design – co-op students play a hands-on role in the way we work. Beyond engineering, we have co-op placement opportunities in our corporate teams as well, including our national marketing, human resources, and Building Information Modelling (BIM) teams.
Our company culture is all about knowledge sharing, with teams that are specifically structured in order to create a flexible environment where co-op students have access to everyone, and each team has the resources in place to give students the opportunity to succeed. Students are encouraged seek out knowledge, expand on their skillsets, ask questions…and find real world answers! Unlike many co-op placements, Smith + Andersen doesn’t assign students “busy work”. Student are trusted to take on responsibilities, spearhead initiatives, and speak up.
It's no coincidence that our most vocal and engaged students often return to us full time...
Contribute to cool buildings!
(some of which you might recognize from school...)
And work on projects you might recognize!
...did we mention co-ops are eligible for our transit reimbursement program?
Work* with fun people!
*social activities included.
Make a difference*.
*According to the United Nations Environment Program, buildings and their construction together account for 36% of global energy use, and 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions annually.
A NATIONAL INTRODUCTION
Access to Everyone
As a co-op at Smith + Andersen, you will be mentored by leaders in the industry, but you’ll also be expected to challenge yourself. You aren’t seen as a “student” – you’re seen as a junior member of the project team! Our company structure is intentionally designed to give co-ops direct access to principals and other leaders within the firm.
NOT YOUR "NORMAL" ENGINEERING FIRM
No two days as a co-op are the same, but every day a number of resources are at your fingertips...
STANDARDS, METHODS, AND MORE
ASK QUESTIONS & FORM RELATIONSHIPS
Our relationships with post-secondary institutions is certainly not limited to our work on their buildings — We also partner with post-secondary schools to give students opportunities to put their classroom education to good use through co-operative education experiences.
Smith + Andersen has formed strong partnerships with elite post-secondary institutions across the country, a list that starts with the following but is always expanding: