Practical Experience Requirement

600 Hours

Every engineering undergraduate student must complete a minimum of 600 hours of practical work before graduation. The nature of the work should form an integral part of a student’s education and career development. It therefore must contain a good measure of responsibility (e.g., management of programs, systems, equipment, personnel, or finances), sound judgment and effective communication, and be supportive of the professional career of the student after graduation. Work in many facets of industry, government or public service would be acceptable for this requirement.

As a condition of graduation, all engineering undergraduates must complete a minimum of 600 hours of practical experience through employment in industry. This experience is typically obtained during the summer or through the Professional Experience Year (PEY) program.


This experience may be obtained at any time during the program or through the Professional Experience Year (PEY) Program, but work done before entering the Faculty may also meet the requirement. Participation in the Professional Experience Year (PEY) or the Engineering Summer Internship Program (eSIP) automatically satisfies the practical experience requirement, provided that students complete and submit the requisite reports.

Recording & Submitting your Hours

Download the Practical Experience Requirement Form which needs to be signed by the employer or supervisor by the end of each work term / period. MSE students should return completed forms to Ms Jessica Barnes-Burley in the MSE Main Office (WB 140). The satisfaction or non-satisfaction of this requirement for graduation will be indicated on the student’s grade report in the fourth year winter session as a grade of CR (Credit) or NCR (No Credit).

The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) may allow pre-graduation experience to count towards 12 months of the four year “engineering experience” required for eligibility for the Ontario Professional Engineer (PEng) designation. For further information visit the PEO website. Please note that the records required by the PEO are separate and distinct from the 600 hours practical experience required for completion of a degree program in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.


Sabrin Mohamed, Undergraduate Advisor
T: 416.978.7308 | E: | Office: WB 140

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