FAQ & Links

When should I apply to the program?
On line applications to the program open on November 1 for the next years September (fall) intake. We recommend that you apply on November 1 since the program fills up very fast.

Should I apply to the program even though I do not have all the admission requirements or I have not yet graduated from high school?
You should apply to the program on November 1 and then work on completing your admission requirement(s). If appropriate, you will get a conditional acceptance into the program based on you finishing your admission requirements by a pre-determined date.

I completed the program entrance requirement some time ago, should I upgrade them before starting classes?
If you have been out of school for more then one year, we strongly suggest that you upgrade your math and physics prior to first semester. This eases the transition into studying, gives you an advantage for the math components of the course and ensures your success in the program.

Do I require books the first day of classes?
No, wait until you have met with the instructor. There are some older editions that may be acceptable and some second hand books may also be available. You do, however, require a notebook, paper and a pencil for the first day of classes.

How much should I budget for textbooks, printing, calculator, etc?
We recommend to budget an average of $1,300/semester for textbooks, printing, calculator, etc. Some semesters you will spend more and some semesters you will spend less.

How much homework should I expect?
To begin with, there is approximately 32 hours of classroom time each week. You will attend school Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5 pm typically. The average student should expect to complete approximately 35 hours of homework a week in addition to the classroom time.

Do I need a computer to bring to class?
It is recommended that you have your own computer (a laptop) you can use at school. The laptop must be capable of running the newest edition of ACAD, student version (check the specifications on line). This will allow you to do your homework when you have some free time. Computers are available at OC on a limited basis and all courses require some form of computer work.

What is the average age of students in the program?
23. We have a number of students that are completing a career change as well as recent high school graduates.

Can I get a Co-op job in the Okanagan valley?
Approximately 30% of first year students obtain co-op jobs in the Okanagan Valley. Approximately 70% of the second year students obtain co-op jobs in the Okanagan Valley. These percentages vary from year to year. In regards to availability of co-op jobs, there were approximately 130 co-op jobs available for the 70 civil students in 2018.

How much am I going to get paid during my Co-op work term?
For 2018, the average wage was $21/hour. The wage that a student earned was dependent on past work experience and location. Some previous students worked over 80 hours/week! Note: Grades did not factor into the the amount of money earned during the coop work term!

How much am I going to get paid after I graduate from the program?
Graduates should start around $50,000 per annum, but it can vary considerably depending on previous work experience, work experience obtained during co-op and location of work (as well as luck!).

When should you apply for a student loan?
ASAP!!! Even if you are on the waitlist or staying with family, everyone should apply for a students loan if do not have a rich uncle!

Can I obtain a degree after completing this program?
Yes you can and several students have (including some of the instructors)! You can complete a bridging program (two to eight months duration) and then start in third year at Lakehead University or UBCO or UBCV or UVIC. After two years at Lakehead or three years at UBCO, you should have an engineering degree. You can also bridge to the Business Administration degree at OC.

Who do I contact for further information?
Please contact Ken Langedyk (klangedyk@okanagan.bc.ca), Department Chair, by email or 762-5445, ext. 4679.


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