Large Construction - Mechanical

Position title
Designer Coop - Mechanical
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
3,001 to 3,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Toronto, Ontario
Work industry
Engineering Services

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Went smoothly
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

Worked on Large Construction Mechanical projects in Revit; used consultant drawings to implement sheet metal, plumbing, and piping layouts. Finished layouts with appropriate annotations, legends, and coordinated with team lead on updating drawings with the feedback received from site. Best part was working on multiple sub-disciplines and gaining exposure to the industry with lots of helpful advice received from coworkers when needed.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

Often multiple projects have similar designs, standards, and codes based on the building type. Within the project floor layouts usually become typical and thus the work can become repetitive/less challenging or engaging..

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
Team lead filled this role.
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Team lead.
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Team lead.
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

More regular feedback about the quality of work would be useful for future coops (once a month meeting ~ 30 minutes).

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
Describe the office environment/culture.

Mostly an open floor concept (no cubical for coops). Free to take a break/grab coffee and discuss with coworkers - friendly environment.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Employee discounts/rewards Flex time Free coffee Social activities Tickets to entertainment events

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
Definitely a great coop opportunity for Electrical/HVAC/Construction industry exposure.
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Work types Location Obligation
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Be open to learning through small tasks and then ask for more challenging work.