CBU BET CO-OP ONLY – Engineering Summer Co-op Student: Cape Breton University


Engineering Summer Co-op Student: Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University’s Department of Facilities Management invites applications for an engineering co-op work term position commencing in May 2018. CBU is seeking candidates with demonstrated evidence of academic achievement in engineering studies and a strong work ethic.

The Facilities Management Department has numerous capital projects planned and ongoing. In addition, there are studies required to optimize the operation on the University’s facilities. The Student Engineering Assistant will work with the Director and/or Manager to provide support for projects and studies.

Duration: May to August, 2018

Expected hours of work per week: 40.00
Expected weeks of work: 16
Expected hourly rate: $17.50

We are searching for an enthusiastic Co-op Engineering student who will be returning to university (full time) upon completion of this work term or requires at least one final work term to graduate.

Preference may be given to the candidate who has the following skills and qualifications:
• The candidate should have critical thinking skills and ability to apply engineering theory to real-world problems in a commercial environment;
• The candidate will be expected to work with minimal supervision and complete assigned work on time;
• Knowledge of standard business software tools is required; advanced skills such as visual basic or Macros in Excel is an asset;
• The candidate will be expected to visit various buildings on campus to gather data from equipment, which will include climbing stairs and working outside.


Specifically, tasks will include:
• Prepare a detailed document that identifies all equipment associated with the heating system on campus including HVAC. This will include AutoCAD drawings.
• Review existing system and recommend changes.
• Develop a PM program for rotating equipment including vibration analysis;
• Update the Preventive Maintenance Program for mechanical equipment;
• Review vendor data for electrical equipment and establish optimum maintenance schedules;
• Input schedules into the Computerized Maintenance System;
• Make recommendations on improvements;
• Assist with the tracking of work assignments and programs to support process equipment optimization;
• Monitor ongoing construction projects on-site.

While there are a number of projects that the student could work on s/he will focus on optimizing the Preventive Maintenance Program for mechanical and electrical equipment. The student will develop an understanding of equipment components, maintenance schedules and the cost/benefit of these systems. The student will become familiar with equipment manuals and extracting relevant data from these documents. The student will monitor construction projects on-site and develop and understanding of project management concepts and applications.

Application Details

This is a Co-op Position. To learn more about the CBU Co-op Option and how this fits into your degree, please contact CBU Student Placement Officer, Carly Turnbull, by email: carly_turnbull@cbu.ca

Please note: Only students enrolled in the 3 year Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree, with a focus in either Electronics&Controls or Petroleum, are able to incorporate a co-op work term into their degree.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by the application deadline Friday March 23 at 4 pm to carly_turnbull@cbu.ca