Like many Universities in Canada, Carleton University in Ottawa offers a co-operative education program for its students who are interested in combining academic studies with real work experience. For nearly 15 years, MDS has been taking advantage of Carleton’s exceptional Engineering program and has been hiring co-op students, many of whom have later become permanent employees after university. In March, MDS’s dedication and support of its students’ professional growth was recognized when it was named Carleton University’s Co-op Employer of the Year. MDS was nominated by Jeff MacDougall-Clumpus, an Aerospace Engineering student who is now in his second 4-month work term with MDS.
As a premier Aerospace Engineering firm in Carleton’s city of Ottawa, MDS has the ability and the motivation to expose its co-op students to a variety of real-world engineering tasks and experiences. Since many students are hired in full-time positions after they have completed their degree, it is in MDS’s best interest to get them involved in ongoing projects and provide them with a positive, exciting, and fulfilling work environment. In fact, a number of MDS staff currently in senior management roles began their careers at MDS as Carleton Engineering co-op students.
MDS is unique in the way it values their students and provides in-depth training and leadership opportunities as the student grows into their role within the company. MDS prides itself on being a leader in the gas turbine engine testing industry and is one of the few companies in Ottawa who do hands-on aerospace engineering work that can relate and be applied to what students learn in the classroom. Exposing students to MDS’s various disciplines, including engineering design, project management, systems engineering, research & development, aerodynamics & acoustics, and software engineering gives them a variety of work experience they can carry with them as they move forward with their academics and careers later in life. Some of MDS’s co-op students are even trusted with managing small projects, traveling internationally to project sites, participating in technical reviews, and leading meetings – things they will likely encounter in the workforce after graduation.
MDS is a firm believer in Carleton’s co-operative education program and continues to support students who have a passion for Engineering and a determination to further their education in the field.