School of Engineering

Co-op About us

The co-op experience is a mandatory and an essential part of the preparation of engineering graduates from the School of Engineering. Our program (including the co-op) is ABET accredited and our students graduate with a B.S.E (Bachelor of Science, Engineering) degree with mechanical, electrical, Product Design/Manufacturing or computer emphasis. The Engineering Co-op Educational Program is structured to provide the student with as much exposure to the corporation as possible while keeping in mind the student’s major field of study and career objectives.

The rotational assignments will give the student the opportunity to network among the company’s employees, vendors, customers, and other co-op students. Co-ops will gain an understanding of the organization’s different functions, as well as, the product development process, manufacturing processes, the company’s products/services, and the interrelationships of the respective departments.

Each work assignment will be relevant to the co-op’s development, and will be reflective of the tasks that engineers encounter at the company. Co-ops will be provided the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their initiative, judgment, leadership, interpersonal, and problem solving skills. Co-ops will also be given the opportunity to assume responsibility and accountability for planning and execution of assigned projects.

How Co-op Fits with the Engineering Academic Program

The following chart shows the rotation of a student through the co-op program.
  Fall (Sept-Dec) Winter (Jan-April) Spring/Summer (May-Aug)
2013/2014: Foundation Courses Foundation Courses Open
2014/2015: Foundation Courses* Foundation Courses Co-op I
2015/2016: Upper Division Courses Co-op II Upper Division Courses
2016/2017: Co-op III Upper Division Courses Upper Division Courses
*Permission to interview with co-op employers occurs late December 2014 (Secondary Admission occurs by May 2015)
Employers Can Work With Co-op Students Year-Round
For questions from students trying to obtain a co-op position or wanting to improve their search (improve resume or interviewing skills, learn how to network or other means to connect with employers.
  S15 F15 W16 S16 F16 W17 S17 F17 W18 S18 F18
Student  #1 Co-op I     Co-op II     Co-op III                        
Student  #2             Co-op I     Co-op II     Co-op III            
Student  #3                         Co-op I     Co-op II     Co-op III
Student  #4                                     Co-op I    

[Key: S15 = Summer 2015 (May-August); F15 = Fall 2015 (Sept.-Dec.); W16 = Winter 2016 (Jan.-April)]
If an employer chooses to have consistent on-site coverage by a co-op student, then by hiring at least one new student each summer, there will always be a co-op student on-site (the exception being the first fall after starting the first co-op student). Many employers prefer to coordinate and plan in this way because of the consistency in staffing, while some decide to hire a student and have that student complete all three rotations of co-op before beginning a new student. In the latter scenario, often a student will agree to work part-time in 'non' co-op semesters, if it fits with the student's academic schedule.

Foundation Courses
For a list of the courses that are required to be completed prior to the beginning of the first co-op semester, click the Foundation Courses link.


Page last modified August 18, 2014