Co-op Program

Several cooperative assignments are available to the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (MET) students. Qualified students who wish to gain valuable on-the-job experience while earning money to offset educational expenses may combine classroom study with practical experience through alternate one-year industrial assignments and full-time campus work. Students continue to be enrolled in the University and to enjoy the privileges of students while on work assignments away from campus.

Benefits to the Student Benefits to the Employer

  • On-the-job training
  • Resume builder
  • Selection criteria for employers
  • Chance to try out a career
  • Networking
  • Income potential now and later
  • Work ethic promoted
  • Opportunity to select employers of choice
  • Entry barrier for some industries
  • Confidence builder
  • Practical application of school work
  • Enhances self esteem
  • Identifies career path
  • Reality check
  • Prepares for first year of work
  • Try corporate culture
  • Job offer
  • Promotion opportunity
  • Benefits to the Employer
  • Part-time staffing for specific projects, peak times, and low-priority, high-impact projects
  • Lowers labor costs with highly qualified people
  • New ideas and enthusiasm
  • Good public relations
  • Community service
  • Recruiting tool/name recognition on campus
  • Good training for future employees
  • Lowers long term costs
  • Retention
  • Improves morale of permanent employees
  • Motivational
  • Leadership/supervisory opportunity
  • Develops relationships with career centers
  • Develops relationships with faculty through research projects and advice
  • Develops training programs for existing employees at universities where relationships exist
  • Forces company to develop hiring procedures, goal setting, and on-going learning/training opportunities

    For further information about co-op programs, please consult the Office of Career Services

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