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Cooperative (Co-op) Education Program

This program is the traditional, engineering academic option for undergraduates and serves all nine undergraduate majors in the UK College of Engineering: Biosystems, Chemical, Materials, Civil, Electrical,  Computer, Mechanical, Mining Engineering and Computer Science.

 

 

The UK College of Engineering has an optional co-op program. Students typically work full time for a minimum of three semesters, which alternate with full time academic work.

Undergraduate students can gain significant and valuable experience through an engineering cooperative education opportunity. Our goal is to provide students with at least 12 months of work experience while they continue to make progress towards an academic degree in engineering. The co-op program integrates theory learned in the classroom with its practical application in industry. Through cooperative education, we help students obtain transferable skills, such as communication, leadership, presentation, teamwork and social skills. Students get a glimpse of “real life” as an engineer.
This program is a process, and it does take extra commitment and time to earn a degree while gaining nearly a year of valuable experience. However, it is worth it.
Benefits of a co-op:

  • Nearly a year of FULL TIME work experience
  • Co-op salaries average $19/hr
  • Broaden and enhance academic knowledge and professional skills
  • Receive academic credit
  • Higher GPA
  • Higher starting salary
  • More job offers upon graduation

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide students with at least 12 months of work experience while they continue to make progress towards an academic degree in engineering. The co-op program integrates theory learned in the classroom with its practical application in industry.

We also strive to provide industry with the students needed to maintain a skilled and well educated workforce for future years. Our employers get a chance to mentor a student, introduce him or her to their business, and possibly hire him or her after graduation.

Through co-operative education, we help students obtain transferable skills, such as communication, leadership, presentation, teamwork and social skills. Students get a glimpse of “real life” as an engineer.”

Our assessment tools provide the college with necessary tools and data for accreditation.