Co-op Overview

Mission Statement

Co-op studentThe Mission of the Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Engineering Education Program is to be an acknowledged leader in preparing, placing, and supporting diverse and talented Cooperative Education students in business, industry, and government as an essential part of the engineering education process.

Overview of the Co-op Program

The Cooperative Engineering Education Program (co-op) allows undergraduate engineering students to integrate periods of classroom study with periods of paid, practical work experience related to their academic major and career goals.

Student Qualifications

  • Be in good academic standing according to the University requirements;
  • Attend a co-op orientation session;
  • Complete a minimum of 4 work quarters prior to graduation

Employer Qualifications

  • Offer work experiences which are directly related to the student's field of engineering study;
  • Pay a competitive wage which is commensurate with the position;
  • Provide prepare and appropriate supervision;
  • Evaluate student performance on a quarterly basis;

Co-op Student Commitment

A co-op student commits to return to work for an employer throughout the co-op experience so long as the opportunity is available and appropriate to the student's academic/career goals. Students who successfully complete the full co-op program graduate with a four year engineering degree and one and a half years of progressively responsible experience in their field. Co-op students register for the appropriate non-credit co-op course each quarter that they work, including the summer, so that the co-op experience becomes part of their academic record.


Co-op Advising

MCD advisors are responsible for specific engineering majors. They work with students, employers, and academic departments in their academic areas during every phase of the program. All aspects of co-op participation and placement must be processed through the MCD Advisor.


Co-op Student Privileges

  • Full time student status during work terms;
  • Eligible for tuition discount in final year of study;
  • Eligible to live in campus housing during work terms


Academic Recognition

Although Cooperative Education is a non-credit course, students who successfully complete the program are awarded a co-op certificate at graduation. Some or all of the co-op experience may count toward the experience required to become a licensed professional engineer, depending upon the state in which you apply.