Cooperative Education (Co-Op)

                 
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Cooperative Education

Isn't it time you found out what a career in engineering is all about?

If you've ever wondered if there's more to engineering than lecture, homework and projects, experience the hands-on problem solving engineers face in the real world.

Cooperative Education (co–op) is a partnership between employer, student, and university. Students gain invaluable job experience and training, while learning alongside actual engineers in the field.

So if your looking for on-the-job experience, projects that have an impact, and skills that will benefit the rest of your career, find out if a Co-op is right for you.

How Co-op works

Students applying for the Co-op Program must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0, but preferably higher. Many companies require a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Co-op tours begin after students have completed their sophomore year and their initial engineering courses. Transfer students must complete at least one semester at Texas Tech before going on tour.

Students typically alternate semesters in industry (on tour) with semesters in the classroom to provide a balance of education and experience.

Co-op Benefits

Learn first-hand from professionals in your field as you gain confidence in your engineering skills, grow in your understanding of professional ethics, and increase the level of your communication and teamwork skills.

  • Try out your career - know that you're meant to be an engineer.
  • Earn money - Co-op students typically make $13 to $36 an hour.
  • Get experience - many employers hire former Co-op students.

Getting involved

Successful application to the Co-op program requires the following steps.

  1. Attend the Whitacre College of Engineering Job Fair and search Job Grid to learn about Co-op opportunities.
  2. Fill out a Co-op Degree Plan and review it with your advisor.
  3. Notify the Co-op Director as soon as you accept a position. Be sure to use the 'Report a Hire' function on Job Grid.

Additional Requirements

Course Registration You are required to register for a Co-op class for at least one credit hour for each semester on tour. For summer Co-op tours, register for the second summer session only. All students register for ENGR 3000 section 270 which is a pass/fail course. Some departments may allow you count your Co-op toward your degree plan. Talk with your advisor. You must register at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Fee Waivers While on tour, some on-campus fees can be waived from your tuition bill. Fee waiver are only guaranteed for students registered for ENGR 3000 and for students who register 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Financial Aid Some scholarships require you to earn 24 credit hours toward your degree in an academic year. Take this into consideration when making your degree plan. This is especially important for out-of-state students whose in-state tuition is dependent on scholarship status.

Insurance For letters affirming full-time status for insurance coverage while on tour, contact Mackenzie Broughton, Room 102 Engineering Center.

International Students Be certain that you are complying with the regulations of Immigration and Naturalization Services with regard to Curricular Practical Training. Contact Michael Murphy at the Office of International Affairs to be certain you protect your rights.

Grad Students All graduate students must meet with their faculty advisor obtain a CPT Recommendation Letter. Click the link for a sample letter.

                 

"This co-op tour has given me new motivation to get my degree and start producing something that will make an impact."

Alejandro Villarreal

Electrical Engineering
Product Development Co-op
Advanced Micro Devices


"While I did learn about different aspects of process engineering...the greatest skill I acquired this term was the ability to help bring ideas from formulation to successful engineering solutions.

Dale Green

Chemical Engineering
Manufacturing Rep. Co-op
Dow Chemical


"Myths from school caused me to doubt my decision to become an engineer. This experience... reinstated my drive to graduate."

Janet Robbins

Electrical Engineering
Kimberly-Clark


"...that is what is so great about this program. It allows you to get the desired experience that will help you professionally, but you also seem to stumble upon some hidden treasures along the way.

I hope that if there are any students who are still questioning the co-op program, they will seriously reconsider. It will be one of the best decisions you ever make in your life."

Howard Cibbs

Civil Engineering
Traffic Engineering Co-op
City of Fort Worth, Texas