What does the 4-year academic schedule look like with 3 co-ops?
|1st Year||Full Academic Term||Full Academic Term||Break|
|2nd Year||Full Academic Term||Full Academic Term||CO-OP I|
|3rd Year||Full Academic Term||CO-OP II||Full Academic Term|
|4th Year||CO-OP III||Full Academic Term||Full Academic Term|
What do I have to do to be eligible for co-op?
How will I be eligible to participate in the co-op program?
Kinsley Engineering Center, KEC-137
By the required deadline for each of the co-op terms. Deadlines are:
How long is a co-op assignment?
How do I find a co-op position?
While it is your responsibility to find a co-op position, the Engineering Co-op Program Director will assist you in your co-op search by:
Or you may find your own co-op position and have the job description approved by the faculty program coordinator
What are my responsiblities and deadlines?
What are some typical co-op duties and functions?
The exact duties and functions you will have in the workplace will vary with the employer, your abilities and skills, and the co-op term you are in. You will always be assigned to work with a practicing engineer, who will provide guidance and direction for your work assignments. Some examples of potential job functions are:
How much money can I make during my Co-op?
Co-op wage scales and benefits are set by individual employers in accordance with current market conditions.
What are the keys to a successful co-op experience?
The successful co-op experience is a combination of the job assignments provided by the employer and what you are willing to put into the experience. The goal is for the employer to provide each student with signficantly challenging engineering work that truly complements the rigor of his/her academic program and for you to work on each assignment and complete it in the manner that your employer has described to you. Not all assignments will be fun and technically challenging. However, as you complete each one you will be able to show your employer that you have the ability to complete more technically challenging assignments.
How will I get feedback regarding my co-op position?
There are several ways in which you will receive feedback during your co-op work experience.
Am I required to maintain employment with the same company for all three Co-op semesters?
Not necessarily. However, in order to ensure that you are receiving maximum benefit from your co-op experience and that the key factors for success (described above) are met, it sometimes makes sense that you maintain employment with the same organization throughout your co-op experience. This, in turn, places more responsibility on the faculty advisor to know something about your career goals and abilities, and to help steer you toward a suitable and appropriate co-op experience. It should be noted, however, that this is not required, and in many instances it is an advantage for you to have co-op experiences with more than one company. Moreover, there is no guarantee that you will be asked to return to the same organization at which you previously worked. This is determined to a large degree on a case-by-case basis.
Are there any geographic restrictions to Co-op employment?
No. You are free to choose any geographic location for co-op and are encouraged to seek co-op opportunities abroad with U.S.-based companies that carry out international engineering operations. Locally, an organization of more than 20 companies (the EIAC) advises and supports the development of the engineering program, and provides co-op employment opportunities for York College engineering students. Students who co-op locally have the option to use York College housing during their co-op periods, during which time standard room charges apply.
Are engineering faculty members involved when I'm on co-op?
Yes. The successful co-op experience is based upon the three-way interaction involving you, your employer-based engineering mentor, and your co-op faculty advisor. During your co-op semesters, this interaction is nurtured and documented through regular meetings with your engineering mentor, on-site visits by your co-op faculty advisor, written assessments and evaluations by both mentor and advisor, and through your own co-op report and written evaluation of your co-op work experience.