Students working on a component of a Formula One racecar for the York College engineering program

Engineering Co-operative Program

Getting paid while you gain hands-on experience

Our Engineering program is one of few engineering programs nationwide that requires all of its students to participate in one year of engineering cooperative work experience (co-op).

Through this program, you will have the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in industry and other engineering-related enterprises prior to graduation. After your first two years of study, you alternate academic semesters with semester-long periods of typically paid, professional engineering work experience in industry. Students develop job-searching skills by identifying, applying for, and interviewing for engineering co-op positions with companies locally and nationwide.

Engineering Co-operative Program at York College
You'll get to work in the industry getting invaluable experience that sets you up for a career in engineering.
York Engineering students get to complete paid co-op learning experiences

Why you should take advantage of our Co-Op

We value the co-operative program so much that we require a total of three semesters to be taken for each student (with the exception of those with history of qualified engineering work). You'll be prepared for more sophisticated academic work, as well as the ability to explore career options in the real world where you can see the ins and outs of your potential career up close. You'll also be provided with:
  • A better understanding of, and appreciation for, the linkage between the coursework and engineering practice, thus contributing positively to the student's attitude toward academic work
  • The opportunity to develop and enhance interpersonal skills
  • An opportunity to earn money to help meet college expenses
  • A better understanding of the engineering profession through early association with practicing engineers
  • An edge in the job market upon graduation
Contact Us
Engineering Co-Operative Program


Joanne Wilkes, Program Director
Advises Mechanical, Computer and Electrical Engineering students
Kinsley Engineering Center
Phone:  717.815.1733
jwilkes@ycp.edu
Hours:
Contact for appt.

Kelly Arcieri, Co-op Advisor
Advises Civil Engineering students
Civil Engineering Center
Phone:  717.815.2075
karcieri@ycp.edu
Hours:
Contact for appt.

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