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Frequently Asked Questions
Are Students Guaranteed a Co-op Assignment?
The number and types of positions offered vary each semester
depending on the needs of the companies involved in the co-op program. The co-op
office staff cannot guarantee that every student interested in co-op in a given
semester will be placed in a position.
Will Co-op Participants Extend Their Graduation Dates?
Students enrolled in the program generally take five, and
sometimes six years to complete a bachelor's degree. For various reasons, co-op
won't be for all students, however for many it will enhance classroom learning.
Usually the experience gained and the salary upon graduation outweigh the
extension of undergraduate studies.
Will Students Receive A Salary?
Wages are based on many factors including the engineering major,
academic skills of the student, market demand, and geographic area. Many
employers provide some benefits or scholarships.
What Do Students Say About the Experience?
Co-op participants indicate that combining their classroom
exercises with actual engineering situations are an excellent way to learn more
about the real-world working environment. The co-op experience also assists with
college finances and postgraduate employment prospects.
What do Employers of Co-op Students Have to Say?
Employers indicate that the program has mutual benefits to the
employer and the student. Employers are able to train prospective employees in
the practicalities of engineering and expose students to the rules, procedures,
reports and ways of doing things that meet accepted industry standards. Company
professionals profit from the knowledge of the student and often can keep
up-to-date on what is being taught in the classroom.
What is the Difference Between an Internship and a Co-op?
Internships in the engineering programs are generally defined as
summer positions with an employer in a student's area of interest. The co-op
office staff handles requests for interns by posting position descriptions.
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