How to get started

How to get started

The engineering co-op program is structured into all nine disciplines. During the spring semester of your second year, the director of co-op programs will initiate your entrance into the co-op program. These details will help prepare you for your co-op:

Schedule of co-op work assignments

Fall Spring Summer
1st year Classes Classes Vacation/Classes
2nd year Classes Classes Optional Co-op
Vacation/Classes
3rd year Classes Co-op I Classes
4th year Co-op II Classes Co-op III
5th year Classes Classes

Eligibility for Co-op

  • GPA must be at least 2.3
  • On-schedule in your curriculum
  • Acceptance to co-op program by Deanna Dunn, Co-op Coordinator

Steps to finding a co-op job

  1. Attend College of Engineering Co-op Education Orientation meeting
  2. Create a student file (bring in your yellow student information sheet, resume, highlighted curriculum outline, and photo id to the Co-op Office)
  3. Individual appointment with a co-op coordinator
  4. Attend interviewing skills workshops
  5. Co-op Office begins referring student credentials
  6. Interviews
  7. Acceptance of co-op position

Approaches to finding the right co-op job

  • On-campus interview with the company
  • Interview at plant location
  • Direct hire based on resume and recommendation
  • Previous arrangements with an employer
  • Student contact developed into a co-op opportunity
  • Engineering Career Fairs held in fall in spring semesters

Geographic Location

Students have a choice of accepting a co-op locally, elsewhere in Ohio, or out of state (we currently have over 23 states participating in the co-op program)

Average monthly salary

Co-op is a paid relevant experience. Current co-op monthly salaries range from $1,600-$2,800 per month.

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The University of Akron
College of Engineering
Auburn Science & Engineering Center
Akron, OH 44325-3901

Tel: 330-972-6978
Fax: 330-972-5162

Co-op Contacts

Deanna Dunn
Director, Cooperative Engineering Education
Phone: 330.972.7849
Email: ddunn@uakron.edu

Erin Elosh
Coordinator
Phone: 330.972.7847
Email: elosh1@uakron.edu

Heidi Mileti
Coordinator, Engineering Co-op and Placement
Phone: 330.972.7819
Email: hmileti@uakron.edu

The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325
Phone: 330-972-7111
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