Both students and companies benefit from UA's Co-op and Placement Program. Students receive an incredible, paid, real-world engineering experience, and companies fill in-demand positions with skilled, student engineers who work hard and are eager to learn.

UA’s College of Engineering and Polymer Science produces some of the most sought-after, job-ready graduates in the country. It is home to the 5th oldest co-op program in the country, whose legacy is rooted in our belief that the best way to prepare our students for their careers is to learn by doing.

Jason A. Winkler, President, Summit Construction Company, LLC


“University of Akron students are eager, well-prepared, enthusiastic, and educated. We love hiring them for co-op positions.”

Jason A. Winkler, President, Summit Construction Company, LLC


The Co-op and Placement Program provides paid industry experience to undergraduate students. Their schedule will alternate semesters in the classroom with semesters spent working full-time. Typically, students will complete between three and five co-op rotations (fall semester, spring semester, or summer).

Benefits of co-ops in the workplace

  • A motivated workforce eager to learn from professionals
  • Pipeline of talent for future hiring needs
  • Opportunity to train potential employees
  • Reduction of costs in recruitment and training
  • UA staff screen students and match with companies who seem like a great fit, saving you costs in recruitment

Benefits to students

  • Students get a feel for working in the industry
  • Opportunity to narrow down the type of job they are most interested in
  • Improve their technical and real-world skills like communication, leadership, and presentation skills
  • Possibility for full-time employment when they graduate

What does a co-op schedule look like?

  • 35+ hours per week
  • 16+ weeks per semester
  • On site or remote depending on your needs


If you are interested in being a part of the Co-op and Placement Program network, contact CEPScoop@uakron.edu or 330-972-7818.

Eligibility criteria

  • Company must offer full-time positions in relevant engineering fields
  • Positions must be time limited for co-ops (typically co-op positions last 3-4 months) or permanent 
  • Company does not need to be located in the Akron area


While we do not put a minimum hourly pay requirement on employers, on average students make $20 per hour, and we encourage employers to fall within the that range.

Our students are worth it!

We support the co-op placement needs of students in the following programs:


  • Aerospace Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Corrosion Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technology

  • Automated Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Surveying and Mapping


  • Computer Information Systems (Cybersecurity, Networking, and Programming)
  • Computer Science


  • Applied Mathematics

Contact the Co-op and Placement Office

Auburn Science and Engineering Center, Room 224

Office hours:
Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Phone: 330-972-7818

Email: CEPScoop@uakron.edu

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