Beyond the Classroom
Mechanical engineering majors are encouraged to participate in cooperative education (co-op) program. Students benefit by not only receiving a B.S.M.E. degree in five years, but also four additional terms of industrial experience as a mechanical engineer. About 25 percent of mechanical engineering students participate in the co-op program.
The real value of the co-op program is the experience that it provides. A co-op job can be a financial benefit, but the net income from one term at work does not typically cover the cost of one term in education. The co-op program gives employers an opportunity to look at a student as a prospective employee without making a commitment to long-term employment. Likewise, the co-op program gives the student a chance to look at a company and gain some experience before entering the work force.
Co-op students normally get a higher salary offer upon graduation than non co-op students. In many cases the co-op employer provides a long-term employment opportunity for the co-op student upon graduation.
The typical co-op student goes to school the first two years just as his or her fellow students. At the end of the sophomore year the student begins their co-op period and works through the summer. The student returns to school in the fall, but works in the spring. Thereafter, the student alternates between work and school.
|1||School 1||School 2||Work Option|
|2||School 3||School 4||Work 1|
|3||School 5||Work 2||School/Work Option|
|4||Work 3||School 6||Work 4|
|5||School 7||School 8|
Co-op students have a wide range of employers to choose from. Employers are located in the immediate Evansville area, in the surrounding region of Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois and at various places throughout the country. Some of the companies who hire UE mechanical engineering co-op students are listed below:
- George Koch Sons, LLC.
- Wright-Patterson AFB
- NWSC Crane
- General Electric
- Alcan Ingot
- GE Aircraft Engines
- Patriot Engineering
- Kimball International
- Electronics Research Inc.
- Vectren Energy Delivery
- Fermi National Accelerator Lab
- Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems
- Union Pacific
- Louisville Gas & Electric Company
- Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles
For more information about the University's Cooperative Education Program, please visit the University of Evansville Center for Career Development.