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Cooperative Education Program

Fan ResearcherCooperative education is an 80-year-old tradition at Speed School,
and a key requirement of the academic experience for Speed engineering students.

"Co-op" is an academic program integrating classroom learning with work experience in the student's field of study. The co-op student is paid an hourly wage, and receives academic credit for each semester of work.

For the student: the Co-op program provides students an opportunity to:

  • Obtain hands-on engineering experience as part of their formal education.

For the employer: the Co-op program provides the following benefits:

  • Access to a skilled, short-term cost-effective workforce.
  • Opportunity to evaluate potential full-time employees.
  • Reduced recruiting and training costs.

Wages earned by co-op students help defray college expenses. Students are generously classified temporary, hourly employees, and earn about $15-$16 an hour.

Examples of companies where Speed School students co-op:

  • Army Corp of Engineers
  • Boston Scientific
  • Brown-Forman
  • Carrier Vibrating
  • CMTA
  • Cook Medical
  • Cummins Engine
  • DePuy Orthopaedics
  • Duke Energy
  • DuPont
  • E-ON US
  • Exxon-Mobil
  • Gallatin Steel
  • General Electric
  • J&J Ethicon
  • KY Transportation Dept.
  • Lantech
  • Lexmark International
  • Marathon Petroleum
  • MedVenture Technology
  • Microsoft
  • NASA
  • Raytheon
  • Samtec
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Toyota
  • UPS
  • YUM!


The Cooperative Education Program in Speed School consists of three semesters of full-time work related to the students' engineering major. Upon completion of the co-op requirements, students have accumulated a full year of professional work experience.

Students alternate periods of classroom instruction and co-op as shown in the following schedule:

  YEAR 1  YEAR 2 YEAR 3  YEAR 4  YEAR 5 


Academic Studies  Academic Studies CO-OP #2  Academic Studies Academic Studies
 SPRING Academic Studies CO-OP #1 Academic Studies Academic Studies Academic Studies
 SUMMER Academic Studies  Academic Studies  CO-OP #3 Academic Studies  


Cooperative Education Sessions

  • Spring 2013: January 7, 2013 - May 10, 2013
  • Summer 2013: May 13, 2013 - August 23, 2013
  • Fall 2013: August 26, 2013 - December 20, 2013
  • Spring 2014: January 6, 2014 - May 9, 2014
  • Summer 2014: May 12, 2014 - August 22, 2014
  • Fall 2014: August 25, 2014 - December 19, 2014


    Academic Disciplines: Bioengineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering/Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


    Because of their academic training and real-world engineering experience, Speed School graduates are in demand by employers. Nearly one-third of Speed School graduates accept employment offers from their co-op employer!

    Speed School's Cooperative Education Program helps employers meet their need for a highly-skilled, knowledgeable workforce. Co-op provides students exposure to the latest technology, team-based problem solving and flexibility in adapting to a continually changing global environment.

    INTERESTED IN HIRING A SPEED SCHOOL CO-OP OR GRADUATE? Please contact Mark Schreck at (502) 852-1368.


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