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 J. B. Speed School of Engineering Cooperative Education Program

The University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering offers a five-year academic program that includes an ABET accredited Bachelor of Engineering degree, an accredited Master of Engineering degree and a mandatory one-year cooperative education work experience.  Cooperative Education has been a cornerstone of the Speed academic program since 1925.  It is one of the oldest engineering cooperative education programs in the country.
What Is the Cooperative Education Program?

Cooperative Education is a planned and supervised program alternating periods of classroom instruction with full-time work assignments related to the student's academic program. It is a concept through which employers and Speed School combine resources to promote career education and training. Co-op students integrate the academic classroom experience with "real world" work experience with employers from business, industry, and government.
The Speed School of Engineering cooperative education program really works! Speed has over 225 students “on-the-job” in experiential education every semester. We’ve been doing it for 85 years with hundreds of companies all over the country! Our partner companies keep coming back, year after year.

Students work alternating semesters, starting at the end of their sophomore year.

Why hire engineering co-ops from UofL?

•    The co-op program provides access to motivated productive engineering students - that can help with a variety of engineering assignments.
•    And the co-op program is a great recruiting pipeline for entry level engineering talent.
Employers’ Role: the employer and the co-op student supervisor play a critical role in the cooperative education process.  As a co-op employer, your primary requirements are to:

  • Provide a full-time work experience related to the student’s field of study that increases in responsibility as the student progresses through her co-op work experience.
  • Provide appropriate supervision, mentorship and training for the student throughout the experience.
  • Help the student to develop learning objectives consistent with the student’s work assignment and work objectives.  The student develops and documents these learning objectives each semester.
  • Evaluate the student’s performance at the semester end, and discuss the assessment with student to assist them in learning and growing as a professional. An appraisal form will be provided to the co-op student supervisor each semester.  The student performance appraisal form can be found at (link).
  • Pay the student an hourly wage that is consistent with the level and experience of the student and the co-op position. Co-op students are typically hired as temporary hourly employees, without benefits. The rate of pay is up at the company’s discretion. Average co-op wages, which may be used as guidelines, are shown in the table below.
Co-op Avg. Hourly Wage BE CECS CEE CHE ECE IE ME
Starting ($/hour) $15 $15 $14 $18 $16 $16 $17

•    Range: $7-26/hour
•    Average increase per rotation: $1/hour

Getting started with UofL Engineering Co-op

It’s very easy!  To join our program all you need to do is submit a position description to us. You can do this by contacting our office and providing us some basic information, or simply post the job using our Symplicity CSM System. We will post the position and inform our students. Resumes of students who are interested and meet your qualifications will be forwarded to you for consideration. Information needed:

  • Company contact information
  • Which engineering discipline(s) are you interested in: ME, ChE, etc.
  • A brief description of the duties.
  • Which semester you would like to start.

The Career Develop and Co-operative Education Office will help you through the co-op hiring process: providing candidate resumes, setting up interview schedules and helping with all logistics.
Co-op Calendar:

  • Spring Semester: Early January – Early May
  • Summer Semester: Mid May – Mid August
  • Fall Semester: Late August – Mid December

Co-op student rotations: we strongly encourage our students to complete all three required work rotations with the same company.  About 80% of our students progress through all three rotations with the same company.  We have found that this is in the company’s best interest and allows the student to progress in responsibility.  However we wish to point out that the employer is not committed to the keep the student for three rotations.  If business conditions change or the student is not a fit, the student will be placed in a position with another employer.


Engineering Career Fair

Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Noon – 4:30 pm
University of Louisville, Brown and Williamson Club, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

Employment Partners are cordially invited to participate in any of our fall recruiting events. This fall we are hosting the annual UofL Engineering Career Fair and we are partnering with the Department of Civil Engineering to co-host their Networking/Recruiting Event.

*Cost: Early (Deadline Aug. 20) Standard (Deadline Sept. 28) Sponsors

All-Engineering Career Fair

$300.00 $350.00 $500.00
Civil Engineering Recruiting Event $249.00 $249.00 $400.00
Both Events: Engineering Fair
and Civil Recruiting Event
$600.00 $600.00 $600.00

*If you register for both the Engineering Career Fair and the Civil Networking event, you will receive a $50 discount on the Engineering Career Fair registration on your final invoice.

Your registration includes (1) 6' x 8' booth with (1) 6' table (skirted) and (2) chairs, and a catered lunch (for two representatives). You are welcome to send more than two representatives, at an additional cost of $25/recruiter.

Civil Engineering Networking/Recruiting Event
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
University of Louisville, University Club

This annual event gives you the opportunity to recruit students seeking cooperative education assignments and/or full-time professional opportunities in Civil Engineering only.

Your registration includes (1) 6' table (skirted), chairs, and food will be provided for both the representatives and students.

How do I register?

Simply click on the following link and choose the event in which you wish to participate: Unless you attended the Technology recruiting event in the spring, you will need to register as a new user.


We will have space available all day on Thursday, October 3, 2013. To schedule interview space on these dates or any time in the semester, please email Mary Andrade or call her at 502-852-3196.

Please remember: If you are registering for representatives from your organization, please be sure to distribute the confirmation letter to their email(s) so that they will receive all necessary set-up information. For registration assistance or for additional information, please email Mary Andrade, Recruitment Specialist  or contact her at 502-852-3196.

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