"The work assignments have helped me develop my analytical mindset and have enhanced my ability to think like an engineer." 

Hope Glor, ChE 2013, Parker Engineered Seals; Syracuse, Ind.

Learning without limits. It's a Trine thing.

Cooperative Education

Learning at Trine takes all kinds of forms. You'll go beyond the classrooms and labs and have opportunities to Learn without Limits. Cooperative education allows you to do just that.

The purpose of the Trine University Cooperative Education Program is to provide experiential learning that enhances traditional course work and laboratories. While working in their chosen field, students apply what they have learned in the classroom. 

The program is designed for alternating work and class sessions with the same employer.

Co-op Program Benefits

  • Upon graduation with cooperative education you have a minimum of 45 weeks of major related experience
  • You have a competitive advantage over non-co-op students
  • Co-op students tend to start full-time employment at higher salaries
  • Earn a competitive salary
  • Meet professionals working in your major
  • Apply what you learn in the classroom
  • Special distinction noted on the diploma and at graduation 
Who is eligible?
  • Full-time engineering students
  • Minimum GPA 2.4
  • 30 credit hours completed

Does it delay graduation?

  • Yes, graduation may be delayed one year depending on when you start the position and the number of credits you have earned.

How do I find a co-op job?

  • Contact Terry Johnson, Program Manager at 260.665.4123, via e-mail, or visit the office located in the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Upload resume to www.trinecareers.org
  • Attend career fairs, information sessions
  • Network with professors, alums, family and friends

"I am glad that I was open enough to pursue a co-op because I am now fully prepared for my future career. Learning the material presented in class is only half the battle. I got the opportunity to experience and learn about engineering in a business setting. I will already know what to expect on the job." 

Brett Steineman, ME 2014 -Biomet; Warsaw, Ind.

"I have gained technical knowledge and applied what I learned in the classroom. I've been introduced to an industry that I had no prior knowledge and expanded my professional network of references."

Nick Cooper, EE 2014 Regal Beloit; Fort Wayne, Ind.