Cooperative Education

A cooperative education program involves a full-time planned and supervised work experience in industry during the semester or the equivalent on a part-time basis. A written report of the student’s activities will be required. The program may be elected four semesters for a maximum of twelve semester credit hours. The program must be taken on a credit or no credit basis. Credits: 1 to 3 hours

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Student must be in good academic standing and be in a curriculum in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
  2. Student must have completed the sophomore year.
  3. Student must fill out student co-op registration card.
  4. Student must provide a job description from the employer, and have the work experience approved by the cooperative education director.

Course Requirements

  1. Student must submit a written evaluation of their performance from their immediate supervisor.
  2. Student must submit a report of their co-op experience upon completion. Instructions will be provided after course registration
  3. Students must complete an exit interview with the cooperative education director, at the completion of the work semester.

Co-Op application

Employer Co-Op evaluation

Course coordinator

Dr. John Patten

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management
Western Michigan University
F-205 Floyd Hall
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336
Phone: (269) 276-3246 
Email:john.patten@wmich.edu