The Mechanical Engineering Department considers experiential learning opportunities important educational options for its undergraduate students. One such option is cooperative education, which provides a student with an extended period of exposure with a company.

To participate and be enrolled as a co-op student at CMU, students must submit a Co-Op Approval Form and Co-Op Job Acceptance Form (available from your academic advisor) and have both forms approved by the Mechanical Engineering (MechE) Undergraduate Education Committee (UEC). If the application is approved, the course will be added to the student's schedule and the student will be assessed tuition for 0 units for each semester that the student participates.

Employment must be related to Mechanical Engineering (approved by the MechE UEC) to be considered a MechE co-op. All co-ops must be at least 6 consecutive months in length, andmust be a full-time, paid position with a single company.

Upon completion of the co-op experience, students must submit a 1-2 page report of their work experience, and an evaluation from the company supervisor to the MechE Undergraduate Education Committee. If the report and evaluation are approved, a “P” grade will be assigned.

Due to federal restrictions on student work experiences, international students are not eligible for co ops.Please visit the CPT page for information regarding international student internships.

If you have further questions regarding the Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Education Program, please contact your academic advisor.