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Co-Op Employer Information

Get access to a talented pool of highly motivated engineers-in-training.

York College has one of the few engineering programs nationwide that requires participation in multiple full-time engineering cooperative work experiences (co-ops) in a professional setting.

York College's engineering programs are ABET-accredited. Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering.

Benefits for Co-Op Employers

Access to a Highly Motivated Talent Pool of Engineers-in-Training

Lower Training and Recruitment Costs (and Higher Retention for Entry-Level Employees)

Collaboration with Co-Op Directors for Job Postings and Student Connections

Establish YCP Students as Goodwill Ambassadors for Your Company

Free Up Permanent Employees' Time for Long-Term Projects

“The co-op program at York College has been a wonderful recruiting tool for us. We get to train and evaluate students while they are exposed to real-world engineering, with no strings attached. In the end, it is a win-win situation which allows us to hire well-qualified, full-time engineers that can really hit the ground running.”
Joe Druck
Chief Design Engineer, Weir American Hydro Corporation (York, PA)

Engineering Co-Op Employer Resources

The Engineering Co-Op Program is happy to assist employers as they build a recruiting strategy that increases visibility among York College students:

  • Promote your company by posting co-op, part-time and full-time positions on Handshake, York College's internal career search engine. 
  • Attend our annual Career Expo, host a recruiting day, or conduct on-campus interviews.
  • Host a company tour or schedule a campus visit to speak with students.
  • Collaborate on research projects with students and faculty.
  • Provide support for scholarships/activities.

York College's Engineering Co-Op Program Director will email reminders about hiring periods, help you post your co-op positions on Handshake, and assist with scheduling interviews and other networking/recruiting opportunities.

Employers are encouraged to post positions at least three months in advance of the hiring date.

A review of credentials, interviews, and offers should be completed at least one month prior to a student's official start date.

Access Handshake Job Postings
Academic YearFall SemesterSpring SemesterSummer Term
1st YearAcademic TermAcademic Term*
2nd YearAcademic TermAcademic TermCO-OP I
3rd YearAcademic TermCO-OP II*
4th YearAcademic TermAcademic Term May Graduation

*Students have the option to complete experiential learning opportunities.

Length of Co-Op Experiences

Each co-op experience must last a minimum of 12 weeks (summer) and a minimum of 15 weeks (spring or fall). Work weeks must be full-time. (Extra work is permissible if holidays precede or follow the normal work schedule.)

Some students remain on part-time during the academic rotation and often return to full-time for their next co-op work assignment.

Students co-op each semester as follows:

  • Summer: May - August (sophomore year)
  • Spring: January - May (junior year)
  • A limited number of students may be available for fall co-op semesters (August - December) due to unique student circumstances.

Note: Repetitive co-op sessions at the same company are encouraged, although some students may elect to broaden their experience by working for multiple companies. The student's return is to be agreed upon by both the employer and the student.

The goal is to provide each student with significantly challenging engineering work that truly complements the rigor of his/her academic program. Every effort must be made to ensure that work assignments are: 

  • Related to the student's academic and career goals
  • Properly organized with the goals defined during the first week of the student's co-op
  • Planned so that progressively more responsible positions are assigned for each co-op

Students should always be assigned to work with a practicing engineer, but the exact duties and functions they will have in the workplace may vary according to the employer and the abilities and skills of the student. Some examples of potential job functions are:

  • Testing of both standard and developmental products or building materials, concrete, soils, water, etc.
  • Analyzing test data using statistical methods
  • Conducting engineering analysis using thermodynamic, static, dynamic, and vibration analysis, etc.
  • Performing engineering design utilizing CAD
  • Conducting experiments to assist in the design of products or processes
  • Writing operating or processing instructions
  • Purchasing, installing and starting up equipment
  • Assisting on job sites with project management tasks

An online evaluation of the student is required at the end of the co-op. A faculty advisor will visit the job site about halfway through the semester to discuss the co-op progress with the employer and the student.

Contact Us

Engineering Co-Op Program

Kelly Arcieri
Engineering Co-Op Program Director
Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology

Phone: 717.815.1733