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The Co-op Experience

Students in the B.S. in Engineering Technology (ET) alternate classroom terms with full-time work experience in their field of study. Students in the major may choose from either the four-year co-op program, which has one six-month co-op experience in the spring/summer terms of the junior year, or the five-year co-op program, which has three six-month co-op experiences in the sophomore, pre-junior, and junior years.

The Drexel co-op program is an important advantage for ET students as it provides real-world experience in a chosen field. In addition, students create a network of contacts within the engineering industry that can be beneficial for them when they start looking for jobs after graduation.

Students begin their co-op experience by enrolling in the Co-op 101 course where they will learn how to write a resume, conduct a job search, interview, and display proper etiquette in the workplace. Upon successful completion of this course, students become eligible to begin their first co-op job search. Students will utilize the job search resources of faculty and staff within the Engineering Technology department.

Recent co-op employers include:

  • Boeing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Army Research Laboratory (Maryland)
  • AstraZeneca
  • Philadelphia Water Department
  • Siemens
  • Sunoco, Inc.
  • Volvo Powertrain North America
  • Ballinger
  • Exelon Corporation