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Engineering Co-op Learning Outcomes

Co-op is an educational experience which integrates academic and career interests with industry experience. Students convert theory into practice, apply classroom knowledge to work situations, and acquire information and skills to enhance future coursework.

Co-op Learning Outcomes

After completing the Co-op program, you should demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply classroom knowledge to actual work situations
  • Communicate effectively
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • Function as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Understand and apply professional and ethical responsibility
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • Recognize the need for, and engage in, lifelong learning
  • Understand contemporary issues
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Utilize job search skills: resume, interview, decision making skills
  • Develop professional contacts
  • Constructively receive and apply professional feedback
  • Take initiative in a professional setting
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I decided to do Co-op here at Cornell because I wanted to expand the breadth and depth of my engineering education. By doing the Co-op, I will be able to apply my academic learning in a way that is simply not possible inside a classroom. Being in a working environment at an early stage will not only propel me forward for my future career, but also give me the experience I need to interact with and solve real world problems.

— Bryan Zin '21, Mechanical Engineering, BAE Systems