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Co-op Education

UNDERGRADUATE CO-OP

Qiana Curcuru, Mechanical Engineering major, credits her co-op advisor for giving her the confidence to land a job at iRobot.

The UMass Lowell Professional Cooperative Education program provides full-time undergraduate students with the chance to systematically integrate their classroom studies with professional work experiences. The Professional Co-op Program is a partnership among students, the University and employers and is administered by the UMass Lowell Career & Co-op Center.

A Professional Co-op is:

  • A three-phase academic program coordinated and supervised by Co-op Staff, in conjunction with faculty affiliated with each participating college
  • A structured, selective, voluntary program for full-time students who are in good academic standing
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Mechanical Engineering Co-op Employers 2012-2020

Flexibility

This flexible program is beneficial to students and easy to manage by the academic programs and local business community. There are part-time and full-time co-op opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Academic credit is based on hours worked. Co-op students can earn money in the program and, at the same time, lessen the academic course load.

Connectivity

The Co-op Program is well integrated within other academic and business programs, complementing them effectively. The bustling Merrimack Valley industrial economy, with its many high-technology companies, is actively involved in the Co-op Program.

The Co-op Program is a distinguishing element of the total UMass Lowell experience. It offers a high degree of technical excellence and training, as well as innovative and practical hands-on approaches to preparing graduates for the technical job market.

Supportive Environment

Are you a current student interested in participating in the undergraduate program? The best way to connect with a Co-op advisor is to utilize their convenient virtual drop-in hours.

Engineering Co-ops by the Numbers

Graduate Master's Co-op

This Engineering Department participates in the Graduate Master's Co-op Option in Engineering. For detailed information about the Master's Co-op Program, additional eligibility criteria, curriculum requirements, important dates, and application process, please see the Graduate Catalog Engineering Co-op page.

Visit Graduate Admissions for more information.

Meet our Co-op Students

Matt Macioci '18 Mechanical Engineering

Thanks to professional co-ops at New Balance and Teradyne, mechanical engineering major Matt Macioci has designs on a future career working with complex machinery.

If someone had told me when I was a freshman that I’d be working at New Balance in 2-3 years, I wouldn’t have believed it. It’s amazing what I’ve experienced here.