Why Should You Do a Co-Op?

As a college student, you should ask yourself the following questions?

Are you.....? 

  • Unsure of how to gain valuable experience?
  • Confused about how to find a co-op?
  • Facing graduation with little or no experience?
  • Confused about what companies you can work for?
  • Feeling unsure of your career path?
  • Searching for your ideal career?
  • Seeking help in developing a job search plan?
  • Trying to discover the keys to career success?

So how can the Office of Career Services help you?

  • We host job fairs on campus several times throughout the academic year where employers are seeking to fill co-op positions
  • We host on-campus interviews – Employers interview Lawrence Tech students on campus
  • We offer workshops and individual career coaching to assist with the career planning process
  • We offer an online job posting system, CareerQuest, where you can research employers and apply for co-op positions 

Co-Op Work Patterns

There are three traditional work patterns when applying for the Co-op Program. Each work pattern is designed to consider your academics, as well as the employers’ co-op work assignments. Although one of the following work patterns is most preferred; however, it is suggested to consider all three patterns when seeking a co-op opportunity.

Traditional Co-op Work Patterns

Alternate Pattern – Students alternate between a full-time co-op assignment (approximately 35-40 hours per week) one semester and attend school full-time the following semester. This is a typical work pattern for engineering majors or students working for large organizations.

Example: Student A is employed with XYZ Company for approximately 35-40 hours per week for the fall semester. Student A returns to campus as a full-time student for the spring semester.

Alternate Pattern (Civil) - Students work consecutively back-to-back semesters on a full-time co-op assignment for approximately 35-40 hours per week each semester. This is a typical work pattern for civil engineering and construction management majors due to field work or local travel.

Example: Student A is employed with XYZ Company for approximately 35-40 hours per week for the summer and fall semester. Student A returns to XYZ Company as a full-time student for the spring semester. 

Parallel Pattern – Students have a co-op assignment part-time for approximately 20-25 hours per week and register for at least 6 academic credit hours (part-time status).

Example: Student A is employed with XYZ Company for approximately 20-25 hours per week for the fall semester. Student A is registered for 6 credit hours (2 evening classes).

Academic Credit

Being a part of the Co-op Program is not a requirement in fulfillment to graduate from Lawrence Tech, but is highly recommended. However, there are academic programs that mandate to complete a co-op, internship, or some type of field experience to graduate. Students should meet with their faculty advisor to discuss the process if that requirement relates to their major(s).

Once a student has been offered a co-op position and would like to receive academic credit, then the Office of Career Services will evaluate the work assignment(s) and approve registration. Newly hired co-op students will need to provide the Office of Career Services a copy of the job offer letter to validate co-op employment.

Co-op students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 to be in the program.

To begin the co-op registration process, email the office at ltuocs@ltu.edu

All Engineering Majors 

ECO 3001 (Engineering Co-op Practicum I)
ECO 3101 (Engineering Co-op Practicum II)
ECO 4001 (Engineering Co-op Practicum III)


Engineering Technology Majors

TCO 3001 (Engineering Technology Co-op Practicum I)
TCO 3101 (Engineering Technology Co-op Practicum II)
TCO 4001 (Engineering Technology Co-op Practicum III) 


Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematics/Computer Science Majors

MCS 3001 (Math/Computer Science Co-op Practicum I)
MCS 3101 (Math/Computer Science Co-op Practicum II)
MCS 4001 (Math/Computer Science Co-op Practicum III)


What is involved in each Co-op Practicum?

Co-op Practicum I - During your first co-op practicum, you are introduced to a company that will provide training and professional development. You will be given at least one co-op assignment/project for each semester from your assigned supervisor. 

Co-op Practicum II - During your second co-op practicum, you are continuing to work with the previous employer from the first co-op practicum or with a new company. You may be given a different co-op assignment/project or continue work from the previous co-op practicum. 

Co-op Practicum III - During your third and final co-op practicum, you are continuing to work with the previous employer from the second co-op practicum or with a new company. You may be given a different co-op assignment/project or continue work from the previous co-op practicum.

Co-Op Assignments

It is important to note that course requirements are based on which co-op practicum a student is enrolled in for each work term. Thus, students in the Co-op Practicum I have different requirements than students enrolled in Co-op Practicum II. The same is true for students in Co-op Practicum III. Listed below are the course requirements for this semester. The third co-op class will culminate in a formal presentation and paper to be completed in front of peers, Career Services staff, and faculty members. 

Attention Registered Co-op Students: Please submit your answers online. Your information will be collected by the Office of Career Services and forwarded to the appropriate College. Contact the Office of Career Services if you have any question at ltuocs@ltu.edu.

Co-op Practicum I

Syllabus - Spring 2017 
Work Term Information Form
Work Term Record Practicum I
Timesheet Verification Form
Student Performance Evaluation - Password Required (This form must be completed by the Co-op Supervisor) 

Co-op Practicum II

Syllabus - Spring 2017 
Work Term Information Form
Work Term Record for Practicum II
Learning Outcomes
Timesheet Verification Form 
Student Performance Evaluation - Password Required (This form must be completed by the Co-op Supervisor)

Co-op Practicum III

Syllabus -Spring 2017 
Work Term Information Form
Technical Report - Writing Guidelines  (Contact Career Services at ltuocs@ltu.edu to review a sample technical report)
Academic Honor Code
Final Presentation - Guidelines 
Timesheet Verification Form
Student Performance Evaluation - Password Required (This form must be completed by the Co-op Supervisor) 
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Office Location
The Office of Career Services, C404
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075-1058
 248.204.3140  ltuocs@ltu.edu

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

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