An Employer's Evaluation of Cooperative Education

by Robert W. Richards, (F.ASCE), Assoc.; Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff, Atlanta, Ga.,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 221-225

Document Type: Journal Paper


Cooperative education differs from other forms of engineering education in that a third party has been introduced. In addition to students and faculty, we now have employers. From personal encounters with co-op students in the employ of a major consulting firm, four basic conclusions are made; (1) Cooperative engineering students have generally been very satisfactory short-term employees and superior employees after graduation; (2) cooperative education brings together engineers in practice with those in education; (3) the best co-op employment program must often be a compromise between routine duties and more interesting assignments and (4) further improvements in cooperative education could be made through better communications and cooperation among employers, educators, and students.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Students | Consulting services | Team building | Education | Employees | Engineering firms | Faculty

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