Co-op Information for Mechanical Engineering Students
In order to be eligible to apply for a co-op, students:
- Must have and maintain overall GPA of at least 2.50
- Must have completed the freshman curriculum and have academic standing of sophomore or higher
- Must have completed at least 13 credits at UNC Charlotte
- Will preferably have completed MEGR 2141
In order to undertake a co-op, students:
- Must register on the Hire-A-Niner site prior to the first and each subsequent rotation at the co-op: https://hireaniner.uncc.edu/
- Must complete the co-op form and have it approved by the departmental co-op adviser.
- The form is available at this link: https://careerdocs.uncc.edu/pdfs/experientialeducation/coop_approval.pdf
- A complete schedule needs to be designated for all courses through graduation including the designation of which semesters will be co-op work semesters. The courses must follow all pre- and co-requisite conditions.
- A co-op rotation cannot interrupt the senior design sequence. If senior design 1 is started in the spring, a co-op rotation may be scheduled for the summer, and senior design 2 is finished in the fall semester. If senior design 1 is started in the fall, a co-op rotation cannot be done in the spring semester.
- The semesters that follow each co-op rotation must include MEGR 3695, which is a one-credit seminar course.
- Back-to-back co-op rotations cannot be scheduled for consecutive fall and spring semesters. Co-op rotations may be scheduled in back-to-back spring and summer semesters if MEGR 3695 is completed in the summer at the same time as the second rotation. Co-op rotations may be scheduled for consecutive spring and fall semesters if students take courses during the summer between them.
- The form can be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org for Dr. Lawton to review, approve, and return electronically, at which point it can be uploaded to the Hire-A-Niner site.
In order to receive recognition of completion of a co-op program, students must complete three instances of MEGR 3695. Please register for MEGR 3695 following each co-op rotation for which you are enrolled in ENGR 3590 (Engr Co-Op or 49ership Exp).
Students may also opt to undertake only one or two co-op rotations and thus, not complete a full co-op program. For this option, the time spent on the co-op rotations will count towards eligibility for PE licensure, but students are not required to complete MEGR 3695.
Students who are registered for MEGR 3695 are required to:
- Prepare a presentation on the engineering work that they did during the previous co-op rotation. This presentation may be the same as an end-of-co-op presentation that they gave to their employers.
- Email Ms. Erica Tadlock (email@example.com) during the semester of MEGR 3695 in order to schedule a 30-minute appointment with Dr. Cherukuri, the chair of mechanical engineering. The meeting should occur prior to the last day of classes.
- Receive approval from Dr. Cherukuri for the co-op work completed as well as approval to continue.
A Co-op Curriculum Guide is available here. This guide provides one example of incorporating co-op rotations with the BSME degree program, other timings are possible.