Your Pathway to Success

For 50 years, students in the School of Engineering and Computer Science have gained real-world experience through our Cooperative Education program (CO-OP). CO-OP is an experiential internship program for juniors and seniors to gain hands-on experience with an organization while earning academic units towards their degree. Students practice and grow their engineering and computer science skills while enhancing the soft skills needed to thrive in their future careers. 

CO-OP allows students to: 

  • Connect classroom knowledge to industry practice
  • Learn and practice professional skills needed to successfully collaborate in a team 
  • Learn job hunting and interviewing skills 
  • Build a network of professionals 
  • Earn a pay check to help defer educational expenses 
Find Your Perfect Match
Employer Recruiting Events

The Office of Cooperative Education hosts two recruiting events including a Career Fair and CO-OP Interviews in both the Fall and Spring semester. The Career Fair provides an opportunity for employers to recruit for full-time, part-time, internship, and CO-OP positions. CO-OP Interviews take place immediately following the Career Fair, and employers interview engineering and computer science students for CO-OP positions. 

Our students seek opportunities for CO-OP, research and laboratory positions, REU, and international CO-OP in the following disciplines:

Bioengineering Engineering Management
Civil Engineering Engineering Physics
Computer Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering Network and Software Engineering
Rachel Owens, Electrical Engineering Major
Electrical Engineering
Rachel Owens ’20

"CO-OP was one of the reasons I chose Pacific because it is such a crucial learning experience. I was a little intimidated by the process when I first got here, but honestly, it was pretty painless. You do the CO-OP seminar class and professor Camy walks you through every single step. I did the interviews all here on campus and I got the one I wanted at Hewlett Packard Enterprise."

In the last 3 years, our students have completed their CO-OP at the following companies: 

BIOENGINEERING

Abbott Laboratories Edwards Lifesciences RefleXion Medical, Inc.
Augmenta Bioworks, Inc. Inogen Silk Road
CA Department of Water Resources Intrexon Corporation U.S. Department of Agriculture
Central Contra Costa Sanitary Dist. Martino & Luth University of the Pacific, Biology
City of Manteca, Public Works Novanta Corporation Vocera Communications
Constellation Brands Ouster Wellman's Center of Photomedicine
E & J Gallo Orthofix

 

CIVIL ENGINEERING

AECOM Dokken Engineering South Tahoe Public Utility District
Bay Cities Paving & Grading, Inc. Great Lakes E & I Stantec Consulting Services
BKF Engineers HDR, Inc. Sukut Construction
CA Department of Water Resources JCWagner & Associates, Inc. Superior Elect. Mech. and Plumbing
Central Contra Costa Sanitary Dist. KANE GeoTech Teichert Construction
CH2M Hill Associates Kennedy Jenks Consultants Terracon
City and County of San Francisco Kimley Horn The Dutra Group
City of Manteca, Public Works Kjeldsen, Sinnock & Neudeck, Inc. Turner Construction
City of Modesto, Public Works Knife River Construction VVH Consulting Engineers
City of Stockton, Public Works MCR Engineering W.L. Butler Construction
Clark Pacific Plant Construction Company West Yost Associates
Crawford and Associates Inc. Siegfried Engineering Inc.  

 

COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Aruba, a HPE Company Continental Automotive Holding Nvidia
Abbott Laboratories E & J Gallo Winery Open Networking Foundation
Capital Insurance Group Intel Panasonic
City of Stockton, IT Intuitive Surgical RefleXion Medical, Inc.
City of Stockton, Public Works Lawrence Livermore National Labs University of the Pacific, OIT
Collins Electrical Company, Inc. Mirantis Vocera Communications

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE

 

Aruba, a HPE Company Holt of California, IT Orthofix
Athena Technology Solutions Intel San Joaquin County, Public Works
Cisco Lawrence Livermore National Labs University of the Pacific, OIT
City of Stockton, IT Lemelson-MIT Program VSP Global
E & J Gallo Winery Nvidia Vocera Communications
Flextronics Developer Open Networking Foundation  

 

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Aruba, a HPE Company Holt of California, IT San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water
Abbott Laboratories Ichor Systems Inc. Stella Technology
CA Department of Water Resources InSynergy Engineering, Inc. Teledyne Controls
Carollo Engineers Intel The Aerospace Corporation
City of Stockton, Public Works Northrop Grumman Tierra Luna Engineering
Damatt Engineering, Inc. Nvidia Verizon Wireless
E & J Gallo Winery Omron Adept Technologies Vocera Communications
Guntert & Zimmerman Sacramento Municipal Utility Dist. Wilab Energy


ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT

Abbott Laboratories E & J Gallo Winery Pavement Engineering
BKF Engineers G3 Enterprises Persistent Systems Inc.
Central Contra Costa Sanitary Dist. Granite Construction San Joaquin County, Capital Projects
City of Manteca, Public Works Guntert & Zimmerman San Joaquin County, Public Works
Collins Electrical Company, Inc. Holt of California Teichert Construction
Constellation Brands Knife River Construction The Dutra Group
Construction Testing Services NALCO TriTechnic, Inc.
Daimler AG Niagra Bottling West Yost Associates
Delicato Family Vineyards O.C. Jones and Sons  


ENGINEERING PHYSICS

Abbott Laboratories Ichor Systems Inc. Reynolds Systems Inc.
Damatt Engineering Inc. Mission Support & Testing Services Teichert Construction
CA Department of Water Resources Quality Sound Systems Integration University of the Pacific, OIT
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab RefleXion Medical, Inc. Vector Technologies


MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Abbott Laboratories Excelsior Orthofix
Altec, Inc. Foster Farms Panasonic R&D Co. of America
CA Department of Water Resources Frito-Lay Parker Hannifin, Racor Division
Caldera Medical G3 Enterprises Proco Products
Central Contra Costa Sanitary Dist. Guntert & Zimmerman RSS Manufacturing
City of Manteca, Public Works Habitat for Humanity of SJC Teichert Construction
City of Stockton, Public Works Harley Davidson TriContinent
Constellation Brands Kohana Coffee Trinchero Family Estates
Daimler Trucks North America Mission Support & Testing Services Tri-Technic, Inc.
Delicato Family Vineyards NASA, Armstrong Flight Research RGA Design
E & J Gallo Winery Niagara Bottling Sugar Bowl Bakery
Edwards Lifesciences O.C. Jones and Sons UTC Aerospace

Why CO-OP?

Who must take CO-OP?

How long is a CO-OP?

How many credits do I get for a CO-OP?

Will I be paid during my CO-OP?

I am a Computer Science major. Should I do a CO-OP?

Is tuition charged during CO-OP?

How do I find a CO-OP?

How to prepare for CO-OP?

Are there international CO-OPs?

May I take classes while I am on CO-OP?

I am a transfer student. How do I fit a CO-OP into my experience?

When should I take my CO-OP?

Are there pre-requisites for a CO-OP?

What is ENGR 181-182 Professional Practice?

I am an international student. Can I do a CO-OP?

What should I do if I am unable to secure a CO-OP?

May I take CO-OP at the end of my academic career?

I worked for an engineering firm before I enrolled at Pacific can that count as CO-OP?

 

Why CO-OP?
You will strengthen and reinforce your academic engineering knowledge and skills, acquire hands-on industry experience and programming skills, learn how to navigate in a corporate environment and build confidence.  CO-OP makes you more employable.  Employers tell us that they prefer to hire graduates with the real-world experience that CO-OP provides, and many SOECS CO-OP students are offered full time positions post graduation. Additionally, it allows you to:

  • Connect classroom knowledge to industry practice
  • Learn and practice professional skills needed to successfully collaborate in a team
  • Learn job hunting and interviewing skills in preparation to your CO-OP and post-graduate employment
  • Build a network of professionals who are interested in seeing you succeed
  • Earn a paycheck during CO-OP which can help defer educational expenses

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Who must take CO-OP?
CO-OP is a requirement for undergraduate students majoring in BioengineeringCivil EngineeringEngineering ManagementMechanical EngineeringElectrical EngineeringEngineering Physics and Computer Engineering. CO-OP is an integral part of the curriculum for these majors. CO-OP is optional for Computer Science, the Biomedical career path in Bioengineering and for international students.

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How long is a CO-OP?
A CO-OP is two academic terms. Since you receive academic credit for your CO-OP, the Director of Cooperative Education must ascertain and approve the quality and length of your experience. Generally a CO-OP extends over a semester and a summer. This implies that the beginning date of your CO-OP is shortly after the last day of classes and your end date is shortly before the beginning of classes.

CO-OP is a full-time employment with an engineering or computer science-related firm for a specified period of time.  The agreement you make with your CO-OP employer usually spells out the beginning and end date for your employment.  

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How many credits do I get for a CO-OP?
You will receive a total of 32 units or 16 per academic term.  CO-OP is a regular course, ENGR 181 and ENGR 182, with a syllabus, graded assignments, and final report. You will receive a pass/no credit grade for the class.  If in the determination of the Director of Cooperative Education, your CO-OP is not sufficiently long or of sufficient quality your CO-OP units may be less than 32 units.  

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Yes. You will be paid. Pay rates vary greatly from industry to industry and region to region.  We see CO-OP salaries in the range of $15.00 to $32.00 per hour.    
Note to advisors: students may petition to the Director of the Cooperative Education to take an unpaid position to satisfy the CO-OP requirement.  The volunteer experience must meet all requirements for a CO-OP.

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I am a Computer Science major. Should I do a CO-OP?
You should strongly consider doing a CO-OP. The growth, experience and the benefits you will receive during a CO-OP are no different than an engineering student. 

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Is tuition charged during CO-OP?
Yes, as you will be a full time enrolled student in one of the ENGR 18x courses. The tuition is greatly reduced.

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How do I find a CO-OP?
Finding a CO-OP is a 'cooperative' process. Your active and early participation in the job search is essential for success. The CO-OP office brings CO-OP employers to campus for interviews and arranges for off-campus interviews. You are expected to also search for your own CO-OP.  In the class ENGR 25, and in conjunction with the Career Resource Center, we will give you the techniques to successfully find a CO-OP.   

Sometimes the best way to find a CO-OP is to work in parallel with all available resources and through your own network of family, friends, faculty and employers.  The keyword is being flexible and open to getting a good experience. 

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How to prepare for CO-OP?
At the start of your first year at Pacific, you will meet with your faculty advisor to create your Academic Plan.  Depending on your major, your faculty advisor can tell you what you will need to accomplish and when you can expect to graduate. This determines where your CO-OP fits in your academic career. It is never too early to start looking for a CO-OP.

  • Keep your résumé and LinkedIn updated
  • Set up an account on Tiger Jobs at the Career Resource Center
  • Consider a summer internship early in your academic career
  • Work your networks of family and friends for leads to a CO-OP

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Are there international CO-OPs?
 You may do an international CO-OP. INTL 151 course: Cross Cultural Training is recommended to be completed prior to working overseas. You may also need to take appropriate language courses. You should consult International Programs and Services for additional requirements and information. An international CO-OP requires a lot of lead time to negotiate other country's requirements, so you should plan accordingly.

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May I take classes while I am on CO-OP? 
You may not take classes while on CO-OP.  Your employer has an expectation that you will be dedicated full-time to your employment with them.  
"All students register for Professional Practice units while on their CO-OP. Students do not enroll in any other academic courses at Pacific or at another institution in a traditional classroom setting or online."  (Stockton General Academic Catalog)

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I am a transfer student. How do I fit a CO-OP into my experience?
At the start of your first year at Pacific, you will meet with your faculty advisor to create your Academic Plan.  Depending on your major, your faculty advisor can tell you what you will need to accomplish and when you can expect to graduate.

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When should I take my CO-OP?
Your CO-OP will generally take place in your junior or senior years. You will work closely with your faculty advisor to develop a curriculum, so you can keep track of courses and plan your CO-OP. Typically your CO-OP would begin either in the spring semester of your junior year or in the summer before your senior year. Exceptions to this pattern are possible depending on the academic plan that you work out with your faculty advisor. Note to advisors: In some cases a summer/summer CO-OP is an option for a student. 

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Are there pre-requisites for a CO-OP?
You should take ENGR 25 Professional Practice Seminar the semester before your CO-OP.  This class helps you prepare your résumé and portfolio, hone your interviewing skills and give you ways to search for and apply for CO-OP positions. You must also have completed your Fundamental Skills as defined in the catalog.
You must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.  Some CO-OP employers require you to have a higher GPA and may also require a background check and a drug test.  

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What is ENGR 181-182 Professional Practice?
"This course offers cooperative employment in a professional engineering environment.  Students register for a variable number of credits that depend upon the length of the work period [typically 16 units].  The course requires a satisfactory completion of the work assignment and a written report.  Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis.  Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills." (Stockton General Catalog)

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I am an international student. Can I do a CO-OP?
Yes.  A CO-OP is an option for you.  It is strongly suggested you make this intention known to your academic advisor and the Director of Cooperative Education early in your academic career. There are special requirements related to your visa.  An F1 visa with OPT (Optional Practical Training) or CPT (Curricular Practical Training) approval is required. You should consult International Programs and Services for more information. 

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What should I do if I am unable to secure a CO-OP?
Thirty-two units of CO-OP are required for you to graduate.  The search for a CO-OP is a cooperative effort between you and the CO-OP office.  The CO-OP office will work diligently to find opportunities for you but you must do your part by preparing your résumé and portfolio, interviewing, researching the firms that the office brings to the table and aggressively pursuing all opportunities.  It is an expectation that you will also search for CO-OP opportunities on your own initiative.   

If you are unable to secure a CO-OP for the designated period in your academic plan, you will have to revise your academic plan in coordination with your faculty advisor. The goal will be to fit the CO-OP into a revised plan and to apply lessons learned in the first attempt.   

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May I take CO-OP at the end of my academic career?
No. A terminal CO-OP would be one that was taken after the completion of all required coursework. You must return to the School for at least seven units of credit following your CO-OP.    

"A minimum of seven units (undergraduate or graduate) must be completed after the final CO-OP experience. At least three of these seven units must be from their major area." (Stockton General Catalog)

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I worked for an engineering firm before I enrolled at Pacific can that count as CO-OP?
Yes. You may petition to have work experience credited toward your CO-OP. It must have been with an engineering, computer science or other firm related to your major.  The experience must have taken place before you were an enrolled as a Pacific student. In the petition, you must describe and document in detail your work experience and account for the number of hours that you worked at this job.

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Based on data from 2015 to 2019.

Major Hourly Salary Monthly Salary
Bioengineering $21.30 $3,690.88
Civil $18.98 $3,288.71
Computer Engineering $24.29 $4,209.23
Computer Science $25.08 $4,345.64
Electrical $22.76 $3,943.54
Engineering Management $19.35 $3,353.17
Engineering Physics $20.69 $3,585.40
Mechanical $19.51 $3,380.74

Total Average $21.49 $ 3,724.66

Information for Employers

The Office of Cooperative Education is here to support you in your hiring process. We assist with posting your position, sending resumes, and scheduling your interviews. To get started send us your job description.

Here is an overview for hiring a student for CO-OP.

Flow Chart - Hiring a CO-OP Student

What is the hiring timeline?

We are able to share your job description at any point, and optimal recruiting occurs during the following timelines. 

Student works January through August:Hire Students

Student works June through December:Hire Students

What are the requirements to hire a student? 

  • Job Description
  • Meaningful Work
  • Supervised by qualified engineer, supervisor and/or manager
  • Site Visit
  • Evaluation