Students on Co-op term discuss car design.

Co-op / / Engineering Your Success

At Kettering, Co-op isn't just an option, it's one half of your educational experience.

Other schools may offer Co-op as a secondary educational opportunity. At Kettering, we know the true value of a Co-op. That's why we built it into your education. You will rotate between the classroom and real-life work experiences the entire time you are at Kettering. That's right, starting your first year, you will begin gaining job-related experience because we know that academics and Co-op experience are two equal parts that ensure your success after graduation.


2021 Fall Employment Fair

October 26, 2021

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

When Do I Work?

When Do I Take Classes?

Kettering University has two separate sections of students known as A Section and B Section. When you are admitted to the University, you are assigned to one of the sections and that determines which terms you will take classes and which terms you will work at your Co-op.

TERM

A SECTION

B SECTION

Summer (July - September) School Co-op
Fall (October - December) Co-op School
Winter (January - March) School Co-op
Spring (April - June) Co-op

School

 

How Much Can I Earn?

$14.62

per hour

Average First Year Co-op Wage

$18.44

per hour

Average Senior Co-op Wage

A Secret We Want Everyone To Know

Hidden Gem

Kettering University has been identified as part of the College Gazette’s Top 10 Best “Hidden Gem” Technology Schools in the U.S. in 2021. Named #2, the report specifically mentioned Kettering’s Co-op model.

At Kettering, you have a chance to work with employers in areas like:

  • Automotive
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)
  • Healthcare (including hospitals and medical device manufacturers)
  • Business (from small to enterprise level)
Co-op students perform a variety of jobs.

What You Should Know About Co-op

When you Co-op you will have opportunities to tune your skills, gain valuable hands-on experience and widen your network. All of that by the time you graduate.

 

Co-op Requirements

The majority of students complete between 7-9 Co-op terms before graduating. Before graduating you must complete a minimum number of Co-op terms.

  • 2 completed Co-op terms prior to Junior year
  • 3 completed Co-op terms after Junior year

 

 

Your role in Co-op employment

  • Active participation
  • Timely and professional communication
  • Realistic expectations
  • Open mind about types of employers
  • Positive attitude
  • Understand that Co-op is an entry level position

 

Role of Co-op Manager

  • Coach
  • Liaison between employers and University
  • Assist with Co-op work reflection for each term
  • Home managers are assigned by the state you live in and work with you to find a Co-op employer
  • Site managers work directly with employers and students who seek employment with those employers or are employed already

Search Expectations for New Students

  • Begins in spring
  • Upload resume to Kettering Connect
  • Attend admitted student experience

 

 

How to Search for Co-op Employment

  • Kettering Connect includes job postings, documents and tips, and resume
  • Employment fair
  • You reach out to a company you are interested in with the help of Kettering
  • Connect with alumni, family, friends and other students

 

 

Employment Fairs

  • Spring Fair - March
  • Summer Fair - August
  • Fall Fair - October

 

 

  • Co-op Requirements

    Co-op Requirements

    The majority of students complete between 7-9 Co-op terms before graduating. Before graduating you must complete a minimum number of Co-op terms.

    • 2 completed Co-op terms prior to Junior year
    • 3 completed Co-op terms after Junior year

     

     

  • Your role in Co-op employment

    Your role in Co-op employment

    • Active participation
    • Timely and professional communication
    • Realistic expectations
    • Open mind about types of employers
    • Positive attitude
    • Understand that Co-op is an entry level position

     

  • Role of Co-op Manager

    Role of Co-op Manager

    • Coach
    • Liaison between employers and University
    • Assist with Co-op work reflection for each term
    • Home managers are assigned by the state you live in and work with you to find a Co-op employer
    • Site managers work directly with employers and students who seek employment with those employers or are employed already
  • Search Expectations for New Students

    Search Expectations for New Students

    • Begins in spring
    • Upload resume to Kettering Connect
    • Attend admitted student experience

     

     

  • How to Search for Co-op Employment

    How to Search for Co-op Employment

    • Kettering Connect includes job postings, documents and tips, and resume
    • Employment fair
    • You reach out to a company you are interested in with the help of Kettering
    • Connect with alumni, family, friends and other students

     

     

  • Employment Fairs

    Employment Fairs

    • Spring Fair - March
    • Summer Fair - August
    • Fall Fair - October

     

     

Getting Started With Co-op

Want to know more details about co-op?

We have a team of co-op managers ready to talk with you.