College of Engineering Career Development Center

Join Our Program

To join our program all you need to do is submit a position description to us. You can do this by either contacting our office or using our online submittal form. Once you have submitted your position description, we will post the information to our students. Resumes of students which may meet your qualifications will be forwarded to you. Below are a few common issues employers face when making the decision to hire a co-op student. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact our office.

What can I expect from a co-op student?

Co-op students should have knowledge in their field depending on how far along in the program they are. Job responsibilities of each successful co-op should increase as their familiarity in the field improves. It is expected that a co-op student will learn new tasks during their working semesters. Simply put, a co-op student should be able to fill the position you assign to them as long as they receive the necessary tools and training to do so.

What should a co-op student be paid?

A student's pay is generally up to company discretion. However, there are a few guidelines which may help you make that determination. First, students should be paid based on their job responsibilities. The student should be paid according to their value to the company. As each successful co-op increases, the responsibilities the students perform should be paid accordingly. Below is a table of hourly wages which will help you determine the general pay scale a co-op should be assigned to.


ENGINEERING PROGRAMS
PROGRAM SAMPLE SIZE MINIMUM SALARY AVERAGE SALARY MAXIMUM SALARY
Bioengineering 143 $8.12 $16.65 $25.00
Chemical & Environmental Engineering 182 $9.50 $19.52 $38.00
Civil Engineering 158 $9.00 $14.64 $36.00
Computer Science & Engineering 134 $9.50 $16.86 $31.25
Electrical Engineering 115 $10.00 $17.94 $36.05
Mechanical Engineering 486 $9.00 $17.71 $40.05
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS
PROGRAM SAMPLE SIZE MINIMUM SALARY AVERAGE SALARY MAXIMUM SALARY
Construction Engineering Tech 34 $9.50 $13.42 $18.00
Computer Science & Engineering Tech 18 $13.00 $16.54 $24.00
Electrical Engineering Tech 22 $11.00 $16.72 $22.00
Information Tech 2 $13.00 $15.50 $18.00
Mechanical Engineering Tech 55 $10.00 $17.70 $30.58
Last Updated Feb 8, 2016

What if the company is located beyond commuting distance?

Students generally travel away on their co-ops. Some companies have the resources to compensate the student for relocation; however, it is not required. If you are located some distance from UT and cannot provide assistance in relocating, you should make sure the student's wages are such to cover the living expenses of the area in which they will be working.

Last Updated: 8/11/17