The Engineering Co-op—formally the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP)—is a robust, hybrid educational and industry experience for university engineering students, including Oregon Tech.
By participating in the co-op, students in our various engineering majors are guided through their coursework, participate in seminars and engage in two six-month internships with our business partners. The program instills in students a deep understanding of the theoretical and technical aspects of engineering. It also gives them exposure to different engineering disciplines, diverse professional workplace experiences, and state-of-the-art technology.
Students in the following programs may apply: Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Geomatics, Civil Engineering, and Software Engineering Technology.
Benefits of MECOP
- Real work experience
- Two six-month internships
- Opportunity to experience the real work environments, tryout different sectors of industries, management styles, etc.
- Learn early in your career what an engineer really is like
- Learn from experience your academic and personal strengths and weaknesses
- Make more informed course selections upon return to the university
- Have motivation or reasons to apply yourself
- Finance all or a major part of your education
- Develop the ability to understand and grasp course content upon return to the university
- Develop maturity and confidence
- Become highly marketable after graduating
- Make contacts in industry that last a lifetime
First Year: Students begin lower-division coursework
Second year: Students complete lower-division coursework and, at the end of the year, apply and interview with the MECOP Advisory Board.
Third year: Accepted students attend a MECOP seminar and begin upper-division coursework. They also interview for their first internship, which they complete during the spring and summer.
Fourth year: Students attend another MECOP seminar and continue their coursework. They also interview for their second internship and work for a company during the summer and into the fall.
Fifth year: A third seminar is held, students complete their upper-division coursework and graduate with the Bachelor of Science degree for their respective programs.