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Overview - Co-Op Program

Students in the B.S. CHE Program
Students with satisfactory academic standing at the end of their fourth semester may elect to participate in the “Co-Op” program. This fifteen month program, which is undertaken during the junior year, involves a combination of two fourteen week periods of supervised (paid) professional experience as a junior engineer separated by a regular academic term and either followed or preceded by a summer term at Orono. Because we offer the CHE third-year core courses in summer, CHE students who participated in the co-op program can still complete their degree programs in four years.  Participating students must register for six credits but, in general, these cannot be substituted for the courses required for the BS degree. Student who plan to take their co-op work experience within the Pulp and Paper sector are strongly advised to take the Introductory course PPA 264 prior to their first co-op term. For such students this course will be considered as a technical elective.

Students in the B.S. BEN Program
Students with satisfactory academic standing at the end of their fourth semester may elect to participate in the “Co-Op” program. This fifteen month program involves two fourteen-week sessions of paid, supervised professional experience as a junior engineer. The Co-Op sessions are typically scheduled during alternating semesters of the third year with a semester of coursework between the sessions. Students are able to participate in the Co-Op experience and still graduate in four years by rescheduling their coursework and taking classes during a summer term. Participating students must register for six credits which, in general, cannot be substituted for the courses required for the BS degree.


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