For more than 90 years, the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering has been one of the top choices in the country for engineering graduates. By combining on-the-job training through a mandatory co-op program and a thorough classroom curriculum, J.B. Speed School of Engineering is a leader in engineering education.
Co-op is an ACCE accredited academic program integrating classroom learning with work experience in the student’s field of study. Students normally co-op with the same employer for three alternating semesters beginning in their fifth semester of study. Upon the completion of their undergraduate degree, students have a full year of professional work experience.
The Benefits of Hiring a Speed School Co-op Student:
- Access to motivated productive engineering students – that can help with entry level assignments.
- A great recruiting pipeline. Many of our employers hire former co-op students in full-time positions which reduces recruiting and training cost.
- Co-op students are enthusiastic employees who are excited to learn and bring new ideas to the workplace.
Sign up for Symplicity: Symplicity is the site Speed School uses to post jobs, events, workshops and more to students. To post your jobs and/or events for students, register for Symplicity on the Symplicity website as an employer. You can then post jobs, register for career fairs and events, and receive resumes from students that fit the specifications you’re looking for.
Requirements Practices Provide Full-time Positions X Provide Supervision X Provide Mentor X Hourly Wag X Complete Performance Appraisal X Review and Approve Co-op Report X Exit Interview X Request Final Co-op Presentation X Provide Full-time Positions X
Students alternate periods of classroom instruction and co-op as shown in the following schedule. Bioenginieering students co-op on an alternate schedule as indicated by “BE”.
Co-op Schedule Spring 2019 Jan. 2 – May 3, 2019 (18 weeks) Spring 2020 Jan. 6 – May 1, 2020 (18 weeks) Summer 2019 May 6 – Aug. 16, 2019 (15 weeks) Spring 2020 May 4 – Aug. 14, 2020 (15 weeks) Fall 2019 Aug. 19 – Dec. 13, 2019 (17 weeks) Spring 2020 Aug. 17 – Dec. 11, 2020 (17 weeks)
It’s cost effective. Co-op students are hired as temporary hourly employees. You choose the pay rate. Typical pay (2018) was $17.35 per hour.
Bio Chemical Civil Computer Electrical Industrial Mechanical Starting Co-op Average ($/hr.) $15.94 $17.86 $15.68 $17.86 $18.85 $17.52 $17.52 Starting Co-op Average in Louisville ($/hr.) $14.20 $17.29 $17.29 $17.31 $18.81 $17.84 $17.56 Starting Co-op Range ($/hr.) $8.25 – $27.60 $10.00 – $29.79 $11.00 – $25.00 $10.25 – $45.00 $10.00 – $31.24 $13.53 – $25.00 $12.50 – $36.00 Average Increase per Rotation ($/hr.) $0.65
July 7-17 – Co-op/Internship Mock Interviews
August 27 – Bio, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Industrial & Mechanical Engineering Career Fair
September 2 – Civil Engineering Career Fair
Attending a career fair is the best way to get in front of a large number of students in one day. Speed School holds two career fairs semi-annually for employers to connect with engineering students looking for co-op/intern opportunities, as well as those seeking full-time positions. Registration is available through Speed Symplicity at https://speed-louisville-csm.symplicity.com/events.
Participating in mock interviews is an excellent opportunity for new managers to practice interviewing and allows employers to have an early look at co-op candidates. Interviews are 40 minutes each, including 30 minutes of interviewing and 10 minutes of constructive feedback to help the student improve. This is a win-win as our students will feel more prepared for their job search and employers have the opportunity to promote their organization while building a pipeline of qualified candidates.
Reserving a table is a good way to build your brand and meet students. A table is set up for your organization in the Duthie Center for Engineering. This is a high traffic area in the Speed School and provides a great forum to casually connect with students between classes.
Hosting a session allows employers to promote your organization, talk about company culture, share career opportunities, and meet prospective candidates. Information sessions are typically an hour long during lunch (12:00-1:00 pm) Monday-Friday. In that hour its best to provide a 15-25 minute presentation followed by questions and networking. It’s ideal to bring a Speed School alumni, recent college grad, and/or engineer, if possible. Also, students are most engaged with product displays and demos.
We encourage you to partner with student organizations as part of your recruitment strategy. Your company will have the opportunity to engage with diverse candidates and showcase why students should work for your organization. There are many events for employers to engage such as: alumni networking, presentations, workshops, sponsorship etc.
Company Site Visits
Site visits are an excellent forum to showcase your company’s products/services and culture. We partner with interested companies to coordinate tours for student groups typically on Fridays. The format is open and ﬂexible to meet each employer’s needs.
- Sign up for Symplicity
- Complete your organization profile and keep your information updated. Students and alumni learn about your organization by viewing your online profile.
- Promote your full-time, part-time and internship positions on our job board for free.
- Request your interview day early. Submit requests for preferred OCI date(s) through your Symplicity account. Interview date requests are approved on a first-come first-served basis. Request and manage your campus interview schedules. We will reserve a room, schedule interviews, and provide an interview packet on your interview day that includes your schedule and resumes. On campus interviews is the ideal way to conduct interviews because students have limited availability between classes to interview at an employer’s site. Our interview rooms provide a comfortable and professional environment for employers to meet with students. A café is located in the lobby. In addition, there are nearby food and beverage options in our newly renovated student activity center. There will be staff available throughout your visit to ensure your schedule runs smoothly.
- Volunteer for Practice Interviews: Take advantage of this opportunity to screen candidates before the career fair.
- Register for the Career Fair(s): Complete your registration early to secure the best rate and admittance into the fair.
- Host an Info Session or Reserve a Table: This is a good opportunity for students to learn more about your company and job openings.
- Co-op Offer Time-frame: Make offers early and if possible allow students at 72 hours to 2 weeks to make a decision.
Sample Co-op/Intern Fall Recruiting Plan
Identify a need for co-op/ intern staff.
Obtain approval for requisition process.
Consider how you would like to engage with the J.B. Speed School.
Submit job description for position to speed career services job board.
Review resume book(s).
Identify interviewers, interview format, and questions for interviewing process.
Submit request for interview coordination to Engineering Career Services Office or schedule interviews on-site.
Confirm salary guidelines and benefits (if apply).
Extend an offer.
Review Pre-employment screenings and process new hire paper work.
Prepare new-hire orientation and training schedule.
- Sign up for Symplicity
The University of Louisville is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status (as defined under the Immigration Reform and Control Act), disability, or veteran’s status. (Inclusion of other protected categories such as sexual orientation or marital status depends upon the school’s policy and state law.) The University of Louisville is also committed to provide all of its programs and activities to its students and alumni on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Equal employment opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship including hiring, recruiting, interviewing, selection, transfer, promotion, training, working conditions, compensation, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.
The University of Louisville expects that any employer or third-party organization representing an employer that uses its facilities, including but not limited to the career services office, for the purpose of recruiting full-time, part-time, and temporary employees or interns and cooperative education students, complies with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws in its recruiting and hiring. The University of Louisville also expects that employers, third-party organizations, and their representatives strive to eliminate all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment in their recruiting, hiring, and selection process.
Employers making an employment offer to a University of Louisville student are referred first to the NACE position on Reasonable Offer Deadline Guidelines. Efforts should be made on the part of the employer to give students adequate time to fully consider an offer of a co-op, internship or full-time employment. In accordance with NACE Principles of Professional Conduct, employment professionals will refrain from any practice that improperly influences and affects job acceptances. Such practices may include undue time pressure for acceptance of employment offers and encouragement of revocation of another employment offer. Employment professionals will strive to communicate decisions and updates to candidates within the agreed-upon time frame. Likewise, students are advised to carefully evaluate offers before accepting, and strongly discouraged from reneging after acceptance.
To curtail student declines after acceptance, it is highly recommended that employers offering full-time and internship offers remain open for at least a period of 72 hours to two weeks. This recommendation extends to offers given to current/previous interns and co-ops. It is permissible to offer incentives to students who accept a position in advance of these dates.
The Career defines Third-party recruiters as agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities for other organizations rather than for internal positions. This includes entities that make referrals or recruit for profit or not for profit, and it includes agencies that collect student information to be disclosed to employers for purposes of recruitment and employment. Examples are employment agencies, search firms, contract recruiters, venture capital firms acting on behalf of their portfolio companies, and online job posting or resume referral services.
Third party recruiters may utilize Career Center job listing services, participate in on-campus recruiting but they may not attend engineering career fairs. They will be required to verify in advance whether they are recruiting for their own organizations or for their clients. Third-party firms who are recruiting for positions within their own organizations must clearly differentiate those opportunities from their client engagements. Failure to abide by these third-party requirements will result in loss of access to Career Center services.
Third-party recruiters representing client organizations must:
- Verify that they charge no fees of any kind to student or alumni applicants;
- Identify themselves as a third-party recruiter in their employer profile and all client job announcements;
- Provide accurate position descriptions and include specific client names in all jobs posted on Speed Symplicity;
- Agree to utilize Engineering Career Services only, and not contact other faculty and staff members in the Engineering School whose time is dedicated to other pursuits;
Only release candidate information provided to the identified employer in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Re-disclosure of candidate information to any other parties is not permitted.
The Career Center has established these criteria for identifying appropriate entrepreneurial employment opportunities for promotion through its services. Start-ups must have progressed sufficiently in their business development process so that they can:
- Provide a company name, business address, website and email address, and identify a principal as the key contact;
- Verify that they are not seeking potential partners or investors;
- Confirm that they have obtained the necessary business licenses and Tax ID’s as well as sufficient funding, including identifying their funding model and investors, if requested
- Offer positions for pay, not just for equity.
- Provide clearly defined organization and position descriptions in Speed Symplicity.
Those ventures who cannot meet these guidelines may re-contact the Career Center at a later stage to discuss access to services.