The Engineering Career Coordinator’s objective is to facilitate the entire co-op process. She is a major communicator between all parties: the student, employer, on-site supervisor, and faculty mentor.
1. Student Communication
The Coordinator will be the key contact person in the student’s search for her/his co-op by assisting the student with:
Once the student begins the co-op, the Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the lines of communications between all parties. Any concerns faced by the student should be communicated to the Coordinator and/or Faculty Advisor/Mentor, for their help. The Coordinator’s communications with the student are considered confidential unless otherwise stipulated by the student.
A member of the Co-op Staff, the Associate Dean or a Faculty member will meet with the student and employer approximately half way through the work period. If an in person meeting is not possible, they will establish phone contact with the student and employer. The purpose will be to review the student's progress against his/her objectives, the student's evaluation of the position and the employer's evaluation of the student's performance to date. The meeting will be in three segments: one with the student, one with the employer and a meeting with all three parties. The goal is to resolve any issues and ensure that the co-op position is a learning experience for the student.
The Coordinator will be the focal point in assisting the student and employer to resolve problems which may arise during the co-op process.
The Coordinator cannot guarantee co-op placement, but will assist in developing the skills necessary for the student to be successful in her/his co-op search. Our goal is 100% placement of all registered co-op students.
2. Faculty Communication:
The Coordinator will assist the Faculty Mentor and students in completing the requirements of the Co-op Program. Although it is the faculty advisor’s responsibility to review the job description and establish objectives for the co-op experience, it is the Coordinator’s responsibility to assist the student in developing the skills necessary to be successful in her/his search. The Coordinator will ensure the student and Faculty Mentor receives a copy of the job description. If the Faculty Mentor finds the description to be unacceptable, it is the responsibility of the Coordinator to obtain additional details and clarification from the employer and communicate them to the student and Faculty Mentor.
The Coordinator will monitor faculty/company visits and ensure all required documents are reviewed and complete; the Coordinator will also keep the mentor advised of any potential problems.
3. Employer Communication:
The Coordinator is responsible for communicating Fenn College of Engineering requirements for co-ops to all employers, including academic expectations and procedural requirements.
The process begins with the receipt of the job description for the co-op position and communication of this position’s availability to the students through contacting the Fenn Co-op Coordinator at (216) 687-6968, CSUcareerline.com and the Engineering Co-op Bulletin Board in Stilwell Hall. All interested students will contact the Coordinator and the following process will begin.The Coordinator will: