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Co-op Experiences

Co-op Employer Partners

The Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering programs at Kettering University are unique because they are the only undergraduate programs in the country that require their students to spend at least five (5) co-op terms working in their field of study.  Our students bring innovative talents to employers to apply their knowledge in areas of research, development, and production.

  • AAR
  • Albar Industries Inc
  • Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc
  • Bauer Foundation Corporation
  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Borg-Warner
  • Bosch Corp
  • Brose North America
  • Chrysler
  • Corvac Composites
  • Daimler Trucks North America
  • Dart Container
  • Denso Mfg
  • Design Systems Inc
  • Eaton Corp
  • Emhart Teknologies
  • Faurecia
  • Federal-Mogul
  • Freudenberg-NOKGEGM
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Grupo Antolin
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Hershey Company
  • Honda of America Mfg Inc
  • Hurley Medical Center
  • Innotec
  • ITT
  • Kettering University
  • Key Safety Systems
  • Lear Corporation
  • Magna
  • Martinrea International
  • Meridian Magnesium Products of America
  • Meritor
  • Metal
  • Tek International
  • MSP
  • Mubea North America
  • Novasep
  • Oshkosh Corporation
  • Oxford Forge Inc
  • Powertrain Integration
  • PPG Industries Inc
  • Precision Castparts Corp
  • PSMI Corporation
  • Rochester Gear
  • Rockwell
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Sentio LLC
  • Swagelok
  • Tenneco
  • TG Fluid Systems USA Corporation
  • Tokai Rubber Industries LTD
  • Trelleborg Automotive
  • UPS
  • US Army
  • UTC Aerospace
  • Wal-Mart
  • X-Ray Industries
  • Z F Industries

Complete list of more than 500 employers.

Actual Experiences

The actual names and employers of our students are not given here, because often co-op wages are considered confidential. However, these are real class standings, employer industries, co-op wages, and job decriptions.

Aaron

Class Standing: Senior
Employer: Major auto supplier
Co-op Wage: $15/hr
Aaron develops manufacturing plans for his product line and tests the reliability of manufacturing systems.

Bonnie

Class Standing: Senior
Employer: Fortune 500 auto parts producer
Co-op Wage: $17.50/hr
Bonnie is perfroming studies on the use of differing welding wires on company products. Also, she studies the variation in weld positions in several operations.

Charlie
Class Standing: Senior
Employer: Producer of specialty foundation drilling products
Co-op Wage: $950/mo+housing
Charlie works on studies to improve the quality of the drilling products.

Dean
Class Standing: Junior
Employer: U.S. DoD Agency
Co-op Wage: $15.55/hr
Dean performs quality assurance studies on military vehicles.

Ed
Class Standing: Sophomore
Employer: Manufacturer of valves and fittings
Co-op Wage: $16.00/hr
Ed designs process improvements, look at floor plans for efficient spacing of equipment, and even programs CNC machines.

Frank
Class Standing: Senior
Employer: Fortune 500 aerospace parts manufacturer
Co-op Wage: $17.25/hr
Frank coordinates quality and continuous improvement efforts to increase production and reduce costs. He works with both product engineers and shop floor personnel.

Gary
Class Standing: Junior
Employer: Bank
Co-op Wage: $10.50/hr
Gary performs data analysis for financial and marketing reports.

Isabel
Class Standing: Senior
Employer: Fortune 500 package express shipping company
Co-op Wage: $3,415/mo
Isabel is part of the industrial engineering department at her facility. She helps the facility meet performance goals, conducts quality and performance audits, plans routing for vehicles, and assists major customers with determining break-even values on their shipments.

Jim
Class Standing: Senior
Employer: Fortune 500 package express shipping company
Co-op Wage: $3,425/mo
Jim makes improvements on different operations. He completes work measurement and time studies, gathering data for analysis to improve efficiency.

Kevin
Class Standing: Sophomore
Employer: Auto parts producer
Co-op Wage: $13.50/hr
Kevin does process engineering and quality assurance. The concepts of Six Sigma and Lean are an integral part of his job.

Larry
Class Standing: Sophomore
Employer: Composite parts manufacturer
Co-op Wage: $13.00/hr
Larry designs and performs statistical experiments on the manufacturing processes to improve production flow and performance. He also works as a liason between the sales group and manufacturing operations.

Maria
Class Standing: Senior
Employer: Kettering University
Co-op Wage: Research Intern
Maria perfroms statistical analysis related to chemical research.

Neal
Class Standing: Junior
Employer: Manufacturer of rapid deployment equipment
Co-op Wage: $14.00/hr
Team member on multiple continuous improvement teacms seeking to improve the products.

Paul
Class Standing: Sophomore
Employer: Global automotive parts manufacturer
Co-op Wage: $17.25/hr
Paul performs time studies and assemply line optimization. He looks for opportunities to eliminate waste using the 5S method. He also designs experimental studies to better control production processes.

Qing
Class Standing: Senior
Employer: Fortune 500 automotive parts producer
Co-op Wage: $15.00/hr
Qing performs testing and analysis on driveshafts and axels.

Robert
Class Standing: Senior
Employer: Fortune 500 producer of water delivery products
Co-op Wage: $20.00/hr
Robert designs to tooling for machines. The new tools allow faster changeover between products. He also designs new ways to arrange equipment to improve material flow through the plant.