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Sean Justice named 2017 Co-op Student of the Year


U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering, Gerald Holder, and Co-op Student of the Year Sean Justice.

Sean Justice was selected as the 2017 Co-op Student of the Year, and with good reason. He’s an Electrical Engineering student who exceeded expectations both in the classroom (3.964 GPA) and out with his co-op with Eaton Corporation.

At Eaton, he received the departmental “Paul MacGyver Rademacher Award” for “creativity in continuous improvement efforts to work toward a better business” in the Power Quality Division.

In his Supplier Development role, Sean drafted and piloted a new standard process for processing and reworking high value non-returnable NCM for multiple manufacturing lines. The process helped to recover $37,000 worth of NCM by the end of his rotation, with the potential of at least $80,000 more on existing NCM for product lines identified. The process has been continued with other co-ops after he was done.

Sean became involved in an initiative called “Change the Game,” which is a non-profit organization providing youth mentorship, citizenship and environmental stewardship to students from inner city schools.

For six years Sean acted as an assistant for Denise’s People, a non-profit started by his grandmother. He coordinated events, ran in the races, and as a musician, provided the music at a wine-tasting event. They raised $300,000 dollars over the six years.

He is heavily involved on the Worship team at Cornerstone Christian Campus Ministry. Cornerstone is an outreach organization partnering with the Bellefield Church on our campus, but the ministry also works with the North Side’s Allegheny Alliance Church, which is strongly involved in a homeless ministry. 

Co-op Student of the Year Finalist    
Andrew Sivaprakasam- Bioengineering, Human Engineering Research Lab

Co-op Student of the Year Honorable Mentions    
Kelly Appleton- Mechanical Engineering

Sidney Cannon-Bailey- Bioengineering

Marci Carter- Civil Engineering

Danielle Charbonneau- Bioengineering

Kelsey Dolan- Mechanical Engineering

Daniel Grzybek- Chemical Engineering

Aaron Johnson- Mechanical Engineering

Noah Kaib- Industrial Engineering

Mitchell Moran- Computer Engineering

Jared Raszewski- Chemical Engineering

Kaitlyn Shields- Computer Engineering

Philips, Sleep and Respiratory Care named 2017 Co-op Employer of the Year

 Philips DS

U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering, Gerald Holder, presents the Employer of the Year award to Dave Smith from Philips, Sleep and Respiratory Care.  

The co-op program’s history with Philips, Sleep and Respiratory Care actually goes back to our first co-op in 1994, but really began to flourish in 2005. Since that time, 50 co-ops have been hired by Philips.  Because of the outstanding relationship we have had with the Monroeville locations, we have been able to cultivate relationships with both Boston and Cleveland. Our students have consistently raved about their experiences and some have been fortunate enough to accept full-time positions upon graduation.   

David Smith, a 1992 mechanical engineering Pitt graduate who co-oped with GE Aircraft, located in Cincinnati, Ohio accepted the award. Dave was instrumental in establishing this partnership.

Some previous Employer of the Year awards include:

2000 United Parcel Service
2001 AK Steel
2002 Mine Safety Appliances Company
2003 H.B. Maynard
2004 American Bridge Corporation
2005 Dupont Chemical Solutions Enterprise
2006 Valspar
2007 Medrad
2008 FedEx Ground
2009 Advanced Integration Group, Inc.
2010 Vocollect, Inc.
2011 FirstEnergy Corporation
2012 Siemens Energy

2013 Eaton

2014 Westinghouse

2015 Robinson Fans, Inc. and ZOLL LifeVest

2016 Curtiss-Wright EMD

Co-op and Study Abroad --- You Can Make It Happen


  • 96% retention rate to graduation
  • You will most likely see an increase in your grades; last year's co-op graduates boasted a 3.34 average GPA!
  • Co-op graduates average almost $4,000 more in a starting salary than non-participants
  • Most students complete the program and graduate in 4 ½ years
  • Academic credit is earned and official transcripts are certified with co-op participation
  • All co-op positions are paid
  • Each student has a faculty co-op advisor

You Own Your Future! And BEST of ALL: It's easy!   

The staff of the co-op office maintains an open door policy each day. We offer resume assistance, mock interviews, and individual job development. Our goal is to help you find your path to future success. Our students work locally, nationally, and even internationally.



Where Pitt co-ops work!

This map shows the location of Co-Op student employers. You can interact with the map to zoom in and out, and move left to right, to view regional and national employer locations.

Annual Fall Co-op Job Fair, October 4, 2018 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.