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Employer of the Year Award

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

Welcome to Co-Op

"Our mission is to provide our students and employer partners individualized opportunities to enhance success and opportunity in the workplace environment through relevant and challenging assignments that will result in the graduation of excellent engineers and scientists."

There aren't many opportunities that can boast the advantages that cooperative education can offer.  What other program can offer you the chance to learn, earn, and graduate with a higher starting salary, while maintaining status as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student?

The University of Pittsburgh is steeped in history and tradition, and our cooperative education program is no exception. Founded as the third co-op program in the nation, Pitt's co-op program flourished until the Great Depression caused its suspension in the early 1930s. In 1987, under the tutelage of Dean Charles Sorber, the program was re-established for undergraduates. Today, almost half of Pitt's graduating seniors participate in cooperative education.

We have also expanded to allow participation from Pitt students in science-related fields, and we offer the co-op opportunity to all of our regional campuses in engineering and engineering technology. Recently, we implemented a co-op initiative for graduate level engineering candidates.

Co-op offers students the chance to obtain a full year's worth of work experience prior to graduation.

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