Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Chemical Engineering

The Co-op Program for Chemical Engineers:

• Chemical engineers normally tend to start a co-op during the second semester of their sophomore year or the summer term before their junior year. However, students have been able to start as early as summer after freshman year or the fall semester of their sophomore year. All co-op schedules are approved through the faculty advisor prior to accepting an offer.

• Students complete three rotations and can gain 3 credits to be used to satisfy the ChE elective, the technical elective, the ENGR elective, or the professional elective. A final written report is also required and graded by the department advisor. More information on the requirements can be found in the document provided below.

• Student participation in co-op has consistently increased the last four years in the area of chemical engineering

• Students with chemical engineering knowledge can gain co-op experience in many industries, including but not limited to: pharmaceutical, manufacturing, fuel, environmental, and biotechnology

Department Information:

The Chemical Engineering department co-op faculty advisor is Dr. Taryn Bayles. She can approve co-op schedules and answer any questions you may have about academic requirements.
Information on the chemical engineering co-op requirements and schedules can be found here.

What ChemE students are saying about their co-ops:

“This assignment has helped me see what some of the possibilities are for a chemical engineer in the work force. It also has bolstered my desire to return to classes and continue to work hard.”

- John Lyons, Westinghouse Science & Technology

“By gaining even more insight in the industrial setting, I have further learned how to communicate results and set project goals/priorities.”

- Timothy Tallon, Valspar Corporation

“This assignment, being my second rotation, I felt more comfortable to communicate more with my group members and ask them more questions. I have improved my written communication via emails and calculation notes. I have also worked with members of the Quality Assurance team which taught me about how to better perform to the standards set by Westinghouse. From this team, I have been able to expand my professional contacts list for networking purposes. ”

- Jacklyn Conley, Westinghouse Electric LLC

“I am extremely happy with my choice of working for EQT. They have been very welcoming and have made the transition smooth. Furthermore, EQT has set up their co-op rotations so that during each rotation I get to experience a different division of the company (I currently work as a completions engineer and will be working in Midstream the next rotation.”

- Ross Trinch, EQT Corporation

“ As a professional, I feel more comfortable communicating with colleagues and suppliers to deliver products and results as well as make requests to better suit our needs. It has influenced my future goals, in that I now know that Naval research is the field that I interested in and would like to work in, and that the work environment with my present branch will allow me to use my knowledge and skills and enjoy my work in future rotations and after graduation. "

- Patrick Morrow, Naval Surface Warfare Center

“I was able to learn how to follow through on projects. Where as in a classroom the assignment is over after the project is due or the test is over. I was on an Advance Control team, even though I have not had the 0500 class that corresponds with this team. I became very interested in their work and it is a consideration for a future career path.”

- Jenna Pribanich, Air Products and Chemicals Inc.