In Oregon, the Multiple-Engineering Cooperative offers students real-life experiences in an engineering environment before graduation. At the recent 38th Annual MECOP banquet, Concept Systems accepted the 10-year Sponsor Award.
MECOP is a cooperative between Oregon universities (Oregon State University, Portland State University, Oregon Tech and The University of Portland) and industry and provides the students work internships while they are finishing up their degrees.
Unique among cooperative programs, MECOP and the Civil Engineering Cooperative Program demonstrate the power of an effective business/education partnership. Member companies voluntarily assess themselves to support the programs that create opportunities for interaction between industry, the university and its students. Universities often adjust their curriculum based on recommendations made by the industry partners, which contributes to continual improvement.
Concept Systems invites a MECOP engineering intern to join our team for 6 months and work alongside our controls engineers. These engineers do productive work and learn a tremendous about the industry and the opportunities available to them after graduation. MECOP interns serve two 6-month internships over two years, at two separate MECOP industry sponsors. As a result, they typically take an extra year to complete their engineering degree and garner a full-time position. Because of the MECOP experience these engineers are the cream of the crop; they are positioned to be engaged, active contributors from day one.
This past year MECOP & CECOP placed over 600 engineers with Oregon manufacturers, engineering firms, and other industries. That is an amazing accomplishment! The program continues to grow every year, adding more students and more industry partners.
Concept Systems is proud to be a MECOP Sponsor. Personally, I love to hear the stories from the engineers who participated in the program. And, I love the fact that it draws exceptional engineering talent into the manufacturing sector right here in Oregon.
If you are a manufacturer in Oregon, check out the MECOP program and become a sponsor! It truly is a WIN – WIN – WIN: for Oregon, for universities, and for industry. And most importantly, it’s a win for our engineering students.