Cooperative Work Experience

 Cooperative Work Experience


Working in conjunction with local manufacturers, students have the opportunity to work for a minimum of 90 hours over a ten week term learning about manufacturing in a real factory. The work experience gained in this program gives students the chance to test-drive their career, before graduation.

Cooperative work experience (MFG 280) is required for both the Welding AAS and the Manufacturing Machining Technician - Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - Pending Approval.

Student's Guide to CWE (PDF) - explains details of cooperative work experience.


Cooperative work experience is a win-win for your company. You are able to gain by employing talented soon-to-graduate MATC students with a wealth of knowledge and talent. They gain by getting real life work experience before they graduate. Depending on the situation, some students work at no cost to you.

Employer's Guide to CWE (PDF) - explains the benefits of cooperative work experience.