Up to three work periods of engineering-related employment. Co-op students are employed in technical assignments in industry, with emphasis on practical application of engineering coursework. Students are registered for 1-3 credit hours, but are afforded full-time status at the University if at least 2-credits are taken. This protects the student's insurance, loan deferment and possible immigration status. The course goal is to provide valuable experience for students, while making a positive contribution to the employer. Completion of the course assignments is intended to help students understand the relationship between technical and professional competencies and the transition from theory to practice.