During each work session, co-ops receive projects that would normally be delegated to full-time employees. Previous assignments have included plant layout and design, product and process engineering, metallurgical operations, and production management. As part of their work experience, co-ops may be asked to transfer to another department or business in order to be exposed to other areas of the company. With any rotation, Amsted will inform the co-op in advance and assist with any necessary relocation.
Co-op students are required to work a minimum of three sessions but have the opportunity to work up to seven sessions. Work sessions generally correspond with school terms and are approximately 11-13 weeks in duration. The co-op program differs from a summer internship program in that work and school sessions are planned alternatively over the course of the calendar year.