The positive influence of cooperative work experience on the capstone design experience of engineering students
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Date of Presentation
Undergraduate engineering students who participate in cooperative education (co-op) programs can benefit greatly from their industrial work experience. This paper identifies some of the benefits that two electrical and computer engineering students gained from their participation in the co-op program. Special skills that the students had gained from their co-op experience were evident from the quality of their capstone design project (the design and implementation of a voice-activated remote control unit for a television). Some of these skills include the ability to use contemporary computer aided design tools for design of printed circuit-boards, the ability to populate circuit boards using surface-mount components, and the ability to learn independently, which provides a sound footing for lifelong learning on the part of students.
Mathews, C. P.,
The positive influence of cooperative work experience on the capstone design experience of engineering students.
Paper presented at Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE.