Why become a Co-Op at SME? You’ll get a chance to have real responsibility from day one, not just look over someone else’s shoulder. And, you’ll be taking the first step toward discovering and setting a course for your life’s work!

SME’s Co-Op experience is designed to kick-start rewarding careers in consulting practices. Our program provides daily, hands-on opportunities to learn about foundation design concepts, the overall construction process, construction materials testing and evaluation, failure analysis methods, non-destructive testing techniques, pavement and site civil design, and how to interpret plans and specifications. And, you’ll get to work with some of the finest professionals in consulting practice! We also offer our Co-Ops great benefits!

You’ll learn more than you thought possible about consulting engineering and we bet your coursework will make a lot more sense after interacting with construction managers, contractors and design professionals. The work is challenging. It’s not for everyone. But, if you make the cut, we’re certain you’ll be a better person for the experience!

Every May, about 35 enterprising students join the ranks of SME’s Co-Op Program. Typical assignments include testing soil density and backfill materials; testing cast-in-place concrete for specification compliance; performing pavement evaluations and quality assurance testing; and performing building enclosure, steel and structural materials reviews. Co-Ops also take part in pile load testing, specialty foundation construction, soil boring layout, roofing evaluations, forensic evaluations of steel and other structural materials, and nondestructive testing. The more you learn, the more responsibility you’ll get.

We put a fun twist on orientation! Check out these highlights from our recent safe driving training for Co-ops and new Full-Time Team Members. This is how we roll!

We’d love to hear from you!

SME actively recruits Co-Ops from accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States for most SME office locations. We attend career fairs, present at student organizations meetings, and often conduct on campus interviews. Opportunities are posted with professors and online through college and university career center job posting sites. Please contact your school’s career center to find out if SME is holding a recruiting event at your campus.

Get rewarded while you learn.

SME Co-Ops not only gain valuable experience, they also receive:

  • Competitive base pay and opportunities for overtime pay
  • Tuition reimbursement for courses taken in the semester prior to joining SME as a Co-op ($300/credit hour for As and Bs; $150/credit hour for Cs)
  • $300/month housing stipend (even if you live at home with your folks)
  • Up to $150 reimbursement for work boots
  • $60/month phone allowance or SME-provided cell phone
  • Networking opportunities with SME engineers, technical professionals and other Co-Ops at summer outings and our annual Co-Op/Intern Recognition Banquet
  • Preferential consideration for summer internships and/or full-time positions at SME

Apply for SME’s Co-Op program and get started on securing the career you want!

In order to be eligible to participate in SME’s Co-Op program, you must be available to work from mid-May through late November or early December. We understand this requires a serious commitment on your part and a significant investment in your career. It’s worth it! Once you’ve worked for us for 6 – 7 months as a full-term Co-Op, you get preferential consideration for subsequent Summer Internships and full-time opportunities upon graduation. Many former SME Co-Ops are recognized leaders within our organization today! It’s a great way to get your foot in the door with one of the most reputable consulting firms in the Great Lakes Megaregion. 

If you are interested in being considered for SME’s Co-Op program, please apply early. Positions are typically filled by March.

For consideration, please email a cover letter and resume, including your location preference and salary expectations, to:

Jami L. Sentz
Human Resources Manager
43980 Plymouth Oaks Blvd.
Plymouth, MI 48170-2584

Email: employment@sme-usa.com
Phone: (734) 454-9900

Equal Employment Opportunity

SME is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, protected veteran/military status or disability. SME is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

SME is committed to equal employment opportunity for all qualified job seekers, including individuals with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation as part of the application process, please call us at (734) 454-9900.