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Rogue Valley Microdevices Provides Unique On The Job Training for Engineering Students
Rogue Valley Microdevices a leading MEMS fabrication company based in Southern Oregon has partnered with Oregon Universities to provide real world job training for engineering students also dramatically increasing job placement after graduation.
This program is unique among cooperative programs, the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program and the Civil Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP and CECOP) at Oregon State University, Portland State University and Oregon Institute of Technology demonstrates the power of an effective business/education partnership. The source of strength for these programs is the imaginative ideas they are founded upon: support by a voluntary annual assessment on member companies; insisting upon a high order of industry interaction with the university and its students; and continual improvement as the University adjusts its curriculum on recommendations made by the industry partners such as Rogue Valley Microdevices.
The MECOP program provides students with the opportunity to go to class, apply the theory in a real world environment, and then go back to class and critique the results. Companies like Rogue Valley Micro also benefit by lower cost help without the salary or benefit overhead. The scenario has proven to be win - win with a very high work placement percentage for students who have participated in this program.
Companies like Rogue Valley Micro, with over 50 years combined experience in engineering and technology sectors such as MEMS fabrication and design bridge the gap between book learning and real world application. This insight is invaluable to students providing them with a definitive foot forward when it comes to actual job placement after graduation.
Rogue Valley Microdevices maintains a wide selection of thin films along with fully developed MEMS process modules that enable full device fabrication to be performed in house. Just like in education and training, for Rogue Valley Micro having the capability to offer a more complete solution helps increase productivity, enhance communication and provides a greater return on investment. This unique approach has proven to reduce cost, shorten process lead-time and increase your bottom line.
The key to the MECOP program is the student internship. Students are interviewed, screened, and selected for a workstudy program that provides industry with truly motivated and academically qualified employees—without the obligation to hire them permanently.
During two six-month internships, MECOP students can take some of the load off the companies’ seasonal projects which a full-time engineer may not have the time or the skills to perform.
Many MECOP graduates, however, are finding permanent jobs at companies where they had previously interned. Consequently, these students typically don’t spend a lot of time in entry-level positions because of three important factors:
• The rigors of the program and the intense evaluation
• The actual experience received in internship
• The combination of experience intertwined with their academics
Rogue Valley Microdevices works with Colleges and Universities in a number of capacities from manufacturing and wafer services to student work experience.
To find out more about the services or partnerships between Rogue Valley Microdevices and many Leading University Engineering and Technology departments,
please contact Jessica Gomez at:
Phone: 541-774-1900 x100