The test lab co-op position offers tremendous growth in the development of engineering knowledge with emphasis on energy management and materials testing. The student will learn the components involved in common car collisions and how the damage is mitigated along with how the different components are designed.

Skills and Experiences


  • Setting up and performing product and prototype testing
  • Fabrication of test parts and fixtures
  • Become familiar with testing data acquisition, instrumentation, and programming
  • Participate in design teams
  • Create reports and interpret data for internal and external use
  • Perform industry benchmarking

The learning and skill path is laid out with some general goals to achieve for each semester which increases with each rotation. Shape typically hires graduates from the co-op position into a test engineer position immediately out of college and uses this strategy to build the engineering staff around the company. The job requires a student that has good written and verbal skills, ability to learn quickly, self-start style work ethic, strong computer literacy, and has the ability to operate or be trained on standard tool room equipment.

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