Coop / Internships

Learn more about the Metals Program and the Precision Metalworking industry by participating in the Cooperative Education Program (Coop) or a Summer Internship. 

The Coop Program is a 2-credit course that you can enroll in during your Senior year.  Coop students attend high school in the morning and then work on a job site in the afternoon—this gives you an opportunity to gain work experience before you graduate from high school.  Check out the Student Profiles link; you probably know some of the students who have participated in Coop.   Talk to your counselor and check out the course details in the Leyden course planning book.

Summer Internships are non-credit, paid experiences that you can interview for the summer prior to your Junior or Senior year.  As a summer intern, you work on a job site and learn real life skills in the precision metalworking industry.  Summer interns do not need to be enrolled in any specific Leyden courses; they just need to be motivated individuals who want to investigate careers in manufacturing.  If you need more information about this opportunity, make an appointment with your counselor or an Industrial Technology teacher.

Local Companies looking for students

Local companies are always looking for qualified students.  Email if you are interested in beginning your career in metalworking.

RCM Industries, Inc., , an aluminum die caster with two plants in the Chicago suburbs, is seeking manufacturing personnel with basic mechanical skills for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift positions. Ideal candidates will be willing to get their hands dirty and eager to learn in a fast-paced manufacturing environment. Training is provided by the company. This is a great opportunity for individuals looking to get their foot in the door and grow with a well-established organization. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including: paid holidays, paid time off, graduated vacation schedule, medical and dental benefits,  tuition reimbursement program, and 401K with company match. Pay range is $9.75 - $11.75/hour to start with progression available. 10% and 15% second and third shift premium is paid