Students & New Grads

MSA Offers Co-ops & Internships in the Following Departments



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Mechanical Engineering Co-Ops

Mechanical Engineering co-op students are normally imbedded with one of our New Product Development (NPD) teams at MSA. As a result, they wear many hats. Students may be responsible for creating and executing product test plans, designing a component or assembly for a new product, or assisting in launching a product with one of our manufacturing facilities. By working directly with our NPD teams, students learn from seasoned engineers and gain valuable industry exposure. As students progress through their rotations, they are challenged with greater levels of responsibility based on their level of experience.

Electrical/Software Engineering Co-Ops

Co-op students are integrated into teams in a way that allows them to learn and gain practical experience, but also gives them an opportunity to make relevant and significant contributions to the projects. In the past, students have collaborated with the Berlin engineering team to create web-based software that communicates wirelessly and designed mechanical solutions for the Wireless Sensor Node and Bluetooth enabled portable gas detection devices. This is just a sample of the type of work co-ops could expect to do. Our co-op students are responsible for the same kind of assignments as our experienced engineers and we ensure that they have an opportunity to succeed by providing the appropriate amount of support.

Industrial Engineering Co-Ops

Industrial engineering co-ops have a key role within the Operational Excellence team. Specifically, co-ops are exposed to projects involving lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, new product development, work sampling, re-engineering design, and process standardization. MSA provides a progression-focused culture for co-ops to grow their professional skillset and develop through each rotation with guidance from industrial engineering mentors. Each semester, co-ops are given several projects designed to teach them how to be an industrial engineer.

Engineering Manager Spotlight

Meet Viktor

"I started at MSA during my sophomore year at Pitt as a co-op student in Quality Assurance and Test Engineering. After graduation, I was hired by MSA as a Test Engineer. I then transferred into MSA’s research group, where I worked with a cross-functional team to develop detection instrument, used to detect trace levels of illicit drugs, chemical warfare agents, and explosives. I then helped to create the Software Development Group. I am now the engineering manager for our Wireless and Data Analytics program. Within this program, we are executing a number of interesting projects, and we are always looking to have ambitious and creative co-op students join our development team."

- Viktor is our Software Development Engineering Manager. He has a BSEE and MS in Telecommunications from the University of Pittsburgh.

Meet Rob

“My career at MSA began as a Head Eye and Face co-op. After graduation, I was hired on full time in Fall Protection as a staff engineer. I took advantage of and learned from the talented design team I worked with daily for new product development. In 2010, I took a chance and spent a significant portion of 2 years working with our MSA China associates. This international experience was critical to my development and I'm grateful for the new culture I came to know. I am now the Fall Protection Engineering Manager. I help grow the fall protection product line with new and innovative products. It's an exciting, challenging, and rewarding position and the people at MSA make coming to work worth it. We have fun and make a difference.”

- Rob is an Engineering Manager in the Fall Protection department. He has a BSME & MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

From Student to Professional

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