It's never too early to plan your future and what better way to get started than to participate in one of our company-supported programs for students:
“I began my career at Tampa Electric as a University of South Florida co-op student. Looking back, it's clear that this program helped me gain invaluable experience on the job. I see now that this experience, which successfully blended business skills with my educational background, provided a good foundation on which to start my career.”
— John Ramil,
Chief Executive Officer
The TECO Energy Cooperative Education Program offers college degree-seeking students the opportunity for professional growth while meeting the business needs of the company. The program is an extension of the educational process, providing practical experience to complement formal classroom work.
The co-op program recruits students from colleges to give them an opportunity to work in a professional environment related to their field of study. Typically students involved in this program will work a schedule that allows them to alternate semesters, working and attending school on a full-time basis. TECO Energy requires students to work the equivalent of at least two full-time semesters.
Types of opportunities
There are two types of co-op opportunities:
- Alternating Plan - allows students to alternate full-time semesters of training, 35 to 40 hours a week per semester, with full-time semesters of study. An exception would be for spring semester students in good standings offered an extension through the summer semester.
- Parallel Plan - allows students to work their co-op assignments on a part-time basis, 15 to 25 hours a week per semester, while taking classes.
- Enrollment in a ABET accredited university or college
- Enrollment in that institution's co-op program
- Minimum GPA for all disciplines of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale
- Satisfactory progress in school and on the job
All positions provide experience in an area related to the student's respective course of study. Work assignments are consistent with the work needs of the department and the company. They are intended to provide meaningful and challenging work to the student. For example:
- Energy Supply. Engineering students will assist engineers at any one of our three power plants (coal, natural gas and integrated gasification combined-cycle process) in the generation of electricity.
- Energy Delivery. Engineering students will assist engineers at any one of our service areas (western, eastern, central) in the design of electrical systems to deliver power to our customers.
- Information Technology. Students will learn how to troubleshoot, analyze and work within our networking systems and computer applications.
- Specialized Services (Accounting and Finance, HR, Marketing, Customer Care). Students will work with team members in a variety of ways to support our businesses.
- Diverse work locations in the city of Tampa. Housing information provided for out-of-state students.
- Competitive salaries that increase with each alternating term or after 640 hours worked in parallel terms.
- Paid corporate holidays and sick leave.
- Travel reimbursement for some students.
How to become a co-op
- Apply to your college's co-op program first. We will be posting open positions on the university's job board.
- Then, apply to TECO Energy. In addition to applying through the school's Web site, students must also apply for positions through our company Web site. You must create an application online to be considered for any co-op positions.
- Interview. You will go through at least one behavioral based interview, on the phone or in person, with a Recruitment & Staffing representative. Some co-ops will be invited to an additional interview at the jobsite.
- Offer. Offers are made approximately two to four weeks before the school term begins. All students will be subject to a drug screening and background check. Some students will be required to take a physical and have a driver's license check.
Business Cooperative Education (BCE)
"I started my 25-plus year career at TECO Energy as a high school student working part-time. With the company's tuition reimbursement program, I earned a bachelor's degree in organizational management while working full-time. Today, as a human resources manager, I think back to one of several inspiring leaders who planted the seeds that have helped me grow in a career I thoroughly enjoy. He said you've got to have the right mix of hard work and fun--humor is healthy. This philosophy and our corporate culture have served me well and I think I've served the company well in the process."
— Kelly Sloan,
Human Resources Manager
The Business Cooperative Education (BCE) High School Program recruits students from local high schools to give them the opportunity to work in a professional environment. Typically, students involved in this program work full-time during the summer and part-time after school for the remainder of the school year. Most of the hiring for the BCE program takes place in the months of April and May. Students begin their training full-time in the summer.
Steps to program consideration:
- Talk to your school guidance counselor. Students need permission from their high school to participate in the BCE program. Requirements include a minimum GPA, which varies by school, and eligibility to register for school classes. Several schools participate in this program, however, others can be added by contacting Peggy Stanford at 813-228-1725 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Apply. The BCE position will be posted on the company Web site in the month of April (and possibly throughout the year if a student does not work out). All students who are interested must fill out an application and download their resume onto our website.
- Interview. Applicants that qualify will be interviewed on the jobsite or at school.
- Consider offer. Students offered positions will be asked to come to the company's downtown Tampa, Florida location to complete paperwork. A background check will be conducted (which will involve a guardian's signature) and students will be given a form to take to an offsite laboratory for a drug test. This step must be completed within 48 hours of an acceptance.
Students will be responsible to provide their own transportation to and from work every day.