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American Airlines
Cooperative Education Program

Are you looking for a potential career where a passion for innovation, a culture of teamwork, and opportunities for growth are available to those with talent, ambition and the desire to apply what they know in the service of others? You’ve found the perfect opportunity: The Cooperative Education Program with American Airlines.

Here is your chance to expand your knowledge and grow the skills essential to success in this highly competitive industry. We’re dedicated to meeting the needs of the traveling public, and at our core, you’ll find a strong commitment to developing and delivering the world-class experiences our customers value and deserve. Offering people-centric planning, innovative marketing and a desire to be the best, we are proud to develop promising new talent.

If you’re ready to see how far you can go, the American Airlines Cooperative Education Program offers opportunities for students in the areas of Engineering, Aviation Management and Technology.


Cooperative Education Program Participants will enjoy:

Culture and Benefits

Real-World Experience

Work with experienced professionals and complete meaningful projects that will be invaluable to your career development.


Leadership Connections

Network with managers and others who can positively influence the arc of your career.

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Your cooperative education program experience


Looking to flex your skills and make a real difference? Help us soar in the following areas of engineering:

  • Powerplant: Maintains aircraft turbine engines including test, assembly, inspection and repair of engines, component parts and accessories. This team is also responsible for failure analysis, scrap review, engineering research and economic feasibility.
  • Cabin Experience (Interiors & Inflight Entertainment): Supports the installation and certification of new components, and the ongoing maintenance and repair of existing components (seats, galleys, emergency equipment, inflight entertainment, cabin Wi-Fi, lighting and more).
  • Fleet Engineering: Supports aircraft systems, structures and various teams with the repair, assembly, inspection and modification of aircraft and component parts. Engineers investigate reliability problems and provide technical interface with manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Engineering Services: Specialized team that provides additional resources for engineering initiatives and projects, in addition to oversight with programs such as fuel, deicing, contractor and co-op.

Your cooperative education program experience

Aviation Management:

Put your multitasking skills to the test and work elbow to elbow with our Technical Operations team. Opportunities include:

  • Publications: Publishes and maintains aircraft manuals and documentation covering repair and troubleshooting of American’s fleet.
  • Quality Assurance: Provides oversight of our maintenance operations through audits, evaluation of systems and analysis of performance data.
  • Continuing Analysis Surveillance System: Assures American Airlines continues to lead in safety, quality, reliability and compliance in the maintenance and engineering departments.
  • Maintenance Programs: Releases and schedules the detailed work instructions used by our mechanics to maintain the aircraft.
  • Configuration Management and Control: Manages the actual configurations of all aircrafts, including all the parts/equipment installed on the aircraft and the specific aircraft capabilities.

Your cooperative education program experience


Want to use your expertise to solve the thorniest tech problems at the world’s largest airline? We offer options to focus on the following areas:

  • Business Technology: Supports IT needs in business process management solutions and data management. Technologies and platforms this team develops include K2, Collibra, Teradata, Tableau and Alteryx. Skills specific to this group include .Net, javascript, Angular and SQL.
  • Data Visualization: Develops new data mining methods, analytics and tools. Many assignments involve the use of statistical simulation tools (R, Alteryx), programming languages such as Python, VBA, Java and C# and data visualization tools such as Tableau.
  • In-flight Technology: Manages software development and network infrastructure for connectivity and products including seatback inflight entertainment systems, Wi-Fi, and internet protocol (IP) television. Python SQL, HTML, JAVA Script and VB are also used to extract and process the data.

Who Should Apply

Third-year college and university-level students with the following backgrounds will be most likely to have an interest in and the qualifications for this program.

  • Aeronautical/aerospace engineering
  • Aviation management
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer science/engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering

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Culture and Benefits

Culture and Benefits

The American Airlines workforce represents a diverse world, and so does our Cooperative Education Program. We encourage those with different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences who can enrich our culture, decision-making, and business strategy to apply. From the team members we hire to the customers we serve, inclusion and diversity is a way of life at American.



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About American Airlines

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline, serving more than 500,000 customers daily through 6,700 flights in 52 countries. We are proud of our commitment from 130,000 team members around the world.

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