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The Cooper Union's Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers


Founded in 1987 with the Bnai Zion Foundation, a non-profit, non partisan organization dedicated to assisting those in need both in America and in Israel, The Cooper Union's  Immigrant Retraining Program offers approximately 20 introductory and high technology courses designed to help immigrant engineers learn computer and business skills necessary to secure professional employment in the United States.  With many newcomers struggling with a different language and a radically different work culture, the program helps bridge the cultural gap by teaching new skills and procedures germane to the American workforce.  Since the program's inception, more than 70% of participants have successfully obtained full-time employment.  The Immigrant Retraining Program is a vital extension of Cooper Union's 19th Century mission: to provide free educational opportunities for new Americans.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a distinguished private college of art, architecture and engineering founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, an inventor, industrialist and philanthropist.  Since its establishment, all undergraduate students have received full-tution scholarships.


Bnai Zion assists The Cooper Union with student selection, record keeping and career support, including job placement and tracking.  Since the program is specifically designed to update professional skills, eligible applicants must have previous engineering or field related experiences.  The majority of participants in the program have earned some degrees in engineering.


Classes for the Immigrant Retraining Programs are taught in the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union by alumni and practicing professionals.  To help immigrants refine their skills as well as learn about recent technical developments, they can study a wide range of industry related topics from computer network programming to the industrial applicatins of analytical chemistry, environmental engineering and electronic systems.  Class trips are also organized with the MTA, or similar agencies, to expose students to highway, bridge and tunnel inspections and system maintenance.  The program also has a library of more than 200 professional films.  this video collection covers science and technology, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, chemistry and environmental protection, computer science and job marketing.

Job Orientation and Technology Classes For Immigrants Bnai Zion Scientist Division and Cooper Union School of Engineering Fall 2014 Semester

(Only for 3 months)

  1. Analytical Chemistry: Spectroscopy
  2. HPLC -Training (for chemists)
  3. Green Building Guidelines and Environmental safety
  4. Heating, Ventilation, Air-Condition and Refrigeration
  5. Building Operation, Maintenance and Safety Regulations
  6. National Electrical Code (NEC) and its general applications
  7. National Electrical Code (NEC) and its specific applications
  8. Bridge, Highway, Tunnels and Buildings: Professional Practice for Cost Estimating
  9. AISC Structural Steel Design
  10. ACI Structural Concrete Design
  11. Instruction to AutoCAD for engineers
  12. Advanced AutoCAD and Revit
  13. Data Architecture Principles, Data Structure and SQL
  14. Java Programming
  15. Microsoft .NET and C#
  16. Software Quality Assurance - Manual Testing
  17. Software Quality Assurance - Automated Testing
  18. Linux (UNIX) Administration
  19. Android Software Development

For more information, please visit


Phone:(212) 725-1211 ext. 6245, 6255 or (646) 485-7982

Courses will be given at Cooper Union: 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

For registration you should apply at BNAI ZION: 136 E 39th ST., New York NY 10016

The courses are FREE for those who are qualified.


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