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Co-Op Engineering

Date: Mar 3, 2023

Location: Grand Rapids, MI, US

Company: Leggett & Platt

We make life more comfortable.


Leggett & Platt’s overall mission is a commitment to enhance lives – by delivering quality products, offering empowering and rewarding careers, and doing our part in bringing about a better future.


Leggett & Platt’s inventive heritage and leadership in the residential products industry span more than 130 years. As The Components People, we are the leading supplier of a wide range of products and components for all areas of life, including mattress springs and carpet cushion, as well as bedding machinery and erosion-control products.


From aerospace tubing and fabricated assemblies to flooring underlayment and carpet cushion, Leggett & Platt has divisions that design, manufacture, and sell a variety of products. Our reliable product development and launch capability, coupled with our global footprint, make us a trusted partner for customers in the aerospace, hydraulic cylinders, flooring, textile, and geo components industries.


Learn more about the history of Leggett:




A Leader in the Upholstered Furniture Industry


In our Furniture Components business, we design, manufacture, and distribute a wide range of components and finished products that enhance comfort, motion, and style in upholstered furniture, including recliner mechanisms, seating support systems, and sofa sleeper units. With a global footprint that includes international manufacturing, product development, distribution and sales, we are strategically positioned to support upholstered furniture manufacturers around the world.


Workplace Furniture Solutions


Leggett & Platt is North America’s leading independent manufacturer of office furniture components and mechanism. Our Work Furniture business produces task and finished components, as well as select lines of private label finished seating. From surface-critical bent tube assemblies and molded plywood components to chair mechanisms, bases, arms, seats, and backs, Work Furniture brings diverse world-class manufacturing capabilities together in the production and assembly of high-quality contract furniture products.


Learn more about Furniture components: Furniture


Learn more about Work Furniture: Work Furniture


Performs routine and non-routine assignments involving engineering principles or techniques for product manufacturing. Production documentation, product launch documentation, process experimentation and studies, data collection and processing, assistance with manufacturing equipment development for current products and processes and VA/VE. Structured Co-op schedule that will include time in multiple areas of our production and Engineering environments.


Rotation I (Summer 2023)

Evaluate assembly process & workflow. Perform time studies & time observations.


Rotation II (Winter 2024)

Based on observations and/or business need, design, estimate, assist in fabricating a production fixture or process change to address the need.


Rotation III (Fall 2024)

Participate in a new product development launch.



Must be a current GVSU Engineering Program Student: Including strong hands-on mechanical skills, understands use of hand tools, problem solving and analytical skills, communication skills, detail orientated, self-motivated, good organizational skills, MS Office, SolidWorks, AutoCAD


Genesis Seating

Genesis is a product-complete supplier where high-end products are designed, assembled, and shipped directly to the distributor or end-user. Our capabilities include a full-service upholstery shop with dedicated work areas for each product line.


Founded in 1994, Genesis Seating was established to fit a growing need for a product-complete supplier in the furniture marketplace. Outsourcing is a trend that continues to gain momentum, as leaders in most industries are focusing on value-creation measurements and investment return methodologies. While Genesis initially focused on curved plywood seating, it soon evolved to include significant non-curved plywood components and assemblies. Even the term "seating" in the name is now misleading, as we produce several case good items, screens, tables, etc.


The acquisition of Genesis Seating by Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) in 2001 further enhances Genesis's ability to meet customer needs, as L&P is the largest furniture component manufacturer in North America.

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Our Values

Our values speak to our shared beliefs, and describe how we approach working together.

  • Put People First reflects our commitment to safety and care of each other, learning and development, and creating an inclusive environment of mutual respect, empathy and belonging.
  • Do the Right Thing focuses us on acting with honesty and integrity, delivering the results the right way, taking pride in our work, and speaking the truth – good or bad.
  • Do Great Work…Together occurs when we engage without hierarchy, collaborate as a team, embrace challenges, and work for the good of all of us.
  • Take Ownership and Raise the Bar demonstrates our responsibility to add value and make a difference, challenge the status quo and biases to make things better, foster innovative and creative solutions to drive impact, and explore new perspectives and embrace change.

Our Commitment to You

We're actively taking steps to make sure our culture is inclusive and that our processes and practices promote equity for all. Leggett & Platt is comprised of people of all abilities, gender identities and expressions, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, veteran status, and more. Join us!

We welcome and encourage applications if you meet the minimum qualifications. Even if you do not meet the preferred qualifications, we’d love the opportunity to consider you.

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