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Cool Co-op: Good Perks at a Great Job

Today’s post is written by industrial engineering student, Ethan Salsbury.  Ethan is sharing the perks that came along with his co-op at Entrotech.

"During the winter of 2012, I experienced my first co-op as an Industrial Engineer. Fortunately for me, it turned out to be a great experience because I learned a lot, met some great people, and had fun about every day. Despite these features, which made it a great place for my first co-op, the things I will remember most about my time at Entrotech were the perks that I got to enjoy on a daily basis. The first: it was a great atmosphere to work as everything was clean, comfortable, and modern. The facility included a small workout area, spacious break rooms, and a couple flat screen TVs. Every morning I would be able to come in before eight o’clock, watch a little SportsCenter while brewing … 
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Cool Co-op Project: My Year of Complete Secrecy

Today’s post is written by chemical engineering student, Kyle McLaughlin.  Kyle was selected by ECS as runner-up of the 2013 OSU College of Engineering Cool Co-op Award!  

"For the past year I co-oped with General Motors at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  I had the coolest co-op in the country because of the great projects I was able to work on in the paint shop. I worked almost exclusively on the launch of the 2014 Corvette C7. I was sworn to absolute secrecy and product security was always a top priority.  There were certain areas of the plant where I was escorted through a key card access door to sign it with the security officer before working on my assignments. The car was unveiled on January 13th and there are still many aspects of my work that I cannot discuss publicly or privately … 

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Samuel Almeida wins contest for having Ohio's Coolest Co-op Project


ECS and the Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) recently ran simultaneous “Cool Co-ops Contests” where students with internships and/or co-ops were encouraged to share what made their experience cool—a project, the perks, or the people at the job.  Samuel Almeida won the “Projects” category of the OCEA contest.  He will be recognized at the organization’s annual conference and won a $250 award.  Samuel was also the overall ECS “Cool Co-op Contest” winner.  Read on to learn more about Samuel’s green engineering project and what made it so cool… 

“I co-oped at Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio in the Facilities department. One of the projects I worked on was to design and implement a control algorithm to provide peak efficiency in a dynamic cooling system. This project required me to study and learn subjects of which I had little knowledge, including PLC programming and … 

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Co-op Words of Wisdom

Today’s post is written by Katherine Waidelich. Katherine is majoring in mechanical engineering; she is also the Treasurer of the engineering internship and co-op honorary, Kappa Theta Epsilon.  Katherine has worked at Marathon Petroleum Company and atGrundfos / Peerless Pump Company.  Today she is sharing what she’s learned from co-oping.

Co-oping has been a great experience for me as a student and as a young professional.  It has allowed me to learn more about the ins and outs of what an engineer does on a typical workday.  I’ve worked with two companies while pursuing my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

On my first day of the job I did what everyone fears… I overslept and showed up late.  Making the wrong first impression was definitely a learning experience for me.  There is hope though!  If you make a mistake at work (which at some point—you … 

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Internships & Co-ops: Welcome the Unexpected!

Today’s post is written by Nick Lazar.  Nick is a senior, graduating this spring in mechanical engineering.  Nick is the President of Kappa Theta Epsilon, the engineering internship and co-op honorary.  He has worked at Lexmark, GE Lighting, and Cameron International.  Today he is sharing his experience from his most recent internship.

My summer internship with Cameron International in City of Industry, California was an amazing experience. Cameron is a Fortune 500 company that deals predominantly with oil and energy, but the plant where I was working dealt primarily with measurement systems and instrumentation.

Coming into the summer, I expected to be performing supply chain oriented work in more of an industrial engineering capacity.  Instead, I was put into a role that dealt with electrical and nuclear engineering, specifically the testing of electronic components.  The change in my role was intimidating at first, but I'm … 

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