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Co-Op Lessons Learned

 

Today’s post is written by Kyle McLaughlin.  Kyle is a junior in chemical engineering and is sharing his “lessons learned” from his recent co-op.

 

My co-op experience at General Motors has truly been life changing. Working in the “real world” and developing your soft skills truly puts school in perspective. You learn that the content of your classes is not all that is important; your ability to handle multiple assignments at once, engage in critical thinking in a fast-paced work environment, and communicate highly technical topics in everyday language.

 

The most important lesson I’ve learned from my internship is “people are your most important asset.” You can work in the same company for 50+ years and you will continue to learn new things on a daily basis. You need to learn from those around you. There is no such thing as having “too many mentors … 

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Student Perspective: Find Success with Internship and Co-op Experience

Today’s blog is written by Amber Owens, who is a senior in Industrial & Systems Engineering.  She’s in the process of completing her fifth co-op rotation and looking forward to graduating this year.

Currently, I work for GE Aviation in the Test Facilities Engineering department. This is my second co-op with GE Aviation; I worked in Engine Services at one of our repair shops last fall. I also completed two co-op rotations with Omegadyne, an instrumentation manufacturer, and one internship with Great Lakes Assemblies, a supplier of tire, wheel and center console parts for Honda. My co-op experiences have helped me gain expertise in manufacturing, process improvement, and design roles. I highly encourage you to do as many co-ops and internships as possible and if you are unsure of the experience, I can say firsthand that it is definitely worth it.

Gaining valuable work experience while in college is … 

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Co-op Spotlight, Pt. II

Joel Wotowiec at Oshkosh CorporationJoel Wotowiec at Oshkosh CorporationToday the Job Blog is highlighting another OSU engineering student's internship/co-op experience. Today's “cool co-op”, Joel Wotowiec, is a former MSE student who graduated this past fall. Joel worked at Oshkosh Corporation...here’s what he had to say about his experience working on "big trucks NOT baby clothes"...

"I had the opportunity to spend 14 months on an extended internship with Oshkosh Corporation in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. People first asked me how I would use my Materials Science and Engineering background to make Oshkosh B’Gosh overalls, but they were sorely mistaken. Oshkosh Corporation designs and builds the world’s toughest specialty trucks for military, fire and emergency, concrete placement, refuse hauling, access/construction equipment, and snow removal markets. I worked in the Materials and Process Engineering group which served the entire corporation, thus allowing me to work on different projects daily. Typical projects included performing failure analysis, corrosion … 

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Co-op Spotlight, Pt. I

Eamon KelleyEamon KelleyYou might be wondering what an engineering student does during an internship or a co-op. Well look no further than the ECS Job Blog! Today we are featuring our first "cool co-op", Eamon Kelly--a current OSU ME student--who worked for Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. Here's what Eamon had to say about his experience "Fixing the Biggest, Baddest, and Most Intense Roller Coasters in the World"...

What's more intense than riding one of the world's tallest roller coasters? Riding an elevator 425 feet to the top to inspect it. As an intern at Cedar Point, it was my job to inspect and repair the roller coasters of the park, including Top Thrill Dragster, Millennium Force, Maverick, Raptor, and the rest. From inspecting the hardware on the trains to the equipment on the lifts, I got the experience of a lifetime, learning the intricate details of how the biggest and … 

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Worried That Co-ops Will Delay Your 4-Year Graduation Date?

Many students voice concerns to us about graduating "late" because of a co-op rotation. "I want to be able to graduate in 4 years" is the usual hesitation when considering co-ops. In this week's blog, we want to discuss opening up your job search to include co-ops, in addition to internships, as well as the pros and cons of graduating on-time without experience.

Applied experience outside the classroom is heavily emphasized for engineering students. Many companies will list "previous co-op or internship experience" as one of their entry level career requirements. It's why 89% of students employed at graduation last spring had internship or co-op experience. It's for the same reasons that education majors must complete student teaching before being certified or nursing students must pass their clinicals before practicing.

A successful job search has nothing to do with how long it took you to get your degree and everything … 

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