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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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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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