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May 9, 2013
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 … Read More
February 26, 2013
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 … Read More
February 20, 2013
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 … Read More
October 12, 2012
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 … Read More
July 26, 2012
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 … Read More