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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’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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Helpful Advice from a Successful Job Seeker

Recently, Mark McGown, a Chemical Engineering student graduating this summer, offered the following suggestions when reporting his job offers and acceptance.

"There are some things I would tell all students to do in order to successfully find a job:
-Register with ECS to look for jobs, but also take advantage of all networking opportunities, including career fairs, group meetings, information sessions and so forth.
-Prepare your resume by scheduling appointments with ECS.
-When applying for jobs, make sure your resume includes keywords the employer used.
-Do not mention a desired salary, or anything else they might use to filter you out. Put "negotiable" if salary is a required field.
-Apply to many more jobs than just those that interest you at first glance. Not only will this be good practice, but learning more about a company that's new to you will help you figure out what you really want to … 

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