The featured student this week is Spencer Miller, an electrical engineering major from Kingsport, Tennessee, who worked as a co-op student at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport.
Miller worked specifically in the Control Systems Support Department in the PLC/ Hardware Group. The main focus was supporting the hardware and software on the control systems and supporting the programmable logic controllers at Eastman.
His main responsibilities included installing a cooling system on an electrical cabinet, collecting PLC software inventory for the entire plant site, uploading and categorizing a large amount of PLC manuals to the company website, creating and wiring a relay simulation, adding electronic badge access to two of our group’s buildings, and changing the wiring for the outside lights in the building.
Miller was also given the opportunity to shadow fellow employees, giving him an opportunity to learn from them and grow from their experiences. A big challenge he faced during his assignment was little knowledge of technical electric. This limited the complexity of the assignments he was able to do but by shadowing other employees, it was possible to gain the basics of industrial electrical skills and knowledge.