Addison Cable, a mechanical engineering major, wrote about her co-op with Kimberly-Clark.
I worked primarily in L4 converting, which is responsible for producing hand towels. L4 maintains three assets: HRT2, MFT4, and MBSF. My key responsibilities were to learn the fundamentals of CAD/3D design, design and install projects, and support installation and start-up of capital projects. My primary projects were: redesign and install of MFT4 Trim Elimination system; W1/W2 Conveyor install; MFT1 and 2 guarding redesign; HRT2 Logsaw start-up support; redesign of W1 core machine date code printer web-path and installation of static-elimination bar; MFT4 embossing roll platform install; MFT4 clip tipper redesign and install; MBSF speed up conveyor housing redesign; MFT3 KDF rail and backstop redesign.
My co-op with Kimberly-Clark has taught me so much about being an engineer, and has really made me feel confident in my major. I’ve built several technical skills, such as my SolidWorks skills and creating drawings, but I think more importantly, I’ve learned a lot more about working with people. I’ve worked with several other engineers and learned a lot from their experiences, and I’ve also worked with maintenance and operating partners. Everyone I’ve worked with has difference experience and knowledge to share, and I’ve learned a lot from them. I’ve also had the chance to experience what engineering is like out in the field, rather than in the theoretical.