Ben Johnson completed a co-op with BAE Systems, and the chemical engineering major wrote about his experience below.
During my rotation, I worked in the acids department at BAE Systems. My responsibilities included updating P&IDs, creating and revising operating procedures, and creating scopes of work for multiple smaller projects. Some of my projects included an acetic anhydride tank cleaning project, new insulation project, ESD interlock testing, manual valve labeling, and finding a replacement heat exchanger. I continued to learn to read, modify, and create P&ID drawings. Also, I had experience operating PHA Pro software during PHAs and HAZOP design studies.
I gained technical communication skills, and I benefited by gaining real-world experience before graduation.