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Allison Trentham

Allison Trentham


Lebanon, Tennessee

I worked three terms for Shaw Inc. in Dalton, GA and focused on the areas of process improvement & lean/six sigma. I chose to co-op not only to take a break from school, but also get an entire year of experience from the same company. I wanted to spend more time working pre-graduation so I chose to co-op versus a summer internship.

During my co-op rotations I learned how to function and be productive in the workplace. Being a full time employee requires a higher level of responsibility and dedication. Not only did it discipline me, but I also learned how to interact in both good and bad workplace situations. 

Participating in a co-op has prepared me to be a better engineer by helping me develop higher level skills that ensure I'm truly solving the actual problem and not just masking it. Academically, I have gained more time management skills and general knowledge of the subject.

I would highly recommend obtaining a co-op position for several reasons: It's basically a requirement to get a full time job post-graduation, it pays well while we are still in school, it's a nice break away from school, and it's a low-risk method for getting a taste of the real world and the major that we chose.

During my free time I enjoy running, spending time with my dog, and attending various happy hours with my friends.

Allison Trentham

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