- Major: Mechanical Engineering
- Company: Eaton Corporation
- E-mail: email@example.com
I worked at Eaton Corporation in their electrical sector where I worked at a manufacturing site in Arden, North Carolina (Asheville area) that is within their power distribution and control assemblies division. At my location, we produced low voltage switchgear assemblies (LVA), medium voltage drives, and medium voltage controls.
During my first rotation, my main project was developing a continuous improvement framework to be utilized through excel implemented to improve on time performance within the customer order engineering step in our product orders for low voltage switchgear. Customer ordering engineer is basically responsible for taking the information from our sales engineers about the selections the customer would like on the order and developing the drawings and collecting all the information needed for an order to be sent out to the manufacturing floor to start building.
During my second rotation, I moved into the Sales & Marketing department for LVA. There my biggest project was designing and implementing a shipping container for one of our presentation demonstration products. I used Autodesk inventor when creating the prototype model and drawings. I also launched a couple of small safety accessory products. I published all the technical documents and marketing materials for the products. I worked with sales and purchasing to determine sales projections and pricing, as well as with manufacturing engineering to ensure any tooling updates or workspaces changes were accomplished to accommodate the production of these new products.
I chose to do a co-op because both of my parents got their engineering degrees from Ohio State, and they participated in a co-op program during their time in school. I was highly encouraged by my parents to do a co-op for the sake of my career development; I was also motivated by my desire to become more financially independent of my parents and graduate school with the least amount of loans possible.
My co-op has allowed me to accomplish this financial goal of mine. The time I took away from school helped me develop my maturity and workplace confidence tremendously. I also learned more about what type of company culture and workplace environment I most enjoy. It helped me realize some of my professional aspirations in addition to my personal goals outside of work. My co-op led me to some of the best friends I’ve ever had and allowed me to develop relationships with people I hope to be lifetime friends with.
I recommend students do a co-op because there is no other opportunity in which you will learn more about yourself. It puts you in a position of being a “real” adult, the way our generation (and our elder generations too) views college is almost like it is high school- part two; doing a co-op puts you in the mindset that you are an adult today, and that the time to think about your future and what you would like to do for your career is now. It gives you hands-on experience that will help you determine your professional interests in a way that you can’t get from joining a club or participating in an engineering society—that’s not to say those aren’t good things to do, they definitely are—but participating in a co-op allows you the exposure to experiences you won’t find on-campus and develops you in ways that you don’t even realize until you’ve done it.
While I was on co-op, I enjoyed my weekends going to concerts in Charlotte. During the week, I liked cooking for myself or going out to eat with co-workers or other co-ops; and trail runs after work. At school, I try to wakeboard as much as possible. I like lifting weights, continuing to run and watching Netflix to de-stress from classes. I also try to make at least one hiking trip out to the Smokies during the semester.