- Major: Chemical Engineering
- Company: Eastman Chemical Company
- E-mail: email@example.com
I completed 4 co-op assignments with Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN. During my co-op, I worked in a polymers lab, a pilot plant that supported our fibers products, as a process improvement engineer supporting our methanol and methyl acetate plants, and worked in the corporate headquarters building where I was tasked with various marketing projects.
I participated in the co-op program because I knew how valuable it would be to my professional development. I was able to see many different aspects of what a chemical engineer may do day-to-day. I worked with engineers, operators, managers, and many other colleagues which expanded my professional network. Lastly, I was able to become much more financially stable during my college career than if I hadn't taken a co-op position.
One of the most important skills I learned during my co-op was the value of having good communication skills. Good communication is a vital part of an engineers' success. This includes communication to supervision, other engineers, and operations. I am much better prepared to be a professional engineer after my co-op experience. Being able to work on real-life projects that make tangible impacts to a company's bottom line has taught me more about the qualities and characteristics that make a great chemical engineer.
I would encourage every engineering student to participate in a co-op or internship. You will be better prepared to enter the workforce once you graduate after getting real engineering experience. You may even secure a full-time job before you enter your last year of school!
When not studying or working, I enjoy being outdoors hunting, fishing, hiking, golfing, and hanging out with friends. My fiancé and I are also enjoying planning our wedding for next summer.