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Dalton West

Dalton West


Rocky Top, Tennessee

I performed my co-op with DENSO Manufacturing and they are known for quality automotive production. I was assigned to body electronics production engineering final assembly. I worked for DENSO from May 2017-August 2018 (about 15 months).

I decided to do a co-op to get work experience in my field of study and to understand the day to day job of engineers. I feel that I now have a good understanding of a lot of the expectations for engineers and that I have an edge over other students without similar work experiences.

In the last few months of my co-op, I was assigned to make a case assembly jig to close small key fob cases that were not ergonomically safe to close by hand for hours on end. I used an example jig and completed a fully functioning and constrained Solidworks assembly with relationships for moving parts. I made a bill of material and constructed the jig successfully. The jig is now used on one of the assembly lines.

Being in a co-op helped me exponentially. One thing I greatly improved upon was my communication skills. I can now more easily convey my message. In a similar fashion, I improved my technical documentation skills and have a clearly explain the subject at hand.

I learned a lot and earned a lot during my co-op experience. It may seem like a long time to be out of school but it’s worth it for the experience that sets you apart from the crowd.

When I am not working or in class, I recently got into working out and that has taken up a lot of my free time. I like to play video games and card games. I enjoy drawing and designing. I have worked a lot with 3D printing and CNC machines so I may invest in a machine or two as a future hobby.

Your scholarship money will be on hold during the terms you are off (no lost money unless something external changes such as income). Don't worry about finishing college in four years, experience is much more valuable fresh out of college.

Dalton West

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