- Major: Industrial Engineering
- Company: Altec
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I worked for Altec as a Manufacturing Engineer Co-op. The plant was in Burnsville, North Carolina and I completed two rotations. Some of my responsibilities consisted of time studies, “designing/making” items that would optimize production and safety (such as specialized carts, tables, stands etc..) and writing SOP's for their lines. I also had projects of my own such as figuring out why certain parts are not being built with consistency and creating a visual welding standard (which is currently being used in the training of welders)
I decided to co-op to obtain work experience and because I was given the chance to work in manufacturing, which is an area that has always interested me.
My first “big” project at Altec was to change the way the tailgate was placed in the back of the utility truck (mainly because of safety issues). With the help of my colleagues, I was able to come up with a design and implement it. The solution was placing the tailgate on a cart and that cart has become the standard of how it is done.
I believe my time at Altec has not only given me the knowledge and an idea of what it is like to be an Industrial Engineer but also the motivation and reassurance that I am following the right path.
I truly believe every engineering student should do a co-op. Your classes become a lot more interesting and begin to look at them as a tool for your professional life. It also gives you the chance to obtain an impression of what departments you appreciate more.
When I have free time, I like to watch movies, exercise and spend time with my friends and family.