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Evan Wilmer

Evan Wilmer

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Bristol, Tennessee

At the end of my sophomore term, I had the privilege to do my first and second co-op term with Kimberly-Clark at Loudon, Tennessee. Then I completed my third term at Neenah, Wisconsin. Kimberly-Clark is a multi-billionaire dollar company whose products reach a quarter of the population on the earth. Kimberly-Clark has a variety of products from bath tissue (Scott brand) to tampons (U by Kotex) and strives to deliver the essentials for a better life. Here I worked as a process engineer as well as in product development in Household care. I also had the opportunity to complete an internship at Southern Company as a steam generation plant intern. Southern Company is a power company and I worked on projects dealing with instrument/controls as well as vibrational analysis on the turbine boiler motor feed pump.

I decided to do a co-op because I wanted to get a better understanding of what an engineer actually does and to grow personally. The number one thing I learned is that communication and teamwork are key to being a successful engineer. You have to be able to talk to the operators and other engineers in different areas to complete task effectively and efficiently. Always be positive and be ready to learn every day.

The classroom is a crucial part of being a good engineer but it only encompasses a little part of your identity. Being social and forming relationships is a tool you need to be successful in life. Gaining a co-op will push you by exposing you to challenges that are impossible to experience if you are only stuck in a classroom.

I would say you have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. From money to traveling and forming new relationships is something that will help you grow.

I love to snowboard and go out west every year. I also like to travel and meet new people!

Doing a co-op has given me a new perspective and what I want to do with engineering and my life. If there is one thing that I am happy that I did would be this experience. I have matured in ways that are only possible if placed in uncomfortable environments with intellectual people you do not know.

Evan Wilmer


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