- Major: Industrial Engineering
- Company: Shaw Industries, Inc.
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I did my co-op with Shaw Industries, Inc., a flooring manufacturing company. Shaw is the leading manufacturer of carpet and is also competitive in hard surface manufacturing (hardwood, laminate, vinyl, etc.). My first co-op rotation was in a yarn mill where I worked under an IE Manager. The projects I worked on included twisting waste reduction, heat set uptime improvement, twisting data analysis, and other tasks and projects as they arose. My second co-op rotation was in primary extrusion in a carpet backing plant where I worked under a process engineer. In extrusion, I focused on process control, quality control, project coordination and management, and continuous improvement projects. In this role, I had the opportunity to work with various departments including safety, technical, automation, quality, and process improvement. I will complete my third co-op rotation next year.
I decided to co-op to get experience in my major, hone in on what exactly I wanted to do with industrial engineering, and take advantage of the great opportunity that co-op is. My rotations were incredibly valuable because they helped me learn and adjust to the professional world, specifically in the areas of executing action plans and taking initiative.
Co-op prepared me to be a better engineer by exposing me to ideas and topics that will be covered in my future classes. It has also made me excited for my future classes. My work assignments have made me a much more well-rounded engineer from my time spent essentially in business/management and engineering during my two rotations. Having those two different perspectives was something valuable during my second co-op rotation and is also valuable in my classes and future work.
Don't be scared to leave school for a semester or two. The co-op program is a very valuable experience. When searching for a co-op, I think it is best to find a program that has other co-op students that you live with or near. Having other students around that you can learn from and be friends with makes the co-op experience even better.
In my free time, I love to serve and lead with Cru, spend time with friends, volunteer, hike, and cheer on the Vols.