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Malay Shah

Malay Shah


Chattanooga, Tennessee

I did my co-op at Bayer in Cleveland, TN. Here we made Bayer Consumer Care products such as Afrin, Claritin, Coppertone, and Miralax. I have performed two rotations in the manufacturing department and have one more to go. I have worked on projects ranging from continuous improvement projects to project management work for deployment and implementation of Ignition data collection system. I have also worked on cost related projects to determine how to make the existing system more efficient. I did co-op in order to gain the actual industry experience as a student. Doing co-op in production has also allowed me to gain exposure on the business side of engineering projects.

Doing co-op has made me realize what I actually want to do in the future. Before doing co-op I had an idea of what I would like to do as a mechanical engineer, but after doing co-op I am more focused on a niche where I can excel.

My co-op took place at a production plant. In the production plant, I worked alongside several coworkers which helped me finesse my professional skills. I was also given several opportunities to apply my school knowledge in real life. Such as CNC machining, fluid flow, and SolidWorks.

Doing a co-op gives one a reality check for their respective major. This will give one a perspective on how everything we learn in school translates to real industry work, and what skills one may need to develop in order to succeed in their respective fields.

I enjoy going on hikes, trail running, and playing sports when I am not busy studying or working. I usually try to play pickup soccer in my free time, but recently I have developed some interest in racquetball.

Malay Shah

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