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Mikhail LaMay

Mikhail LaMay


Franklin, Tennessee

I have completed co-op assignments at the Nissan Smyrna Assembly Plant in Smyrna, TN & the DENSO Manufacturing facility in Maryville, TN. I performed a full year assignment here and worked in the new model trim & chassis engineering department. I worked on the equipment and process engineering team developing equipment/jigs/fixtures to support the new model launch of the 19MY Altima and 21MY Rogue. At Denso, I was a production engineer. We ran into a significant issues with six engineers on our team out due to COVID and a production line had issue which was preventing shipments. We had to repair and preprogram the vision system to get it up and running again. Based on work, we were able to ship all parts by their required date.

Some of my projects included redesigning the pallet system for front corner module and the transfer case substation. I also had a chance to develop the equipment for the conn rod stab bar sub assembly table, which helped me to develop key skills including technician communication, PLC programming, panel build (circuits), virtual reality integration and more advanced modeling skills.

One of my key achievements with Nissan was seeing the integration of additive manufacturing into my projects. I was able to cut costs on prototypes by first 3D printing components to decide on a final design.

I decided to co-op because I wanted to learn to apply classwork to industry and also take a break from schooling to save a little money and I also believe a co-op contributes most to your organization skills. Coming back to school after being gone for a year is hard, but with the skills I developed, I can manage all my classwork more effectively. 

I get asked all the time from students about the delayed graduation commitment. This is an important decision you have to make, but I believe they should take advantage of a co-op for the learning experience and a little money in your pocket for unexpected expenses while you are studying your undergraduate degree. This also gives students the ability to see which industry they want to work in after college.

I enjoy the outdoors a lot. I love mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and running. See you on the trails!

If you have any questions, please shoot me an email and we can chat about what you're searching for. I can meet during office hours or if coffee's your thing we can meet at a local shop. My goal is to get you the same wonderful experience I had and make you excited about engineering.

Mikhail LaMay

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