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Xavier Lee

Xavier Lee

  • Major: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Company: Southern Company
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • E-mail: krl195@vols.utk.edu

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From: Milan, TN               

Southern Nuclear (Southern Company) - Producing electricity through the means of nuclear energy in Waynesboro, Georgia (Augusta, Georgia) - 3 rotations

  • Systems Engineering - System Ownership/turnover, Fire Protection Engineer, developed fire plans for the entire site, performed system scoping tasks,
  • Program Engineering - Developed In-Service/Pre-Service Testing for valves for various systems, Maintenance Program valve scoping, Fire Protection program development
  • Subcontracts - Re-distributed contracts to subcontractors to ensure completion of the entire project

 Kimberly-Clark - Produces tissue, paper towels (Kleenex, Scott) - located in Loudon, Tennessee - 2 rotations.

  • I worked on product development. Capital Project equipment requirements, drum pulper tablet implementation.
  • Worked as a process engineering co-op.

I wanted to develop more skills that aren't taught in the classroom. I sought the advantage in gaining soft skills and even hard skills that most students that graduate without having any engineering experience don't have. I saw the opportunity to learn more about what I would like and wouldn't like to do as a career. I learned that communication plays a HUGE role in achieving success no matter what industry you are in. There were several projects that I worked on within the nuclear industry and the paper-making industry that was highly dependent on communication. If your tasks, understanding, philosophy isn't clearly conveyed, things could go awry quickly and yield undesired results. Concurrently, if you are easily understood and convey your ideas clearly or at all, success tends to come your way.          

I believe that academically, my co-op rotations enhanced my time management and task-time delegation skills. Prior to going on my rotations, I thought that my time management skills were well polished, but the act of balancing several projects simultaneously along with emerging tasks prepared me for any type of time delegation that has occurred and will occur during the remainder of my undergraduate career. Professionally, the experiences have put me in positions to understand how to appropriately handle situations that may occur in my career as well as the problem-solving skills to analytically figure out problems as they occur.

Be yourself. Enjoy your time, and realize that this is a stepping stone early in your career. This is a chance to figure out your career path and to understand what you as a young professional would like to be in your career. Be confident in your ability and don't be afraid to take a step out of your comfort zone to see what opportunities are there for your taking.         

I enjoy working out, traveling, and spending time with my friends, family, and my dog, Dak.

Xavier Lee


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