Category Archives: Engineering Technology and Managment

Springtime for Ohio

Steven Crane

Steven Crane,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 16 March 2014 – Good moooooooorning students!

It’s spring time for Ohio and Engineering! Even though it’s still chilly (because of this freaky winter we’ve all been experiencing) Athens, Ohio still has many activities to do. This past weekend I went for a hike at Stroud’s run, which is only 5 minutes away from campus.

Stroud's Run

With such a nice part just minutes from campus, I like to use Strouds Run as a way to unwind. After completing a 5 mile hike around the park, I felt much better! It’s week 12 in the semester and it can get frustrating at times.

It’s important to remember why it’s important to take a step back sometimes and breath; if you don’t, you just might burn out.

Stroud's Run

The semester is finally winding down and projects are starting to approach their due dates. I’m looking forward to the next time I go on a hike, because the next time I go on a hike the semester might be over.

Stroud's Run

I’m looking forward to what the summer holds in front of me. Right now I’m looking at working Gosiger for an internship, night school for the first half of the summer, and knee surgery (yay!). I’m going to be very busy this summer, but that’s the way I like it!

I hope that all have a good summer ahead of you: whether it’s working, extra-curricular practice, or just enjoying it!

Stroud's Run

Good news is…I only fell once!

Spring Break in San Diego

Steven Crane

Steven Crane,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 12 March 2014 – Good moooooooorning students! Have I got some updates for you! I’ll just let you in on a few of them.

The trip that I wrote about in my last blog post was absolutely amazing! It started with another Robe Leadership Institute member (Josh who is a Chemical Engineering student) and I being stuck in Dallas, TX for 30 hours because our flight to San Diego was canceled. The dreaded ice storm caused the havoc there, but I’d rather be on the safe side of flying.

We did find heaven at the Dallas Airport!

We did find heaven at the Dallas Airport!

Once we arrived in San Diego, Josh and I had 40 minutes to get ready for the first meeting. We made it, and we were so glad we didn’t miss it. We listened to a SWAT Team Captain tell us about his leadership experiences (and some of his stories as well)! He had a completely different perspective, because his leadership skills involved other people’s lives, which has no room for mistakes.

The next day we began our visits with 5 different CEO’s over the next two days. To say it wasn’t exhausting would be an understatement; but it was totally worth it. I learned so much and found it awesome that these CEOs would sit down and have an interactive meeting with us (a bunch of college students).

As engineers, we couldn’t help but make a pit-stop at Legoland!

As engineers, we couldn’t help but make a pit-stop at Legoland!

They shared with us their successes, failures, and the ins and outs of their companies today. My biggest “holy crap” moment was when we took a tour of iTech, who manufactures batteries. They told us that they have a warranty return rate that’s practically zero! The fact that they were so efficient and so effective at something so complex was amazing.

In the middle is Rob Bolton, President of iTech

In the middle is Rob Bolton, President of iTech

iTech is manufacturing in San Diego, CA, and they’re competing against companies in China (and they’re doing a fantastic job at it)! The companies in China have wages of $0.80/hour and little/no regulations vs. our wages of more than $10.00/hour and regulations through the EPA. This was really encouraging to me, as someone who is studying manufacturing, which we can compete with China and do it much better.

I feel blessed to be a part of the Robe Leadership Institute at Ohio University for the school year of 2013-14! I know this is an experience that I wouldn’t have been able to participate in at any other school. And this is why I go to THE Ohio University!

I miss San Diego!

And yes, that is a banana tree in someone’s front yard…I miss San Diego!

Getting Ready for Spring Break in San Diego

Steven Crane

Steven Crane,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 22 February 2014 – Good moooooooorning students!


I’m currently working through week 6 of my spring semester and I’m starting to hit the wall, but I’m keeping my eyes on the prize! During spring break I’m going to San Diego…sponsored by the Robe Leadership Institute (RLI). As a class, we will be attending a leadership convention from Monday to Thursday.

I’ve never been to California and I couldn’t pass up on this opportunity (especially since this winter has been EXTREEEEMELY cold). This semester has been challenging because of the course load, my new job as a lab-assistant, and just life in general, but I know that my degree will be worth it.

San Diego

(This is not a picture I took…I haven’t been there yet! LOL)


I’m looking forward to this trip, because I will be able to grow my leadership skills for a week with fellow Robe Leadership Scholars. The RLI is an engineering leadership group through the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. I was nominated for it through the ETM department because I showed leadership. Leadership is a resource that is getting harder, and harder to find.

This was a semester-long seminar in the Fall and we met twice a week, for 1.5 hours each meeting. We had guest speakers come in and share their experiences and much more! It was by far the most intellectually challenging class I’ve had that wasn’t technology-based.


By taking this class, I didn’t cut down on credits I needed for my major, but I knew that what I would learn here would be priceless throughout my career. I’ve already started applying most of what we learned in class in my leadership roles already! Ohio University’s engineering college is a lot more than engineering, if you ask me!

Job Searching

Eric Abboud

Eric Abboud,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 16 February 2014 – First off, I want to give a shout out to my fellow ETM Engineering Ambassador Steven Crane. Congratulations on the job buddy! Steve is one of many ETM students receiving job offers prior to graduation. However, I have yet to find the right job for me so I’ll continue my search and the upcoming career fair will be an awesome tool. Although a few people (peers and professors) tried to get me to the engineering career fairs for the past few years, I didn’t understand the importance. I went to my first career fair last year and now have a new appreciation for this awesome networking tool.

It’s one thing to apply to jobs online but it’s an entirely different experience actually talking to company representatives in person. That’s what the career fair offers. Over twenty booths will be set up in the lobby of Stocker Center and the Academic Research Center, each of which will have two to three company representatives. Unlike the larger career fair that is held in Baker Center, the engineering career fair is catered specifically to engineering and technology majors. A few weeks before the fair begins, each department sends out a memo stating which companies will be attending, and what majors they are looking for. This makes preparation easy because I know what companies to research, and visit at the fair.

Now I’ll be honest, the fair was slightly awkward for me the first time I went. I wasn’t comfortable physically and psychologically. I never dress up so getting dressed up and walking through a crowd drove me a little crazy. Then there’s the psychological aspect. I’m not one to brag, so walking up to a complete stranger and selling my skills and abilities was strange. However, once I got over the initial nervousness it became second nature.

The next career fair is coming up this week so I’ll be a little more prepared this time around. In order to be more comfortable at the career fair I’ve prepared an “elevator speech” and got a little more comfortable in the clothes I’ll be wearing. It really comes down to treating the fair like an interview. These people are coming to Athens to talk to us because they know what we are capable of as engineers. I need to become comfortable with that concept, and represent my major proudly.

Lean Enterprise Methods

Eric Abboud

Eric Abboud,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 5 December 2013 – This fall semester I decided to take an elective within my major called “Lean Enterprise Methods.” The class curriculum revolved around the concept that a workplace can operate smoothly and more efficiently if all the waste is removed from the system. This waste is defined as anything within a system that doesn’t add value to the final product; it can be in the form of time, physical objects, transportation, over-processing, etc.

I know it sounds kind of dry, and it was at times, but it was one of the best classes I’ve ever taken. I really feel like I can go into my future job and add value to any process. This new-found confidence was largely in part due to the hands on group projects that were completed throughout the semester. Our first project was an in-class lab where we simply tried to improve the efficiency of a calzone production line. However, the other two labs actually required us to go out and find clients in Athens and remove waste from an actual work environment. One was in AutoZone and the other was Jackie O’s, a local brewery.

Jackie O's

The brewery was really cool! We had access to entire brewery and met with the owner and brew master on a weekly basis. They were unbelievably helpful and actually excited to work with us. By the end of the project my group had created a proper value stream map for the production of Mystic Mama, Jackie O’s famous IPA. The value stream map was merely one of the many documents that I will be adding to my portfolio!

Accepting a Job and Starting My Career

Steven Crane

Steven Crane,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 17 October 2013 – I’ve got great news–I accepted a full time job offer from Gosiger last week! And the crazy thing is…I don’t even graduate until December of 2014! It was a great feeling when they said “we want to extend you a job offer.” And after all the incentives and everything else they offered I accepted it!

Gosiger

Gosiger is a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machine Distributor and Engineering Solutions company. They’re located in Dayton, Ohio and I will be working there this summer and will start full time after I graduate.

Gosiger

I really love the Russ College of Engineering and Technology because of how well they prepared me for this opportunity; both in the sense of technical skills, but also how to do a job interview. This is completely different from applying for a job at your local restaurant and temp hire during the summer. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A CAREER!

I feel really blessed and thankful for this opportunity that I’ve been presented with. I’ll be a Sales Engineer at Gosiger. As an Engineering Technology and Management student, I was able to achieve my certificate in Technical Sales during my stay at OU. I would highly recommend it because it helped me become a much more well-rounded individual in the business side of engineering because ETM students already are required to minor in business.

You might be wondering to yourself, “Self, I bet he had to stay a whole extra semester/year to earn a certificate in Technical Sales.” Fact is I didn’t. I was able to substitute my technical electives for sales electives.

If you’re interested in the sales centre, here is a link to their website.
http://aspnet.cob.ohio.edu/isms/tsc.aspx

If I were to explain it on this blog, it would be at least a few pages long! A career in sales is not what everyone thinks it is. It is a very rewarding career that I’m ecstatic about and can’t wait to start my career in January 2015!

Hall-OU-ween

Steven Crane

Steven Crane,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 27 October 2013 – Sugar, spice and everything nice: WE ARE THE POWERPUFF GIRLS!

Oh it’s Hall-OU-ween at Ohio University again. It’s not every day that you can convince your friends to dress up in the most ridiculous thing you can think of and feel no shame! We had a blast this weekend, and if you can’t tell, I was Buttercup.

Powerpuff Girls

It was nice to get away from everything for a little bit, because for a few hours we were Super Heroes. We actually ran into two other groups of girls dressed up as the Power Puff Girls, and I have to admit, I think we were better dressed than both groups!

Powerpuff Girls

Powerpuff Girls

It was cool to support the Ohio University football team earlier in the day. We put Miami of Ohio in their place by defeating them 41-16! Remember “Friends don’t let friends go to Miami!”
This was a fun weekend for sure and I’m already thinking of what we should be for next year…maybe cheerleaders!

Wigs…$10
Fabric…$5
Sweat pants…$5.95
Being able to laugh about this the rest of my life…Priceless