Athens, OH 15 April 2013 – It’s almost May, and that means one thing: graduation! As a senior I have watched as my friends fuss over getting resumes in order, finding a job, and moving their things out. However, I have none of these worries; after much deliberation, I decided to stay a fifth year.
I was skeptical at first, thinking that I needed to stay on track and graduate in four years, but there were so many reasons to stay! The biggest factors in my decision were my desire to complete 2 minors–Spanish and Meteorology–along with taking advantage of work opportunities that the Aviation program offers.
I minored in Spanish because I like the language and the culture, and it gives me another career option should I ever not be able to fly. A minor in Meteorology is very helpful when paired with my flight training; as pilots we are constantly affected by the weather and always need to know current conditions and be able to analyze data to predict future conditions.
I also plan on flight instructing for the university next year. As a Certified Flight Instructor I will be giving students the necessary training they need to get their Private Pilot Certificate and Commercial License. While instructing, I plan on applying for the position as co-pilot of OU’s King Air 350. This plane is used by Ohio University’s Air Transportation Service and provides transportation for employees.
And I am also excited to continue as an Engineering Ambassador for another year!
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 22 January 2013 – It would appear as cliché as it sounds, that freshman year seems like just yesterday. On one hand, this statement is absolutely correct. Around 1,277 days has already nearly flown by since I started the journey. It hasn’t felt like that! Regardless of how it felt, life is going on and life after Undergraduate School is looming. There are two options waiting to be chosen in the near distant future, job seeking, or graduate school.
First and foremost, finding a great job in a great location would be terrific! I really enjoyed my time working at Toledo Molding & Die this last summer. I was able to apply real theories and lessons learned in the class room and apply them on the manufacturing floor. This is an exhilarating feeling! Making real money for all my hard knowledge was very rewarding. This is option one.
Option two will take some patience and dedication. Graduate School has its own advantages. I would get a chance to continue to study Industrial & Systems Engineering at a more intense level at a school I love. I would have the same excellent faculty and staff to learn and be advised under. I would get the opportunity to study and concentrate on areas in which concern me within the Industrial Engineering world, which would be great.
Two great options are available for the choosing. Both options carry great weight. All that is left now is to decide!
Athens, OH 16 January 2013 – Over the break, I explored several internships available within the airline industry. I updated my resume so that it was as complete as possible for submission to the airlines. Through networking with a friend and his dad, I made contact with an Ohio University Alumni, who works for Trans State Airlines. Trans State is a regional carrier operating Embraer regional jets for United Express and US Airways Express.
I sent them my resume and within a few days, I received a phone call from the Director of Flight Training and Safety, who turned out to be one of the founding members of our Alpha Eta Rho flight fraternity chapter at OU. We had a good conversation about the possibility of an internship in St. Louis, and he said that I would hear from them. A few days after New Year’s, I received an internship offer from Trans State in St. Louis for the coming summer. I am really excited about this opportunity to gain industry experience and improve my knowledge and understanding of the regional airline industry.
Membership in Alpha Eta Rho has other benefits beyond networking. Last fall, we took a trip to Hopkins Airport in Cleveland to tour United Airlines facilities there. The picture shows me in the cockpit of a Boeing 737-800 on the tour.
I would urge every student in the Russ College to network as much as possible. OU alumni, faculty, friends, parents, and professionals visiting OU are often willing to guide you and offer internships or job positions. It is important to get involved and be active in student organizations and to give back to the Athens community in various ways. You never know when something will work to help you get an internship or job, and it is great to become involved in a life of helping others.
Junior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 10 September 2012 – This Summer I lived in London, Ohio and took a Co-op at Stanley Electric US. I worked in the design office of the headlight and taillight manufacturer. I got to work hands-on with some upcoming models, personally designing a few components that would be in the prototype and possibly in the mass production lamp.
I was involved heavily with two types of projects. First, I worked on the new Acura TL and Acura MDX lamps. I was able to learn CATIA V5 and modify some parts for the release where the tooling is cut for molding. I also made and assisted with drawings for final release which were used for the cutting of the tooling. I worked very closely with the design engineers and was heavily involved in these projects. Secondly, I was able to get some hands-on experience. I was responsible for thermal testing of the lamps as well as the testing of new and prototype lamps for actual light performance. Much of what I learned in my classes was a foundation for what I was doing.
One thing I learned while on my Co-op was that everyone is there to help you. I also found that it is best to ask questions because you want to make sure things are done correctly the first time. This by far was the best experience I could have asked for while at Ohio University and I encourage everyone to do a Co-op or internship at least once.
Junior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 29 August 2012 – I can’t believe how fast this summer went. It seems like just yesterday I was applying for summer internships. Now here I am in September with my first internship behind me.
I worked for the Ohio EPA inspecting construction sites for compliance with environmental regulations. It was really cool to see all the design and construction classes I’ve taken finally get applied. Through my internship I got to travel all over Southeastern Ohio and really get to know all the different construction and engineering companies in the area.
I found out about the internship through one of the seniors last year. That’s one of my favorite things about Ohio University; that I didn’t have to go it alone. I got help with my resume and interview skills through free workshops at the university. I also received a credit for my summer internship that was paid for by The Russ College of Engineering and Technology.
Being back in classes is bittersweet. I got a taste of the real world, and the real pay, but it’s great to come back and see all my friends. Next summer I plan on completing another internship to build my resume further. For now I can look forward to our concrete canoe races and, of course, some Ohio football.