Athens, OH 7 September 2018 –
Starting in January 2018, I accepted a co-op offer with Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Buffalo, West Virginia. This specific unit plant manufactures transmission and engines for many of Toyota’s vehicle models.
I started my rotation with internal logistics, where I worked in both the engine and transmission plant. I got exposure to a lot of topics that I had not seen in classes yet here at Ohio University. I worked with value stream mapping, buffer stock reduction, A3 problem solving methodology, and other lean concepts.
At first I was not super thrilled about a logistics position because it’s not necessarily what I want to do long term, but I loved my time with the department and I learned so much useful knowledge, especially if I move into management.
My second rotation was with production engineering, in which I got more exposure to the technical side of manufacturing engineering. I also enjoyed my time there very much and learned more about the physical processes involved in machining and assembly. I loved the work culture of Toyota and I could see myself working there someday. I graduate in December 2019 and will be applying full-time at Toyota.
Aside from my busy work life, I got to experience a little bit of what West Virginia had to offer. I went fishing several times for trout, bass and catfish. I lived roughly 200 feet from a river packed with big catfish.
I also did some back-country backpacking in the Monongahela national forest. It was very nice to take a long weekend and escape to the no cell service beautiful countryside. I did some fishing here as well and would love to visit again! Overall, a great summer and I don’t regret taking a semester off for my professional development.