Tag Archives: co-op/internship

Summer Internship at ABB

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 1 April 2019

I can’t believe that it’s April already and the semester is finally starting to wind down. While I’m definitely sad to be leaving Athens and all of my friends behind, I am looking forward to my summer plans and taking a much anticipated break from school work. Since this is officially my last blog post of junior year, I thought I’d update you all on what I will be doing during my time away from Ohio University!

I will be returning this summer to the same company I worked for last summer—ABB Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. ABB is a worldwide power and industrial automation company. Last summer I enjoyed working in the Systems Engineering Department, while this summer I will be expanding my horizons an working in the Proposals Engineering Department. I am excited for this, as it involves a heavy amount of planning and overseeing projects/developments. I am confident that this department will allow me to get the perfect overview of what every department of the company does, all while fueling my love of planning and organization.

I officially begin work on May 13th and will be working full time until mid August. In the meantime however, I have several much anticipated vacations planned for a few weeks in July. My family will be heading back to Carolina Beach, North Carolina for one week, where we will enjoy the ocean and atmosphere. A few weeks following that, I will be heading to the Outer Banks, North Carolina with my boyfriend and his family. I’m also expecting several concerts and trips to Cedar Point throughout the summer.

I will definitely be keeping busy while I am away from Athens. While I will miss being in the town that I love, I am excited for the opportunities that await me once finals week is over.

Moving to Arizona for the Summer

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 30 March 2019

In early May, I’ll be moving from Ohio to Phoenix, Arizona for an internship with Freeport McMoRan. This will be the first time in my life that I’ve lived so far away from home in a city where I don’t know anyone. I’ve always dreamt of living in Arizona, surrounded by cacti and mountains, but the end of this semester will leave me feeling bittersweet.

Usually by the end of spring semester, I’m ready to go home and spend time with family, start a job, and basically have a “fresh start,” but this past school year has been one of the best; I’ve grown closer to the students in my major, gained more interest in new, major specific classes, and become a happier and more positive person in general.

I still am incredibly excited to move to Arizona and work in a different field in an effort to help me figure out what direction I want to take after I graduate. Even though I’m excited and nervous for this opportunity, I truly believe in the quote: “take the leap if it is worth the fall”. In that spirit, I can’t wait for this opportunity and to see where it leads me in the future!

Flying the OU King Air

Gareth Bussa

Gareth Bussa,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 25 September 2018

Ever since I was a young kid, I have always wanted to fly large airplanes and I was finally able to during the spring and summer semester. Not many know that the university has their own private airplane nestled in at the Gordon K. Bush Airport just 15 minutes from the campus.

Each semester, three students are selected to fly the university’s Beechcraft King Air 350. This is a great opportunity for each individual to get enough multi-engine hours to either go to the airlines or to a corporate job. For myself, I am looking at going to the airlines, so I have to have a minimum of 50 hours of multi-engine flight time and this was a great way of getting those hours.

Each trip that you are assigned, you are given tasks to complete before each flight, such as checking the fuel, loading baggage and getting the cockpit and cabin ready for the day ahead.

When we fly, we may fly one day with the president, and then other days with departments of the university. Being able to meet people and making them feel comfortable about flying is a great feeling. As the pilot, you want to make each passenger feel comfortable just like your own family.

Did I mention the cools places you can go? I have been given a great opportunity to travel to D.C, Sarasota, Atlanta, Tupelo, Mississippi and other great places.

For myself, going into D.C. is a great time because you’re able to explore the history of our country and also being able to fly into a very busy airport. I’m very fortunate to be able to fly for the university and building flight time while having fun.

Summer Co-op at GTC

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 23 September 2018

Learning. Discovery. Perspective. Quality. Four words that wholly describe my experience this past summer as an intern. I interned at the General Tool Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, “an award-winning supplier of mission critical hardware and systems to the world’s leading Aerospace, Defense and Commercial manufacturers”.

Learning is never confined to a classroom. In this experience, I had the opportunity to work alongside personnel throughout the company. I reported to the Chief Operating Officer, from whom I learned a most valuable tool: Rock Sheet (which is a project planning tool).

For both of my projects, I had to meet all the “stakeholders” involved throughout their respective processes. Nearly everyone at the company was willing to teach me about their departments, meet with me for hours on end to answer my questions, and help me achieve the goals of my projects.


Discovery is built on the willingness to explore and listen. This was my first experience as an intern and I was eager to learn all I could. One discovery was the importance of current state analysis. Performing “current state analysis” reminded me of Sherlock Holmes during his investigative process. For any detective to solve a case, a detective must be willing to explore everywhere and everything and listen to everyone who is involved.

Likewise, I discovered one of the most important tools of an Industrial Engineer in the workplace is also investigation. Obtaining the perspective of others is very important – it is easy to view a solution from one’s own perspective. Obtaining different perspectives was very important when I developed documentation for a key part for a primary defense contractor and improved the operational efficiency of the Paint Booth.

For the documentation project, I developed standard work documents to reduce training time and machine downtime and established new baselines for future analysis. For the Paint Booth operational improvement project, which consisted of two sub-projects, I streamlined the ordering process for consumable inventory (supplies) to reduce excess “buffer time” and I implemented a Kanban system with repeatable processes to reduce “muda” of inventory and of waiting.

One common theme between learning, discovery and perspective is quality. While
working in the Quality Department, I gained insight into how quality sets the foundation of a company’s reputation. Disciplined quality is the key to success.

These principles not only apply to an internship—they apply to life and your career.

Working in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

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.

My Summer as a Project Engineer

Haley Nau

Haley Nau,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 4 September 2018

A big stepping stone for me happened this summer with my first ever internship as a civil engineer. I was selected to work under a project engineer for Turner Construction Company in Columbus, Ohio. I was able to be a part of the team who was constructing Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s newest facility, Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion.

Upon completion this building will become Americas largest pediatric behavioral health hospital and research center. It will reach nine stories tall and have two outdoor courtyards located on the upper levels along with an outdoor play deck located on the topmost floor.

Working with Turner on this project was a one-of-a-kind experience. Being just an intern, my tasks were menial but held a big impact. My main task being to
construct a Door Schedule Matrix, while although sounding simple at first, I learned quickly that doors are one of the most intricate parts of a building. From the material to dimensions to hardware, everything must be perfect or there’s risk of loss that can easily turn into a domino effect. And with 967 doors to track, it understandably took up a large part of my work week.

From Turner I was able to get a hands-on experience along with learning the technical portions. For the second half of the summer I was tasked with being the point of contact for our patient room mock-ups. Mock-ups are a sample of the finished product that the owners come to observe and to see if changes should be made before installation of said product, this prevents any extra cost down the road.

The mock-up I was assigned was a sample of an inpatient hallway which included 3 different types of patient bedrooms with a corridor, a common space and a quiet alcove. I had the opportunity to work alongside subcontractors and to be their point of contact during the process of fixing any discrepancies in the mock-up or coordinate any changes the owner wished to make.

This summer helped apply the knowledge I have gained through classes and I’m eager to continue on working in my field.

CS Internship at Fluor BWXT

Wesley Book

Wesley Book,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 2 September 2018

Over the past summer, I held an internship position with Fluor BWXT in Piketon, Ohio. This was my third summer with them as an intern. I’ve heard that some internships are kind of boring and unproductive, but my time with Fluor BWXT has been exciting and perfect for gaining resume building experience. This summer was no different.

We developed an internal web application that the IT department utilized to track support tickets and projects. On day one, we immediately started having design meetings and within a week, we were implementing those designs.

There are some advantages with developing an internal IT application. For example, you get immediate feedback from the users and management regarding the application. This allowed me to make career connections and that is very important when looking for future jobs. Also, it’s very cool to walk around the department offices and see other employees using an application you helped build.

One of the main benefits of my internship was being able to experience the agile development methodology first hand. Agile experience is a very good skill to under your belt.

During the on campus job fairs, I’ve found that potential employers are looking for people with experience. It doesn’t have to be 10 years of experience, they just want to know that you have at least experienced a normal software development work day and that you contributed to a team development project. At Fluor BWXT, that’s exactly what we did.

Overall, my internship experiences have been great. These experiences have certainly reinforced many of the concepts we, as computer science students, learn about each day at Ohio University.