Tag Archives: co-op/internship

In Athens for the Summer

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 29 April 2018

This summer I am interning at General Mills in Wellston, OH. An added bonus to an already amazing opportunity is that I get to stay in Athens for the summer. Although I have lived in Athens for six semesters, there is still so much of the town and surrounding areas I have to explore.

My first two years, I was mostly limited by how far I was willing to walk on foot (not far). Even now that I have a car on campus I still don’t venture too far, mostly sticking to the necessities: Walmart, campus and the Athena Grand.

I’m excited for all the places I’ll go without homework looming over me. I definitely want to make it a priority to go to Hocking Hills State Park to check out Old Man’s Cave and Cantwell Cliffs. After seeing some photos via Google, I definitely want to see the caves, waterfalls and hemlock trees for myself.

In addition, I’m looking forward to running on the bike paths in the evenings after my internship. The path follows the Hocking River quite a ways and offers some pretty breathtaking views. I enjoy seeing the foliage in the fall, so I can’t wait to see how vibrant the greens are in the summer.

It will be interesting to see how the town atmosphere changes when most of the students are gone for the summer. I can’t imagine campus without the hustle and bustle of students milling about in-between classes. This summer is certainly going to be a new experience and I am very excited to enjoy Athens and gain engineering experience.

Why This Summer is My Most Important

Gyasi Calhoun

Gyasi Calhoun,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 16 April 2018

Over the past three years I have spent my Summers at Hyland Software working as a software developer on the healthcare team. Most would say that my most important Summer/Internship is the last Summer as an intern. However, I think the most important Summer is this up and coming one because I’ll officially be a full-time software developer. All that hard work has paid off and I finally can get a standing desk, larger monitors, a shiny metal nametag, and not to mention that full-time salary!

Since I’ve interned for so many years I’ve seen a lot of my fellow interns become full time employees as I remained an intern until May 5, 2018 finally comes!

This Summer is so important because things become more serious. There’s
no more knockout basketball twice a day every day of the week or the feeling of relief knowing my project won’t actually be launched for outside users to use.

What I’m about to experience is really similar to a college basketball player entering the NBA (obviously with a lot less on the line and a lot less pay). College was great, but how can you help our team’s production professionally? Can you write code that is efficient, maintainable at a large scale and usable to users globally? I definitely think I can and the company who hired me thinks I can as well, otherwise they wouldn’t have hired me.

Now it’s my time to showcase my skills and what positive impact I can bring to the table. This Summer is my time to make a great first impression as a full-time developer and although I’ve interned for a while it’s time to put that coat on a hanger and put on my grown-up pants.

Spring Co-op at Toyota

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 18 February 2018

Starting out the year 2018 I accepted a co-op with Toyota Manufacturing in Buffalo, West Virginia. I have an apartment in Eleanor, WV, the neighboring town of Buffalo, and live with another co-op.

I am very grateful for the classes and professors here at OU that have set me up to secure this opportunity. I got an interview with Toyota through the Russ College career fair last fall and learned a lot about the company through a friend who worked in Buffalo last summer.

My position at Toyota is internal logistics engineer and I have been doing lead time studies for the engine and transmission lines. I map out the process lines and analyze them in attempts to eliminate buffer stock, which in turn reduces inventory costs.

At the end of my rotation I will have to present out to various managers on what changes I propose to implement. The work environment at Toyota is great and I am learning a lot of manufacturing precedents that the Japanese company has set. I have no doubt that this experience will be very valuable in my career search, and I am hopeful that it will turn into a full time offer after graduation!

Co-op at Van Rossum Amsterdam

Illona Hartman

Illona Hartman,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 9 September 2017

In April 2016, I got in touch with a Dutch company located in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, which is only an hour away from my Dutch hometown. The name of this company is “Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs” and they are well known for their interesting and sophisticated structural engineering projects.

Likewise, they have received a huge price for their famous project “Hoog Catarijnen” in Utrecht, The Netherlands, for which they have designed the complicated foundation.

Designing the foundation of a Dutch building or bridge is an enormous challenge since the load-bearing soil is mainly below sea-level. This problem has been tackled by the use of piles, which is typical for Dutch engineering and architecture. So, it was challenging for me to apply my American knowledge of engineering to the Dutch projects I have been working on this Summer and in 2016.

I restarted my co-op this May and I was supervised by Senior Structural Engineer Melvin Eschweiler. Consequently, I had the chance to excel myself as an engineer while working at two different projects shown below:

Zeeburgeiland, Amsterdam

The City Garden, Van Heuven Goedhartlaan, Amstelveen

During these projects, I was privileged to expand my knowledge of the steel reinforcement bars within a concrete structure. Similarly, I had to draw the diameters, lengths, and the center to center properties of the steel bars on the floor plans, cross sections, and front views. To accomplish this, I had to use the newest software of AutoCAD (2017).

Because of the two projects and their tasks mentioned above, I had the ability to get used to the real engineering world. I had to work with a multidisciplinary team of all ages and academic levels. This was not as challenging as I expected, since I am used to working in teams because of my background as a field hockey player on the Ohio University Field Hockey squad.

Furthermore, because of this student athlete fact I am used to work under pressure with lots of deadlines every single day. Hence, my colleagues were happy with me as their companion and the collaboration with all of them went very smoothly.

Nevertheless, at the beginning of my co-op experience I had some trouble with the software. I had not used AutoCAD for over a year so I had forgotten most of the keys to make quick drawings. Luckily, my colleagues were patient with me and they explained me everything I had questions about despite their busy schedules.

Fortunately, I have worked a lot with AutoCAD 2012 during my freshman year, so at least I remembered the fundamentals of the software to get started eventually. Thus, my field hockey background has surprisingly helped me a lot during this co-pp and this experience will therefore help me in the classroom too.

Summertime Vibes in Athens

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 2 September 2017

This summer I was honored to receive a late offer for a manufacturing engineer internship with Imperial Electric. Imperial produces AC/DC motors for elevators, escalators, and other similar applications. I was planning on moving back home to Columbus to start my landscaping business again, but was very excited to receive this offer. Imperial Electric is located thirty minutes from Athens, so along with the valuable experience, I was able to live in the brick paradise I call hOUme.

Ohio University is so much more than just my college. In high school, people would always talk about groups being like “their family” and I truly never felt that until I enrolled at OU. My first year I was immediately engulfed in friendships, sports, academic groups, and other opportunities. It all seemed like too much, but I loved every minute of it. Below is a picture of me near my freshman year dorm, Tiffin.

Ohio University Tiffin Hall

The summer in Athens is very different experience. It seems like a ghost town without all the students, but it’s beauty never failed to amaze me. With limited commitments and the town being free of crowds, I was able to enjoy the fun activities that I didn’t have time for, or just didn’t get to experience during the school year. I went to Stroud’s Run (A nearby lake) several times a week, I hiked to Radar Hill, fished, played with my drone and relaxed. Below is a picture of West Green via my new drone.

Ohio University West Green

I lived in a 9-person house alone, so I used the rest of my free time to reflect on myself, reflect on my years at OU, create plans for my future, and hangout with the friends that were living here as well. Athens is truly amazing during school, but I am glad I got to experience it in all its summer glory.

Second Summer at Honda

Andrew Videmsek

Andrew Videmsek,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 31 August 2017

This past summer I lived in Troy, Ohio, while I was completing my second co-op term with Honda. I was located at Honda’s Anna Engine Plant working in the Engineering North America group. This group’s focus is the design and implementation of specialized production equipment for Honda plants. I was
specifically within the electrical design group working directly with a team of 16 other electrical engineers focused on automated manufacturing.

Similar to my previous co-op at Honda, this term introduced me to a brand-new environment and set of challenges that I have never seen or faced before. The Anna Engine Plant is 2.4 million square foot plant that employs 2800 people to assist in the production of engines for a wide range of Honda vehicles.
Working at a location such as this one I was able to work on tasks that brought forth challenges that are not found at smaller-scale facilities.

The projects I worked on gave me the opportunity to grow my skills in areas such as PLC and HMI programming, as well as in the area of electrical hardware design for automated manufacturing. The main focus for many of my projects was to add automated systems to current lines to help ensure part quality without impacting speed of production. I was fortunate enough to work on projects for my home plant in addition to a project for a Honda plant down in Georgia.

Now that I am back at school for my for senior year, I am able to look back and appreciate the opportunity I had during my co-op. The knowledge and skills that I gained during the past 3 months are ones that I will use for the rest of my academic career as well as long into my career outside of school.

The Bittersweet Time that is the End of Spring Semester

Rob Parker

Rob Parker,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 24 April 2017

It’s the time, yet again, in Athens Ohio where the cherry trees are blooming, deadlines are approaching, final exams are being administered and longtime friends are saying their farewells. Yes, spring semester here in Athens is always a bittersweet feeling.

Over the last four years I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most influential people, participating in outstanding organizations and partaking in opportunities of a lifetime. At the end of this week, I will be saying goodbye to many of my friends and wishing them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.

Though I will be returning in the fall for one final semester, it feels as if I’m leaving this university at the end of this semester. I have wrapped up the majority of my classes making it so I only have two classes remaining; I have stepped down from all leadership positions within all of my student organizations; and as I mentioned, a good majority of my friends from the last four years are graduating in just a few days.

This is the first time in my life that I am beginning to look at my future and make decisions on a career instead of schooling. With that being said, I couldn’t be more excited to be finishing up and I feel that my experiences over the past four years have prepared me for my career in Civil Engineering.

I am starting a co-op with Shelly and Sands this week and will work for them this summer and continue through the upcoming fall semester. I was lucky enough to land on a project that is located right here in Athens making the transition from school to my co-op a breeze. This summer and through the fall semester will be a test run, for me, of Shelly and Sands to see if I like the company and if the company likes me.

So as I start my new co-op experience, finish my final exams and bid a farewell to all of the graduating seniors I can’t help but be reminded that time certainly does move fast. So as my last blog post ever as an Engineering Ambassador, to all of the graduating seniors: I wish you the best of luck and congratulations on this monumental accomplishment; and for all of you incoming first year students: welcome and good luck with the next 4 to 5 years!