What I liked
As a first time Co-op, the first thing I really appreciated about working at Emerson was the inviting work environment. The engineers and other professionals I worked with made my experience smoother than I imagined, and there are numerous networking opportunities to meet other co-ops and people in different departments.
As far as work goes, the first two weeks were slow, and I was concerned that I would be bored all semester. However, my workload picked up after that, and I feel like I got great experience doing actual work an engineer would do. It was a good balance of challenging and rewarding with a decent amount of other random and easier tasks as well. A lot of my time was also spent learning about how they do things there.
Examples of a few of the things I worked on in my first term (January-May) include:
- Writing product test sheets for lab use, troubleshooting when things failed testing, reviewing test data, reporting back to the engineer, etc.
- I lead a new component qualification program that involved procurement, build, testing, analysis, etc.
- Writing requests for engineering services
-Co-op group project to qualify a new refrigerant to go in products
I also got the chance to go on a work trip to another Emerson plant in Missouri, which was a great learning experience and opportunity to see a high-volume plant.