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GE Aviation Unison Industries

EID Intern

January - May 2022 • Beavercreek, OH

What I liked

During my rotation, some of the things I liked the most were my co-workers, my responsibilities, and the location. Because I worked at a manufacturing site as an EHS intern, I met all sorts of different people, from salaried office workers to operators on the floor. This mixture of people provided me with the opportunity to develop my communication skills. I liked the responsibilities I was assigned because there was a variety of projects to work on and each one focused on a different part of the role. I liked the location because I was able to complete my rotation while still living on campus. It was convenient to be able to co-op during the year, yet not have to miss being involved in student orgs.

What I wish was different

Although I ended up liking my position in EHS, I wish I would have had more of an engineering role because I felt like I did not use my MEE degree at all. It would have been a lot more interesting to be using what I had learned in classes the past two years and see it applied in the workplace. I also wish I got to work closer with other interns. There were a few other interns at my site, but I did not get to work with them, which I feel would have been a great learning experience. Even though I did not get to work with other interns, I had the opportunity to be a part of the company's Professional Development Committee for all interns, which provided some of the peer collaboration I was looking for.

Advice

I would advise other students to be open to ANY opportunity that comes there way during the co-op process. I talked to GE at the Fall 21 career fair not expecting to get a job yet but was offered one, and so I ended up working here in the spring. Even though it is in EHS and not engineering, I have learned so much and gained valuable experience. GE Aviation does a fantastic job of providing interns with opportunities to network and learn about all areas of the company, so I would definitely recommend other students to work there. I especially liked how GE encouraged interns to talk with people across the company with meetings called "Get-to-Knows". These were helpful for me to hear about other jobs and fields.
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Operations Co op

January - May 2022 • Beavercreek Township, OH

What I liked

One thing I really liked about the DCC shop was how friendly everyone was. Both the staff and the operators took time to explain what they do and how it is important to the business. This really helped me acclimate into a new environment and made me feel comfortable asking questions. I also really liked being at a production plant because it opened the door to many hands on projects. If you like being where the work is done, I would recommend trying to work at a plant or a shop. There were also so many great opportunities for tours of other locations that were very fun and interesting!

What I wish was different

One thing that I wish was a little bit different would be the way projects were communicated to me. Personally, I am the kind of person who likes being told exactly what to do. During my rotation, there were some times when I was not sure what to be working on or doing. This prompted me to initiate conversations about projects with my supervisor. In a way this was probably helpful to me since being able to have those conversations with your supervisor is a good skill, but I wish I would have known that going into my rotation.

Advice

One piece of advice that I would give to someone going into this experience would be to go into it ready to take on a lot of projects. Being at a shop, there is always something to do and you need to take the initiative to ask for those projects and be ready to complete them. In addition to that, there are always things to do and people will ask you to do them, so you also need to be ready to help out others in the shop even if they are not your supervisor. This helps build relations with the staff and operators and overall creates a better experience. Another piece of advice I would give would be to plan out your finances before the rotation starts. If this is your first co-op, having a plan on how you are going to organize your income for various expenses is important.
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Manufacturing Engineering Co-op

January - May 2022 • Beavercreek, OH

What I liked

One of the things that I liked the most about my role at GE Aviation was getting to work with 3D printing technologies that create the cores of high pressure turbine airfoils. My role allowed me to get a taste of life both in an office and as a steel toed engineer, exposing me to standard work processes and giving me the freedom to own trials and experiments ideated by the engineering team and I. One of the other things I really appreciated was their ability to listen to my concerns and opinions regarding difficult or high profile topics and acting on that advice. Another aspect of being a co-op at GE Aviation that I loved was our ability to tour numerous buildings and sites around the company, frequenting Evandale and West Chester and even Peebles. These site tours allowed me to grasp the scope of the GE business while also giving me the opportunity to explore the career paths available within the company.

What I wish was different

Something that I wish could have been a little different was the co-op onboarding experience. I felt that it took me a significant amount of time to figure out what it was that I needed to be doing or to get access to the right sites and sources to complete what was asked of me. This is something that I communicated with my team and consistently pursued when the issues came up, but having a tabulated list of all sites needed to be accessed by a co-op would have been helpful. To resolve this need, I have taken it upon myself to generate said list to leave for the next set of co-ops, something I hope lives past my time and helps numerous others. Otherwise, I felt that my time at GE was extremely beneficial in helping me hone in on the engineering field that I wish to pursue, which is the whole point of these experiences!

Advice

One piece of advice I would give regarding my experience would be to never stop asking questions. One of the things that I found was super helpful when I couldn't access data or files was to just keep asking questions about what to do next, how I could pursue the project from a new angle for the time being, and so on. Additionally, this allowed me to ask questions when I was stuck on a problem - being in a new shop environment, I was unaware of how certain processes worked, so asking people I had met on the shop floor was extremely helpful. Lastly, I was to expand on talking with the operators - never assume you know more than anyone. The moment you assume you know better than an operator, you begin to lose them with an idea you may have, or you may simply lose sight of what is actually helpful. Essentially, never seek to consider yourself smarter or better than anyone you work with, but rather always learn and grow from your experiences and the experiences of those you work with.
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Environmental Health and Safety

May - August 2019 • London, England

What I liked

I liked being able to work in a stressful environment in a new culture. It was fun to learn different terminologies and mannerisms people had in London.

What I wish was different

I wish my manager gave me more of a direction. One project was beyond my scope and I needed more advice as to how to start it, however my manager left it up to me to figure it out. In the end, the project was not finished and my manager had a lot of constructive criticism as to how I should have gone about the project.

Advice

Ask questions! I was too nervous to ask question since I had worked at this company before and I thought I people around me had high expectations of me, but in the end I needed to learn as much as possible and the only way I was able to do that was by asking questions even when I thought they were silly.
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Facilities Special Projects Intern

June - August 2019 • Norwich, NY

What I liked

Work environment was friendly yet hardworking

What I wish was different

More engineering type work

Advice

If you’re interested in learning how to run a plant, look into something like this
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Electrical Engineer Intern

May - July 2019 • Norwich, NY

What I liked

Great place to work at and everyone is really friendly

What I wish was different

Wish I had a bigger variety of projects to work on

Advice

Go out and make the most out of your internship!
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Manufacturing Intern

June - August 2019 • Dayton, OH

What I liked

The work environment was very welcoming and there were many networking opportunities.

What I wish was different

I wish I could’ve gotten more experience in my major field.

Advice

Go into every job/opportunity open minded and don’t be afraid to venture outside of your comfort zone.
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