One of the most important lessons I learned was the value of keeping extremely organized as a co-op. Throughout the semester, I kept track of my clock in/clock out times on a daily basis and recorded my activity/progress on projects. This gave me the ability to make sure I was paid the correct amount every time, and making my final presentation for the term was as easy as referring to my daily activity log. Also, I recommend that co-ops always maintain a positive attitude and stay motivated, even when assigned projects that seem too difficult at first.
2ND TERM WORK REFLECTION
As I am finishing my second work term with the HPDC department in the Ohio Transmission Mfg. Plant, I am proud to report that I have completed numerous projects that benefitted my personal development as an engineer as well as the functionality of my department. This term, far more of my projects were completed independently and I required little to no assistance on most of them. In addition, more of my projects were immediately implemented into the production environment on equipment as solutions to real-time issues that occurred throughout the term. In other words, I followed my mentor's guide and completed projects in a similar fashion to full-time engineers in the department. In completing these projects and performing other tasks common for full-time associates, I constantly learned new skills and improved on the ones I had. I bounced back and forth between multiple projects at a time and was exposed to various programs and software in a given day. I also spent plenty of time on the floor studying the problems I was tasked with investigating and implementing the solutions I came up with. Spending another summer in the same department allowed me to continue growing my relationships with the other engineers, many of whom are exemplary models of good engineers at Honda and the workforce in general. It was an honor and a privilege to have spent two summer work terms with HPDC!