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Spectrum Engineering Corporation

Electrical Engineering Intern

May 2019 • Auburn, IN

What I liked

Consistent work, learned almost everything that goes on a distribution system and how it works physically. I got a feel for what a typical engineers responsibilities include, including information gathering and communication, dealing with large, complex systems, and being able to interpret and communicate results effectively.

What I wish was different

The only thing that I would change is to have a bit more of a formal introduction to the work and people. A lot of what I learned was through observation and experience. But this also forced me to get a feel for what it's like to approach a task without a guide or instruction. Many engineers are tasked with "this is our goal, figure it out." And it's up to engineers to decide where to start and what to consider when reaching the goal. This involves a way of thinking that is somewhat abstract, as there is no set way to solve the world's problems, and is crucially important for an innovative engineer.

Advice

Organization and note-taking is key. In most engineering jobs you'll have lots of pieces of a design to work with and it's easy to lose track of what you change, add, or have troubles with. I always make an excel sheet with a table so you can filter out certain things such as an "X" placed in rows that describe something I have a problem with or have finished. You'll also likely have multiple projects so having designated physical and digital folders notes will become crucial as things pile up.
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