Western Kentucky University

Engineering Co-op/Internship Employment Testimonials

What our students are saying about their Engineering internship and co-op work experiences:

"My internship with Halton has been unlike any other. I have had the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to a true engineering experience as well as had valuable time to conduct research in a field I'm interested in. I've gained invaluable insight to how work done in a laboratory relates to work in the field. I've been able to take the knowledge learned and turn it into a skill set which will be beneficial in future endeavors. Engineering is about making a difference, and I'm glad Halton has given me the opportunity to do so!" Caitlyn Clark, Mechanical Engineering, AY 13/14 and Summer 2014 Internship @ Halton, Scottsville, KY

"Working with NASA engineers on actual problems has given me a special insight on how I should conduct myself when working. Not only did I experience fast paced lab work, I also saw how methodical the design process is for manned space flight systems. Being able to apply the technical skills that I learned in school with the skills I learned on the job has been invaluable. The networking opportunities in addition to the on the job skills that I have acquired have been invaluable, and I hope will be an advantage towards helping me reach my future goal of working full time for NASA."     Bryce Aberg, Electrical Engineering, Summer 2014 Internship @ NASA, Kennedy Space Center, FL

"I am able to take what I have learned in my engineering classes and apply it in an industrial setting. I have independently completed engineering driven projects which were clearly defined. If assistance was needed, it was always there.I learned assets on the job such as PLCs, SolidWorks/AutoCad, and the capabilities of multiple sensors. This is my third rotation interning with Smucker's, and I have benefited by working on a variety of projects in different parts of the plant allowing me to learn different aspects of manufacturing practices. Steven Dowell, Electrical Engineering, Summer 2014 Internship @ J.M.Smucker, Scottsville, KY

"I have worked at Bendix since Feb. 2014 and during my time with Bendix have learned a multitude of skills that will benefit me in future endeavors. Some of the engineering skills I have acquired include programming vision systems, programming PLCs, and learning how to implement these two together over different local network systems. I have also learned new CAD programs, both two and three dimensional. In addition to the engineering work, I have learned how to interact in a workplace and come to understand the dynamics between employees of a manufacturing facility. My experience at Bendix has been great so far, and I look forward to continuing to learn and grow as an engineer. Will Johnson, Mechanical Engineeering, Parallel Co-op 2014/2015 @ Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake in Bowling Green, KY

"Working for QK4 exposed me to many different processes in a professional engineering firm. I worked on construction inspection, traffic counts, materials research, site observation, and cost estimation, as well as being able to connect with professional engineers in a working environment."                       Aaron Daley, Civil Engineering, Summer Internship @ QK4 ,Inc , Louisville, KY                                                             

"The most important part of my internship at GM was getting to spend time with real engineers and getting to perform real jobs with them on a daily basis. It gave me a lot of insight as to what it is really like in the engineering field." Kathleen Angerbauer, Mechanical Engineering, Summer Internship @ GM/BG Corvette Assembly  Plant, Bowling Green, KY

"My internship at Pure Power Technologies was truly a prosperous experience. Not only did I benefit from the abundance of knowledge available in the employees around me, but I was also given the opportunity to work on and complete various projects that are common for Electrical  Engineers.               My co-op experience was key in helping land my first full time engineering job." Jeff Hawkins, Electrical Engineering, Parallel Co-op @ Pure Power Technologies, Bowling Green, KY

"SCA has been a great community to learn and grow in. I have had hands on experience in various aspects of the plant that have shown me what is expected of a full time engineer."                                                                           Anderson Adams, Mechanical Engineering, Parallel Co-op @ SCA , Bowling Green, KY

"Being able to apply the fundamentals of engineering to actual engineering applications at WRECC has been invaluable. Starting to apply these fundamentals as early as possible  in my undergraduate career has provided me with the best academic experience possible. It has been a blast!"                 Devon Woosley, Electrical Engineering, Parallel Co-op @ WarrenRECC, Bowling Green, KY

"At Berry Plastics, I worked closely with multiple facets of the factory- engineering, environmental, maintenance,and in operations on the floor. The lessons I learned about  production line processes and decision-making priorities in a manufacturing setting were incredibly valuable. The experience has helped me to decide on a career path."                                                         Kaitlin Oliver Butler,Mechanical Engineering, Summer Internship @ Berry Plastics, Franklin, KY

"My summer internship at BGMU was a great experience! I was able to participate in hands on activities related to wastewater treatment."               Daniel R. Skees II, Civil Engineering, Summer Internship @ Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, Bowling Green, KY

WKU Engineering Internship Spotlight:

Caitlyn Clark, Mechanical Engineering, AY 13/14 and Summer 2014 Internship @ Halton, Scottsville, KY - see Caitlyn's testimonial at left.

Caitlyn Clark

Bryce Aberg, Electrical Engineering, Summer 2014 Internship @ NASA, Kennedy Space Center, FL - see Bryce's testimonial at left.

Bryce Aberg

Javier Slaton, Electrical Engineering major from Nortonville, KY(Hopkins Cty)- will be a sophomore in his EE program this fall. Javier has enjoyed working for Gonzalez & Sons Equipment Engineering Contractors in Medley FL onsite at the Port of Miami, FL as a summer 2014 intern. He discovered how diverse engineering can be and also found his classroom experience to be helpful in his day to day job. Javier Slaton

Richard Ben Arnold, WKU Mechanical Engineering major from Beechmont KY, will be a junior in his ME program this fall. Ben worked as a Summer 2013 Engineering Intern at Logan Aluminum in Russellville, KY.  "My internship at Logan Aluminum gave me the opportunity to apply theory learned in the classroom to real world situations working within the physical, financial, and temporal constraints on the job. The experience and knowledge I have gained coupled with the people involved made this internship very valuable to my success and development as an engineer."  Click HERE to view Ben's entire testimonial on his work experience with Logan Aluminum.

Ben Arnold

 Jonathan Lindsey, WKU Electrical Engineering major from Saint Charles, MO, will be a senior this fall. He has worked as an Electrical Engineering Quality Intern for General Motors Corvette Assembly here in Bowling Green.  "My internship with General Motors has given me the opportunity to experience applicable uses for my classes, and to appreciate and understand the electrical architecture within an automobile, specifically the Corvette, " said Jon Lindsey.

Jonathan Lindsey

Photo:  Jon Lindsey, Electrical Engineering Quality Intern at General Motors Corvette Assembly, labels and constructs a wire harness training board. Its purpose will be for repairmen to be able to identify the origin of a faulty connection.

Madison Travis, a WKU Mechanical Engineering major from Marion, KY (Crittenden County) will be a sophomore in her engineering program.   "The most rewarding part of my internship at GM is the hands on exposure and the opportunity to work with such a dedicated team to complete a common goal," said Madison.

Madison Travis

Photo:  Madison Travis, Mechanical Engineering intern at General Motors Corvette Assembly, listens to back air vents as fresh air is being pulled through an all-new Stingray in the Road Simulator. The Road Simulator simulates over 500 different types of terrain in order to identify exactly where an errant noise is coming from.

Steven Pape, Mechanical Engineering student from Morgantown, KY, has just completed a spring internship with NASA at the Stennis Space Center in MS. He said the experience was a challenge and one of the best experiences of his undergraduate career. Steven gained invaluable real world experience working with excellent engineers performing testing and analysis of the J-2X rocket engines. He also played a key role in the analysis of the cryogenic fluid transfer system for numerous test fires.

Steven Pape NASA Internship at Stennis Space Center, MS

 

 If you'd like to share your story for a testimonial or for a Senior Spotlight, click HERE to complete a short form. Also, please email your photo to debra.berry@wku.edu.

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