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Round 2: Progressive Surface


Experience Information

Employer: Progressive Surface
Job Title: Co-op
Major: Engineering - Electrical
Received Credit?: Yes
Paid?: Yes

Description of the Organization

Our mission is to be the global leader in the manufacturing and servicing of automated machinery and closed-loop process controls for shot peening, grit blasting, thermal spray coating, and ultra-high pressure water jet stripping applications.

Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed

This being my second semester at Progressive Surface, I continued where I left off; creating manuals, setting up computers, and creating layouts and schematics. Since this was my second semester, my supervisor was giving me more responsibility right in the beginning. I had to design control panels for different projects, set up and wire programmable logic controllers (PLC) that controlled five different motors at once. I also worked with the electricians to get more hands on experience.

Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience

I continued to sharpen my communication skills as well as my ability to visualize different views of a machine and put them together on a drawing to help show what the final product should look like. I also honed in my troubleshooting capabilities for computers.

Favorite Part of the Experience

My favorite part of my second co-op experience at Progressive Surface was that I felt a part of the team and I was able to see and work on a project from the design aspects to the finished product to delivery to our customer.

How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals

This experience has continued to confirm that Engineering is a perfect fit for me and the road map is all laid out for me, all I have to do is drive. My career goal is to work for a company like Progressive Surface. I have enjoyed working at Progressive Surface this winter and I look forward to returning for my final co-op with Progressive Surface.

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