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Description of the Organization
GHSP is a medium sized company who designs and manufactures automotive shift systems. Recently they have expanded their product line to include smart actuators and smart household electronics. They are based in Grand Haven, Michigan but also have locations in Hart and Madison Heights, Michigan and Shanghai, China.
Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed
I was able to do a very wide variety of different tasks throughout my co-op. I designed and built PCB's, wrote test software to validate the functionality of parts, provided electronics support for the entire test lab department, and developed verification procedures to verify the correct functionality of equipment. I also got to go to GHSP's Shanghai Lab to train technicians in the use of our test software and hardware and to diagnose problems with a test stand I designed that was sent over there.
Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience
I learned a lot about communications protocols such as LIN, CAN, and TCP/IP. I also learned about wiring caveats, available hardware IC's, and how valuable subversion control can be with software.
Favorite Part of the Experience
The trip to Shanghai was definitely my favorite part. Although it was 16 hours on a plane, I was completely in awe that I was able to go. I was even more surprised at how much help I was to the team over there; I was able to teach them a substantial amount about hardware/software.
How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals
I know I want to continue learning. The feeling I got when I was knee deep in projects that I didn't already know how to finish was gut-wrenching, but it is awesome. I like pushing my limits, and GHSP let me do that.
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