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Altec Industries

Manufacturing Engineer Co-op

January - May 2022 • Elizabethtown, KY

What I liked

My favorite aspect throughout my first co-op rotation at Altec is the helpful and friendly community at all levels. I have had the opportunity to interact with everyone from production line workers to the plant manager and these conversations have revealed a great atmosphere with everyone willing to share their knowledge to make Altec a better place. This community encouraged building deeper relationships to improve the sharing of resources and connecting on a more personal level. As a manufacturing engineer, I developed critical thinking and communication skills to improve efficiency, quality, and safety from a higher level by applying process improvements to the production line as a whole as well as with a closer perspective talking to floor associates to improve the ease of assembly within their station. Altec offers the experience, responsibility, and freedom to discover your passions in the field of engineering and develop the professional skills to succeed after college.

What I wish was different

In four months with Altec, I have enjoyed every moment of my experience at Altec learning each day. Looking back, I wish I would have utilized the resources in the community sooner. Growing connections and points of contact for all of your projects create valuable resources for any questions that arise. Forming relationships with other coops are a great place to start to become more comfortable in the work place and learn more about each of the teams. Altec creates opportunities for responsibility and provides the freedom to utilize critical thinking in order to complete a task in the best manner you see fit. I wish I had looked to demonstrate leadership on more teams earlier in my rotation.

Advice

My advice to gain the most out of the co-op experience is to develop as many relationships as possible. Forming a strong connection with your supervisor, team, and other coops grows confidence and comfortability in the workplace and creates the greatest enjoyment of work. Through different projects, I was able to meet other engineers from different teams to network connections for future projects and even participate in outside of work activities. With each of these projects, don't be afraid to reach out for help from other teams members or other connections as they will be able to point you towards a resource who will be able to answer the question. The best way to grow during the experience is to use everyday as a chance to develop all your critical thinking, leadership, and communication skills.
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Manufacturing Engineer Co-op

January - May 2022 • Elizabethtown, KY

What I liked

I really enjoyed the work environment in which I was placed. I was surrounded by very determined and experienced manufacturing engineers. The projects I was given and the environment I was surrounded by pushed me to learn and grow in my desired field of manufacturing engineering. I got first-hand training of LEAN manufacturing and I also was able to learn about Altec Production System and a little about Toyota Production System. I was able to do all of this while keeping quality and efficiency at the front of everything I did. This was a great experience to learn applied engineering outside of the classroom.

What I wish was different

While I enjoyed my time with Altec Industries, I wish I could have experienced more co-op group activities. I was informed that in the past, the co-ops are usually assigned a group task such as designing a large machine or leading a community event. I also learned that the co-ops are usually given the opportunity to attend events. I believe COVID prevented these types of events from occurring but I wish we had the same opportunities as COVID restrictions are being lifted. I believe these events will become more common in the near future with Altec.

Advice

I would advise creating a close relationship with a supervisor as well as a mentor. I was placed with two great supervisors and they were a great resources of information in manufacturing engineering. Initially my questions to them were based on the job but gradually I was able to ask them more broad questions about the manufacturing engineering field and their own experiences. I also developed great relationships with several experts in the plant I worked. I learned a lot just by asking questions and working on projects with them.
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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

July 2020 • St. Joseph, MO

What I liked

The people and the unique place that Altec Midwest is at in its life are by far the best things about working here.

What I wish was different

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Software Quality Assurance Analyst Intern

June 2020 • Birmingham, AL

What I liked

-The ability to adapt during a remote model

What I wish was different

-Meet in person

Advice

-Do not be afraid to ask questions!
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Applications Engineer

May - December 2019 • Mount Airy, NC

What I liked

I was able to get exposure to the design of trucks from smaller chassis to large. I got experience on the production line to see how these trucks were built. I got hands-on with all types of trucks, I was trained in our hydraulics stage as well as the wiring stages.

What I wish was different

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Computer Applications Engineer

February - August 2019 • St. Joseph, MO

What I liked

Great coworkers, good work environment and close to the school.

What I wish was different

Different initial training for on the job training. More relevance to the actual job rather than to generic corporate initial training.

Advice

Take in everything with a bit of salt, you'll make mistakes but that's okay and your coworkers have all been in the same shoes you are in so don't be afraid to ask for assistance.
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Aerials Product Design Co-Op

July - August 2019 • St. Joseph, MO

What I liked

Co-ops have the ability to do meaningful work and impact the final product.

What I wish was different

It would have been nice to be paid more.

Advice

Ask questions and seek out work.
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Manufacturing Engineer

June 2019 • St. Joseph, MO

What I liked

I really enjoy the atmosphere and the ability to have many new opportunities presented to me in a small amount of time. Very willing to help and willing to teach.

What I wish was different

I wish the location of the plant could be closer to family.

Advice

Always keep an open mind and never let someone else's opinion on something effect what you think. This has been an incredible experience with some amazing people at Altec.
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Marketing Intern

September 2019 • Birmingham, AL

What I liked

The company in general.

What I wish was different

Advice

I think everyone should take on an internship in their field before pursuing a permanent job. My internship taught me so much about my likes, dislikes and talents in the field and ultimately helped me to decide how I wanted to further my career.
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Design Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Birmingham, AL

What I liked

Great hands on experience. Was able to work on difficult projects. Managers had trust in our ability as well as plenty of feedback and help if needed

What I wish was different

Commute to work was rough. Sometimes hard to complete projects on time due to heavy workload throughout department

Advice

If you want to learn a whole lot about the manufacturing process, sometimes Design work can be more beneficial than a typical manufacturing role. I was part of the whole process from sales all the way to finished product out the door. Great way to learn how an idea on paper becomes a hard product
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Application Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Elizabethtown, KY

What I liked

Applying my knowledge into the real world and being able to adjust my expectations based on feedback.

What I wish was different

Wish I had knew more about Solidworks prior to taking the position. Our major does not go in-depth enough for industry use.

Advice

Go to work on time.
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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

January - June 2019 • St. Joseph, MO

What I liked

Great experience, learned a ton about manufacturing and was given responsibilities similar to full time engineers.

What I wish was different

Not a fan of the location.

Advice

Ask lots of questions and go in with an open mind.
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Associate Engineer

May - August 2018 • St. Joseph, MO

What I liked

Doing actual engineer work instead of paper pushing

What I wish was different

Advice

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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Elizabethtown, KY

What I liked

Fun work environment, interesting work. People are very friendly, make you feel at home and comfortable. Very easy to get up every morning and want to go to work. Never felt like my job was "busy work" or unimportant. Was largely treated as a "real engineer" in terms of responsibility and tasks/projects.

What I wish was different

location.

Advice

If you've never done manufacturing, or have any interest in the field at all, Altec is a great place to work and learn just what exactly an engineer does. Don't let the location scare you, theres a lot of ways to still have fun outside of work even in the small (ish) town.
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