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Parker Hannifin Corporation

Lean and Quality Co-Op

January - May 2022 • Eaton, OH

What I liked

Parker Hannifin was an amazing place to work! There were many things that I liked while working there. One thing that I liked was the independence they gave me. I would never have guessed that I would be going around the whole facility working with all of the workers on the floor and helping them by improving things in their daily work life. I also liked all of my co-workers. They were super helpful when I needed help and always treated me with respect even though I am just a temporary Co-Op.

What I wish was different

Parker was an amazing place to work and I really only wish for one thing to be different. I understand the need for a very safe work environment, but some things safety wise are too much. For example, there is a requirement for people to be trained and put on a list to use a chop saw. Once they are put on the list they can go get the key to use the saw but the key is at the whole other end of the shop. It takes at least 5 minutes to go get the key, unlock the saw, put the key back when done with the saw.

Advice

There is one main piece of advice that I would like to share about this experience. It is to ask questions! There is no way that you will know everything as soon as you get there but there are many people that would be glad to answer your questions including some people that have been working there for 30+ years! Another thing I would share about this experience is that I was never bored at work. If I wasn't assigned anything thing to do, I could work on helping improve any area I wanted. I loved this because it is an amazing feeling when my personal ideas benefit the company. I was never bored also because the workers are fun to work with.
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Manufacturing Engineer Co-op

January - May 2022 • Lewisburg, OH

What I liked

I found the greatest attribute of Parker Hannifin’s Lewisburg Tube Fitting Division to be the talent and commitment of the employees. Along with an abundance of other strengths, the company is full of intelligent, capable, kind, and dedicated workers. These wonderful people have great integrity and strong business principles that lead to success. I was coached and mentored by multiple team members who had my best interest in mind while working in this position. Throughout my experience, I was assigned projects to complete through my own creative means and freedom to work in the manner that best suited my needs and growth. Some of my tasks included software new to me, such as Inventor, AutoCAD, Prusaslicer, and Pronterface. These experiences allowed me to grow my engineering skillset. I participated in multiple team-based projects that enabled me to gain insight and valuable knowledge. Finally, my favorite personal projects revolved around designing and producing various enhancements through the use of 3-D printers.

What I wish was different

Parker tube fittings go through a lengthy and rigorous production process, therefore there are facets of the operation I did not get to participate in during this semester. There are many different opportunities in each area to further explore and improve, and simply too much to take on all at once. I enjoyed each of the projects and tasks they assigned, but continuing to stretch even further outside of my current skill set would have been beneficial. When I first arrived to work, providing me with more background information would have been helpful so the general process was more clear to me. I was given a tour but had trouble understanding the general steps in production and specific actions taken to complete each tube fitting.

Advice

Take advantage of the experiences of the operators working on the plant floor. Due to the office being separated, it can feel both daunting and intimidating to talk to some of the people physically producing the tube fittings. I have only had positive interactions with all Parker staff and encourage others to take the first step and engage with the people whose jobs you are trying to make safer and more efficient. Along with that, ask for advice from all people in the office. The engineers and supervisors that I worked with were all top-notch assets, but that does not mean that different perspectives are not worth pursuing. The whole building overflows with helpful, creative individuals, so be sure to utilize the invaluable asset that is your co-workers.
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Industrial Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Grantsburg, WI

What I liked

I loved the work atmosphere. The people who work for Parker Hannifin are driven, knowledgeable, and so cooperative and welcoming. They work as a team with safety, efficiency, and ergonomics as a priority in all of the processes that they implement. The success of the company can most definitely be dedicated to the loyal individuals who proudly represent Parker Hannifin day in and day out.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Summer Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Kalamazoo, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed putting my skills to good use. I felt my work was actually going to be very useful in the long run.

What I wish was different

It would have been nice to work in different areas to develop a wider set of skills. Most of my time was spent behind a computer.

Advice

If you're not feeling challenged ask for more to do.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

June 2021 • Wickliffe, OH

What I liked

I love the professional relationships I built with most of the Experienced engineers I got to work with which gave me the opportunity to learn a whole lot more and be better at my work. Loved and appreciated the trust and confidence they had in me to lead some important projects and testing.

What I wish was different

NA

Advice

Have the zeal to learn more from those with experience. Build professional relationships because they will take you places
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Information technology

April 2018 - March 2020 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

How in depth the internship was, how I learned more from going to work at Parker than going to class at Cleveland State University. Which is sad to say, but definitely true. The experience and knowledge from an internship is nothing that a book can give to you or a lazy professor because if you ask one person and they don’t know the solution you just go to another cubicle until you find someone that could explain certain topics better. If I never had this internship I don’t think I would be graduating in the spring!

What I wish was different

COVID didn’t happen and I could still be there possibly.

Advice

When given the opportunity take an internship, you are not doing it just for the company you are making a name for yourself, branding yourself. So if you were to mess up own it and if you are lost own that and ask questions. Internships are there to help you understand if this field is right for you or not!
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Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Manitowoc, WI

What I liked

Lots of hands-on experience with daily trips to the production floor for issues, generally self-directed and really chill management, great people to work around in the plant.

What I wish was different

Definitely not a lot to do in this area, or at least I was not great at finding them. Pay could've been a bit better too, but it was not bad. Not a lot of close housing options I found either, so ended up commuting from Green Bay.

Advice

Definitely be prepared to go in with an open mind and ready to use ideas you've had in the past to solve problems, not super heavy on calculations or math-heavy engineering, lots is quick turnaround tooling.
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Engineering Service Intern

June 2021 • New Britain, CT

What I liked

The environment was so friendly and opening. Everyone there is so kind, I'm not afraid to ask questions. The tasks I worked on were also applicable to my major in school.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Always do research about a company beforehand!
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finance and accounting intern

June - August 2021 • Metamora, OH

What I liked

I liked learning more about the specifics of accounting and finance within a specific industry and gaining real-world business experiences that have been useful for me when coming back to college and will surely be useful for me in my future career.

What I wish was different

I wish I was partnered up with other interns and was given a mentor who had experience interning at Parker Hannifin.

Advice

The best piece of advice I can share is when taking on a new opportunity (job, internship, class, etc) make sure to absorb as much as possible and ask as many questions that come to mind. Be comfortable with being the fool for a minute by asking a question, most employers appreciate it anyways since it will allow you to become more knowledgable in position.
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Quality Engineer Intern

June - August 2021 • Hauppauge, NY

What I liked

Taught me a lot about Quality Engineering

What I wish was different

Wish I had been able to do more R&D related engineering compared to a lot of Data Analysis and Organization

Advice

Always keep an open mind about what assignments you’ll get.
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Accountant Intern

May - August 2021 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

The excel skills I learned, location, and atmosphere around the office.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more "accounting" projects. Some of my projects weren't based on what I learned it was more of a configuration type thing.

Advice

Overall my experience was good and I felt like I received a lot of trust was given to me.
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Automotive Machinist

May - August 2019 • Lakeview, MI

What I liked

The people there were great.

What I wish was different

The training system wasn’t fully developed yet.

Advice

Try something new, even if it isn’t related to your future career.
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Manufacturing Co-op

January - August 2020 • Washington, MO

What I liked

Wide variety of experiences. Developed skills in CAD and also hands on work.

What I wish was different

Advice

Highly recommend
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Design Engineer Intern

June - August 2020 • Des Plaines, IL

What I liked

I liked that in my internship I was taught how to do the work and then trusted to do that work.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been able to travel to a manufacturing plant.

Advice

I would encourage others to not only be diligent with their work but also make an effort to get to know the people that they work with.
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Engineering Intern

May 2018 - August 2019 • North Haven, CT

What I liked

I was able to approach different engineering problems how I felt fit. The freedom to explore different methods of rapid prototyping made this a valuable research and design experience.

What I wish was different

There were periods of downtime where in order for a project to move forward, it required approval from one or more superiors in the department. This led to several times of waiting for design approval without being able to continue forward.

Advice

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IT intern

June - August 2020 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

great people, great culture, great pay. even with the covid situation, there were opportunities to give back to the community

What I wish was different

more ways to connect with other interns

Advice

take advantage of networking with other departments
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Research and development engineer

May - October 2019 • Syracuse, IN

What I liked

I liked working on such a variety of projects for a wide range of well-known companies. I liked running validation testing to influence new product designs.

What I wish was different

I wish the automotive market would not have slowed down so the interns didn't get laid off.

Advice

Save your Co-op money incase the market slows down and you lose your job.
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Manufacturing

July - November 2019 • West Valley City, UT

What I liked

Check for quality and inspection

What I wish was different

Checked for quality

Advice

CEO needs to work good for business running.
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Design Engineering Intern

May - September 2019 • Lincolnshire, IL

What I liked

I got to apply a lot of classes I have been taken such as Fluid Mechanics and Introduction to Design!

What I wish was different

I wish I could have worked there longer!

Advice

This was a great experience for any engineering student looking to obtain experience in design and fluid power!
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

April 2018 • Lakeview, MI

What I liked

Very knowledgeable employees that provide great feedback and assistance. Assigned to variety of tasks.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Gives someone a good idea about what kind of things are expected from industry.
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