Test Engineering Co-op
East Aurora, NY
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015 (2 months)
At Moog, my main duties revolved around testing hydraulic actuators for aircrafts. These actuators are used in flight control systems for rudders, ailerons, spoilers, and more. The test preparation and changeovers required a lot of hands on work with hydraulics and electronics. I have become very familiar with hydraulic systems as a whole from my time on this co-op. Setting up and taking apart the test stands is a large part of my job, however troubleshooting all of the issues that come up when the testing starts is the challenging part. Because no test ever goes smoothly, modifications and alterations to the setup usually need to be made in order to perform the test correctly.
One of my other tasks was to design a thermal enclosure for a test stand from scratch. I made several concept sketches and developed the design with feedback from the engineers. The final design is currently being created and the design concept itself was sent to other Moog plants for further replication.
My experience at Moog has helped me not only become better at troubleshooting problems, but also follow technical procedures, create assemblies from drawings, and work with a variety of engineers. I am currently working under contract at Moog that I was offered following the completion of my co-op.
Quality Engineering Co-op
Jan 2014 - Aug 2014 (7 months)
During my time at BorgWarner, I worked as a quality engineer, where our department's main task was to eliminate defects and produce the most quality product possible. However, I was able to do much more than inspect components, measure parts, and look at data. I learned about how a big business operates, how to work with a variety of different people, and how to manage numerous tasks at the same time. Some of the projects that I worked on and skills that I learned on my co-op include:
1. Metallurgical measurement basics and knowledge of how to operate hardness and bend test machines.
2. Metrology measurement techniques, knowledge of how to use dozens of gages and measuring machines.
3. Programming of a sorting machine- I was tasked with managing a machine that was used to sort mixed and defective parts before assembly. I learned a lot about troubleshooting, trial and error, and teaching myself how to use the machine with very little assistance.
4. Gage studies- I performed numerous gage studies from start to finish in order to verify the precision of various gages for use on the floor. I used minitab to perform a statistical analysis after I collected the data from different machine operators.
5. Guarding committee- I joined the machine guarding committee at BorgWarner and was involved with brainstorming about new guarding ideas, inspecting current guards, and updating guarding documentation throughout the plant. I learned the names and purposes of many guards as well as how a committee is run in a large business.
6. MSDS chemical compilation- I was put in charge of a task which involved developing a new list of all the chemicals used in the entire plant and making sure they all had an appropriate MSDS sheet in our database. I had to work with a number of people in the plant as well as outside companies in order to collect information.
Mechanical Engineering Co-op
May 2013 - Aug 2013 (3 months)
At Pfannenberg, I gained a variety of experiences in the process of manufacturing industrial air conditioning and cooling units from a small business standpoint. I spent several weeks going through the assembly line and learning how the units are constructed from start to finish. During this time, I assembled circuit boards, brazed pipes, installed insulation, and tested the machines under high voltage. This is only a small number of tasks that I performed in the manufacturing process of the units. I learned about how information is communicated in between engineers and assembly workers, as well as how improvements are made. I was able to carry out many ECN’s in order to fix problems with the assembly directions and miscommunications.
Another project I worked on at Pfannenberg was the mapping out of the entire building and property, by using blueprints as well as physically measuring distances. I created a detailed, to scale map in Microsoft Visio including, offices, machinery, and parking lots. The company was looking to expand the building, and the model in Visio can help them easily plan new ideas. I gained experience in planning, organizing, and carrying out a large project as an individual from this.
Probably the largest project I worked during my co-op involved the development of a new, more efficient assembly line layout. I did research, interviewed employees, and came up with dozens of ideas. I worked with a LEAN certified employee to help me refine the ideas as well as incorporate some of his own to develop a final three ideas. I created these layouts in Visio and prepared a presentation which was shown at a meeting with the head engineers. This project helped me gain experience in optimizing a process through analyzing its pros and cons, and also working with a more experienced employee to guide me. I unfortunately had to return to school before I could see the end result of the project.