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GE Aviation - Co-op 3

Dan

Experience Information

Employer: GE Aviation - Muskegon
Job Title: Military Engineering Co-op
Major: Engineering - Mechanical
Received Credit?: Yes
Paid?: Yes

Description of the Organization

GE Aviation is the world's leading producer of large and small jet engines for commercial and military aircraft. We also supply aircraft-derived engines for marine applications and provide aviation services. GE Aviation's technological excellence, supported by continuing substantial investments in research and development, has been the foundation of growth, and helps to ensure quality products for customers. GE Aviation Muskegon specializes in manufacturing certain components of several different engines. Once castings are received, GE Aviation Muskegon, uses unique manufacturing methods to produce the final product.

Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed

This semester has been quite different than past semesters. I was given the opportunity to prove myself as an asset to the company by focusing efforts on one specific area of the plant, including a few different operations. There was one operation that was performing poorly, about 55.3% First Time Yield, and after a couple months of working with other Engineers, Management, Supervision, and Operators, I had helped to bring the FTY up to 96.2%. This was done by improving processes, designing and implementing new tools, and building the operator's knowledge.

Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience

-How to handle and approach a variety of different minded operators and how to go about getting them to work with you. This was a great experience and I have learned some important supervision and management skills along with this. -I have become much more familiar with legal obligations that a company has to it's customers, and many of the processes that need to be followed to keep everyone satisfied. -I have learned several inspection methods and operations. I have gained much technical knowledge about the parts that we make. This has helped me to create and modify processes, as well as has helped me to design better tooling for machine operations and quality inspections.

Favorite Part of the Experience

Working with the people. This semester I am working much closer with the Engineering team, Management, Supervision, and Operators. The previous co-op semesters, designing custom tooling for machining and inspection was very intensive, where I would spend 95% of my day at a computer. This semester I spend about 30% of my day on a computer, the rest of the time I am out on the floor interacting with operators, supervision, management, and other engineers.

How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals

I could see myself working in this field, and I feel the experience that I have gained from working for GE Aviation will help to open up opportunities in the aerospace industry. I can see a career in aerospace for me.

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