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What our students are saying about their Engineering internship and co-op work experiences:

"Working for QK4 exposed me to many different processes in a professional engineering firm. I worked on construction inspection, traffic counts, materials research, site observation, and cost estimation, as well as being able to connect with professional engineers in a working environment."                       Aaron Daley, Civil Engineering, Summer Internship @ QK4 ,Inc , Louisville, KY                                                             

"The most important part of my internship at GM was getting to spend time with real engineers and getting to perform real jobs with them on a daily basis. It gave me a lot of insight as to what it is really like in the engineering field." Kathleen Angerbauer, Mechanical Engineering, Summer Internship @ GM/BG Corvette Assembly  Plant, Bowling Green, KY

"My internship at Pure Power Technologies was truly a prosperous experience. Not only did I benefit from the abundance of knowledge available in the employees around me, but I was also given the opportunity to work on and complete various projects that are common for Electrical  Engineers.               My co-op experience was key in helping land my first full time engineering job." Jeff Hawkins, Electrical Engineering, Parallel Co-op @ Pure Power Technologies, Bowling Green, KY

"SCA has been a great community to learn and grow in. I have had hands on experience in various aspects of the plant that have shown me what is expected of a full time engineer."                                                                           Anderson Adams, Mechanical Engineering, Parallel Co-op @ SCA , Bowling Green, KY

"Being able to apply the fundamentals of engineering to actual engineering applications at WRECC has been invaluable. Starting to apply these fundamentals as early as possible  in my undergraduate career has provided me with the best academic experience possible. It has been a blast!"                 Devon Woosley, Electrical Engineering, Parallel Co-op @ WarrenRECC, Bowling Green, KY

"At Berry Plastics, I worked closely with multiple facets of the factory- engineering, environmental, maintenance,and in operations on the floor. The lessons I learned about  production line processes and decision-making priorities in a manufacturing setting were incredibly valuable. The experience has helped me to decide on a career path."                                                         Kaitlin Oliver Butler,Mechanical Engineering, Summer Internship @ Berry Plastics, Franklin, KY

"My summer internship at BGMU was a great experience! I was able to participate in hands on activities related to wastewater treatment."               Daniel R. Skees II, Civil Engineering, Summer Internship @ Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, Bowling Green, KY

WKU Engineering Internship Spotlight:

Richard Ben Arnold, WKU Mechanical Engineering major from Beechmont KY, will be a junior in his ME program this fall. Ben worked as a Summer 2013 Engineering Intern at Logan Aluminum in Russellville, KY.  "My internship at Logan Aluminum gave me the opportunity to apply theory learned in the classroom to real world situations working within the physical, financial, and temporal constraints on the job. I gained a great deal of insight on issues that all engineers must be able to deal with in the field. This internship has given me experience that isn't just based on finding solutions to a particular problem but a means of developing a way of thinking that can be applied to any engineering task in a way that is impossible to replicate in the classroom. The experience and knowledge I have gained coupled with the people involved made this internship very valuable to my success and development as an engineer."  Click HERE to view Ben's entire testimonial on his work experience with Logan Aluminum.

Ben Arnold

 Jonathan Lindsey, WKU Electrical Engineering major from Saint Charles, MO, will be a senior this fall. He has worked as an Electrical Engineering Quality Intern for General Motors Corvette Assembly here in Bowling Green.  "My internship with General Motors has given me the opportunity to experience applicable uses for my classes, and to appreciate and understand the electrical architecture within an automobile, specifically the Corvette, " said Jon Lindsey.

Jonathan Lindsey

Photo:  Jon Lindsey, Electrical Engineering Quality Intern at General Motors Corvette Assembly, labels and constructs a wire harness training board. Its purpose will be for repairmen to be able to identify the origin of a faulty connection.

Madison Travis, a WKU Mechanical Engineering major from Marion, KY (Crittenden County) will be a sophomore in her engineering program.   "The most rewarding part of my internship at GM is the hands on exposure and the opportunity to work with such a dedicated team to complete a common goal," said Madison.

Madison Travis

Photo:  Madison Travis, Mechanical Engineering intern at General Motors Corvette Assembly, listens to back air vents as fresh air is being pulled through an all-new Stingray in the Road Simulator. The Road Simulator simulates over 500 different types of terrain in order to identify exactly where an errant noise is coming from.

Steven Pape, Mechanical Engineering student from Morgantown, KY, has just completed a spring internship with NASA at the Stennis Space Center in MS. He said the experience was a challenge and one of the best experiences of his undergraduate career. Steven gained invaluable real world experience working with excellent engineers performing testing and analysis of the J-2X rocket engines. He also played a key role in the analysis of the cryogenic fluid transfer system for numerous test fires.

Steven Pape NASA Internship at Stennis Space Center, MS


WKU Engineering Senior Student  Testimonial Spotlights:

Jake Doran, Mechanical Engineering student from Augusta, GA, is currently working in a parallel co-op with Trace Die Cast here in Bowling Green, KY. Click HERE to view Jake's testimonial about his work experience with Trace Die Cast. Jake will graduate in May 2013 and has accepted a full time offer with John Deere in Augusta, GA. Jake has completed two co-op rotations with John Deere.

James Roberts, Mechanical Engineering student from Henderson, KY is currently working in a parallel co-op with GM/Bowling Green Corvette Assembly plant. Click HERE to view James's testimonial about his work experience with GM. Additionally, James was an Officer Candidate for the United States Marine Corps and credits his time spent at Officer Candidate School as some of the most rewarding of his life, and he learned a great deal there. James has accepted a full time position with GM as an entry level Industrial Engineer and will begin work on June 3rd.

 If you'd like to share your story for a testimonial or for a Senior Spotlight, click HERE to complete a short form. Also, please email your photo to debra.berry@wku.edu.

 Last Modified 8/19/13