Mechanical Testing Co-op
May 2022 - December 2022
At Lubrizol, starting on day one, I was given a large amount of responsibility with the work that I did. Within just a few weeks of starting, I was working on my own on different test stands, with the supervision of other operators who would periodically check on me. Additionally, engineers gave me projects to complete in my free time, when I was not actively performing any operations-related duties. Though the company has not been at its busiest, when I ask around for additional tasks and projects, I am met with high regard, and challenging projects, that are not simply busy work. Every project I have been introduced to, has considerable impact on the company, mostly relating to streamlining and organization, but it is very useful to the company. The engineers and my supervisors put lots of responsibility and trust upon me to work independently without being micromanaged, trusting that I am staying on task. With that being said, I have never felt stressed or worried about finishing something in a short amount of time, the company is very laid back and stress-free.
Throughout my first project term with Lubrizol, I was given a vast amount of independence, responsibility, and project ownership. I was given several chances, through various projects, to let my creative mind flourish, and make something fully on my own. I worked on various different projects, ranging from those that took a few hours, to those that will be implemented in phases through 2023-2024, and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. I was never micromanaged or felt like I did not play an important and integral role in any of these projects.
Term 3: During my third rotation (Summer 2023) with Lubrizol, I truly felt like I was immersed in the daily life of a test engineer in mechanical testing. My projects were more impactful, more useful, and with that, came higher stakes. Also The projects themselves were much more complex, and required me to continue to develop my engineering related soft skills. These projects included performing data analysis, coding, and scripting a test sequence using a unique-to-Lubrizol program. I greatly enjoyed seeing my projects have a greater impact on the department, from safety to process standardization and workflow efficiency, I feel like my projects were very impactful and important.”