Monday, November 1, 2021
Roberta da Silva Muller
Program of Study: Mechanical Engineering Technology, Co-op
Work Placements: Ben Machine Products and CiF Lab Solutions
Where did you do your co-op work placements, and what did you do?
My first co-op placement was at Ben Machine Products. For my first work term I wanted a more hands-on experience and luckily, I was able to get a position where I worked in the shop, passing through different departments including: CNC Operating, Deburring, Finishing and Shipping. My goal for my second placement was to find an opportunity that I could see myself doing in the future. I got a position in the Engineering department at CiF Lab Solutions which is a company that produces cabinets. At CiF I was involved in developing, engineering and testing new, existing and customized products.
What were some of the most important things you learned during your WIL experience, and why were they so important?
For my two work terms I wanted to get different experiences to see in which work environment I felt I could develop the most. For the first co-op term, working in the shop, I was able to participate in most of the manufacturing process, from the CNC cutting operations and deburring the rough edges to finalizing the product and the shipping process. I think it was really important for me to know the manufacturing process and understand why each part is important in order to get a final product with good quality. For my second work term the experience I gained was important because I was able to think about the manufacturing aspect while I was developing the product. Other than the skills I developed, I believe that what I take from my experience is that even if you are working in one department it’s important to know the role of the other departments and the whole process for you to do the best work you can.
What advice would you give to other students who are thinking about participating in co-op?
I would say if your program has a co-op option you should do it. It’s a great opportunity to get hands-on experience, a chance to connect with companies in your field of interest and experience your first step into your career while still in school.
What advice would you give to female students pursuing a career in technology?
Believe in yourself! You are capable of achieving your goals and you will be a great professional. Just keep improving yourself.