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Wabtec Corporation

Mechanical Engineering Intern

March - August 2018 • Boise, ID

What I liked

Designing locomotives with an excellent engineering team.

What I wish was different

More time away from my desk.

Advice

Always carry a notebook.
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IT Infrastructure Intern

May - August 2018 • Wilmerding, PA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the variety of tasks to which I was assigned.

What I wish was different

I wish that there had been cross training in different areas of IT.

Advice

I would advise students to find a mentor within the company who can aid you.
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Embedded Software Developer

June - August 2019 • Erie, PA

What I liked

I enjoyed the experience of learning about what embedded software development meant. It taught me how to be smarter in terms of progressing with my code before testing. I also really enjoyed being in a group of interns that I could relate to and bond with.

What I wish was different

I wish that my work schedule had been a little more rigorous. Compared to school, where I am very involved and trying to always have my brain stimulated, I felt that work was not as busy as I wanted it to be.

Advice

The experience is incredibly rewarding for someone who's never worked in a large company before. The people are nice and very intelligent, and the work you most definitely learn more about locomotives and the company culture on the job!
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Marine and Stationary Engines Intern

June - August 2019 • Grove City, PA

What I liked

There is great work-life balance within the corporation. In the Grove CIty plant, we are placed with a small group of around 10-12 interns working at various different departments so we had a close-knit community feeling with the interns. Our housing was also located only 10 minutes from the plants so that is a huge plus. The Lunch and Learns that they also provide are pretty informational to me and was very insightful to the industry

What I wish was different

Although the engineers were very willing to teach you the ropes of the various functions of the Wabtec Company (GE Transportation), the projects are sometimes underwhelming. Of course, this can be due to me being a rising sophomore and them being wary about it, but I'd wish that I was more proactive and taken much more challenging engineering projects.

Advice

Network. Network. Network! There are quite a few engineers who are pretty outgoing and are willing to bring you up to speed with certain projects. This will also be important, as you will be required to report-out during the end of your engineering internship. Also, definitely go for the company's outing activities, you won't regret it!
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Erie, PA

What I liked

shown the company opportunities

What I wish was different

more initiative from assignment leader, did no show much interest in me or work , felt distant

Advice

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Traction and Auxiliary Controls Intern

June - August 2019 • Erie, PA

What I liked

The team, my manager, and the scope of work I found very interesting and improved my skills. They consider rising seniors for their LEAD Engineering positions, which is a rotational program with courses to help you solidify your engineering skills.

What I wish was different

Advice

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IT Intern

May - August 2019 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

All of the employees were super nice and really helpful. It was a really great place to learn. I always asked a lot of questions and my mentor and those on my team always took the time to answer them. I also got a lot of hands on experience and basically had my own project to work on. It was a really great environment to work in.

What I wish was different

Advice

I definitely learned that it's okay to ask questions. Even if you think that your question is a dumb question, it's really not. Your mentor and team are there to help you succeed. It's okay to not know the answer to everything. In fact, you coworkers don't expect you to know it all. They know that you're a college student and probably don't have as much real world experience as they do.
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