What was the interview process like?
The interview process was pretty typical. I started with filling out the application and then taking a test. I was then interviewed by HR personnel. The questions were your typical first interview questions. Then I was interviewed by Dave Voeller, who was my supervisor. This interview got more in depth into subjects of school work, projects, previous work, etc. I felt pretty comfortable during the interview because Dave seemed pretty laid back and was easy to talk to.
What did you do?
I worked on a wide variety of projects. I tested a Hall Effect sensor as a rotary encoder. I wrote a program to calculate weight savings for the balancer. I performed timings and evaluations of different processors for image processing. I performed various tests for different features of the aligner software. I researched various topics on the internet. The projects I had were interesting. I learned a lot from working on each project and getting help from the other engineers. I was really able to see my school work get put to use.
Would you do it again?
I would definitely do it again. It was one of the best experiences that I have ever had.
What did you like?
The thing that I enjoyed the most was the atmosphere at Hunter. It is a professional business, but many of the people are fairly laid back and easy to get along with. The projects were very helpful to my learning experience and I am sure that they will come in very handy in my future career. I also liked the fact that many of the projects that I worked on had the potential to make an impact on the Hunter line of products. One example is the program I wrote to calculate weight savings. The original idea was just to evaluate weight savings from a beta test, but the layout I designed ended up being a feature on the balancer.
What did you not like?
Nothing comes to mind that I disliked about Hunter. The environment, experience, and people were all great.
Did you learn anything?
The real question is, what didn’t I learn? I worked on a wide range of projects that involved software, hardware and research. I worked on projects for both the aligner and balancer. I learned about benchmarks for processors and how to program a processor. I learned a lot about coding in C++ and Visual Basic. I learned how teamwork is required to complete major projects. I think the most important thing I learned is to DOCUMENT and SAVE or BACKUP anything and everything that you do. Wish I would have learned that a bit earlier during my stay at Hunter.
Did the experience help you in your career?
I still have some school left, so only the future will tell.
Did it help you in any job interviews?
I haven’t started interviewing for a full-time job yet, but I already know that this experience will help immensely. Now, when an employer asks me about projects that I have worked on, I will have plenty of real world projects that I can talk to them about.
What was the dress code?
The dress code was nice pants and a collared shirt.
Was the work more individual or group work and how does it compare with what
you are doing today?
Most of the work I did was individual work, but It was part of a much larger project.
What are the pros/cons of working in Saint Louis? (Maybe compare it to where you
I enjoyed living in St. Louis. I originally come from a small town, so this was a pretty big change. There are so many things to see and do in St. Louis that it is hard going to squeeze it all in. The only bad side to being in a big city is the rush hour traffic, but you learn to deal with it.
What were your living arrangements during co-op?
I lived in an apartment about 15 minutes away from Hunter. I had a roommate who was also a co-op at Hunter.
How was the supervision?
I think the supervision was very good. Anytime I had a question, I knew that I could go to Dave or any of the other engineers here and get help. I liked being given a project and then just being able to start working on it by myself. It was also nice to be given a couple of projects so that I had something to do when I had to wait for someone else to complete their part of a project.
Anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?
I really enjoyed my time at Hunter and would do it again if I had the chance. Living in an apartment in a big city, working 8 – 5 everyday, and having to be responsible for everything that I did was a great experience that I am glad I had and I think I am a better person because of it.