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Charles McDaniel (May 2012 - January 2013)

Name: Charles McDaniel

School: University of Missouri-Rolla (Missouri University of Science and Technology)

Major: Computer Engineering

Co-op period: May 2012 – January 2013

Current school/company and what you do:
I am a Computer Engineering student at Missouri S&T and will have four semesters left
after my Co-op at Hunter.

Current Location:
I’ll be back in Rolla a week after my co-op is over.

What was the interview process like?

I was called by Pat Hutsler after he saw my resume on Miner Jobs, and he scheduled an on campus interview. I talked with him at the career fair, as well as a former coop. During the interview on campus, I took an aptitude test. I was then invited for an interview at Hunter in St. Louis. I talked with Pat again, and then with Dave Voeller, who manages the Co-ops. Dave asked me about my classes that related to computers, and any out of class things I had done that related to programming.

What did you do?
I did a lot of programming, mainly in C# and C++. I worked on some of the build software to make it more testable. I did a lot of work with automated testing of some of Hunter's products. I also worked with a camera to do some computer vision projects. Aside from programming, I also researched other products that Hunter considered using.

Would you do it again?

What did you like?
I liked the variety of projects I got to work on, as well as how much they taught me. When I first arrived, I felt like I knew nothing. Because I have worked on so many different projects, I now feel like I have learned a ton of stuff that will benefit me later in my career.

What did you not like?
Researching some of the outside products was a little time consuming, and the dress code can be annoying during the summer.

Did you learn anything?
I learned a lot. Before my co-op, I had never used C#, and I now I know it well. I was also exposed to a lot of technologies that are used in industry.

Did the experience help you in your career?
I think the experience will definitely help me in my career. With how much I have learned, and the confidence I have gained, I will be able to try for any job I can think of.

Did it help you in any job interviews?
It did help me. I was much more confident during the interview than any previous ones I have had, and because of it, I was offered a position.

What was the dress code?
The dress code is business casual. This means dress pants and collared shirts, though polos are ok in the summer.

Was the work more individual or group work and how does it compare with what
you are doing today?

I did mostly individual work as I was the only co-op for several months. I haven't worked anywhere else yet so I don't know how it will compare.

What are the pros/cons of working in Saint Louis? (Maybe compare it to where you
are now)

I enjoyed working in St. Louis as it allowed me to go to several Cardinal's games. Hunter has season tickets they let employees use, and I got those for one game. Also, the company day was at Busch Stadium.

What were your living arrangements during co-op?
I lived in an apartment in Florissant called Madison at Aspen Woods. It wasn't too far from Hunter, and I didn't have to drive on any interstates to get to work, which was nice. However, I had several issues with maintenance while living there, so I don't think I'd choose the same place twice.

How was the supervision?
Dave is a great boss. He lets you work your own angle to finish a project, and always tries to stay up to date with what you are doing. He is also able to assist if you get stuck working on a project.

Anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?
I think Hunter is a great place for a co-op. I talked to several of my friends in Computer Engineering, and I think the work at Hunter is just as good, if not better, than most places out there. The environment is great, and you can probably get a free alignment while you're here.