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Jordan Brandt (January 2011 - July 2011)

Name: Jordan Brandt

School: Missouri University of Science and Technology

Major: Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Co-op period: January 2011 – July 2011

Current school/company and what you do:
I am a Computer Science and Engineering major at MST. I will have four semesters left after my Co-op term has completed.

Current Location:
I have been living in Saint Charles, MO during my co-op.

What was the interview process like?

I spoke with Pat Hutsler at MST's career fair and gave him my resume. A short time later, he called me and asked me to come to Saint Louis for an interview.

When I arrived at the interview, I took an aptitude test and then spoke with Pat Hutsler followed by Dave Voeller. The interview process was very relaxed and comfortable.

I guess I should also say that Hunter paid for the gas to get to and from the interview.

What did you do?
My primary responsibility over the course of my Co-op involved the setup and implementation of Microsoft's Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010. Basically, I was responsible for creating an automated build process for the company's software products. Simply put, this involved creating multiple activities to be used in a large XAML file. These activities ranged from copying files to specified locations to running a custom verification program. Almost all of the work I did used C#, but I did work on some smaller PowerShell or Visual Basic scripts as well.

Would you do it again?
Absolutely I would.

What did you like?
I really enjoyed the projects that I got to work on. I never got burned out by working on one specific task because I normally had two or three available to work on. Whenever I came across an issue that I couldn't figure out, I could just switch to another project for a little. The work environment at Hunter was also pretty fantastic. All the engineers were very helpful whenever I had to ask them any questions.

What did you not like?
I don't really have that many negative things to say about my co-op experience. I guess if I had to say something, I would say that a little more feedback on areas where I could improve might have been nice.

Did you learn anything?
I learned so many valuable skills during my Co-op. I learned how to write code in multiple different languages like C#, PowerShell, and Visual Basic. Working on TFS taught me a lot about Application Lifecycle Management systems and how they fit into the workplace.

Did the experience help you in your career?
It's too early to say for sure, but I can't imagine it not helping.

Did it help you in any job interviews?
I haven't had another interview yet, but I would imagine that the experience I gained at Hunter would give me a lot more confidence and knowledge in an interview.

What was the dress code?
The dress code was business casual. This basically meant collared shirts and slacks. During the summer, we were allowed to wear polos. It took a little getting used to, but after the first couple weeks, I didn't mind the dress code at all.

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

I almost exclusively did individual work, but whenever I had questions, any of the other engineers or co-ops were happy to help.

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

Working in Saint Louis has been a good experience. There are plenty of places to eat around Hunter, so lunch was never a boring time. If you are looking for things to do on the weekend, Saint Louis has more than enough options to keep you busy.

What were your living arrangements during co-op?
I was able to live with my parents in Saint Charles, MO. It was about a 15-20 minute drive to work and there wasn't too much traffic.

How was the supervision?
I think Dave's supervision was spot on. He let us work at our own pace, but would also stop by and see how things were going periodically. He relies heavily on a task list created in Outlook to keep him up to date with what we are working on. This task list was also very useful to me because it allowed me to pick up right where the previous co-op left off on a few tasks.

Anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?
I would definitely recommend Hunter to anyone looking for a Co-op position. I feel that the knowledge I learned here will be invaluable to my future endeavors in my career field. The people at Hunter are all very friendly and willing to help.