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Nick Angles (January 2011 - May 2011)

Name: Nick Angles

School: Missouri University of Science and Technology

Major: Computer Engineering

Co-op period: January 2011 – May 2011

Current school/company and what you do:
I am a Computer Engineering student at MST and will have three semesters left after my Co-op at Hunter.

Current Location:
St. Ann, Missouri

What was the interview process like?

Initially I found out about Hunter when I received a phone call from Patrick Hutsler who found my resume on MinerJobs, Rolla's online employment support system. I then drove up to St. Louis from Rolla on a Wednesday afternoon to meet with Patrick. He talked with me for a couple minutes then gave me an aptitude test. After that, I met with Tim Larson and answered a few questions. Within the next few days I got a call with an offer.

What did you do?
I worked on a few different things. The main project I had was to transfer all of the company's electrical components to a new software package. This required recreating many of the parts and learning how to build these parts. I ended that project by actually designing a board in the new software and connecting all of the components. I also helped develop a C# program that would automate a lot of the testing of one of the companies programs.

Would you do it again?

What did you like?
I enjoyed the freedom that was given when a project was assigned. Dave Voeller was my boss and he wouldn't give many boundaries. His projects were incredibly open ended and this allowed for creative thinking. Also, I enjoyed the variety of different projects given. At any time, I typically had about three things I could be working on and this was nice because I never got bored with working on one thing for an extended time.

What did you not like?
I did not agree with the business casual rule. When it was hot outside this was very uncomfortable and I did not think that this should be required for co-ops, especially since we spend so much time in the garage. Also, 45 minutes was not a very long time to have lunch and almost always felt rushed to get back to work.

Did you learn anything?
I learned a lot of things that you cannot necessarily learn in a classroom. Not only did I learn a lot about printed circuit boards and different tools in Visual Studio with C#, but I learned about the business side of being an engineer and some of the etiquette that goes along with it.

Did the experience help you in your career?
I can imagine that the time spent here will help me in choosing what path I would like to go down in my career path.

Did it help you in any job interviews?
I have not had another interview with any other companies yet, but I would think that having Hunter Engineering on my resume will help immensely.

What was the dress code?
The dress code was business casual, which can be described as a button up shirt and khakis. The co-ops did not have to wear a tie like the full time engineers did. This was very different than I was accustomed because the last job I worked at allowed t-shirts, shorts, and flip flops on a daily basis

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

All of my work was individual, but there was always someone friendly around to help with whatever problems I may have run into.

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

Working in St. Louis was very convenient. There was always somewhere different to go eat for lunch every day and there are plenty of places within five minutes. Also, the nightlife is very entertaining and provides plenty of things to do in the evening. It is definitely a big step up from a small town like Rolla.

What were your living arrangements during co-op?
I lived with a couple of roommates in a house in St. Ann. My commute to work was about 5 minutes.

How was the supervision?
Dave is really good about giving co-ops their freedom and not standing over them all the time. He would routinely check in and make sure that everything was going ok, but other than that he would not bug me. If I ever had a problem, he would never have a problem with me asking him a question.

Anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?
This company provided me with a great opportunity to gather some insight on what it is like to work in a smaller business. Last summer I worked for a very large company and this gave me an opportunity to gather some experience in a very different setting.