Jeff Fox

Company: The Schneider Corporation
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School: Civil Engineering and Geomatics Engineering
Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
High School: South Bend Clay, 2001
Expected Graduation: May 2007

As a high school senior Jeff Fox began to be interested in engineering as a program of study in college. According to Jeff, “It was not until I enrolled in Purdue‚s freshman engineering program that I began to learn about the different careers engineering offers. Land surveying engineering sounded interesting but I wanted to learn more about it and about civil engineering in general. During the Co-Operative Education callout my freshman year, I met Leonard Wood who, at that time, was the Civil Engineering Co-Op Program coordinator. Professor Wood suggested to me that the Co-Op Program not only provides paid, on the job training, but also offers students a way to learn what surveyors, for example, actually do on-the-job. Professor Wood told me that if I liked surveying, I would find out early. And, he felt that if I did not, it would not be a loss. He explained to me that the experience would be on my resume and I would not be too far along academically to switch career paths.

I thought this advice made sense, and now that I have completed five work-sessions with The Schneider Corporation, I know that it was the best decision I could have made. From the beginning my field experience has helped me perform better academically. The first three work-sessions I worked in the field where I picked-up terminology and jargon from my co-workers. This really gave me an advantage in my surveying classes. In the summer, I would work 12-hour days, sometimes six days a week and discovered I liked it! During later sessions, I worked in the office drafting and now, as a senior in the dual degree civil engineering/geomatics program at Purdue, I works part-time in Schneider's West Lafayette office. And, I am confident that when I graduate in May 2007, I am in the right field and the right job will be waiting for me.”