Paul Rosenberger

Company: Hamilton Sundstrand - United Technologies
Company URL: http://www.hamiltonsundstrandcareers.com/CRUPinternCoOpsHS.asp?user_id=
School: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Sheridan, IN
High School: Sheridan High School
Expected Graduation: December, 2012

When I was a senior in high school, I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life and I thought that my choice of college and major would strictly dictate the rest of my life.  I had applications at a number of different schools for a number of different majors.  One of those applications was for Purdue University to major in engineering.  I was very much unaware of what engineering was or how it would change my life, but I knew I was good at math and science as well as figuring things out.  I ended up choosing Purdue, but did not realize that this was one of the best decisions I had made up to that point in my life.  It wasn't until I started when I started to see opportunities presenting themselves that I would have never experienced without the decision I made to attend Purdue.  One of those opportunities was the co-op program.  I heard about it during my freshman year and after hearing about the tremendous amount of experience gained through the program, I decided to try it out.  I later realized that this would be another great decision.

I have worked 4 out of my 5 required sessions with Hamilton Sundstrand, an aerospace electronic power and control systems company.  My first 3 sessions, I worked in Rockford, IL and my 4th session, I worked in San Diego, CA.  Hamilton Sundstrand typically hires around 50 co-ops during spring and fall semesters and an additional 50 interns during the summers.  Due to the large size of the company, each of those sessions have been extremely different and have taught me a wide array of practical engineering knowledge.  In my time at Hamilton Sundstrand, I have worked on designing generator control units for the Airbus A350XWB to building test equipment for Lockheed Martin / NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.  There has always been something interesting.     

The best advantage to being a co-op is the experience gained from the time spent on co-op.  Every session I have been able to both use knowledge I have gained from school as well as learn new things that have helped me in my future courses.  One thing that a co-op can prepare you for that is often somewhat overlooked is working in a professional environment.  For instance, I still remember my co-workers advice today that whenever you need to ask someone a question and haven't met them yet, take the time to walk over to their desk and introduce yourself first.  Every session, I have been honored to work with and take advice from people who have been working longer than I have been alive and their mentorship has been very helpful to my professional experience.