School of Engineering Cooperative Education Brian Cain

School of Engineering Cooperative Education Features Brian Cain ?17

By Mary Harbach

He added to his academic knowledge through the School’s Cooperative Education (co-op) program and The ETHOS Center’s international immersion program.

In the fall of 2014, Brian started his co-op experience with The Lubrizol Corporation and stayed with them through four co-op work terms. Each term, Brian moved to a different area of responsibility as an Environmental Assurance Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Process Development Engineer and Project Manager. As Brian’s responsibilities grew, his engineering experiences grew.

After completing his fourth and final work term, Brian returned to campus for his senior year. Because Lubrizol hires about 85 percent of their co-op students for full-time positions, Brian is optimistic that he will have an offer when he graduates in May 2017.

Brian’s cooperative education key takeaways were problem solving, independence and multi-tasking. His overall co-op knowledge gave him a good representation of what a full-time chemical engineer does, and he believes that he is prepared to start a career in this field.

In addition to his co-op experience, Brian planned an ETHOS international immersion to Bolivia during the summer of 2014. All engineering co-op students can participate in an international or domestic ETHOS immersion or a study abroad program if they plan early – during their sophomore year.

Today, Brian’s engineering plan has proven to be a success!

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