Learning Beyond the Classroom: Co-Op at Philips Medical Systems

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The opportunity to utilize classroom knowledge in the real world is an invaluable experience most college students only receive during a three-month summer internship. But that is exactly what Emma Kunimoto, a senior mechanical engineering major, got to do for an entire semester at her co-op with Philips Medical Systems.

Emma acted as a mechanical design engineer within the computed tomography unit at Philips. She assisted with engineering change orders for multiple managers, which involved modeling with CAD software, writing assembly work instructions, and validating calculations for products.

“The class that prepared me the most for this job was my manufacturing processes class. It was helpful because it opened my eyes to the many things one must consider when manufacturing products…I think the engineering program at Miami taught me the importance of perseverance,” Emma said.

Her favorite part about her co-op was gaining industry experience in a large, international corporation. She also enjoyed learning about all of the technicalities of developing a medical product.

Emma recommends that students take a co-op if they are able.

“You want to set yourself up with the firmest foundation before leaving school and gaining work experience is a part of that. Companies want candidates that have already had experience in applying those soft [educational] skills in a corporate setting,” she said.

Best of luck to Emma in all of her endeavors beyond graduation!

Written by Sarah Mattina, student communications assistant