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Co-op Program

Student Experiences

January 2016 Class
Testimonial #1 - Betatronics Corporation

The first month was a little overwhelming. You quickly realize how different working life is from school. This program is definitely worth the time. I will now graduate a semester late, however, the experience that I gain every day will strengthen my resume.

Rocco Famiglietti
Junior
Mechanical Engineering

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Testimonial #2 - CCSI

My on the job experience for the first month had been incredibly interesting. My problem solving has been improved since I first started. My public speaking skills have greatly increased due to being encouraged so heavily to interject my thoughts and opinions at our meetings. I've also learned great time management skills while on the job.

Matt Gavin
Junior
Computer Science

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Testimonial #3 - Curtiss Wright Corporation

These past 5 months have been an awesome experience and solidified my decision to become a mechanical engineer. I would highly recommend this Co-Op program to every Hofstra engineering student, as the experience you get on the job is unlike any you will get in the classroom. It was a big decision whether to take off the semester and do this program, or just stay the course and graduate on time, but now I know I made the right choice.

Chris Lewis
Junior
Mechanical Engineering

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Testimonial #4 - Festo Corporation

My co-op internship at Festo has been more beneficial than I could’ve ever imagined! It has been such a wonderful growing experience and I now have so many more skills and tools that I will be able to use in my future career path! I would strongly recommend the co-op internship to every engineering student. It is a beneficial learning experience from the very beginning stages of editing resumes and going on interviews. I learned a great deal more than what I would've learned in a short summer internship or a part-time semester internship.

Abby Brauer
Junior
Mechanical Engineering

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Testimonial #5 - LiRo

Before I started the co-op, I was extremely apprehensive about the whole experience, I’ve learn a lot about the business aspect of my engineering firms. All in all, the co-op was definitely worth the experience. Though some people are hesitant about graduating a semester behind, the pros to the program heavily outweigh the cons. I made the difficult decision of quitting the dance team to have the opportunity to gain knowledge in my field and it is definitely worth it.

Maya Williams
Junior
Mechanical Engineering

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Testimonial #6 - Lizardos Engineering

I have developed more skills in time management and how I present my work to other people. I have learned it’s important to keep your work presentable and easy to follow if you have to explain it to someone else.

Robert Dwyer
Junior
Mechanical Engineering

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Testimonial #7 - Lockheed Martin

Overall, my experience with Lockheed Martin was invaluable…. I would definitely recommend other students to take part in this Co-Op program.

Eric Katzen
Junior
Mechanical Engineering

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Testimonial #8 - National Grid

“This experience is definitely something that has not only helped me to perfect my skills and further understand what I will be doing after college.”

Daniel Merklin
Junior
National Grid

Testimonial #9 - Prime Engineering

My public speaking has improved, as I spoke with different clients and town representatives throughout the process of each job. What greatly surprised me was that the subjects I learned in school were expanded upon during my work experience. I would recommend this to my underclassmen because it a great experience while in college.

Marc Anthony Minicozzi
Junior
Civil Engineering

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Testimonial #10 - PSEG - LI

This job helped me develop by abilities to notice and pay attention to the small details. More importantly, I gained skills interacting and discussing project requirements with fellow engineers. All in all, this has been an enjoyable and educational experience that I would recommend to anyone looking to gain work experience in the field of engineering.”

Pat Mortimer
Junior
Mechanical Engineering

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Testimonial #11 - Skanska Corporation

Looking back, I’ve realized the valuable opportunity of this experience to grow personally and professional

Robin Singh
Junior
Mechanical Engineer

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Testimonial #12 - Spectronics Corporation

There is no doubt in my mind that doing this Co-op was the right choice. It has been great experience in all realms, both technical and professional.

Noah Rood Goldman
Junior
Electrical Engineering

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Testimonial #13 - Telephonics Corporation

I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone who wants to learn what engineering actually is.

Rafal Golaszewsi
Junior
Electrical Engineering

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Testimonial #14 - Telephonic Corporation

I have honed the skills of using Visio for detailed and complex design drawings, as well as AutoCAD. I have worked on bettering my lab testing reports as well my public speaking skills in meetings.

Daryl Fowlkes
Junior
Electrical Engineering

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Pilot Class
Testimonial #1 - Jaros, Baum & Bolles

To: Mr. Phillip Coniglio
From: Brandon Sinclair
Date: 8.20.2014
Subject: Co‐Op Status
While far from over, my Co‐Op experience has been nothing short of magnificent. During the application process I viewed it was a great opportunity to not just gain experience, but to get a better understanding of what direction I would take in the broad world of engineering. While this proved to be exactly what the Co‐Op was about, I never could have expected the amazing experience I would have. I entered a field that I didn't even know existed and stumbled my way into a company that is truly the best of the best. The early transition could not have gone any better because I am surrounded by people who are passionate about their jobs, and are eager to share their extensive knowledge that they have gained over decades. Some of the friendships I have made here are ones that I hope to keep for years to come. There are plenty of golf outings, fun activities, and working of Wall Street certainly has its perks, but at the end of the day this job is not all fun and games.

There are interns, and there are Co‐Ops. Interns are not given much responsibility as many engineers do not even bother learn the name of someone who will be on a project for only a couple of months. Within my first two weeks I was thrown onto the largest construction project in human history. This entirely because of the unique opportunity I have here and not the result of any exceptional engineering skills. This project ended the honeymoon stage of the job pretty early. When we were issuing, overtime was an expectation and sleep was not. More than the work load, the responsibility is what was most shocking. College makes you accustomed to submitting homework and labs that have no real importance, however, submitting calculations and designs that are actually going to be implemented is entirely different. There is no hoping it's perfect and you get an A, getting it right is the only option. This kind of responsibility is great experience for whatever path I follow. It is something that is impossible to get as an undergraduate had it not been for this Co‐Op.

I would recommend the Co‐Op to any engineer at Hofstra. Missing a few credits cannot compare to what you will gain in experience and direction. I have already learned more here in Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer and Thermal than I did in all of my years in school. More importantly, it's an amazing opportunity to discover if you hate a field, which is just as likely and important as it is to discover you love one. I want to work here for the rest of my life and while that's not guaranteed, it's at least possible and would not have been with a resume and transcript alone.

Thanks,
Brandon

BRANDON P. SINCLAIR
ENGINEER
JAROS, BAUM
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Testimonial #2 - Structure Tone

Phil,

I am working as a Construction Superintendent for Structure Tone, a general contractor in the city. The skills I have learned in three months are invaluable towards my career. Construction management was something that never crossed my mind as a career choice and now it has become my only career choice. On the first day I did not know what to expect because construction was so new to me. I was fortunate enough to work on Long Island at the HBO Headquarters in Hauppauge. From this location, television signals are transmitted to people's homes all across North America. If the wrong wire was cut, or the wrong measurement was given to be drilled, the whole country would lose signal for HBO. Just as any normal new intern, I was nervous after hearing about the complexity of the project. Along with being nervous, I was overwhelmed because the applications of engineering required as a superintendent were completely different than the applications taught in the classroom. For those of you who are unaware, a superintendent is responsible for overseeing the actual construction of a construction site. There are no calculations of reaction forces or moments; Instead, I dealt with tradesmen, the sub-contractors, architects, and the upper levels of management in my company. It's not easy juggling all of these tasks at once, but it is very rewarding once figured out. I came to enjoy seeing the applications from a different perspective that otherwise would not have been possible without this Co-op Program.

After a few days in the field I learned as I went and became exposed to skills that were not taught in the classroom. The skills included communication, diligence and accountability. Being a former student athlete I was familiar with all of these traits, but I never realized that they were extensively used in the professional world. Communication is more than just being on the same page with bunt coverage’s or pitch sequences. Instead, the most important aspect of my job was to learn the best way to communicate with my peers. In the professional world, people must get their job done at the end of the day. Co-workers are not like a teachers, they will not wait around for you to ask questions. The best way to get answers from people is to write down questions as they come and to sit down and ask when the job site is moving slow. Moving on, diligence coincides with attention to detail. As engineering students, attention to detail includes the correct direction of forces or the accuracy of significant figures. As a construction superintendent, diligence goes way beyond that. Diligence is limitless and is a direct reflection of a how co-workers will view you. It is important to stay organized and complete tasks to the point where you are satisfied with leaving your name on it. This ranges from how you dress to how well you can make copies. In the professional world, attention to detail is expected and it is very noticeable when those expectations aren't met. Finally, accountability is the ability to own up to mistakes you have made. As a student athlete, accountability began in the weight room and ended on the field. Whether it meant owning up to a missed sign or a missed repetition of sprints; being accountable made you a better team mate and a better person. In the professional world making mistakes are common but excuses are unacceptable. Being accountable for your actions not only is expected by others, it will also make you a respectable employee.

These three months have gone by faster than I could have imagined. Now looking back on my experience, it has been invaluable towards my professional career. I am very fortunate to be a part of the pilot class of Hofstra's Engineering Co-op Program because my experience in the field will not be cut short. I am able to use the knowledge gained over the past three months and continue to use it to my advantage. Even after three months I feel light years ahead of myself than when I started this summer. I strongly recommend this program to fellow students because the experience gained has helped me in ways I never thought were possible.

Thanks,
Robert Kollmer
Structure Tone Co-op
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Testimonial #3 - Black Knight Financial Services

My Co-op Experience

For the last three months I have been working at Black Knight Financial Services. BKFS is a technology company that provides products and services that help facilitate and automate the mortgage process and lifecycle in the finance industry. I am working in the Data and Analytics department, mostly working with internal data to help upper management make decisions. This involves organizing, analyzing, and reporting the data in a way that can be easily and quickly understood.

In a normal internship I would be finishing up with only a week and half or so left. Most of the interns are gone by now, with a couple still working here until their semester starts. However I am not even halfway and continue to learn something new and expand my knowledge of data analysis and reporting as well as the mortgage industry as a whole every week. I have, and continue to work on a diverse range of projects that are challenging with no correct path for completing them. Although spending hours sometimes days trying to come up with a solution only to realize it doesn’t work can be frustrating, it is also extremely rewarding to use creative and unique ways to solve problems that do not have the answers in the back of a book, which to me, is what engineering is all about. Although I am using little of the hard skills I learned in classes, I knew this going into the position after going over the job description, I have greatly increased my problem solving skills and how I approach a task as I tackle sometimes 1OO,OOOs of lines of data. My main tools are Excel, and SQL, a language I had zero prior experience coding in. My knowledge and confidence in using both has increased greatly over the last couple of months.

Half of my Co-op is in Jacksonville Florida where I have been working with management. The other half yet to come will be in Glendale California where I will get to work with the people who actually find and analysis the data of the mortgage industry in order to create products, which I am greatly looking forward to. Also, I have zero homework and zero exams to study for during the weekend, which is a lifestyle I am enjoying very much. All in all I highly recommend it especially since there are so many more opportunities to learn and grow from that come with working half a year rather than half a summer.

Michael Spencer
Industrial Engineering
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Testimonial #4 - Walden Associates

Hello Mr. Coniglio,

Thank you for taking the time to check up on my progress at Walden. During my first three months, I have learned more about the field of engineering than I thought possible. Academics and working in the food industry have not prepared me for the demand of real engineering work.

My experience at Walden has been fulfilling. Joe Heaney, the company owner and President, holds his workers to a high standard and challenges us to improve as professionals and people. During my first week of work I was tasked with overseeing a project for the Town of Hempstead. Peter, my project manager, has a philosophy that new employees should be given a long leash forcing us to make mistakes and learn on the go. Peters way of teaching has enabled me be comfortable with speaking on the phone and being alone in the field. During my first three months I have participated in various jobs and as a result I now believe that I understand what engineering entails.

Working for Walden has forced me to improve my tactics and habits as a professional. I have had little exposure to AutoCAD prior to being hired. I took a class on the program freshman year and have barely used it since. My skills were undeveloped and my work showed. After numerous drafts and a lot of wasted red ink my skills began to sharpen. The ability to ask coworkers for advice has proven more beneficial than any class or Google search I have previously used. My project manager took hours out of his time to teach me the proper way to create drawings and how to present them professionally. My proficiency in AutoCAD has increased tenfold and I am now confident in the work I produce.

My experience at Walden has been nothing short of life changing. I am excited for the coming three months and the different jobs they hold. The amount of work I have been given has been fair and challenging. No two days are the same at Walden. The atmosphere is very welcoming, the company celebrates birthdays and gives employees the freedom other companies may not provide. I am appreciative of the opportunity given to me and I look forward to the future challenges I will face.

Thank you,
Edmond Kirby
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Testimonial #5 - Black Knight Financial Services

Oct 9, 2015

Hello Mr. Coniglio,
Great to hear the Co-op is growing in both students and companies. This week is my first week in the Glendale Office, so I have spent the week formularizing myself with the database schema, and the different types of data in the database like parcel maps, deed documents, etc. The project my boss has planned for me is a little over my head at the moment, which I think is a good thing, but it sounds like I’ll be using some statistical analysis to figure out how accurate certain pieces of data are when searched on the company’s product, and help come up with Queries that will alleviate any issues that I find. On the side, I am still helping my boss in Jax with the employee database administration, creating monthly reports, and making sure the db is clean and up to date.

Thanks and have a great weekend,
Michael Spencer

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Testimonial #6 - Walden Associates

Oct 9, 2015

Mr. Coniglio, thank you again for checking up on my progress at Walden, things are going very well. My experience continues to be outstanding. I have been involved with a variety of different projects during my five month tenure, ranging from construction oversite, to well sampling and other engineering services. The time I have spent meeting clients outside of the office has improved my professional skills. Recently, Walden has completed a job at the Town of Hempstead’s animal shelter in Wantagh, it was the second job that I partook in. Just my second week on the job, my project manager, sent me to perform construction oversite on my own. It was a simple task, I watched the contractor replace the battery of a generator and test it. This being my first time in the field alone, I was very nervous. I couldn’t understand why an intern would be allowed in the field with no experience, but I soon realized it is the fastest way to learn. I spent the next few weeks overseeing the implementation of an emergency generator for the animal shelter. I dealt with aggressive contractors and nosey town workers. Each morning I was worried that I would make a mistake and ruin the project. As the job went on, my confidence grew. I realized that the field book, bid documents and design drawings were my tools to help keep the contractor on the proper course. This project experience forced me to learn on the go and because of that, I have a strong understanding of project management.

Another project I was involved with was the sampling of 28 monitoring wells at Frost Street (an industrial zone and state superfund site known for environmental contamination due to the presence of petroleum spills from industrial operations) . This project involved a great deal of teamwork, communication and patience, it took five days to complete. My job was to help on the first and last day to help setup/breakdown the equipment respectively. In the process, my co-worker taught me how to sample wells and explained the objective of the project, which was to document the effectiveness of our clean-up efforts of the soil and groundwater. It was tedious work but very enjoyable as it was my first real environmental work. The most difficult part was staying focused over the 12-hour day. At the end of the project I was well educated on the procedure for setting up the sampling stations and the importance of not spreading any contamination. This project was a long and difficult task, but very informative. Finally I had the opportunity to assist Joe Heaney, President of Walden, on a paving project. Joe requested I research previous jobs that Walden has completed and contact paving contractors for a site walk through. Next I was sent to the job site to mark out the roads for the paving job. Joe taught me how to create the marking stations with spray paint and in the meantime discussed potential options for the way the paving would be completed. We had three site walks with contractors and my task was to follow up after the meeting to receive quotes. After receiving all three quotes, I compared them and weighed the best options. Joe helped me through the process and pointed out different variables that were important to the job. Finally I had to revise a contract for our client. Working with Joe was extremely informative. He allowed me to do majority of the work with only a slight amount of oversite. He revised my work and thoroughly explained what I should and shouldn’t do. This critique was invaluable. I enjoyed the project and look forward to seeing its completion.

My time thus far with Walden has introduced me to large and small projects with a wide range of different experiences.
Edmond Kirby

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Testimonial #7 - Jaros, Baum & Bolles

Oct 19, 2015

Good Afternoon,

As I have said before, my favorite part about the Co-Op is being part of real life, large scale projects, and not just problems on a chalkboard. I am currently working on the Hudson Yards, it is the largest construction project in human history and has some amazing MEP designs that have never been attempted before. Being new to the field and on a project of this scale is certainly a 'learn to swim by swimming' philosophy. I am also on Horace Mann which is a small private school in the Bronx. This is a much smaller project, and is actually the perfect job for a Co-Op given that I will see the process from open to close while other projects would take years to complete. I am also on a lot of NYU projects. These projects are unique not only because of the complexity of medical buildings design, but also because these projects are all renovations and never conceptual designs. JB&B is also the lead MEP engineer of the World Trade Center. Because of Non-Disclosure Agreements the engineers involved cannot be shared but I mention it because the possibilities of experience for a student to gain through this program are endless.

As for the job, it could not be going any better. The people I work with and the work I am doing could not be a better fit for me. I am out the door by 5 AM most days and often don't get back until after 10, and I've never felt so motivated and excited for each day. Last week I worked 24 straight hours and maintained a higher level of focus and intensity than I have ever been able to put into my school work and I couldn't be more excited to return to my courses to apply the same work ethic.

Thank you,
BRANDON P. SINCLAIR
ENGINEER
JAROS, BAUM

Testimonial #8 - StructureTone

Oct 15, 2015
Phil,
I cannot believe that it has been four and a half months already. Had this job only lasted for the summer, I would have felt that I did not make the most of my experience. With that being said, I am very fortunate that this program lasts for six months. This past month I have asked more questions, taken more responsibilities, and most importantly made the most out of my opportunity.

I am still working on the same mechanical & interior improvement project out on Long Island. My job as a General Contractor is to help supervise the actual construction of a project. I deal with tradesmen, sub contractors, clients, and my boss in order to foresee any problems that might happen as well as problems that do happen. The experience gained from the quick thinking problem solving with hands on situations is invaluable. No class at Hofstra can compare to it. So far my biggest accomplishment working was supervising the job site all by myself. From never being on a construction site to being the guy in charge supervising the night shift was such a rewarding experience. The experience was not possible without this program. Hopefully I will be able to take on more responsibilities in the couple months I have left and continue to gain as much valuable experience as possible.

Sincerely,
Robert Kollmer