November 14, 2011
Hitting the Ground Running
Eric Schmidt, Civil Engineering Technology (BCET) ’12
Co-op employer: Pratt & Whitney
Co-op position: Facilities and Services Engineer
Hometown: Durham, Conn.
Second time around
Last spring, Eric Schmidt, BCET ’12, split his time between an airplane engine manufacturing company called Pratt & Whitney and a different job at a smaller surveying company. He learned a lot the first time around at Pratt & Whitney and was hungry for more, so when it came time to choose a co-op for the fall the choice to return was an easy one.
Learning across the board
Most of Schmidt’s work at Pratt & Whitney has consisted of parking lot redesign while the company’s campus is under construction. He determined the amount of parking spaces that would be affected by the construction and found areas for employees to park during that period. “I have been on the jobsite almost every day since construction began and, along with another co-worker and a contracted survey team, [I have provided] maps and information to help the contracted construction team.”
His work with parking lots ties into his other main on-the-job responsibility—safety. Schmidt serves on the pedestrian safety committee, which examines accidents and recurring problems around campus and comes up with solutions for them. “I also surveyed every parking lot on campus to determine which areas are in need of restriping or new signage and to make sure handicap spaces, curbs, and building entrances are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.”
“It is great to see many subjects I have learned at Wentworth being relevant in my daily work,” he said. “I hope to continue to learn things in my last two semesters that will be valuable to this current career path.” It’s a path he hopes will end where it began—working at Pratt & Whitney.
- Dennis Nealon