Erie, Michigan - Aug 2018 - 20 years ago the University of Toledo created a mandatory co-op program to help UT engineering students thrive in their careers. Automatic Handling, an international supplier of heavy-duty custom engineered and manufactured automation systems, has been a champion of UT's innovative co-op program. In the last ten years alone, Automatic Handling International Inc. has had over 52 official co-op placements, with 12 of those being permanent hires after graduation.
Dr. Brian Randolph, Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor at the University of Toledo College of Engineering toured the campus of Automatic Handling in Erie and met with a host of alumni and current students. Each of the current co-ops gave a short presentation related to their experiences at Automatic Handling, their knowledge gained, and how their contributions fit into the business's general project cycle within their operational department.
During the tour of the 150,000 sq ft facility, Dr. Randolph was able to observe the testing of roll handling equipment and learn more about how engineers couple their coursework and co-op experience.
"It’s not often that I get to visit with our co-op students and alumni at their employer," said Dr. Randolph. "Automatic Handling is an impressive company and offers some unique opportunities for our students. And it’s great to see them being mentored by successful UT Engineering alumni on such interesting and complex projects."
"The mandatory co-op program is one of the coolest parts of the University of Toledo's engineering program," said Mary Hillegas, former co-op placement, 2017 UT Alumna, and current Automatic Handling Project Manager. "It is one of only eight engineering programs in the U.S. with such a co-op program."
To learn more about UT's Program visit http://www.utoledo.edu/engineering/co-op-and-careers/
About Automatic Handling, Intl.
Automatic Handling® is a worldwide manufacturer of custom and patented handling and packaging systems. Using these technologies, Automatic Handling strives to improve their customers' production efficiencies, limiting waste and boosting production times as well as protecting valuable machinery and increasing overall productivity through automation. Customer success is the foundation of their business model. Additional information about the company and its systems is available at www.automatichandling.com.