August 18, 2011

Graduate Profile Caylee Johanson

Headshot of CayleeMechanical Engineering Technology

What did you enjoy most about your program?
I transferred into Wentworth so I didn’t complete all of my classes here, but I wish I did. I’ve heard a lot about the freshman lab classes and wish I had classes that were as hands-on as they are at Wentworth. What I liked most about my time at Wentworth is that most of my professors were practicing professionals who taught us about the applications of the subject matter from their experiences. 

What was your most memorable college experience?
Time spent outside of the classroom with friends walking around Boston and on the softball field are definitely some of my fondest memories. Being able to travel and bond with the softball team will be one of the biggest things I’ll miss about college. In class, it was always fun to make the professors laugh and bond with them. It was a good feeling when they started to treat you as a colleague instead of a student. 

What did you like best about co-op, where did you do it, what was your position?
I participated in three co-ops. The first one was at Laurel Engineering, LLC, a small civil engineering company in Winsted, CT, where I did seismic vibrational analysis in case of earthquakes. My second position was working on HVAC CAD drawings at Vanderweil Engineers in Boston. My most recent co-op position was working as a product safety and reliability engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand in Windsor Locks, CT. I used my co-ops to experience three companies different in size and industry. This has allowed me to get a feeling of what I want and what I don’t want in a company and career, which is just as important. 

What are your future plans?
The third company I worked for, Hamilton Sundstrand, asked me to come back, and I have been working part time during the summer semester until I graduate when I will be hired as a full-time employee. I work in the Space Systems department, performing documentation for failure analysis of Extravehicular Mobility Units, which are the space suits NASA astronauts use during space walks. While working at Hamilton Sundstrand, I plan to pursue my master’s degree in either aerospace and aeronautics or environmental engineering. In the fall, I will also be working towards getting my commercial helicopter pilot’s license at Northeast Helicopters in Ellington, CT.

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