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Co-op Playing a Central Role for DePuy Synthes
August 15, 2017
Alexis Hendrichus, BBME ’18, finds herself at the center of a world of opportunity, employed in a manufacturing facility at the world’s leading orthopedics-device company, DePuy Synthes in Raynham, Mass.
Employed at DePuy through Wentworth’s co-operative education (co-op) program, Hendrichus is developing skills, fostering professional relationships, and accumulating experience valued by future employers. The advantages of the opportunity are not lost on Hendrichus, who transferred to Wentworth in 2016 for the strength of its co-op program.
As Foundry co-op, Hendrichus supports the workflow of the foundry’s senior staff members, completing technical forms, learning operations from a central point of view, and often working directly with the company’s medical tools. She also communicates between units to help facilitate the correct coordination of activities, and handles various logging activities such as tracking the timing of different steps in the production process.
“The hands-on work in the [Wentworth] labs has proven really helpful,” Hendrichus says. “Using certain machines, and certain tools, I came into this co-op being familiar with a lot of the same machines that DePuy uses.”
Hendrichus says that she was also familiar with the computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software that she uses at DePuy.
As for what she most enjoys about her co-op, Hendrichus says, “The people. I think everybody is just so great here, they’re so friendly and they’re so willing to teach you what they know, and they actually are passionate about what they do.
“I really want to make a difference in people’s lives,” she adds, “and I feel biomedical engineering is the backbone of many things in the medical field.”
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