Kaley Core Spencerville, Ohio / 22 Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering BS, 2015 Specialization in Food Engineering The Ohio State University Associate Process Engineer - Corporate Hirzel Canning Co., Ottawa, Ohio Food engineering was an obvious choice for me—a combination of all of my interests: food, engineering, math, and science. I was incredibly fortunate that I had terrific engineering internships at a food processing plant. I learned so much and could not have asked for a better opportunity or a better fit for me. My first summer at Hirzel Canning Co. brought numerous responsibilities— training on an aseptic filling machine, learning about and programming PLC systems, and familiarizing myself with the equipment, plant layout, and data collection for research. In my second summer, I worked on instrumentation—temperature sensors, pH meters, pressure sensors, and conductivity meters. At the beginning of tomato season, I saw all of the plant in operation. It was fascinating! I also worked at HCC’s plants in Pemberville and Northwood, where both tomatoes and sauerkraut are processed. I am very excited to have a full-time position with HCC now! One of the greatest challenges facing students today is finding balance between classes, work, and involvement in outside activities. When interviewing for internships and full-time positions, companies want to see not only grades but also work experience, involvement in clubs, and volunteer work. It can be difficult to prioritize activities and get everything done. In my last semester of college, I took 16 credit hours, spent 12 to 15 hours a week working as a teaching assistant, played softball with my intramural team, was involved in our ASABE chapter, and helped with department recruitment events for prospective freshmen. With companies wanting students to be well rounded, work/life balance is imperative. I highly recommend becoming involved in an ASABE chapter above other choices. The people that I met, the friends I made, and the opportunities that I had through ASABE made my college experience.
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