Joe Bean, Purdue University

What is your title?
I was an Electrical Engineering Intern during my Co-op with Purdue University. However, I will soon be graduating and have accepted a position with MacB as an Electrical Systems Engineer.

How did you first learn about MacB?
I first learned about MacB from an alumni event at my University. Someone who was speaking on the panel worked in a facility that MacB had contract work in.

What does a typical day at MacB look like?
In my case, I worked at an onsite facility at the Air Force Base. Most days were either spent working with customers directly, helping design and operate the tests they needed or preparing for customers by setting up for tests, working on infrastructure, or troubleshooting issues that had come up.

What do you like best about your job?
My favorite part about my job is that while I think I’ll always have more to learn, I can still detect progress every week in getting more comfortable and knowledgeable about the work being done.

What is the most exciting aspect of your job?
The most exciting aspect of my job is getting to work in an environment where I can see how crucial the word that we do is to the success of our customers.

What do you like most about MacB?
My favorite part about my experience with MacB has been working with people that are truly seasoned professionals in their fields. Being able to work alongside coworkers that have a high level of intuition about the task at hand is a priceless way to learn in my opinion.

Describe MacB in three words.
Established, Mature, Effective

How has your internship prepared you for your career?
My internship with MacB taught me about working with teams of engineers who have different backgrounds and approaches, but all share the same goal. This collaborative process was incredibly good practice for what I anticipate everyday work in my career will be like.

What advice do you have for prospect MacB interns?
My advice would be to be ready to try and soak up as much information as possible, but don’t be discouraged if you don’t catch something until the second or third try. If you’re making progress, moving forward, and contributing to projects where you can, then you’re doing it right.

What’s Next?
After I graduate in May, I’ll be starting a full-time position with MacB in Dayton, Ohio, working at the same facility that I interned at over the past two Summers.