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Internship Spotlight: Nick Lodl, Oshkosh Defense

Nick Lodl, Supply Chain Management

The Beginning

My journey to becoming an intern started with the job fair. I was new to the business world and I knew that I was good at networking, so I thought I would start there. I talked to a few companies, many of which did not interest me, until I spoke with the recruiters at Oshkosh Defense.

Oshkosh Defense seemed like an interesting place to work, and I thought an internship with the company would bode well for me in the future. It was spring semester and I knew that it would be a long shot, but I applied anyway. Months went by before I heard anything, then all of a sudden I received a phone call asking for an interview. I took the interview and was hired as a Team Coordinator Co-Op.

I was extremely nervous because my experience in the business world was vastly limited, and I was not confident that I was qualified for this position. However, I went for it and it has been the best decision of my life.

Day in the Life of a Co-Op

As a Team Coordinator it is my job to oversee production. We achieve success and continuous improvement by leading with Safety, Quality, and Work Place Organization. Each day is a new challenge with Oshkosh Defense. I get a lot of good exposure to many facets of the manufacturing world. Be it Quality, Safety, Production, Operations, Operations Finance, and Engineering; needless to say I wear a lot of “hats.”

What I have Learned

During my time at Oshkosh Corporation, I have found that if you can think critically, make sound decisions, work hard, and speak intelligently, you will be successful in any internship you choose to pursue. Class work is important. It is important to understand the fundamentals of cost and the concepts associated with many of the business classes. However, what you learn in your internship can never be taught in a classroom. It is important to embrace the internship experience and learn everything you can from as many people as you can.

Internship Spotlight: Mike Drummond, Oshkosh Defense

 

Mike Drummond, Team Coordinator, Oshkosh Defense

Company

Oshkosh Defense produces high end military access equipment for customers all over the globe. Oshkosh is pushing new technology to better serve the world’s military’s in all types of missions.

My Role

My role as a team coordinator at Oshkosh is to operate every facet of the engine assembly process. Major concerns are quality, budgeted hours, manpower and 5S. These are simple concepts but executing them has been a challenge. This position has really put me out there. Managing people has been one of the most difficult things I have ever tried to do.

I have been becoming more and more valuable to the company as I get more projects and responsibilities. The engine line re-balance will be a significant project that I will be a large part of in the coming months. I have been receiving new opportunities as they become available. I will be running the trailer line in the upcoming weeks while a coordinator is out.

My Experience

This experience has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done. This position is not for the weak at heart. There are days that are a struggle and days that you feel like you can’t do wrong. I think that this job has made me a better problem solver. The root cause is not always at the surface. I’m not sure another internship would have offered this level of value to my professional skills.

When I head back to school in the Fall I think I will have a different outlook on life, work and play. Working 60 hours a week has added so much value to my professional skills and outlook on what is valuable to me. I love to spend time at work and feel like I am accomplishing things every day. Every experience I have had, good or bad, I have learned from. Every second of the day counts and shouldn’t be wasted.


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