From Co-Op to Engineer: Ryan's Story
Updated: Jun 21, 2021
Ryan Moynihan, Mechanical Design Engineer
Previously Mechanical Co-Op for 3 semesters
Wentworth Institute of Technology Graduate, 2018
Ryan Moynihan completed 3 semesters of co-op prior to accepting a full-time position at F&T after graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2018. During his career he’s been on both sides of the co-op experience, as a student and a now as a mentor. Here are some helpful tips from Ryan on what we look for in a co-op and how co-op positions at F&T help prepare you for a full-time career:
What are traits of a successful co-op?
Co-ops who are attentive, coachable, and resourceful are often very successful here! Something that would be helpful if you are new to the industry is to do a little background research on what HVAC drawings look like, learn a little about the industry, and work on learning some language used in the MEP and construction world. This curiosity goes a long way, and helps you further develop problem solving skills and ability to draw conclusions.
In any position it is also important to have a strong work ethic and willingness to learn. Questioning how something works often engages you more in a topic and helps provide context to why you are doing a task a certain way.
How does a co-op position at F&T help you transition into a full-time career?
The co-op position at F&T made me qualified for an entry level position upon graduation. I felt like I had more experience than my peers and was confident working in a professional setting. One advantage was that I was able to see exactly what I would be doing on a daily basis, which made me excited to start at F&T. I was able to build my skill set, learn about my career path, and future.
What’s your favorite part about working at F&T?
My favorite part about working at F&T is the ability and freedom to make meaningful changes through the continuous improvement program. If you have a good idea and it’s supported, and you can go with it. This gives each person, whether a co-op or a principal, the ability to make a real impact on the firm. Another positive at F&T is the small company environment. It's nice to be able to know everyone and build lasting relationships with them.
Want to learn more about F&T's co-op life? Visit our co-op career page here.