Co-op student helps finalize logo

Jan 17, 2003

Can a mechanical engineer become a "pseudo" graphic designer without changing majors?

Can a mechanical engineer become a "pseudo" graphic designer without changing majors? That is what happened to student Charles Bonam during his co-op job at Breed Technology recently. While working as part of an advanced product development team, Bonam was asked to finish the design of the company logo.

"The project was handed off to me to complete and I worked on finishing the logo for approximately one to two weeks as part of my work term, " Bonam said. "This was in addition to my project work that I was doing for the advanced development airbags group."

Bonam began his co-op work experience at Breed Technology about one month after graduating from high school at Anchor Bay High School in New Baltimore, Mich. He was recruited to Breed through a regional job fair while still a senior in high school. He decided to attend the fair due to information that he received from his high school adviser and "got hired right away."

He began his first co-op work term with Breed Technology in Sterling Heights and has been there for seven work terms as a Mechanical Engineering major. He began working in the test lab, then moved to testing seatbelt systems, then core airbags. Bonam said he enjoys the flexibility of working on new and different projects.

Breed Technology is known in the automotive industry for engineering many types of automotive safety restraints, seatbelts, airbags, steering wheels, inflators and sensing systems, air crash sensors and automotive trim. As a global manufacturer with world headquarters in Lakeland, Fla., they are a leader in design, development and the manufacture of these safety systems and components. Breed has played a major role in the evolution of automotive occupant safety industry since its inception and has more than doubled in size since 1997.

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Breed currently has 16 Kettering co-operative education students working for them. These co-op students are from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Management majors. They gathered as a group at Kettering University recently for a photo and to present the logo, which is now displayed on the south wall in the Great Court.

Written by Patricia Neigh
Communications/Marketing Administrator for Co-op Education & Career Services
(810) 762-9648