Teaching skills required in evolving industries
So far, Petrusha’s favorite class has been Interdisciplinary Design and Manufacturing because it includes two labs teaching valuable skills for the future.
“One where we’re learning how to use integrated computer machines and designs, and then the other is building a robot to play games, to do actual functions,” Petrusha said. “It’s two classes rolled into one, where it’s very much both sides of a working experience of learning how to use a machine to do a task versus then what do we do with those things we used on the machine. We build them into a design that does a task. It was really two-sided, but it also reflected and laced my experience, again, with a more real-world application there.”
At this point, he’s still deciding what he wants to do after graduation but can see himself staying at his Co-op.
“While I’ve been there, they’ve hired several Kettering Co-ops,” Petrusha said.
He echoed Salisbury’s analysis of the BSE.
“Not only is it even more applicable to having that broad-scope work experience, but it gives you a more broad-scope educational experience too,” he said. “The biggest thing I’ve felt I’ve gained from this program so far is the ability to look at a problem from multiple angles, not just a purely mechanical angle but also an electrical angle and a computer angle. Having that ability to look at something from multiple angles in the real world is hugely valuable.”
The skills Phillip Goldman ’25 is learning in the classroom become almost immediately applicable to his Co-op jobs and a program like the BSE is where industry is heading, he said.
“For instance, as an engineer, you’re going to learn some sort of programming because it’s everywhere now,” Goldman said. “Especially in automotive, everything is getting integrated with electricity, so if you just have the mechanical aspect, you’re going to miss out on some of the new technology that’s being manufactured.”
At his Co-op, Tenneco, Goldman works with automotive brakes and processes data from tests on various vehicles and machines.
Originally, the Hartford, Connecticut, native thought he would study Mechanical Engineering to work on Powertrain engines. However, when the industry shifted its focus to electric vehicles, so did Goldman. He’s now studying to earn a BSE with a concentration in Mechatronics Systems.