Prior to this coop experience,I have had three (3) other coops and one (1) part time job, all of which were applicable to the work I did during this coop. My experience and how it helped are as follows:
- During my co-op work term with the Additive Manufacturing Lab at SFU researching advanced 3D printing techniques which greatly helped in my understanding of the advanced technology being used in tests here at Linus Tech Tips (ex.robot arm)
- At my co-op work term with Current Scientific, the building and modifying thermal cameras helped me understand how to follow and design new procedures to keep failures to a minimum.
- On my co-op work term with Spartan Controls, I worked on control systems of large factories and utilities (ex.dam) and learned how to manage large workloads when being counted on to meet tight deadlines.
- My part time job at Roboplanets which is teaching coding has given me a solid background to understanding the complex new automated tests being used at Linus Tech Tips
To prepare for my job at Linus Media Group, I watched all their latest videos and brushed up on how to build a computer again as I knew that would be a large majority of my job. In addition, I watched a tour of the office to get a sense of the environment I would be working in for the next four (4) months. This turned out to be a massive benefit as I was a lot more comfortable on my first day than I normally am since I already had a basic understanding of the lay out of the office and what I would be expected to do.
Preparation Tips for Future Students
Watching the videos and reacquainting myself with computer building prepared me fairly well for my first day, however if I were to do it again, I would probably have brought a list of important information I needed to assist in the onboarding process. Key things like being how the time sheets worked, contact information of my coworkers, who to contact if I am sick or late, etc.