Heatcraft

Heatcraft Refrigeration values engineering

At Heatcraft, engineering is at the core of product development as well as the constant improvement of our manufacturing processes and plant safety. As a co-op, you will be exposed to a rich and challenging assortment of engineering-related projects and challenges. We are proud to say that all of our student co-ops have rewarding experiences that allow them to prosper both during and after their careers at Heatcraft. But please don’t take our word for it! Here are what our current and past student co-ops had to say!

Meet our co-ops

“My co-op experience at Heatcraft Tifton has thus far been the most valuable form of education...”
Nathan Arnwine, University of Tennessee Knoxville

“HEATCRAFT provides their coops with outstanding opportunities to advance professional engineering skills and to pursue their personal interests...”
Gary Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology

“At Heatcraft Tifton you receive training, and gain engineering experience by working with a team of engineers to improve manufacturing processes.”
Thomas Reese, Tennessee Tech University

"Thanks to my four terms at heatcraft I have grown tremendously, both in my professional and personal life..."
Andrew Benton, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Working as a co-op at Heatcraft’s product development department has shown me the real world value of the education I have received."
Tom Pethtel, Georgia Institute of Technology

"The Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration Co-op experience is unlike any other across the country!"
Zachary Tarter, Florida State University

“Heatcraft Refrigeration's Co-op Program is a great challenge...”
Justin Dunnahoo, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Heatcraft Refrigeration's Co-op Program is a great challenge...”
Siddharth Gangopadhyay, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Working as a co-op at Heatcraft's product development department has been the most valuable of all my educational experiences.”
Anthony Gray, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Heatcraft Refrigeration's co-op program is a student-focused co-op...”
Dean Landers, Georgia Institute of Technology

“The Heatcraft Refrigeration Co-op Program prepares you for the future...”
David Icenogle, Georgia Institute of Technology

“My participation in the Co-op Program has been an incredible opportunity.”
Faye Hellman, University of Illinois

“Working as a Co-op Engineer at Heatcraft Refrigeration is an incredibly rewarding experience.”
David Carson, University of Illinois

“Heatcraft Refrigeration works hard to integrate its Co-ops into the engineering environment...”
Daniel Welch, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

“Choosing to participate in the Co-op Program is one of the best decisions...”
Karina Wong, Product Engineer & Co-op Program Director

“Heatcraft Refrigeration is an excellent company for an engineering Co-op.”
Laura Misiuk, Purdue University

“Joining the Co-op Program was the best educational decision I have ever made.”
Bobby Atkinson, University of Illinois

“The Co-op Program at Heatcraft Refrigeration is unlike any other.”
Ben Gambrel, Manufacturing Engineer/Production Manager

“The Heatcraft Refrigeration Co-op Program was a great jump-start for my engineering career. ”
Luke Wuthrich, Technical Support Manager

Nathan Arnwine

My co-op experience at Heatcraft Tifton has thus far been the most valuable form of education in my studies. Being able to work side by side with engineers solving real world problems has been humbling and inspiring. This co-op program provides me the perfect atmosphere in which to apply analytical problem solving and develop management and collaborative skills. My experience with the Manufacturing Engineering Department has been very fulfilling. I have been provided with formal training about the product and company along with extensive use of 3D modeling software. The co-op students are allowed to get involved in all manner of meetings and manufacturing processes within the plant and are even given total responsibility over some projects. A project I was given responsibility over involved the design and construction of a revolving lift-table for a welder in the plant. Heatcraft provides a successful co-op program that continually fuels my desire to learn and discover. I highly recommend any hard-working engineering student’s consideration in applying.

Nathan Arnwine - Heatcraft Tifton

University: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2016
Co-op Work Term: Second

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Gary Jones

HEATCRAFT provides their coops with outstanding opportunities to advance professional engineering skills and to pursue their personal interests. You will be challenged with a wide variety of projects including: CAD design with SolidEdge, software improvement and design, electrical system analysis and design, laboratory testing, product research, and general problem solving. I have appreciated the chance to work alongside a team of highly professional, knowledgeable, and experienced engineers that lead the industry in innovation and creativity. It is motivating to see direct and functional applications of college classes like deformable bodies, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Heatcraft’s Stone Mountain office is unique as you have direct access to a research, laboratory, and factory environment. I have found this convergence of work settings to be highly beneficial as a developing Mechanical Engineer. In addition, there is interaction with all other departments outside of engineering; this provides a view into the company’s function and other employee responsibilities. Heatcraft is a challenging and rewarding coop for any aspiring engineer ready to be inspired.

Gary Jones - Heatcraft Stone Mountain

University: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2016
Co-op Work Term: Second

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Thomas Reese

At Heatcraft Tifton you receive training, and gain engineering experience by working with a team of engineers to improve manufacturing processes. Training includes Ergonomics, Solid Edge 3D Modeling, Auto-CAD 2D Modeling, Safety procedures, A3 Structured Problem Solving, Refrigeration Fundamentals, and Lean Manufacturing. My major projects included Standardizing Plant Layouts, Developing Solutions for Vacuum Lift Processes, Writing or Managing the Implementation of CAPs (Capital Appropriation Proposals), and Developing Solutions to Reduce High Ergonomic Risks. I believe the experience I received here will be greatly beneficial for every aspect of my future. I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to co-op with Heatcraft. I’ve been given the pathway to purse my goals in life and ability to reach them. I cannot speak highly enough of the people that I have met here at Heatcraft. They are all willing to go the extra mile to help you in any way they can, and I would recommend Heatcraft to all students interested in a Co-op opportunity. It truly was an amazing experience.

Thomas Reese - Heatcraft Tifton

University: Tennessee Tech University
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2015
Co-op Work Term: Fourth

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Andrew Benton

Thanks to my four terms at Heatcraft I have grown tremendously, both in my professional and personal life. The amount of project based experience here is second-to-none. This co-op offers what school cannot which is that once you are trained to do something, you actually get to do it. Once you learn how to design coils you actually get to design coils that are built in the factory. Skills and programs that I learned in my first term I now use every day without even thinking about it. That being said, you learn more than just computer programs here. In my third term I was given the responsibility of managing a group of CO2 coil orders for our largest customer. I created the schedule based on estimated CAD, SAP, and build times, taking into account our resource availability, and then designed the coils. After designing the coils, I managed our awesome CAD team, reviewed their drawings, and finally signed off on the coils, sending them into the production process! If you are looking for a co-op where you sit around and play on your phone all day, look elsewhere.

Andrew Benton - Heatcraft Stone Mountain

University: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2015
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Tom Pethtel

Working as a co-op at Heatcraft’s product development department has shown me the real world value of the education I have received. Within my first few weeks with the department I was pulled onto a critical and high profile project. I worked as a key player in this team and provided support from initial investigation through final solution. Co-ops from other companies rarely have the opportunity to work on a project of such magnitude, ensuring the quality and reliability of a product that affects much of society, though they may never realize. This semester I had the opportunity to visit some of our customers and see the important role our equipment plays in their operation. Heatcraft refrigeration equipment is at work in companies that are saving lives, delivering products right on time, and providing the food and drinks you love. On site I was able to point out aspects of the equipment that I personally had worked on. It is certainly a great feeling to be a part of “the name behind the names your trust”. My experiences have driven me to grow as an individual. I have learned new skills that I may have never had the want or opportunity to learn elsewhere. Being part of a variety of projects has helped me affirm my decision to change my major, and solidified my choice of route to an exciting future. I thank my mentors, colleagues, and friends at Heatcraft for the opportunities and support they have provided me as I grow as a future engineer.

Tom Pethtel - Former Co-op Student

University: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Electrical Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2014
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Zachary Tarter

The Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration Co-op experience is unlike any other across the country! The program allows you to work side by side with the manufacturing engineering department, upper management, and shop floor operators. Each semester is a new experience at Heatcraft Tifton, where you obtain knowledge and experience unrivaled by any textbook. These experiences changed the way I viewed school work and allowed myself to associate what I learned in school to the experiences I gained in a real world manufacturing facility. The co-op experience, in my personal case, lead to better understanding of course material and a higher grade point average. The program places you in a multitude of areas within manufacturing to develop skills for your future such as: lean manufacturing, six sigma, DMAIC cycle, ergonomics, CAD software, supervisory experience, and personal communication skills. I attended training seminars for Basic Refrigeration training at Stone Mountain, GA, Value stream map training, and A3 structured problem solving training. The work environment is amazing! There is a great blend of experienced, new, and diverse talent within the manufacturing engineering department. The manufacturing engineering department has had engineers from all over the world. Throughout my tenure I had the privilege to work with engineers from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and India! Without the Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration co-op experience I would not be where I am today. It definitely helped shape me into the engineer I am today, and lead me on the path to my future. I would definitely recommend this program to any young engineering student looking for a bright future. The co-op experience at Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration cannot be matched.

Zachary Tarter - Former Co-op Student

University: Florida State University
Major: Industrial Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2014
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Justin Dunnahoo

Heatcraft Refrigeration's Co-op Program is a great challenge that has forced me to grow and learn in my field of engineering through actual, real world experience and projects. Heatcraft offers several training opportunities that have prepared me for the challenges I will face both on the job and in life. The Co-op Program has already given me a couple of different looks at the varying components of the company. I work primarily with the Research and Development team of engineers and have been given experience working with both the Applications Engineers and the Troubleshooters. I look forward to also gaining experience in the Lab and in the Plant in future terms. I also greatly anticipate the opportunity to visit the other facilities in Danville, Illinois and Tifton, Georgia. I have been given many different kinds of projects dealing with all aspects of the engineering side of the job. It is this kind of variety in workload, department, and facility that makes me extremely excited about my future at Heatcraft Refrigeration.

Justin Dunnaho - Former Co-op Student

University: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Fall 2012
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Siddharth Gangopadhyay

The Heatcraft Co-op program perfectly complements the theory based education of engineering schools. At this company, I have been able to steadily increase my knowledge of real life engineering applications while better understanding the theory taught in classes. The training program here is an immense opportunity for co-op students as well. Joe Jones’s classes cover varying set of topics in the field of refrigeration, while the braze training course does well to introduce some experience in manufacturing. The training process helped me face my projects head on. At Heatcraft, I have been introduced to numerous projects that encompass a vast spectrum of functions, like modeling and creating drawings in SolidEdge, quality control testing and construction reviews of purchased parts. Beside this, I have worked on several investigation projects, during which I have even scoped a brand new product line. The engineers at Heatcraft are very helpful and approachable, thus being a great resource for co-op students. Overall, I have found my time here at Heatcraft to be a great segue from college education into professional work environment.

Siddharth Gangopadhyay - Former Co-op Student

University: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Fall 2011
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Anthony Gray

Working as a co-op at Heatcraft's product development department has been the most valuable of all my educational experiences. Within my first two semesters I've already received an extensive amount of training and worked on many challenging projects. In addition to developing my engineering abilities, I've also developed better communication and time management skills during my co-op. The key to this program's success is the people who support co-ops. Each co-op is assigned a mentor who guides them through each work term. Any additional support a co-op might need is available from the rest of the staff which is always willing to help and very knowledgeable. All this support combined with the training balances well with the challenging projects and makes the co-op experience at Heatcraft very rewarding.

Anthony Gray - Former Co-op Student

University: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Fall 2010
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Dean Landers

Heatcraft Refrigeration's co-op program is a student-focused co-op that challenges students beyond what they think they can do. Heatcraft's co-op is not just another coffee fetching copy-making internship; they focus on the value the student and training them for leadership and responsibility. In my first two semesters, I have received valuable training on several different aspects of the corporate world, learned to manage several important projects at the same time, participated in group projects and meetings, and been privileged enough to travel for additional training within my field. Heatcraft delivers a top-notch program that is an accurate representation of the real world.

Dean Landers - Former Co-op Student

University: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Fall 2008
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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David Icenogle

The Heatcraft Refrigeration Co-op Program prepares you for the future, with training in SolidEdge, Visual Basic, Design for Six Sigma, and STEP+ I will have the skills and tools that I can apply to any industry or company. Heatcraft is also the perfect size company. From engineering, to manufacturing, marketing, sales, and service, Heatcraft co-ops get to experience how each department operates and interacts. Along with many responsibilities at the Stone Mountain facility, I have worked with our Danville, Illinois and Tifton, Georgia plants on various projects. The fast paced environment has allowed me to grow as a student and a professional by challenging me to innovate and expand my knowledge base. I would highly recommend the Heatcraft Refrigeration co-op to any committed engineering student.

David Icenogle - Former Co-op Student

University: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Fall 2007
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Faye Hellman

My participation in the Co-op program at Heatcraft Refrigeration has been an incredible opportunity. This program, which is geared toward motivated engineering students, provides many challenges that have helped me to grow not only as an engineer, but also as a person. I have been involved in many important projects that have given me insight into the engineering profession. Heatcraft Refrigeration's Co-op program invests many resources into educating and training Co-ops to prepare them for their semester projects and for their future careers. In the short time I have been working for Heatcraft Refrigeration, I have traveled to many places for training that benefits me at work and at school. Heatcraft Refrigeration has helped me to determine where I want to focus my studies and, ultimately, what I intend to accomplish in my future.

Faye Hellman - Former Co-op Student

University: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Major: General Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2007
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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David Carson

Working as a Co-op Engineer at Heatcraft Refrigeration is an incredibly rewarding experience. During my first two semesters at Heatcraft Refrigeration I have received valuable training in several of the most up-to-date engineering softwares. The company has also provided me with the opportunity to work on projects in several areas of engineering including manufacturing, safety, and design. The experience and confidence I have gained here has given me new focus and direction toward school and my eventual career as an engineer. Overall, Heatcraft Refrigeration has continued to provide me with the tools, skills, and knowledge that will serve as a foundation for future success in the field of engineering.

David Carson - Former Co-op Student

University: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2006
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Daniel Welch

The co-op program at Heatcraft Refrigeration is a very involved program that combines thorough technical training with hands on engineering experience, which is what makes this program stand a cut above others that I’ve seen. On my way to completing this challenging program, I was exposed to both the manufacturing and the design aspects of engineering. Heatcraft Refrigeration works hard to integrate its Co-ops into the engineering environment by giving them project management responsibilities, time deadlines, and opportunities to train and work with other knowledgeable engineers. Throughout my nearly two years with the company, I’ve learned many valuable lessons that cannot be taught in the classroom, and I’ve vastly improved my communication, time management, and technical skills. I feel that participation in the Heatcraft Refrigeration Co-op program has not only supplemented my class work, but it has also laid the foundation for my engineering career. Heatcraft Refrigeration has developed an excellent recipe for success, and I encourage students with the willingness to work hard and the desire to achieve great things to explore this program.

Daniel Welch - Former Co-op Student

University: Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2006
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Karina Wong

Choosing to participate in the Co-op program at Heatcraft Refrigeration is one of the best decisions I've made. As a Co-op here, I've gained much valuable insight towards the type of work that I'll be doing when I graduate. After my first semester of work, I returned to school with a better sense of direction - more confident about the field of study I chose, and also more interested. I've also gained a lot of work experience by working on challenging engineering projects, and being held responsible to meet deadlines and expectations for projects. Even though this Co-op will extend my graduation, I feel that the experience I've gained here is more than enough to make up for the extra time that it will take me to finish school.

Karina Wong - Product Engineer, Co-op Program Director, and Former Co-op Student

University: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Fall 2004
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Laura Misiuk

Heatcraft Refrigeration is an excellent company to choose for an engineering Co-op opportunity. Heatcraft Refrigeration spends a considerable amount of time and resources training Co-ops the first two semesters. I have traveled to Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, and various other places for training as well as special projects I have been involved with. I feel that I have gotten a "real world" experience here. I have received a wide variety of projects including supervising other employees, designing mechanisms for improving machinery and reorganizing areas of the plant. I think this Co-op has been an excellent way to get work experience before I graduate.

Laura Misiuk - Former Co-op Student

University: Purdue University
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2004
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Bobby Atkinson

Joining the Co-op program at Heatcraft Refrigeration was the best educational decision I have ever made. Throughout my first semester with the company, I received valuable training in several engineering software packages. I was also able to improve my organizational and time management skills. Not only does this program train students to be engineers, but it also exposes them to leadership opportunities within a growing organization. The Co-op program here at Heatcraft Refrigeration has been an opportunity for me to incorporate my classroom experience into real world engineering applications, thereby rekindling my passion for the classroom. At Heatcraft Refrigeration, I am more than just a Co-op; I am an engineer in training and a future successful leader. This program is a fantastic experience, and am anxious to return for my second semester.

Bobby Atkinson - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Major: General Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2008
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Ben Gambrel

The Co-op Program at Heatcraft Refrigeration is unlike any other. The program offers an incredible variety of opportunities and experiences. Because the program was designed by former Co-op students, it offers the perfect level of challenge and responsibility. All 4 semesters I participated I felt that I was pushed just beyond the edge of my capabilities, which really helped me grow. Due to my Co-op experience, Heatcraft Refrigeration was able to offer me a very exciting position--one with far more responsibilities than I could have found anywhere else. After graduation, my role is to help lead Heatcraft Refrigeration's Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing initiative. I will help to drive down leadtimes and improve quality throughout our company. In addition, I will have extensive international responsibilities in Europe, Asia, Australia and especially in Brazil. Our Co-op Program is designed to turn out future leaders--people that can take the company to new levels. Because of the huge amount of time and money we invest in each of our Co-op students, we only select the best candidates. I encourage students with a strong work ethic, good attitude, and a desire to improve their skills to explore Heatcraft Refrigeration's program - I can promise you won't be disappointed.

Ben Gambrel - Manufacturing Engineer, Production Manager, & Former Co-op Student

University: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Major: General Engineering
Graduation: December 2002
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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Luke Wuthrich

The Heatcraft Refrigeration Co-op Program was a great jump-start for my engineering career. Every work term I was assigned new projects that stretched my engineering and business skills. Through the variety of experiences during my time in the program, I discovered the facets of engineering that really interested me, and brought a clearer focus to my studies when I was back at school. My success in the Co-op program ultimately allowed me to get an introductory management position in this growing and exciting company. As the current director of the Co-op program, I encourage engineering students who are driven to succeed and looking for a challenge to seriously consider our program.

Luke Wuthrich - Technical Support Manager & Former Co-op Student

University: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: May 2002
Co-op Work Term: Completed

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