Taking a semester break from school to work at Heatcraft Refrigeration doesn’t mean you stop learning from great teachers. We have an aggressive training program that includes instruction from our in-house experts and travel to offsite training centers. Every work term, schedule includes travel to attend a variety of classes. To accommodate the amount of training and the level of engineering projects assigned to our co-ops, our program requires a commitment of four work terms. Following is a term-by-term breakdown of the training our students receive.

Work Term I

Training will be a big part of your first work term. This will help you acquire the skills you will need for future projects. After each training session you will have the chance to use your new skills on the variety of projects assigned during your first work term. There's no better way to learn than to step right in and get started!

  • AutoDesk Design Suite 2015 Intro
  • Solid Edge ST6 Intro
  • Ergonomics
  • SAP Intro
  • Refrigeration Basics and Product Overview Training
  • Work alongside mentor on projects

Work Term II

When you return for Work Term II you will have less training, and spend more time on projects. Training will include an ISO Internal Auditor course, as well as some instruction on the fundamentals of refrigeration. You will also learn more advanced turret press programming and how to use SAP for bills of materials and routings for production.

  • Floor layout modifications
  • Time studies
  • Total preventative maintenance
  • Safety Review Board
  • Equipment Design (Carts/Workstations)

Work Term III

In Work Term III you will spend most of your time working on projects. . Part of this work term will include supervising responsibility for a department of the plant. You will also be given a project for which you will make a proposal for project funding. At the completion of this term you will have a taste of true project management and project budgeting. You will gain leadership skills and learn what it takes to manage a team.

  • Process improvements (5S, Lean)
  • Capital proposals for equipment
  • Supervisor Training
  • Engineering Change Requests(ECRs)
  • Project Management

Work Term IV (Optional)

In this optional 4th work term, you will continue to focus on project management and process improvement.

  • CAP - Proposal for Project Funding
  • Supervising Responsibilities
  • Support ETO order process
  • Quality Board Participation
  • Participate in Stage/Gate Engineering Projects