With all the opportunities and available areas of study at the UA, Cesar didn’t know which engineering route to take. He wanted to be a traffic engineer at first but then shifted his focus to manufacturing engineering because he saw that there was a higher need for the quality, reliability and cost aspects of everything produced.
The biggest influence on choosing his career was his previous supervisor at BMW Group, as well as his uncle. They both talked to Cesar about the challenges they encountered during their jobs and this drew his attention to manufacturing engineering.
working in germany
Cesar worked for BMW Group in Munich, Bavaria, in Germany, as a Rapid Technologies Intern. Here he was responsible for prototyping automobile parts for BMW. He was responsible for a lot of research and development and also quality testing during his internship. He also assisted his supervisor in his doctoral dissertation that focused on additive manufacturing.
What surprised Cesar the most was how great German people are. He said they are humble, hard-working individuals who treat you with much respect and appreciation. Aside from that, working in an extremely technological facility was also surprising. This internship was much more than he ever expected.
Not only did he get experience in manufacturing, but he also received cultural experiences. Since his internship was in Germany, he had to adapt to a different city, different people and a different way of living. The most challenging part of his internship was the language barrier in having to communicate technical terms with the German technicians. Cesar’s German was very basic, so he had to learn technical terms of engineering in German as well.
finding the internship
Cesar found out about his internship through the International Cooperative Education program. One of his friends referred him to Dr. Seefeldt who helped in guiding him through the program and eventually was able to set up an interview with BMW Group for Cesar. Cesar credits being fully prepared for the interview and using Career Services to revise his resume for helping him obtain the BMW internship position.
the best advice for a job search
The best advice Cesar can give other students in search of a job is to visit Career Services regularly. There are many opportunities posted that go unnoticed by students. Since Cesar got back from his internship, he says he has been to Career Services more than he’s ever been during his career as an undergrad.
The internship opened up many doors for Cesar. He can now go back to Germany if he wants to for full-time employment. After taking this internship, Cesar realized he wants a job where he can travel. Going to Germany made him a much more adaptable person to any type of situation, and expanded his interests.