Bronco Spotlight: Sonnet Woolf

Bachelor of Science, engineering design technology, 2017

Current Job Title:

Vehicle Engineering Intern

Current Employer:

General Motors

Describe your current job:

As a vehicle engineering intern at General Motors, I get a chance to work across many engineering departments while on assignments and projects. Most of my work centers around vehicle interiors. I work closely with the design studio to turn concept sketches and models into working parts for the vehicle. Some projects I have worked on center around vehicle safety, part manufacturability, and general vehicle esthetics. During my time at General Motors I have been able to assist in developing parts that will actually hit the road in a few years.

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my internship is that my work at General Motors has helped to make vehicles safer for drivers and their loved ones. Parts that have passed through my hands will be on the road in a few years, which makes me very proud. A challenging part of the internship is that I sometimes get hung up on an issue or a certain requirement that I have to meet. It can be frustrating at times but everyone on my team is always more than willing to help me work through it.

Which of your skills had the biggest impact on your success in your internship?

My most helpful skill would definitely be the ability to network. Developing a vehicle is such a daunting task that no one person could possibly to do on their own. Just developing a single part can involve multiple departments and manufacturers. Whenever I get hung up on a problem, need to ask a question. When I am unsure about something, I know that there is always someone who has the answer. As long as you constantly work on developing a network within the company you will be a much more productive employee.

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