As a student at York College, Berne Edwards ’11 (Manchester, Pa.) was an NCAA All-American in track and field; he was equally a standout during his co-op at Graham Packaging Company, which led to a full-time position as a project engineer.
“During my time at Graham Packaging, I 'graduated' into a position where I have been able to excel within the company,” Berne said.
As a project engineer for the Global Technology Engineering Group, he oversees million dollar projects; ensuring duties are executed on time and within budget.
“Now I’m the one overseeing the engineers and interns to make sure the program continues to run successfully,” he said.
Berne, a mechanical engineering graduate, understands the struggles of interns because he was in their shoes only a year ago. Fortunately for him, York College gave him the tools to do well in the real world.
“One of the largest career challenges is to land a job after graduating from college,” he said. “York gave me a firm foot in the door at Graham Packaging through the co-op program.”
Berne was also lucky to have professors like Patrick Martin, Ph.D., to guide him in the right direction.
“Dr. Martin’s Automatic Controls class enabled me to theoretically and physically see the integration between electrical and mechanical systems,” he said. “This has helped me understand the relationship between the systems.”
Berne considers all of the experiences he had at YCP to be a long interview process.
“The classes, co-ops and other activities were all preparing me to be offered a job,” he said. “When the time came, I was more than prepared to accept.”
He encourages current students to start preparing early for their future.
“It’s never too early to apply for internships and co-ops,” he added. “The more experience you have in your related field, the better off you will be. It’s crucial to supplement your classroom learning with other opportunities.”
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