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Devin Sloma

Devin Sloma

Ecolab

Engineering Co-op

Personal Information

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School: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Major: Chemical Engineering

Years at College Works: 2012

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Ecolab

Title: Engineering Co-op

Industry: Healthcare

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

- Project management - Capital requisitions and presentations - Initiate new projects related to all aspects of the plant (improvements, acquisitions, safety programs)

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Obtaining a role in the engineering field to further progress my career and grow as a person.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP gave me a true understanding of a true project role and highlighted my skills that helped progress my career in engineering.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

CWP highlighted my skills and brought them into a real world job. That exposure has led to success in obtaining job offers since my CWP experience.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Hard work is the key to success.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Take advantage of the opportunity and use it as another tool to educate yourselves. The resources available will have endless, positive impacts on your future no matter what career path you strive toward.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Hard work will always find success.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

That's a tough one but it's hard to forget my first day of estimates. There were 4-5" of snow on the ground and I didn't have a car, so I had a taxi drop me off a few houses away from the first client's home. I was all bundled up, went into the house and threw back a cup of black coffee that the client offered me while we talked for about an hour. Funny thing was that I hated coffee at the time but my DM (Adam Arnold) told me to accept any food or drink that they offered. All I kept thinking was "coffee is for closers," whatever that means. After doing the walk around and calculating the estimate, I wrote up the contract in the garage. When I went in to present the bid, I received my first deposit. I loved deposit checks.

Last words of wisdom

Pound the pavement and don't take "no" for an answer but when you do, you better get over it in 30 seconds while you walk to the next house.