Spec Engineering is proud to announce that two interns, Chris Schmidt and Cooper Swearingen, graduated in May 2021 from their respective schools and will start their full-time careers at Spec. Chris will continue with the engineering department as a design engineer, and Cooper will be the accounting associate.
Chris initially started at Spec in November 2016 as a CAD drafter while finishing up his degree at Northern Illinois University. In May 2021, Chris graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in sustainability. For his senior design project, Chris worked with his team to develop a prototype of an automated belt cleaner for the CandyWorx REVOLV Belt Coater.
“Working at Spec gave me the drive I needed to work hard so I could transition into the role I wanted after graduation,” says Chris Schmidt, design engineer at Spec Engineering. “I was able to apply what I learned at NIU towards real world applications at work. I also had a great support system from my coworkers to help me stay positive and motivated.”
Chris looks forward to growing with the Spec team and continue working on custom build designs, making each project unique and challenging. Chris recently got married in March 2021, and him and his wife Julie are excited to welcome their first child in a few months.