AJ Grayson has been interested in the way things work since he was a kid. “I liked anything that moved,” he said. Now, he has the chance to work with one of the biggest movers in the world, General Electric.
Grayson of Cortland, Ohio, has begun a two-year training program with the company as an operations management leadership program associate in Erie, Pa., where he will spend six month rotations learning about different aspects of the job. After two years, assignment leaders offer trainees positions based on need and the skills they have seen demonstrated.
“I like the appeal of the two year program,” he said. “I can see where I might end up.” He would like to end up close to home though. GE Transportation has a diesel locomotive production facility in Grove City, Pa., where Grayson previously interned.
He learned about the internship when a representative from GE Lighting visited campus. Grayson worked with a process engineer, gaining on-the-job experience in his interest area of transportation.
Grayson graduated in May with a BE in mechanical engineering. As a student, he was a University Scholar, a member of the STEM Leadership Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He also completed an internship at Delphi Automotive’s Technical Center in Champion, Ohio.
“I loved coming to YSU because there’s such a sense of community between professors and students,” he said. “You really get a broad image of what’s out there.”
(Profile by Rebecca Brown)