As a student developer with Safran Landing Systems in Ajax, Trent Computing Systems student Nicholas Barnes’ is responsible for the development of internal web applications, such as an inventory management app used by the company’s various departments to track tools, parts and programs used in their machine shop.
Through his co-op placement with Safran, a massive multinational company serving the aviation, defence and space sectors, Mr. Barnes is providing “a new set of eyes.”
“Myself and some other members of my team have been tasked with researching newer technologies, their processes, and how best to implement them at our site,” says Mr. Barnes. “The fresh perspective that I bring to the team as a student developer is greatly appreciated, and assists in my research on these new solutions.”
Mr. Barnes is also thrilled and grateful for what he is gaining through his co-op: real-world experience.
“I’m also improving my technical and professional skills as a developer,” he says. “The co-op placement also gives me more purpose. I’m going to go back to Trent with a stronger drive to learn, and I’ll better understand how concepts learned in the classroom can be applied to the real world. I’m gaining a better understanding of business processes, from meetings to all the planning that goes into projects.
Mr. Barnes’ co-op is providing the Port Perry resident vital insight into professional life, as well as his studies at Trent.
“What I’ve learned during my first two years at Trent has definitely been applicable to what I’m doing at Safran,” says Mr. Barnes “The projects I’m working on are enhancing my knowledge, which will be an advantage in my career search after I graduate. This opportunity has definitely augmented my Trent experience.”