There were a few good instances where I learned quite a lot about MEAA and mass production. I learned that when you're just a face and a number, you have little value in a large company. I learned that , despite codes and safety regulation, industrial safety still takes a backseat to profits in most cases. I also learned that industrial scale manufacturing is darker and dirtier than I'd every imagined.
It should have been a red flag to me when the previous co-op who's position I was filling left at short notice. These types of things don't happen for no reason at all. He was probably as dissatisfied with his position as I was when I left after just one co-op term.
The hardest part of the job was the lack of applicable work. I was informed that I would be working with PLC's and automation. In reality, I ended up commenting ladder logic programs and having the safety projects I developed axed by bean counters.