Internship, Co-op or Research Site: GE Aviation
Position Title: Infra Engineering Intern
Work Term:Summer 2017
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
I was involved in two projects. For my first assignment, I was involved in a new tracking system the site is still implementing. As airplane composites are built, they must enter and exit through certain stations. MRAS purchased Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to attach to each piece, as well as sensors monitored all across the plant. With the information recorded to a database, my responsibility in the project was to analyzes their creation cycles and locations. In doing so, I was able to save the company hundreds of thousands of dollars by integrating better transporting routes, as well as informing Senior Manufacturing Engineers of airplane parts that were soon going to expire. Also, I was key in making the tracking program more useful for processes outside of just tracking airplane pieces.
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
Fall 2016 Career Fair. I spoke with a senior engineer from Cincinnati who scheduled an interview between us and less than a month later, I was accepted.
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
Everyday I come in, I have the choice of sitting at my desk, with software capable of revolutionizing the air industry, or, I could walk a few yards to the shop floor and see how all this hard work is enacted with 10+ feet airplane parts.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
With my work ethic and willingness to help, I saved hours of research and critical thinking that other engineers would have to figure out when completing each of my two projects. I also made contributions towards a $1.9 million tool cleaning proposal, which is now currently being integrated into the site’s everyday operations.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Don't be shy. As an engineer, you're supposed to pursue and advocate for excellence through design, manufacturing, and the overall community. Also, there's nothing you will be given that is "too hard". UMBC prepares you well for when a daunting task is given, but you know putting in the extra effort will result in success.
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