Welding Engineering senior Jacob spent his summer at an internship with a medical device company. Here is his report.
Over the summer of 2013, I participated in a welding engineering internship program in Buffalo, New York, with Greatbatch Medical. The scope of products there range from batteries used in medical devices, drilling rigs, in NASA designs, to catheters and orthopedic implants. In the Buffalo facilities, batteries, capacitors, medical devices, and feedthroughs are the main focus.
Welding processes incorporated here are ultrasonic, laser, and small scale resistance welding. Additionally, some brazing has been applied to certain projects. Materials used in the various products include titanium, molybdenum, aluminum, stainless steel, nickel, platinum, gold, and lithium.
For my major project I was able to work on a scanning electron microscope (SEM) for microstructure analysis and composition mapping. I found the exposure to these exotic materials and complex processes very interesting. My co-workers were both knowledgeable and very friendly, helping me through whatever was necessary in my projects.