Welding in Industrial Biosciences

Posted: May 29, 2014 in Internships and Co-ops

We’ve been on hiatus during a busy academic year.
Highlights of 2013-2014 in OSU Welding Engineering:

  • More than 100 prospective students, alumni, and current students’ parents attended our March Welding Engineering Open House.
  • Sixty new sophomore Welding Engineering majors were accepted in January, beginning their first major classes.
  • We said “congrats” and “good-bye” to a fine group of seniors in May who now are off to new careers or graduate school.
  • The juniors finished WE core courses, and are spending their summers in required industrial or research internships.

Often new Welding Engineering majors are able to secure summer internships, too.  Here, rising junior Sam tells what he’s been up to in Vonore, TN, where he is interning at Dupont Industrial Biosciences.17101793 DPS Advertorial_Artwork.indd

They’re keeping me quite busy at Dupont in Vonore!

I’ve got a huge project related to corrosion control that is focused on inspecting critical equipment during a shutdown this summer. Additionally, I’ll help develop a company code, procedure qualification record, and welder qualification for sanitary/hygienic welding.

Since the field is industrial bioscience, it doesn’t have to be food/agricultural-quality welding, but it isn’t lenient either. I’ll be balancing out the available codes to create a sort of in-between standard. On the side I’ve also helped with welding-related questions that aren’t already answered by the welding authorities there.

So far I’m very pleased with the work, and am quite glad that I chose the field I’m in right now. My supervisors are impressed at the rate I’m progressing through the projects and at the leadership I demonstrated earlier this week in identifying a welding safety risk that may not have been fully considered. The risk was UV light from TIG welding bouncing off polished surfaces behind welders and then entering their masks and reflecting into the eyes from the interior face shield. The only reason I knew about this was Larry Heckendorn’s excellently thorough teaching of the WeldEng 3601 course.



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