Welding Internship in Agriculture

Posted: June 10, 2014 in Internships and Co-ops
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Renae tells about her summer internship working in the manufacturing arena of Welding Engineering in agriculture.

RenaeThis summer I’m interning at AGCO in their manufacturing center in Jackson, Minnesota. I’m having a wonderful time and really enjoying the area. Jackson itself only has about 3000 people but I’m renting a place about a half hour away, a very nice little house right by a lake. The people here are the friendliest I’ve ever encountered who really, REALLY enjoy their fishin’ and grillin’ (which I should probably get into because they definitely like talking about it) .  Southwestern Minnesota is a bit of a culture shock coming from Columbus, but overall I’m enjoying the change of scenery.

 

At AGCO I’m interning under the welding engineering department, which makes up a huge portion of an agriculture equipment plant. With a high rate of production needed, GMAW is by far the most used process, operating under both manual welders and also robotic/automation welding.

I’m dealing mostly with the manual welding aspect, but later on I will be shown the ins and outs of particular robots in the factory and then given a project to create some programs for them.  My major project has been creating weld sequences for the manual welders to follow using Miller Axcess machines. I do this by either creating the welds in a 3D modeling program or recording the process with pictures/videos.  This sequencing makes the weld process more efficient  by creating consistency, tracking weld time/data, and allowing new welders to adapt to the process more quickly. I really enjoy this because I get to work both with computer software and be on the factory floor.

On top of this I also get quite a bit of hands-on welding experience as they have a training area I’m free to use (which I’ve definitely taken advance of). 

 

Definitely enjoying my time here! 

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