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My name is Connor, and I have been working as an intern in the Welding Engineering department at The Ohio State University this summer. I am currently a student at Metro Early College High School.

During the school year, I had an internship at Battelle under a Materials Engineer/Tribologist there, Dr. Merriman, and he was the one who originally got me interested in Materials and Welding Engineering — before him, I didn’t even know it was a field of engineering. I then found out about the internship opportunity the Welding Engineering department offered through my FIRST Robotics Team’s Coach, Dr. Bruening. I was very interested because I had previously been exposed to this field of engineering.


After some interviewing, I got the position and started working under two graduate research associates, Jansen Lenzo and Michael Orr. I have been studying solidification cracking in nickel and cobalt based alloys in addition to high manganese steel. Day to day I bounce between preparing metal samples, working with microscopes, compiling data and observations, and studying/discussing welding engineering concepts. Before this internship, I was dead set on doing Aerospace Engineering, because for the last two years I have been the Lead Designer/CAD Guru on my Robotics Team. But, welding engineering has proven to be a grand slam of every field of science I have come to enjoy.

I really love my job, the community at the welding engineering department is fantastic and the experience and information I have gathered here is invaluable. Michael and Jansen are real all-star mentors and it has been awesome to have two people so dedicated to promoting my ambitions and accelerating my career. I would recommend this opportunity to any other young engineer.

Go Buckeyes!


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! 

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.


Welding Engineering senior Jacob spent his summer at an internship with a medical device company.  Here is his report.

Greatbatch MedicalOver 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.


Reporting on his summer internship is third-year Welding Engineering student Emeric.

This summer, I am interning at Swagelok Company in Solon, Ohio. I chose to pursue an internship here after touring their facilities through the Spring Break Job Shadow Program through Ohio State’s Engineering Career Services.   Swagelok produces valves and fittings for fluid and gas distribution systems. I work in the Order Fulfillment Center of their High Purity Group, which focuses on manufacturing components and fittings used in the Semiconductor and Biopharmaceutical industries.

I work with my technical sponsors and shop floor supervisors on the following projects:

  • Product Move: Analyze the prints and parts of components to determine what assemblies can be moved from a single lathe to a dual lathe weld cell. This requires me to not only develop tooling and parameters, but also an understanding of the products we make and how they are assembled.
  • Weld Wire Handling Documentation: Write standard work and add material certifications to databases. Assignment involves working with a lot of different departments (scheduling, warehouse, receiving, product engineering, and assembly engineering) in terms of how they handle weld filler material and stay in compliance with industry codes and standards.
  • Inner Diameter Purge Improvement: Implementation of an improved ID purge system to ensure a clean and consistent weld bead profile. This includes installation, testing, and training associates on the new system.

SwagelokLogoOverall, my experience this summer has met and exceeded my expectations. Swagelok Company did an extraordinary job of giving me a great welding engineering experience. Not once did I feel like the projects were busy work, and I could actually see results as I work on them. All projects are very related to welding engineering and exposed me to facets of engineering I often overlook, such as personal communications skills and adapting to a production environment.

Welding Engineering Students who are interested in working for Swagelok Company should visit the career section of their website at

Last winter the department received an email from Kristen, a 2012 Welding Engineering alumna working at SpaceX, who wanted to know if there were any Welding Engineering juniors interested in doing their summer internship in California and working on some projects with her and with Jon, another OSU WeldEng alumnus.  It didn’t take long for Bob to submit his application and get hired for the gig.   Here is an update on his experiences so far.

It is extremely exciting to work for a company like SpaceX that is at the forefront of commercial space flight, and that has tremendous goals like colonizing Mars.  SpaceX has high expectations of its interns, so I get to do worthwhile work that will benefit me greatly in my career. Also, SpaceX uses technologies and materials that are at the cutting edge of industry. I get to work with processes like electron beam welding, friction stir welding, robotic tig and mig welding, as well as with materials like titanium, Ni-based alloys, and niobium alloys. It’s an opportunity I wouldn’t have had at another internship.

Jon, Kristen, & Bob at SpaceX

Jon, Kristen, & Bob at SpaceX

SpaceX is trying to increase production so they can increase the number of launches per year.  In order to do that the manufacturing processes have to be made more efficient, and welding is a huge part of the manufacturing.  If you need a welding engineer you come to OSU.  Two of the engineers working on welding here are Kristen and Jon, both OSU WE alums.  When they needed an intern, Kristen contacted OSU to find one, and I guess I qualified and did enough to convince them that I could do the job.

A number of my Welding Engineering courses directly relate to what I am doing at SpaceX.  Some of my responsibilities include qualifying welding procedures, so I do some metallurgy work which we learned about in the Materials and Processing Lab. The Welding Engineering Design courses addressed maximum allowable heat inputs allowed, as well as the codes necessary to understand what is required in a Welding Procedure Specification and supporting Procedure Qualification Records.  Other classes have aided in my understanding of how to evaluate a weld procedure and to improve upon it.  I’ve had to teach myself a lot of what will go on in Welding Metallugy II, but Dr.  Lippold’s stainless steel and Nickel-based alloy text books have come in very handy.

I’m Erik, a third-year Welding Engineering major at OSU.  This summer I worked for GE Energy in Greenville, South Carolina, which manufactures gas turbines for power plants, ranging in size from 107 tons (85 megawatts) to 314 tons (256 megawatts).

The GE Greenville campus houses the manufacturing, engineering, and testing of their products.  I worked in a section of manufacturing known as the “pipe shop” cutting, bending, welding, and x-raying all the pipe that goes on a turbine for cooling systems (both air and oil), manifolds that carry fuel, and any other piping needed.

One of Erik’s hobbies is building and flying model planes.

I also helped out in an area known as “Unit to Base,” the final step in assembly.  We put the turbine on a base and all of the piping, wiring, tubing, and monitoring devices on the unit.  The manufacturing floor is absolutely amazing.  At any given time you can see all of the rotors assembled and getting ready to be run up to a few hundred rpm’s for balancing or final machining, a 300 ton turbine being moved through the air by cranes over to being prepped to ship, or countless CNC and EDM machines on the floor doing machining on exotic alloys.

There were a total of 96 interns at GE Energy in Greenville this summer, with a little less than half being engineering/manufacturing interns.  The biggest thing I learned is that Ohio State alumni are everywhere!  I thought coming down here I would be lucky to run into one or two alumni, but it turns out there are a lot. There is even a bar and grille in Greenville that has an entire half of the restaurant reserved for every OSU football game —  and it mostly fills up!

Chris worked 4 co-op rotations with GE Aviation

Hi, I’m Chris, and I am a senior in Welding Engineering at OSU this year.

This summer I worked for GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio, in my fourth co-op rotation.   I worked with a group called Rotating Parts Lean Lab.  In other words, I worked on projects that  involved developing new manufacturing processes to produce rotating parts for aircraft engines.

Since I am a welding engineer, I spent most of my time working with Linear Friction Welding and Inertia Welding. The coolest part of my co-op is that I got to run the machines that made the welds.  Not often does an intern get to run machines that make parts worth more than $200,000 (of course I had an engineer watching me the whole time).  I learned  lots of interesting things, mostly about solid-state processes.

I spent most of my time refining process parameters and looking at the microstructure of welds.  I now have a very good knowledge of what good Inertia and Linear Friction welds look like.  The worst part of my job was when my interesting projects were in process outside my area, and I had to do regular desk work like everyone else.

GE is a big company, so there were a lot of interns from different colleges and majors around me.  This gave me a chance to talk and meet with a wide variety of people.  Being from the only accredited Welding Engineering program in the country, I was asked a lot of questions about my major.  I also got to work with other OSU Welding Engineering alumni.

It sometimes surprised me how much everyone wanted to help me learn.  Even when they were busy, I could ask mostly anyone and they would explain the project or just answer a question I had.

I don’t think that I could find a better place to learn and grow as a student than at GE Aviation.  Hopefully I’ll have a chance to go back full-time when I’m done with school, because I’d love to continue to work there.

This summer

OSU Welding Engineering students are interning at: Murray Energy, Sterling Process Eng., GE Energy, Edison Welding Institute, GE Aviation, General Dynamics-NASSCO, General Motors, Swagelok, Duke Energy, Miller Electric, Lincoln Electric, Special Metals, Techniche Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg.

OSU Welding Engineering summer interns are averaging: $17.58/hour

It’s not all about the internship.  Sujin K. tells us what she’s been up to this summer, besides working.

People make fun of me when I say I’m from New Jersey, but I love going home for the summer. I’m away from it for so long (three months at a time), and I miss it like crazy. My internship this summer is on Long Island, which is quite a commute from home. I work 4 days a week, so I have long weekends to enjoy the many things happening in the area.

I’ve been lucky enough to go to Lake George for a weekend for my little sister’s lacrosse tournament, hike at Bear Mountain, go to Long Branch for a day at the beach, and take multiple trips into NYC.

Sujin and the giant tennis ball

A couple days before the start of the U.S. Open, my sisters and I went to Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day at the National Tennis Center grounds. We basically ran around all day watching different pros practice.  We saw Kim Clijsters, and Rafael Nadal practice, which was cool – actually seeing them in person.  Half the day was spent helping my little sister get her giant tennis ball signed by the pros walking around!

The next day, we went to the Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club.  We watched some pros practice, including Matt Kuchar, who ended up winning the whole thing. After that we followed the pairs of JP Hayes and Rickie Fowler, and Ryuji Imada and Ian Poulter from tee-off to the 9th hole. It’s definitely more fun watching golf in person, though it’s easier to see what’s happening on TV because they follow where the ball goes. Watching live, if you don’t spot the ball right away, you’re pretty much lost until you walk and see where it landed.

Note: Sujin will return to Ohio State this fall as a senior in Welding Engineering, and president of the OSU student chapter of The American Welding Society (AWS).