Archive for the ‘Third Year’ Category

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!


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).

A couple of soon-to-be senior Welding Engineering students reported back on their summer internships:

From Kristen:

I’m interning in Chicago with Westinghouse. Learning a ton!

From Paul:

I’m interning in Hanover, Pennsylvania with ESAB. Having a lot of fun so far testing many new products in flux core, mig, and stick wires. Also got to learn to program a robotic welder and play around with it!!

It’s just the third week of the summer for OSU students, so stay tuned for more updates.