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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! 

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.


Working as a lab assistant has enabled me to be exposed to a number of projects that I otherwise would not have had the chance to be involved with. Along with valuable work experience, the exposure to these projects has also provided useful knowledge for my coursework. I plan to finish my BS in Welding Engineering in the spring of 2011 and would like to attend graduate school soon after.

Read more about Ben and his research and activities here


As a freshman I enrolled in the College of Engineering undecided on a discipline, however, by the end of the year I had chosen Welding Engineering as my major.

In Summer 2009, I completed an internship with Trinity Marine Products, Inc., a barge-building plant located in Ashland City, Tennessee. During my internship I worked to help reduce the amount of welding required to construct the barges, resulting in very large annual savings.

Read more about Daniel and his research and activities here.


I am currently a senior at OSU, and plan to graduate in 2010. In spring of 2008 I started working with the Welding and Joining Metallurgy Group.   I have done a lot of work with nickel-base alloys, determining solidification cracking susceptibility of various alloys.

Read more about Adam and his research and activities here.