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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.

 

Dan is a 2013 OSU Welding Engineering graduate who moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado, to start his Welding Engineering career at Wolf Robotics.  There, he joins recent OSU WE alumni Jared and Adam.

The transition from being a student to becoming an engineer has been pretty sweet. It was weird, at first, having all this free time with no WolfRoboticshomework or studying. I am glad I chose Wolf Robotics to be the place to start my career.

The people here are all pretty great, and I seem to fit in fine. The majority of my time has been spent training to ready me for on-site support at John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa. I have been sent to Lincoln Electric twice now for their Fanuc Robotics training classes. For my on-site support I am being relocated to Iowa for six months. The relocation is kind of a pain, but I’m excited to get the hands-on experience in a production atmosphere.

In addition to getting ready for relocation I am part a team putting together a capstone project for this year’s OSU Welding Engineering seniors. It is interesting being on the sponsor side of things and getting to see how much really goes into these projects. This is another experience I am glad to be a part of.

Dan loving the Colorado life

Dan loving the Colorado life

Moving to Colorado has also been pretty awesome. Having spent my entire life on the east side of the country, it has been a real eye-opener to what else is out there. Fort Collins is way smaller then Columbus, but there is always something to do.

I have been taking the dogs on hikes and swimming in the river, riding my bicycle all over, and when I just want to relax there are like 13 breweries in this town.

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 http://www.swagelok.com/careers.aspx


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.


Successful SpaceX Launch, 22 May 2012

Report from 2011 OSU Welding Engineering graduate Kristen, who was hired just 2 months ago at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, just outside of Los Angeles.

As a sophomore switching into the Welding Engineering program at OSU, I never imagined that three years later I would be part of something incredible, with nationwide acclaim. But here I am – working at SpaceX, who just this morning on May 22, 2012, started the journey to making history by conducting a successful launch of our Falcon 9 rocket and deployment of the Dragon spacecraft. This will, hopefully, help us to become the first commercial company to berth to and deliver cargo to the International Space Station by the end of the week!

As a new member of the Propulsion Manufacturing Engineering group, I have not contributed to any of the parts on this flight, but I still get to enjoy the wonderful result of the hard work of many of the other dedicated SpaceXers.

Being a part of something this unique and incredible has given me an entirely new outlook on my job – as one of the NASA executives put it early this morning after our successful launch, “this is what makes aerospace employees want to come to work everyday.”

We work long hard hours, and we deal with a lot of frustration (buildings rockets is not easy!!), but guess what – all those welds, on which our welding engineers spent thousands of hours developing and ensuring that they were great?

They all did their job! And with the thousands of other things that were labored over by other hard-working SpaceX employees, we launched a rocket.

How about that?! It’s a good day to be a welding engineer!!

Congratulations, SpaceX, and good luck, Kristen!