Over the next few weeks, Omega will wrap up its summer internship program, which is part of a greater workforce development initiative. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge each of our interns and thank them for all their hard work. This week's featured intern is Susie McQuiston.
Tell Us About Yourself.
I am entering my junior year at the University of South Carolina, majoring in Chemical Engineering. My career goal is to use my degree in chemical engineering to positively impact the world in some way. At school, I work in a catalysis research lab. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, running and baking, and I help coach a swim team.
I had never worked in a manufacturing environment before, and coming to Omega definitely altered my perspective of the industry. It is much more exciting than I expected, and the work environment is very positive. Everyone seems to love working here.
Tell Us About Your Internship.
One of my projects this summer was to go through the process of ordering a guarding enclosure for a new machine. This included gathering information from leaders on our requirements for the package, researching vendors, communicating with prospective vendors to determine pricing and design details, creating comparison matrices, and presenting findings to the project manager and design committee to help them come to a decision. I also had the responsibility of reviewing Black Books, which are essentially design manuals for machines, and creating an Excel database of edits that were made during the build process. The goal of that effort is to track design changes and ease the design and assembly of future machines. My third major project was to conduct research on collaborative robots, a potential area of interest for Omega. We entered into an educational partnership with the Chester County Intermediate Unit to acquire a humanoid robot to use as a learning tool and possibly a manufacturing advancement.
I learned a lot about all levels of operation at Omega, from attending meetings with management to make important investment decisions, to observing engineers in the process of designing a new machine, to actually spending time in the machine shop learning to use a knee mill. My knowledge of manufacturing and Omega’s machines has grown exponentially. I also learned valuable skills for collaborating in an office, project managing, and interacting with clients that will be useful no matter where my career takes me. Overall, I was very happy with the welcoming atmosphere at Omega and my experience here has been a positive one. Everyone was extremely friendly and made me feel like I belonged. I will be sad to leave at the end of the summer.