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 Filmon Ogbaselase.
Tell Us About Yourself.
I am an upcoming senior at Penn State Great Valley in Malvern, Pa, working towards a bachelor of science in Multidisciplinary Engineering Design. Previously, I earned a B.S. degree in Food Science from Penn State.
I pursued food science because of my interest in healthy eating and nutrition, which I learned from my father. He works as a food truck vendor in Philadelphia and his parents were produce farmers. He taught me the importance of eating natural and whole foods and the effects certain diets have on the body.
My career goal is to apply my passions for food science and engineering in a way that helps improve the world. My personal interests are playing basketball, running marathons, and recently I’ve been taking classes in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
This is not my first time working in a manufacturing environment. After receiving my Food Science degree, I worked at a chocolate manufacturing plant as a Quality Assurance technician. As I would make my rounds, I would become captivated by the big, automatic machinery. I would see huge chunks of metal and all of the sub-assemblies with smaller metal parts and wires. I had no idea what they were there for. What gets those machines to move? How were they made? How was it being controlled? It was like I had an itch to scratch. I needed to find answers, and so I pursued courses in engineering.
Tell Us About Your Internship.
Omega challenged me right away. My first role was to serve as the project lead for a modification to an existing end-of-line packaging system that would be taken to an upcoming trade show. Other responsibilities at Omega were designing parts using a CAD program and working with a collaborative robot to run manufacturing tasks. Interning at Omega has been enlightening and rewarding. Aside from enhancing my office skills, I’ve learned about design for manufacturability and assembly, program logic for motion control, and part fabrication.
I’ve truly enjoyed my time here at Omega. Everyone has been welcoming and helpful. I’ve learned a lot, experienced a lot and I’ve broadened my understanding of engineering and packaging automation.