Summer Intern Sendoff - Thank You Drew McQuiston

Omega is wrapping 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 Drew McQuiston.

Drew McQuiston

Drew McQuiston

Tell Us About Yourself.

I just graduated high school, and in the fall I will be attending the University of Delaware where I will major in mechanical engineering. My goal is to make things better in the world in any way I can through engineering. I own a business mowing lawns and I plan to swim on the club team at Delaware. Some of my other interests include running, playing frisbee, computer programming, and jumping on my pogo stick.

Why Manufacturing?

I had never worked in a manufacturing environment before Omega. Before coming here, I remember seeing big factory machines and being unable to fathom the first thing about how they would be created. I didn't know what to expect before coming to Omega, and I felt enlightened when I did. Being able to see the production process changed my perception of these machines, and I was surprised at how positive the manufacturing environment was working in the shop. I might one day pursue a career in manufacturing, but as a designer. I hope to come back here one day when my education is a little further along and see the engineering/designing side of Omega.

Tell Us About Your Internship.

One project I worked on during my time here was facilitating the construction of an old machine (one of Omega's first unscramblers; originally made around 1980) for novelty purposes. I learned how to use a band saw to cut blocks of aluminum and a knee mill to drill holes in the blocks. These blocks held the rails through which the bottles were sorted. I also helped work on a few new unscramblers. I drilled holes, attached lights, and put together a part called the agitator among other things. These machines have been here since I started this summer and it has been very cool to watch them come together. My other big project was helping with the installation of the new signs on the front and side of the building. I was measuring, drilling holes, and riding the lift up the side of the building to attach the sign letter by letter.
 
I've been told a number of times that it can be very useful as an engineer to have an understanding of the fabrication process that takes place after you design something. I have definitely gained valuable experience in understanding this process through my time here. Overall, I've loved my time at Omega. I have loved getting to know the fun people here and I have learned everything from operating large machinery to bolt specifications. I have enjoyed the work I have done and I have enjoyed the learning experience even more. I will never forget my internship and I only hope that my experience here will complement whatever work I do in the future.

 

Summer Intern Sendoff - Thank You Filmon Ogbaselase

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.

Filmon Ogbaselase

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).

Why Manufacturing?

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.

Summer Intern Sendoff - Thank You Susie McQuiston

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.

Susie McQuiston

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.

Why Manufacturing?

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.