What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?
I was tasked with improving the current grinding process cycle time for the turbine aerofoils. I also undertook a side project during my time which was to automize the turbine cleaning process. From these I developed new skills and built valuable industrial experience I wouldn’t have been able to develop from a university.
What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?
I managed to reduce the cycle time by a significant amount which over exceeded the level expected by an intern. This boosted my confidence massively and I feel capable to go into other companies and repeat the same success.
What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?
In order to reduce the cycle time, I had to perform a detailed analysis of exactly how and where waste occurs in the process. I then acted on this allowing them to produce more parts per year and therefore make more money. More importantly, though I left them with areas where they could continue to make improvements and further reduce the time with using few resources.
What skills were you able to develop through the internship?
Strategic planning, focus on goals and outcomes, assessing and managing risk
What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?
Commercial awareness, creative thinking, independence