2014 Interns

 
 

Zeb Collier (2012-2014)

High Volume Automotive Production Lines

  • Operated multiple types of lathes, mills, hones, and washers within each cell
  • Deburred and packaged finished parts
  • Performed line checks and CMM checks
  • Maintained machines using bore gages, micrometers, calipers, plug gages, etc.
  • Sorted & moved dunnage, castings, finished product
  • Changed inserts and tools on the lathes and mills
  • Maintained machine coolant, oil, and tool lives
  • Maintained parts washer & monitored pH
  • Gained forklift certification
  • Gained AED and First Aid certification
  • Recorded spindled speeds and feed rates of every tool
  • Calculated cutting feed, chip load, and surface feet per minute of all tools
  • Sped up feed rates on drills to lower cycle times
  • Fixed air and coolant leaks
  • Altered and transferred CNC programs
  • Rearranged machines to lessen steps taken by operator and improve cycle time
  • Pulled fixtures off of lathes and replaced broken parts
  • Welded part stands to improve ergonomics and relocate lathe inserts
  • Welded and painted stands for TPM and OEE boards

Machine Shop - Low & Medium Volume Repetitive

  • Ran parts and performed line checks
  • Setup parts: program download, changed collet/clamp, tooling set-up, zeroing part and touching off tools
  • Ran/maintained multiple types of CNC mills & lathes
  • Utilized manual lathe and Bridgeport
  • Operated automatic band saw

Engineering & Automation Assembly / Controls

  • Utilized diagrams to assemble automation machines
  • Plumbed machines and labeled hoses
  • Wired sensors: part present, extend, retract, etc
  • Modified parts with drill, tap, & Bridgeport
  • Operated automation machines to troubleshoot/fix

 

Dillon Hardiek (2012-2014)

Engineering & Automation Assembly / Controls

  • Worked in-house and on-site with many clients including: Aisin, NAL, Hydrogear
  • Assembled die sets
  • Plumbed and wired die sets
  • Built Aisin machines from the ground up
  • Used diagrams and prints to assemble and wire automation machines
  • Worked with engineers to troubleshoot then repair automation and die sets
  • Wired PLC panels for automation machines
  • Gained knowledge and tips from experienced programmers and engineers
  • Learned how components work together to make the complete machine operate

Machine Shop - Build to Print

  • Used manual mills and lathes to make/alter components for automation builds
  • Operated the automatic band saw
  • Ran CNC mills and lathes for GSI parts along with parts for other companies
  • Welded many part builds
  • Did fabrication work which consisted of using a  welder, grinder, and torch

High Volume Automotive Production Lines:

  • Operated multiple types of lathes, mills, hones, and washers within each cell
  • Deburred and packages finished parts
  • Maintained machines using bore gages, micrometers, calipers, plug gages, etc.
  • Sorted & moved dunnage, castings, finished product
  • Changed inserts and tools on the lathes and mills
  • Made sure the machine coolant, oil, and tool lives were in spec
  • Performed line checks and CMM checks
  • Fixed all air and coolant leaks on line

 

Cole Hartke (2011-2014)

Machine Shop - Low & Medium Volume Repetitive

  • Ran various repeat parts & performed quality checks
  • Manually machined parts on a Bridgeport
  • Used manual lathe to machine parts
  • Rough sized pats on automatic band saw

Engineering & Automation Assembly / Controls

  • Utilized Solidworks drawings in the assembly of machines
  • Manually modified parts in troubleshooting the assembly of machines
  • Wired in components on automated machines
  • Plumbed in airlines for machine assemblies
  • Delivered finished machines to customer

Small Design Project

Scope: Manual old-fashioned water hand pump to be modified with concealed mechanism to allow connection to standard water valves and protect against rusting.

  • Developed design concept
  • Assisted in Solidworks design
  • Produced CNC program from the Solidworks design
  • Machined part with CNC and manual machines
  • Tested finished product

 

Dylan Niebrugge (2012-2014)

High Volume Automotive Production Lines

  • Operated multiple types of lathes, mills, hones, and washers within each cell
  • Deburred and packaged finished parts
  • Performed line checks and CMM checks

Machine Shop - Low & Medium Volume Repetitive

  • Operated automatic band saw
  • Ran parts for GSI, assembly builds, and fixture builds
  • Setup parts: program download, changed collet/clamp, tooling setup, zeroing part & touching off tools & replacing tools
  • Programmed CNC mills and lathes
  • Wrote programs in Mastercam
  • Wrote programs in One Touch IGF for CNC lathe
  • Maintained coolant & fluid levels in CNC mills & lathes
  • Machined and modified custom parts by use of Bridgeport & manual lathe
  • Operated various types of grinders, pipe coilers etc.
  • Welding - platform and part builds

Engineering & Automation Assembly / Controls

  • Utilized diagrams to assemble automation machines
  • Plumbed machines
  • Modified parts
  • Assembled die sets
  • Examined Solidworks drawings to build machines
  • Gained Lean Manufacturing knowledge
  • Gained AutoCAD experience

 

Rachel Finley

Machine Shop - Low a& Medium Volume Repetitive:

  • Ran parts in CNC lathes and mills
  • Programmed offsets into CNC lathe programs
  • Performed line checks
  • Setup parts in CNC equipment: program download, changed collets, tooling setup, zeroing part & touching off tools
  • Setup and utilized Bridgeport mills
  • Used tap arm
  • Ran CMM equipment

Engineering:

  • Utilized Solidworks to solid model parts
  • Used reverse engineering techniques
  • Developed design concepts
  • Built assemblies in Solidworks for design, analysis and interference checks
  • Created 2D prints for release to machine shop
  • Analyzed prints to estimate cost for quoting
  • Researched machining processes, materials, and secondary finishes to meet customers' needs
  • Worked on automating the BTP quoting system to speed up RFQ turnaround time
  • Developed contacts in the industry and worked closely with customers and vendors
  • Handled purchase orders, incoming and outgoing
  • Purchased components to machine and modify
  • Learned program management and leadership
  • Programmed Excel spreadsheets
  • Participated in SOP meetings to move forward with ISO 9001 certification

 

Robert Harder

Engineering:

  • Used Solidworks to design electrical outlet covers, lathe doors, and a water tank stand for the Job Shop
  • Designed a device to hold an LVDT position sensor for the quality department utilizing Solidworks
  • Met with representative form the quality department to better design and ensure satisfaction of the product
  • Created 3D models and 2D prints of these parts and assemblies
  • Reverse engineered existing parts utilizing 3D Solidworks modeling
  • Gained 3D modeling experience in Solidworks
  • Gained knowledge of how new jobs travel through a company

Machine Shop:

  • Interpreted OSHA point of operation safety standards for lathes
  • Ordered and installed electrically interlocking safety guards for lathes
  • Assembled and installed outlet covers, lathe doors, and a water tank stand
  • Used a Mig welder, oxy-acetylene torch , 4-inch grinder, and drill press to fabricate metal
  • Installed concrete floor anchors on storage racks
  • Mapped GFCI outlet locations and researched GFCI testing procedure
  • Built and installed hanger for lifting straps
  • Installed bench grinder hand guards and hung up guard adjustment instructions
  • Designed and installed hand railing around tripping hazard
  • Gained experience of how a manufacturing setting runs efficiently
  • Gained knowledge of necessary safety guards and procedures

GSI Coil Area:

  • Installed toe boards on overhead storage handrail to prevent items from falling
  • Installed additional storage hangers for completed coils
  • Learned to thread ½” and ¾” pipe
  • Learned to operate four different machines used in coil making
  • Learned how to inspect finished product to ensure it meets customer specifications
  • Learned to operate sand blasting booth to remove surface rust from smaller parts
  • Assisted with heat treating and black tooling of steel parts
  • Assisted with making four different types of coils
  • Ordered and installed a jib crane
  • Gained experience working hands-on with inconsistent materials and trouble shooting problems

 

Nick Lustig

Quality Control:

  • Performed weekly gage checks and CMM probe calibrations
  • Executed gage calibration procedures through the Gagetrak system
  • Maintenance on Edmonds Column electronic and air gages. (Remastering, recalibrating, adjusting the LVDT, etc.)
  • Installed I/O (Input/Output) boards in the Edmonds Columns to allow for communication to external devices, so they can send an OK signal to the machines
  • Learned how to program the CMM for basic manual alignments of parts
  • Checked parts on the CMM and interpreted data from the printouts
  • Assisted in designing easier- to-use stands for Electronic and Air mics
  • Performed Capability Studies on production parts using a vantage gage, depth gages, CMM, and Go/NoGo gages
  • Performed full layout procedures on Job shop projects
  • Created Temporary Work Instructions for re-work projects

Machine Shop & Contract Manufacturing:

  • Ran parts for GSI and performed line checks
  • Operated the band saw and the Bridgeport
  • Sorted parts before shipment to ensure they meet the customer’s needs

 

Jordan Niebrugge

Machine Shop - Low & Medium Volume Repetitive:

  • Ran parts for GSI and preformed line checks
  • Ran parts for assembly and fixture builds
  • Set up CNC machines to run repetitive parts for 2nd shift operators
  • Made offsets to keep high volume parts in spec
  • Operated different types of manual machines such as Bridgeports and Lathes
  • Programmed CNC mills and lathes
  • Operated automatic band saw
  • Gained knowledge from more experienced machinist

Maintenance:

  • Installed oil skimmers for the Automotive Production Lines
  • Ran air hoses to various spots throughout the building
  • Gained knowledge on hydraulic pumps
  • Organized the in stock repair parts for the Automotive Production Lines
  • Collected assets throughout the shop
  • Manager Plus

Engineering & Automation Assembly / Controls:

  • Assembled die sets
  • Wired and labeled sensors and hoses
  • Trouble shot various assembly builds

High Volume Automotive Production Lines:

  • Operated multiple types of lathes, mills, hones, and washers
  • Performed line checks and CMM checks
  • Sorted and moved dunnage, castings, finished products
  • Delivered castings and dunnage

 

Daniel Roper

Engineering & Automation Assembly / Controls:

  • Learned to manage and proceed with independent projects, from design to installation
  • Examined Solidworks assembly drawings to assist in building of machines

Consulting and Maintenance:

  • Developed procedure and safety manual for training of employees
  • Planned efficiency presentations for members of production lines

 

Nichole Schackmann

Quality Control:

  • Learned how to properly operate the Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)
  • Learned how to program the CMM for basic manual alignments of parts.
  • Became familiar with the Quality Management System - procedures, policies, work instructions, and checksheets
  • Assisted with the development of many procedures, work instructions and checksheets
  • Assisted with internal auditing and audit reports
  • Became familiar with and utilized root cause analysis
  • Developed training systems for primary categories of employees

 

Ryan Westendorf

Engineering & Automation Assembly Controls:

  • Modified parts with drills, taps, and Bridgeport
  • Assembled die sets
  • Assisted with running pneumatic and electrical lines throughout a project
  • Acquired limitless knowledge about automated machines from experienced programmers and engineers
  • Organized and maintained nearly all materials in the assembly shop area using the Kanban System

 

Tyler Windell

Information Technology:

  • Troubleshot computers and printers
  • Installed new computer programs and other IT equipment
  • Set up new computers
  • Helped set up new WIFI system
  • Organized Patch Panel and Server Racks
  • Set up new internet connections in the shop
  • Learned how the IT department works with other parts of companies
  • Contacted other businesses for maintenance on our IT equipment
  • Disassembled and fixed computers with faulty parts and then reassembled
  • Learned about servers, troubleshooting, PC maintenance, and virus protection
  • Made and ran new Ethernet cables
  • Labeled and documented IT equipment

 

Jake Zerrusen

High Volume Automotive Production Line:

  • Performed Cycle Time study on Honda Accord line
  • Created TPM and production goal boards
  • Applied Lean principles and ergonomics to Honda production lines
  • Operated lathes, horizontal mills, and hones
  • Checked tolerances using calipers, gages, and CMM machine
  • Performed reworks on hold parts
  • Sorted, packaged, and moved finished parts
  • Studied tool life, speeds, and feeds of all machines on Accord line

Machine Shop - Low Volume Repetitive:

  • Ran manual lathes, Bridgeports, band saws, and tapping arm
  • Produced small build to print parts
  • Installed fixtures in various CNC machines

General Maintenance:

  • Installed oil skimmers in coolant tanks
  • Changed filters
  • Addressed coolant and air leaks