Training

Suggested analysis and inquiries for an internship on “Production”

A production internship must be fulfilled in a manufacturing organization. Even if the intern does not take place in manufacturing activities directly, she/he must apply contents of the production/manufacturing related courses offered in the BU ME department.

An intern should be working in one of the following areas for an acceptable internship in production: Machine Shop, Metal Forming, Machining, Casting, Forging, Assembly, Plastics Processing, and Maintenance

During the internship period, an intern may focus on the following types of analysis and questions:

 

  • Describe your working conditions and functions, such as: Who is your supervisor (include his/her name and his/her position); other team members or co-workers and what their functions are to complement yours.
  • Provide an organization chart of the internship organization.
  • Provide the factory layout of the internship organization.
  • Provide an overview of the production system (what are the resources, inputs, and constraints?)
  • Provide a process chart of a major product and/or subassembly
  • What kind of materials is used during the manufacturing?
  • What kind of manufacturing techniques are used in the organization?
  • Discuss manufacturing technologies (JIT, CIM, FMS, GT, CAD/CAM) used in the company.
  • Provide the routing for products, along with manufacturing technologies used.
  • How the capacity of production is measured and calculated?
  • Describe the quality planning and control activities in the internship organization
  • Describe the quality control activities throughout the life cycle of the product groups.
  • Describe what you exactly did there and what experiences you have gained throughout your training.
  • Do a comparison between theory (things you have learned in the classroom) and practice (things you did or observed at the company).
  • Show some work samples that you have encountered/conducted at the company through graphs, pictures, data, drawings, or design calculations and include them in your report.

 

Suggested analysis and inquiries for an internship on “Design and Development”

A “Design” internship must be fulfilled in a Product Development or Research and Development department of a preferably large manufacturing organization, or in a company whose main function is mechanical engineering services.

An intern should be working in one of the following areas for an acceptable internship: Structural Design, Structural Analysis, Test and Design Validation, Materials and Process Development, Thermal Design and Analysis, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems Design and Installation, Automations Systems Design and Installation.

During the internship period, an intern may focus on the following types of analysis and questions. You do not have to answer all the questions in the list.

 

 

  • Describe your working conditions and functions, such as: Who is your supervisor (include his/her name and his/her position); other team members or co-workers and what their functions are to complement yours.
  • Provide the layout of the internship organization.
  • What kind of commercial CAD (Computer Aided Design) software packages are used in the internship organization?
  • What kinds of CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) tools are used in the organization?
  • What type of engineering analysis and calculations are performed (structural analysis, stress calculations, kinematic analysis, fatigue life calculations, control algorithms, thermal analysis)?
  • What kind of tests are performed for quality control and design verification (strength tests, fatigue and durability tests, thermal tests, vibration and noise measurements, performance tests, routine quality control tests, safety tests, etc.)?
  • Describe what you exactly did there and what experiences you have gained throughout your training.
  • A comparison between theory (things you have learned in the classroom) and practice (things you did or observed at the company) must be made.
  • Show some work samples that you have encountered/conducted at the company through graphs, pictures, data, drawings, or design calculations and include them in your report.

 

REPORT OUTLINE

First page should display: Student name and surname, internship start and finish dates, number of internship days, type of internship (production, or design and development), company/institution name.

This page should be signed and stamped by the supervisor of the intern student.

A weekly timetable where each row in the table corresponding to a day in internship period. Each row should record the date, internship activity on that date. Weekly Schedule should explain the work accomplished each day of the week during the internship period and should contain:

A one page summary of the company/institution and a short account of the major activities carried out during the internship period.

Contents of the report with page numbers, list of tables, and list of figures.

This section should answer the following questions:

This is the main body of your report. You should present the activities performed during the internship period. Please refer to "Guidelines for writing ME Internship Activities" document for the types of analysis and inquiries that you should be performing during “Production”, and “Design and Development” internship.

In this section you should answer the following questions

This section should include:

Rules for writing the internship report:

  1. First Page
  2. Weekly timetable
    • The department of the organization that the week was spent.
    • Name and signature of the controlling supervisor for each week
    • The official stamp of the organization.
  3. A Brief Executive Summary of the Internship
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Description of the company/institution
    1. What is the full title of the company/institution? Give a brief history of the company, full mailing address and relevant web links.
    2. What is the type of ownership of the company/institution? State the main shareholders and their shares.
    3. What is the sector that the company/institution operates in? Specify the products and services produced and offered to its customers.
    4. Who are regarded as the customers of your internship company/institution (consider the end users, retailers, other manufacturers, employees, etc.)?
    5. Provide an organization chart of the company, along with information on the number of employees.
    6. Provide a list of functions performed by the mechanical engineers in the internship organization.
  6. Internship activities
  7. An assessment of the internship
    1. What skills and qualifications you think that you have gained from the internship?
    2. What kind of responsibilities you have undertaken during the internship period?
    3. How do you think the internship will influence your future career plans?
    4. How do you think the internship activities that you carried out are correlated with your classroom knowledge?
  8. Conclusions of the report
    • A summary of key conclusions derived from the internship experience.
    • General observations about the sector in which your internship company/institution operates
  9. Appendices and supplementary material (charts, graphs, pictures, computer codes, etc.)
  10. References
    • You do not have to provide a day-to-day diary of the internship activities.
    • Do not write theoretical excerpts from textbooks! Describe what you exactly did there and what experiences you have gained throughout your training.
    • The internship report should be between 15-20 pages and written to “Training Program Diary”
    • The internship report should be written in handwriting, and each page should contain about 25 lines.
    • The internship report should be original, no photocopies are accepted.
    • You can include graphs, pictures, data, drawings, or design calculations in your report; however they should not cover more than 1/3 of the page. Larger graphs, pictures, data, drawings, or design calculations should be given as an Appendix.