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Guidelines for ME Internship Activities

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.