Bearing it all
July 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Marc will be a senior MSE student at OSU this year. Here’s what he has to say about his summer internship.
I’ve been spending this summer interning with The Timken Company in North Canton, Ohio. Timken is a global bearing and specialty steel business which began in 1899 with Henry Timken’s invention of the tapered roller bearing. Today, Timken grosses over $5 billion annually.
I work in the TEC Center on the Non-Destructive Evaluation team, using LabVIEW to analyze the validity of case depth measurements of bearing parts. Most of Timken’s products are case hardened in order to extend the parts’ working lives and increase their resistance to wear. A high frequency transducer is used to measure the case depth without compromising the integrity of the part. A plot is then produced from the gathered data, presenting details about the hardened part’s microstructure.
The project began with basic brainstorming of validity requirements and progressed to programming, debugging, and comprehensive studies of plant databases. I’ve completed other smaller projects throughout the summer as well, including a comparative study of two material characterization instruments and a budget for the TEC Center’s Summer Celebration.
Work has been only one aspect of my summer, though. Most of the interns, including myself, live together in a residence hall at Walsh University. Our social activities included an intern volleyball league, rafting in West Virginia, attending an Indians game, several lunches (many of which were longer than the allotted hour), and more. We’ve decorated the conference room board, learned some Chinese, and established a “Word of the Day.”
Overall, we have been able to make a positive and meaningful impact with our summer projects. Not only did I gain technical skills and real world experience, but also several new friends.