Summer Intern Reporting from Portland

Daimler Trucks North America LLC

From Kelsey T., OSU Materials Science and Engineering 2nd-year student:

Hello from Portland, where this summer I’m enjoying working for Daimler Trucks North America.  I’m learning quite a bit about trucks in the process, which is surprising given my previous lack of knowledge about anything with a motor.

I was switched into the electronics and electrical test group in the product validation engineering department.  My main project is the revision of a company specification for the testing of electrical components by suppliers before they’re installed in our trucks.  I’m basically acting as a project engineer and herding a group of seven engineers to get things done by the time I leave for Ohio.

We have weekly meetings (I never thought I’d be chairing my own meetings already) and I spend most of my time emailing people, contacting suppliers, and editing the gigantic specification document.  I’m also involved with the testing of speed sensors, working on instrumentation and wiring on trucks for DTNA’s summer test, and improving military truck switches that have had issues with arcing.  It’s not quite materials-related, but is interesting all the same.

I even have multiple pairs of coveralls to wear over my clothes when I’m climbing around trucks.  I certainly never would’ve guessed that I would have grease and oil stains on my clothes! The biggest thing I’ve learned is that working is all about dealing with different personalities.  We have quite a wide variety of people, so every day is a new experience.

Portland, Oregon

I’ve been enjoying hiking around the Portland area on weekends, working out at my new gym (nice enough to rival the RPAC), and spending time with the family I’m staying with.  I’ve been eating lots of fresh seafood because salmon, clams, and oysters are much cheaper here.  People here are very into organic food and unhealthy foods (like chips, cookies, etc) are actually somewhat hard to find at some stores.

Hope things in Columbus are going well.  Enjoy your summer!

Kelsey T.
Product Validation Engineering Intern
Daimler Trucks North America

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