Summer Internship to Co-op

From Mike K., junior in Materials Science and Engineering.

Summer 2010 found me at The Timken Company in Canton, Ohio,  interning in tech service for steel for automotives.  I led a Lean Six Sigma project to reduce customer claims on tube defects called wavy OD and hooked ends, and on the effect two straighteners have on these defects.
My responsibilities required me to  go to the plant and measure the straightness of 2 orders of tubes after they came off each of the straighteners.  I found only a borderline significance between the straighteners, but I found a huge variation between the readings an inspector takes on the same area of the tube, which can lead to a good part being scrapped or a bad part being shipped.
Also as part of tech service, I traveled with my mentor to customers around Ohio and Kentucky, helping out the Value Added Supply Chain group in finding potential suppliers to machine parts for an automotive customer.

My summer internship ended last week, and now I’m in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where I’ll be co-oping for Oshkosh Corporation in their Global Tech Center until next September.  I will continue to blog about my experiences there.  (ed. note: see posts from Joel at Oshkosh Corp).

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