Summer with Cessna

Rachel also visited the Rocky Mountains.  This is NOT Wichita!

Rachel visited the Rocky Mountains while she was part of the way there. This is NOT Wichita!

Reporting from Wichita is MSE junior Rachel who tells us about her summer internship working with Cessna Aircraft .

Rachel CessnaI am doing a materials internship this summer in Wichita, Kansas at Cessna Aircraft (now part of Textron Aviation), in the metals group of the Materials and Processes Engineering division.  My internship requires me to inspect returned parts and parts from the production line, and to write condition reports on the pieces. I spend a lot of time in the lab, often getting dirty, and am consistently busy. I have been fortunate to be able to observe the entire production line, from raw material to finished airplane, for both Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft.

There is something special about working for an airplane manufacturer. No matter how tired, hungry, or ready to go home I am, it is awe-inspiring to walk through the hangar and see the lines of planes in production, and to realize that, in some way, no matter how small, I am a part of it.

Rachel Ground SchoolAs for the rest of the summer, I also look forward to Engineering Fastener Training, Private Pilot Ground School, and a trip to San Francisco and Yosemite.

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