Bearing it all

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.

Marc at his Timken internship

Marc at his Timken internship

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.


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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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