Happy National Intern Day to all our interns at Spring Automation, past and present.
We would like to recognize and celebrate the hard work, passion, and creativity they bring daily.
Thank you, Interns!
Check out what current interns have to say about Spring Automation, their experience, and advice for students seeking an engineering internship.
Dylan Geiger is a Vanderbilt University student majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Management. His favorite part of the internship has been the clear and consistent pride that the people at Spring show in their work and how great that makes it feel to come in each day. He has heard people speak about how Spring is the best company they've worked for, and it has become evident to him why from the close-knit, congenial atmosphere in the office and online meetings. His advice to a new intern would be to ask questions about the company, its work, the industry as a whole, and even life in general. He says the people at Spring are happy to share what they've learned on their journey to where they are now.
Clay Howard is a Tennessee Tech Mechanical Engineering Student. He says working alongside experienced engineers in this field has helped him become a better engineer for the future. He has learned how to use resources given to him and find resources to overcome obstacles in the design aspect more efficiently. His time at Spring Automation has shown him how important and entertaining it is for an engineer to always be curious and want to take the initiative to learn new software and skills. Clay has had the opportunity to assist Software and Controls Engineers in troubleshooting AutoCAD Electrical. Through the internship, he has learned how vast and powerful the software is and developed an interest in pursuing it further in the future.
Trenton Singleton is a Vanderbilt University Electrical Engineering Student. His advice for a new intern is to keep asking for opportunities to showcase your skills. He believes this is a way to show Engineering Team Leads what you are capable of and how hard you are willing to work, which can increase the number of projects you are assigned. The most surprising thing about the internship to Trenton was seeing how many skills learned during the summer could be used outside the controls engineering atmosphere. For example, to be a good controls engineer, IP addressing and networks are necessary to understand as well. His favorite part about being part of Spring Automation is the environment, and he jokes that the snacks are a big bonus too.
Patrick Schulte is a Tennessee Tech Mechanical Engineering Student. He knew he wanted to go into the automation field and had previous experience with PLC Programming, but he wanted to learn more about the engineering field. Patrick suggests that students seeking an internship should consider Spring Automation if they want to learn as much as possible about the industry. He mentions that internships aren't enough time to see the finished projects, but it allows students exposure and shows what it is like working for a company the size of Spring.
Magdy Girgis is an Electro-Mechanical Engineering student at Middle Tennessee State University. His favorite part about the Spring internship is discovering new technologies he had no idea existed. He found himself learning more about practical applications than in class, seeing first-hand all the different devices deployed in the field, and even taking part in addressing a few Remote IO modules. He appreciates Spring's mountain of educational resources, including the training portal, Lunch & Learns on the Spring server, and the Lab. In the Lab, interns can practice building circuits, become more familiar with the Powerflex 525 VFD, and study the code written to interact with different components, such as beacons, motors, cameras, photo eyes, etc. Learning how the company organizes the vast lines of code and breaks down tasks to distribute workload is a skill he will not forget. In addition, Magdy had the chance to attend a few meetings and the opportunity to understand the inner workings of quoting, accepting, commissioning, and handing off a project. He feels everybody who works at Spring is incredibly insightful, genuinely helpful, and extremely welcoming. He is truly grateful for his experience here and knows the next intern will be too.
Naba Al-Akashi is a Mechatronics Engineering student at Middle Tennessee State University. Her advice to a new intern is, "Don't be anxious. Know that here at Spring, every voice is heard, every idea is given a chance, and every person is valuable." She believes that at Spring Automation, there are endless opportunities to learn from more experienced interns, commissioning engineers, controls engineers, management, and other individuals from different departments. Naba has been an intern since May of 2021, making it hard to pinpoint a favorite part of her internship. However, each internship term has provided a unique learning opportunity. In the beginning, she developed her soft skills and learned how to define her weaknesses and work towards developing them into strengths. Overall, she has enjoyed seeing how the tasks asked of her, the ideas she has worked on bringing to fruition, and the skills I have acquired, have enabled me to become a member of the team and culture here at Spring Automation.
Listen to Naba share more about her experience and future goals as she grows at Spring Automation.
Learn more about the Spring Automation Controls Engineering Internship below and apply today!
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At Spring Automation, we value team success and challenge every individual to strive for professional development. As a Spring Automation intern, you will have access to an online training portal designed to pave the road for growth by providing straightforward and easy-to-access training documents for all team members. We are committed to providing interns with the tools needed to succeed. The goal for the training portal design included ease of access, low pressure for trainees, and crafting a roadmap of content that matters. Training can help anyone feel more confident in his or her role producing better performance and efficiency.
At Spring, we also have a certification program that interns can participate in designed to accomplish the following goals:
- Accurately evaluate team member skill set
- Provide streamlined hands-on training catered to our clients & industry
- Ensure quality standards at onboarding phase
- Invest in continuous growth for existing team members and interns
The certification program at Spring recognizes team members and their achievements with the ability to earn a LinkedIn virtual badge, an enamel pin, and a certificate.