For Joseph Schneider, an Engineer at ITW Deltar Fasteners, these 3 steps were something he learned before his professional career. In the first two years of his career, Joseph has managed a $14M P&L and led 3 teams of technicians. Drawing upon his experience conducting an ensemble allowed him to translate his skills to leadership in manufacturing. He has lead a musical ensemble and a team of technicians with the same three steps: look, prepare, deliver.
Read the full post at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/letter-new-leaders-look-prepare-deliver-joseph-schneider/
Interns had the opportunity to attend the Coffee and Careers speed networking event. The event started off with Bruce Albrecht who spoke to the group about his internship experience. The interns then participated in a networking event, where they were able to connect with over 25 senior leaders and hiring managers. During the event, they were able to ask the leaders questions and gain insights from their experience at the company. Some of the takeaways that interns had listed were to “not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone”, and to say “yes to opportunities.”
Interns also participated in a two-day orientation, where they were able to become familiar with the 80 products of the Welding Segment. This also included a presentation from Becky Tuchsherer, Group President, and Dave Lambert, VP of NA Sales, for the the interns on ITW and it’s values, and more about their experiences that got them to where they are today. They all left with their own nametags that they plasma cut and welded themselves!
At the ITW David Speer Academy, students have the chance to gain professional experience outside of the classroom. Every member of the senior class is given the opportunity to complete an internship with ITW or a partner. For Sanfina Foerster, she chose to spend her senior year interning at Working Bikes, an organization that repairs and refurbishes bikes, which are then redistributed to local and global communities. Sanfina‘s final project focused on her role at Working Bikes, where she was responsible for helping build and refurbish bikes. This internship taught her accountability and persistence, as refurbishing a bike on her own required a lot of hard work. She discovered that she loved having a hands-on job and was able to apply the skills she learned at Working Bikes to help repair her friend’s car. Sanfina’s experience sparked her interest in fixing vehicles and gave her the skills needed to achieve her goal of building a car. Through her internship Sanfina discovered her interest in engineering and machinery. She loved working with her hands to solve problems, and because of this experience she plans to attend Colorado Mesa University with a major in Mechanical Engineering. We are proud to be fostering the next generation of engineers through the ITW David Speer Academy.
Ever wonder what an Engineering internship within Industrial Manufacturing could look like? Curious how an Engineering organization, like the Society of Women Engineers can help prepare students for their future careers’?
Meet Kristen Cardoza!
❖ Junior at Marquette University
❖ Majoring in Mechanical Engineering
❖ Active member of Marquette’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter
❖ Best piece of advice: “There’s no growth where you find comfort”
How did you hear about the internship at ITW?
I learned about ITW in my Professional Development Class’ resume review workshop, where I met my future manager (Steve Moore). Steve gave me resume feedback and shared his ITW experiences and about the internship he was recruiting for. This interaction not only peeked my interest, but also showed me what a great team dynamic could look like.
What interested you in the role & what led to your decision to accept?
I was interested in the differentiated industries. I never thought I’d work in Construction, but after learning moreabout it from Steve and seeing his passion, I knew that this New Product Development Internship was the right fit.
What did you work on during your internship? And what were your greatest learnings.
So much! A couple of my bigger projects were around product testing and analysis. I got to test the bumpers in the nailers and used that data to determine the wear and tear of the materials used to make the bumpers. I also did some design work using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. I am a hands-on learner, so the opportunity to jump in and apply what I learned in the classroom to the real world was very valuable. I also feel like I gained solid engineering experience through this internship.
What was the best part of the internship?
The people! Everyone was so open to helping me. When I started, I felt like I didn’t know anything and everyone I worked with was so encouraging and taught me how to problem solve.
What does your SWE involvement look like and what has been your favorite part of SWE?
I’m involved with PR and Fundraising for my SWE Chapter. I also work with companies to find speakers to speak at our meetings. My favorite SWE experience was the conference in Philadelphia. I met so many wonderful people that that I could relate to.
How did SWE prepare you for your internship?
It really put into perspective what to expect in the real world. Engineering is typically male dominated, so by beinginvolved with SWE, I’ve gained a network of great women, who can help guide me through the engineering world.Everyone I’ve met has been very supportive.
What led to your decision to come back to ITW for another summer?
Well, I loved the team and loved everything I learned about ITW. I now feel comfortable with engineering and feel like I can really jump in without having the start from scratch.
Would you recommend interning with ITW and why?
Yes! ITW is a global company, but it didn’t feel that big. I felt like my opinions mattered.