Each summer, Sega welcomes engineering students to our offices for some firsthand exposure to the ins and outs of an engineering and consulting firm, and this summer was no exception. For the past three months, our civil and structural departments were home to two interns, Nick and David. Each of these aspiring engineers had different goals and expectations for their time here, and at the conclusion of their internship, they both were very satisfied with their experiences.
David was assigned to our structural department with James Heaney, P.E., as his mentor. David wanted to “learn what being an engineer means” while seeking out the type of engineer he hopes to be upon graduation from Kansas State University. He worked alongside our experienced structural engineers to tackle foundation designs, research containment wall codes, and develop cost estimate spreadsheets, which will be used on future Sega projects. He was also able to get in the field to see before and after work taking place at a facility in Sedalia, Missouri. During his end-of-summer presentation, he shared some valuable lessons learned, including:
- Always double check your units.
- Projects change so you must change.
- Engineering programs are simply tools — they can be wrong!
Our civil department mentor, Andy Newman, welcomed Nick to the group and quickly put him to work. He soon found himself in the middle of earthwork grading and storm water drainage planning for a local utility’s substation and then moved on to designing a detention basin and attaining floodplain permitting on a combustion turbine project. He also attended weekly meetings to collaborate with other departments on a multi-discipline job focused on relocating several machines used to manufacture varying types of wire from one facility to another as part of a large expansion project. At the end of the summer, Nick had the following takeaways from his time here:
- Never stop learning.
- There isn’t always one definitive answer to your problem.
- Use your resources so not to spend time recreating the wheel.
As our interns head back to school, we wish them all the best in their final months at college. Soon they will be starting their engineering careers, armed with bachelor’s degrees and new life experiences. Nick and David, we have no doubt that you will accomplish your goals and are happy to have been part of your journey.