Strengthened Skills

Strengthened Skills

By: Hunter Jones 

For my internship through AASEP, I worked with Thomarios. Thomarios has many different aspects to their company including industrial coating, powder coating, and construction. When I was interning there, I worked in the IT department with Mr. Frutchey and Ryan. The IT department was separated from the construction, and for the most part, we did not do much with the construction, industrial coating, and powder coating departments.

On the first two days, I had the task of preparing laptops and desktops for the use of other people at the company. This process involved first making sure the laptops and desktops each had the cords that are needed. I then had to update windows and specific software on each of the computers, which took the bulk of the time for this project. Some of the computers had problems, which I needed to diagnose and fix so they are in working condition.

The main task I had to do is display an image on a Mac II. I spent a lot of time trying to get a raspberry pi to accomplish this, but because I did not have the correct parts I needed to convert the signal nor the time to get them, I was not able to finish the specific project.

When I wasn’t working on either of the other 2 projects, there were still other things that I had to do. I was able to help people with other technical questions when they arrived. I also spent time on CBT Nuggets, a website with courses on various IT topics. The course I finished was on SQL, which is a query language used in database management. Also, during the last week I was able to visit various construction sites and clients which allowed me to see what it is like being on a construction site.

Overall my internship at Thomarios gave me experience in the workforce and I learned a lot from it. I learned both about IT and construction work which helped strengthen my problem-solving skills which are extremely important in IT. It also allowed me to witness what IT employees do daily and help them on their projects.

Insights for My Future

Insights for My Future 

By: Shelley Bradshaw

 

As my time at Prime AE comes to a close, I am very thankful for the experiences and knowledge I have gained with the help of those in the office with me. I have seen many different sides of engineering and it has helped me to further understand what I want to do with the rest of my life. One of the things I liked the most was visiting a project site they are working on. It was nice to see what really happens on a job site, and to see all the preparation that goes into a project. This internship has also taught me that, although doing things in the office might not be the most fun, it is necessary to make sure everything pans out smoothly and goes nicely on the site. Another thing that I was introduced to is AutoCAD. They showed me how to draw using the program and gave me real life applications where it would help draw up a plan.  Finally, going on the tour of the water and wastewater plants gave me a new perspective on what goes into treating water. It made me realize that I take the water at my house for granted, and that some people work 24/7 to ensure the water I get is safe and clean and reliable to use. This internship has been a great experience and I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to experience something like this before I graduate high school!

Growing as a Young Professional

Growing as a Young Professional 

By: Kathryn Burns

 

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When I had made the decision in the fall of my senior year to reapply for this cooperative learning experience, it had been the easiest decision I’ve ever had to make. After thoroughly enjoying my first internship with the amazing civil department at CT Consultants Fairlawn office, I was so excited to get the opportunity to intern again this summer. I had my heart set on continuing to learn more about the topics that my first internship went into. This included exploring the multiple facets of civil engineering: providing clean water, wastewater treatment, finding ways to preserve the environment while creating infrastructure, and working with governments to make the designs a reality. While working with a traffic engineer, I visited various schools that had outdated signs and see a traffic study simulation. I loved these experiences and tried to express my desire to work with a company that was focused in civil engineering during my interviews. 

   

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I was chosen by Osborn Engineering which is a consulting firm and has a transportation group in Akron that I was specifically assigned to. I admit that I felt a bit apprehensive because I had very little experience with traffic engineering and I wasn’t sure if I would like it as much as I had other parts of my first internship which was more civil focused. I’m extremely grateful that I was able to get to focus on a different area of civil engineering because I learned so much during my internship. 

   

 

 

 

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First, I was able to deepen my understanding and ability to use AutoCAD which is a design program that I was introduced to in my first internship. I was able to work on and address issues that our clients had on road rehabilitations and other road projects. There were quite a few tips and tricks that my coworkers showed me that really helped improve my AutoCAD skills and overall efficiency when it came to completing tasks. In addition to increasing my AutoCAD experience, I started to learn how to use MicroStation which is another design program. This program is used specifically for designing structures like bridges and projects for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). While the program was different from AutoCAD, I was able to adapt to it and complete jobs including drawing existing framework for a bridge, create sheets with important design details, and edit designs to make sure they were correct. The information and skills I learned during my internship are so valuable and something that will really help me in the future. 

In addition to this, the company offered meeting times for interns from all departments to come together and learn more about some of the basics of the engineering industry. I really gained a lot from these meetings. It helped me be able to problem solve and find answers to questions on my own instead of running to a coworker. Overall, my internship experience was amazing from all of the information I learned, the wonderful and kind people that I worked with, and the priceless real-world experience I received. I would recommend the All Akron Student Engineering Program to any student even if they aren’t looking to go into this field because of the amazing opportunity to learn and grow as a young professional. 

Head Start in Engineering

Head Start in Engineering 

By: Kathryn Burns

As my second internship with the amazing AASEP is drawing to a close, I have taken a moment to reflect on this time. This summer internship has been such a valuable experience for me and all those who participated. It has allowed me to gain knowledge and an in depth understanding of the engineering industry. 

Prior to this program, I had never considered a career in engineering because of the misconceptions I had about it. All I knew about civil engineering before AASEP was that there is a lot of math involved and that not many women choose the field of engineering. These internships have allowed me to see how multifaceted the engineering industry is. 

It has really helped with my networking skills, learning programs and problem solving in a real-world setting, as well as teaching me better communication skills in a professional environment. The AASEP has been very helpful to give us a head start to develop ourselves as professionals in the engineering workforce.

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Thank you AASEP

Thank you AASEP

By: Brando Martinez 

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During my time in the AASEP meetings I had a blast!! Each presenter brought their own personality to their presentation, each meeting had their own little project which challenged us and forced us to collaborate with each other even though we had never talked beforehand. I learned a lot from the program and was able to make new friends. AASEP helped me be a well-rounded student and prepare me for my internship.  This program helped a lot of students around Akron and gives us not just exposure to what we will be expecting as engineers, but also with other jobs in our future. AASEP helped us grow as students and become more mature. I would like to thank Johnathan Simmons for hosting a great program, making students more responsible, and helping build us into future engineers. 

Exploring Engineering

Exploring Engineering 

By: Hunter Huey 

The entirety of the All-Akron Student Engineering Program has been a great help in figuring out my future. Before joining the program, I was not entirely sure of what career path I wanted to take. Engineering has always been in the back of my mind as an option, but for the past few years I have been aiming to go into the field of forensic science. The problem with both options was that I did not know much about them. I knew that there are very few openings in forensics, and I assumed that engineering would be the same. I wasn’t even sure what either field did on a day to day basis. Weighing everything I knew at the time, I decided to stay on the path of forensic science, but that all changed when I joined this program.

Although I was a late addition to the program, I was still able to learn plenty from the meetings and sessions that were held before the internships had begun. I was shown just how vast and widespread the umbrella of engineering was. I learned that there were countless engineering firms all over Akron with multiple types of engineering in them. There were meetings with people from all these firms that we were able to talk with us and explain what kind of work they do on a day-to-day basis. I couldn’t get the full experience that was initially offered, but what I was shown has set me on the track with my career as an engineer. The only major thing that I have to figure out now, is what specific field of engineering I want to go with, but that should hopefully be solved with my internship and where I will be able to explore different types of engineering. 

Knowledge for My Future Career

Knowledge for My Future Career

By: Shelley Bradshaw 

 

I’m only 3 days into my internship at Prime AE, but I already know this is going to be such a good experience for me. I was able to go out into the field and see a project that the wastewater/water engineers are working on here. We went up to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and they showed me a location where they are removing a dam for a client and replacing it with a screw pump. I was able to learn about why and how they are doing the work, and how the screw pump operates. They explained to me the process they must go through to be able to work on the site, and just how long a process like this usually takes. They have told me that projects very rarely go according to plan, but there is always a way to get things done. They have taught me about the business side of engineering and what decisions are made to keep the clients happy with the work being done. My internship is giving me knowledge that I know will be useful in my future career, whether that is in engineering or not. I am so excited for the rest of my time here and cannot wait to see what other new things I can learn!

Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

By: Hunter Jones

    The company that I am working with for my internship is Thomarios. Thomarios is a company that started with painting but grew to other fields of work including construction and powder coating. During my internship, I am working in the Thomarios IT department instead of with a construction team. Within my first week of interning, some of the projects I have worked on are updating computers to improve efficiency and helping staff with various IT related problems. Another big project I have been working on involves using an Apple II computer, which was released in 1977, 42 years ago! Throughout these projects, I have had to search for information on topics that have little documentation to guide me and I have also learned to be creative and use outside of the box thinking techniques.

Grateful for AASEP

Grateful for AASEP

By: Kathryne Burns 

 

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Since I was fortunate enough to return to the AASEP this year, the variety of workshops have allowed me to develop and refine the skills needed to be successful in a professional setting. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to network further with individuals in the field of engineering, as well as members of the Akron community. 

Each workshop provided insightful information that would not only help me during my interview process but be able to thrive in a corporate environment. The first speakers at the Winter STEM Fest discussed understanding personality and way in which I interact with others. This was important to figuring out how I best communicate with others and how to develop those skills. Other sessions covered an array of topics that young professionals must navigate when first entering the business world such as: the importance of written communication, table manners and eating food, and appropriate attire. Professionals that helped review and practice our one-minute speeches as well as networking with us. These skills were all put to the test during our final elevator speeches and interviews with the representatives from the different engineering firms in March. These workshops really helped develop and prepare me not only for my interview but for my future in the engineering profession.

The AASEP is a wonderful addition to the opportunities that Akron provides for students that helps take learning and personal growth outside of the classroom.

To Flush or Not to Flush, That is the Question

To Flush, or Not to Flush, That is the Question

 

Can this be flushed? If you are asking the question, then the answer is no.  

We have had some questions on our trolley tours regarding what can and cannot be flushed. Now we all know this is a stinky subject, but it is important for everyone to have this information. In trying to prevent clogs, backups, and issues at the Water Reclamation Facility, we put together a list of things that should NEVER be flushed.

Even though some products like wipes, kitty litter, and baby diapers say that they can be flushed, DO NOT flush them! These products are meant to absorb water and do not break down. The rule of thumb is the 4 ‘P’s: poop, pee, puke, and (toilet) paper. Everything else will cause issues with plumbing and can cause obstructions in the sewer system.

One of the major hazards that the Water Reclamation Facility is trying to educate the public about is flushable wipes – they aren’t flushable. They do not break down, can cluster together and sometimes get tied together, and get caught in the grates at the Water Reclamation Facility causing clogs and backups.

Another concern is Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) from Food Service Establishments as well as home owners. Fats, Oils, and Grease stick to the sides of pipes and start to build up over time causing blockages in the system. Blockages of any kind can result in pipes bursting, backups or overflows into local waterways.

To help with disposal of things that are used in the bathroom, it is advised to have a waste basket for easy use.

To recycle used motor oil and other automotive fluids, use Earth911 to find recycling locations closest to you. You can choose which fluid you would like to recycle, and the search will give you specific places for them. Many auto parts stores will accept motor oil and others including transmission fluid, brake fluid, and antifreeze.   https://earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-automotive-fluids/

It is also extremely important to not pour or flush medications down the drain. Water Treatment Facilities are not equipped to remove the chemicals found in medications, which equates to contaminated local water supplies. These medications also impact aquatic life when the water is returned to rivers and lakes. Not only are residents drinking this water but so are all other living things, including pets, farm animals and crops.

Unused medications can be brought to Walgreens, CVS, and RiteAid locations with disposal bins as well as a few other pharmacies. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration also hosts the National Prescription Drug Take-Back events that include police stations and health departments.

Another resource for recycling is the ReWorks Recycling Center, which is located in Stow. This facility has a long list of products that they recycle and are dedicated in keeping household hazardous waste out of landfills. This is a free service to Summit County residents and more information can be found on their website: http://www.summitreworks.com/

In the end, the only things that should ever be flushed is human waste and toilet paper. Everything else should be kept out of the toilet or any other drains and thrown away or recycled.

 

Here is a list of items that you may not realize cannot be flushed:

  • Cotton balls and swabs
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  • Sanitary napkins
  • Mini or maxi pads
  • Tampons and applicators
  • Cleaning wipes of any kind
  • Dental floss
  • Disposable diapers
  • Bandages or gauze
  • Automotive fluids
  • Paint, solvents, sealants, or thinners
  • Unused medications
  • Fats, Oils, Grease
  • Flushable kitty litter
  • Fish for a funeral
  • Pet poop
  • Cigarette butts
  • Contact lenses
  • Chemicals of any kind