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Developing Talent Through Our Internship

The Campus Ambassador Program allows interns hired on for the summer gain hands-on experience at our family of employee owned companies. The goal of this program is to develop talent: starting as an intern, then working up to inside sales before eventually leading into an outside sales position. By utilizing this program, GCC focuses on sales development through teaching young students how we operate as a company. We have intern Harrison Bridger reviewing his summer project to provide an insider view into what this program looks like.

Project: Oil Pump Panel

Brief project description
“This project is a panel that will be able to control pressure and flow in order to test the various test stands built for our customer.”

How did you contribute to this project?
“I had the opportunity to design the layout for the inside of the panel as well as program the two programmable logic controllers (PLCs) that are used to control the pressure and flow of the system. When the designing and programming on the PLCs is finished, I will then be able to build the panel and test it.”

What did you learn from this project?
“I learned how to implement programming into a real-world scenario. My school classes could not have given me this experience. I also learned that when creating a layout or designing something, it’s important to pay close attention to detail because every small thing can create a large impact on the project.”

What did you enjoy most about this project?
“I enjoyed having the opportunity to complete a project from start to finish. Being able to design a panel and then go into the shop and build it is great. I have never had an internship where I was given full control and trust to complete an entire project.”

What was the most challenging aspect of the project?
“The most challenging part of this project for me was programming the PLC to properly complete tasks without any errors. The engineers working at GCC did a great job of leading me in the right direction while still giving me the opportunity to do it myself.”

How does this project relate to your desired career path?
“This project relates to my career path because I am interested in the controls side of engineering. Being able to design and create a panel that controls oil pumps’ pressure and flow was the perfect opportunity to be exposed to this type of work.”