Internships/Work-Study Students Assist with Built Environment Programs

andy-ray-concentrate-collage-groveBy Andrew Ray, Professor, Building Construction Technology and Pat Lynch, Instructional Assistant, Sr.

In addition to students completing traditional-format internships with local construction companies and manufacturers, the Division of Engineering, Computer Programming and Technology (ECPT) has enjoyed great success over the last two years with the services and support of interns and work-study students.

Patricia Lynch, instructional assistant, senior, for the built environment programs in Building 9 on West Campus, has supervised several interns and work-study employees, and they have provided invaluable help with the 3D printing, construction and surveying classes. She works day-to-day with these assistants and had this to say about our current helpers:

“Andrew T., a computer programming student, has shown great aptitude for learning the various printer protocols and is proving to be a real asset to the division. He created and printed test prints, developed trouble-shooting skills on the PLA 3D Printers, focused on exploring the strengths and weaknesses of our three primary 3D software applications, learned basic setup and measurements on the surveying electronic total stations and supports 3D Printing courses by assisting students with their class projects.

David B. brings enthusiasm for 3D printing and a dedication to troubleshooting factors contributing to unsuccessful prints, assisting with configuration for one of our challenging PLA 3D printers and assisting with setup of our subtractive Roland desktop milling machine.

Edward F. is an experienced carpenter and helped Professor of Building Construction Technology Andrew Ray with several projects, including two rolling display boards, a folding door for the recent West Campus Spring Convocation, and the nearly completed the osprey tower, funded by the Hubbard Endowed Chair. During his free time, Edward has also organized our work room and tool cabinet and scanned hundreds of slides of construction projects, converting them to digital format. He also organized two large bookshelves with reference materials in the drafting/surveying labs for use by students.

Ben R. is a mechanical engineering student at Valencia. While creating test prints, he has focused on exploring the strengths and weaknesses of our three primary 3D software applications, supports 3D printing courses by assisting students with their class projects and assists students working in the ECPT open lab, currently housed in Building 11.”

We would also like to recognize interns and work-study students from recent semesters:

  • Gerald J. had a career as a mechanic with the Air Force maintaining F-15 fighter jets, so disassembling and repairing our MakerBot printer was an easy task for him.
  • Amanda H. is a single mother with four sons and is a hard worker. Although initially reluctant to speak to large groups, she really excelled when given the opportunity to showcase 3D printing at the TED-X Women event at the Winter Park Campus held in December 2013. She created and printed test models, kept reusable perf plates in ready shape for the students and contributed greatly to the organization of building materials. She and Gerald also helped assemble the bat house, now installed on West Campus.
  • Lucia R. helped out last semester in the 3D printing lab by writing user manuals and also helped present tabletops at MakerFaire at the Orlando Science Center in September and the  National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Annual Conference Florida Student Showcase at Buena Vista Palace in October 2014. After completing two technical certificates in drafting and design technology, she has moved on to a career in the Air Force.
  • Patrick C. experimented with the 3D NextEngine scanner, which requires sophisticated software.
  • Kevin C. created test prints and assisted with the first print on the donated VFlash 3D printer.

Without the hard work of these student helpers, and their willingness to try, fail and learn from mistakes, our technical certificate in advanced rapid prototyping would not be where it is today. Their contributions to the division are very much appreciated. If your division has not taken advantage of this opportunity to provide student helpers with practical experience, please consider exploring this option.

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