This week marks the end of our summer interns’ time at Steffes. We have been offering a formal summer internship program for college students in a variety of positions throughout the company since 2014.
The goal of the program is to give college students real world experience and hands on learning in their chosen career field and help them develop and improve their skills in that area. They are able to solve real problems within our company by bringing their unique skills and ideas to the table.
At the end of the summer, our interns gathered at our Dickinson location for a week of activities as a celebration of their accomplishments and a way to thank them for interning at Steffes.
The week kicked off with volunteering at the House of Manna as community service. They assisted the local non-profit organization by cleaning their facility, organizing donations, and throwing away the large items that were no longer needed.
They came back to Steffes for some friendly competition between the interns and their supervisors at the second annual Intern vs. Supervisor Challenge. This year’s challenge was a ladder golf match in the parking lot.
Wednesday night, the interns went off site to participate in a team building exercise. They went to Trapped, an escape room mystery challenge, in Bismarck to test their group problem solving and communication skills. We are proud to say that the group got out of the room with only 17 seconds to spare!
Thursday, the interns presented their summer projects to Steffes employees and shared what they have learned from this experience.
Meet the 2017 Steffes Interns
This summer we had a record eight interns across three departments.
Joe Mayer: Joe, a Dickinson native, spent the summer at Steffes’ Dickinson location as an intern for the Inventory and Purchasing department.
He worked with our purchasing agents to learn the processes for ordering the correct parts, coordinating shipping, and managing vendors. By the end of the summer he took over ordering parts for our ETS department.
He will be returning to University of North Dakota in the fall where he is pursuing a degree in accounting.
“I really enjoyed learning about the inventory side of things” said Mayer. “This experience has definitely helped me in my professional career.”
Blaise Stanley: Blaise spent the summer interning at the Grand Forks east plant as a manufacturing engineering intern working in general assemblies and frame weld.
During this time, he received hands on experience in manufacturing and designed various tools to improve efficiency.
“My internship was a great learning experience,” said Stanley. “I was able to gain real world engineering knowledge that will help me in my career moving forward.”
He is entering his junior year at University of North Dakota and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
Dalton Jenkins: Dalton is at Steffes’ Dickinson location for a Manufacturing Engineering Co-Op from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
He worked on correcting Corrective Action Reports in our assembly area to improve processes and solve issues.
He also designed and implemented production aids that made jobs easier, safer, and less time consuming for assemblers on the floor.
Alec Herb: Alec worked as a manufacturing engineering intern in the Grand Forks east plant. During his internship, he spent time operating the brake, building backhoes and stump grinders, and running the paint line.
He also developed various gauges and a storage system to improve plant efficiency and product quality.
“I really valued the time I spend on the manufacturing floor,” said Herb. “It was cool to see the entire process from beginning to end.”
He is a mechanical engineering major at University of North Dakota and is scheduled to graduate in the spring.
Eric Volesky: Eric has been at Steffes’ Dickinson location as part of a Co-Op since January of this year. He is currently planning to graduate from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a Mechanical Engineering degree in the spring of 2018.
While at Steffes, he has worked on numerous projects that have been focused on saving production time, creating safer and more organized work environments, and creating better processes.
Some of these projects have included creating carts to transport multiple sizes of skids, creating the process for robot welding of parts, and designing a manifold for saving time on pressure testing.
Joel Erickson: Joel is here at Steffes as a Manufacturing Engineering Co-Op from the School of Mines.
During his time at Steffes, he has been designing fixtures to improve and standardize skid assembly processes and creating standard work for pressure testing.
He has also been working on Corrective Action Reports in order to improve processes in our manufacturing.
James Ness: James was a manufacturing engineering intern at the Grand Forks East Plant and worked in the code shop. During his time at Steffes, he was focused on improving cycle times in the code shop. He participated in time studies and designed various tools to improve product efficiency.
“I have improved my skills and learned a lot during my internship,” said Ness. “I would like to thank the crew at Grand Forks East for the opportunity.”
He is entering his junior year as a mechanical engineering major at University of North Dakota.
Tyson Meidinger: Tyson has returned to Steffes as a new product development intern from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. During his internship he worked on a wide variety of projects including testing new products and improving and organizing the New Product Development test lab.
Tyson will be returning to the School of Mines this fall where he is continuing to pursue a mechanical engineering degree.
Congratulations on a successful summer, interns! Thank you for your hard work and good luck this upcoming school year! We hope to see you return to Team Steffes!