New Jersey Institute of Technology & Multi-Housing Depot

Mul­ti-Hous­ing Depot staff joined by 2018 sum­mer interns Pic­tured (Left to Right): Kirk Fistick, Pro­duc­tion Man­ag­er of MHD; Sagar Solan­ki, Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing Intern; Diana Vasquez, Indus­tri­al Engi­neer­ing Intern; Shadae Far­quhar­son, Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing Intern; Jal­pa Dar­ji, Com­put­er Engi­neer­ing Intern; Mon­i­ca Sanders, MHD HR Man­ag­er; Vaib­hav Dar­ji, Com­put­er Engi­neer­ing Intern; Andrew Esraiel, Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing intern; and Matthew Bell, VP of MHD. Intern­ship is an impor­tant part of every col­lege student’s career. Con­sid­er­ing the work­force of mod­ern age that seeks expe­ri­ence and skills, the best way to devel­op them out­side of the bor­ing col­lege lec­tures is through an intern­ship pro­gram in their field of study. Dur­ing the time where recent col­lege grads find them­selves strug­gling to find a job post-grad­u­a­tion, hav­ing expe­ri­ence is an essen­tial part of build­ing one’s resume. Cer­tain engi­neer­ing stu­dents at New Jer­sey Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy, locat­ed in Newark, have been able to gain that spe­cif­ic expe­ri­ence through the University’s Career Devel­op­ment Ser­vices depart­ment, a few of whom were hired by Mul­ti-Hous­ing Depot.

By Sagar Solan­ki, Engi­neer In Train­ing

Mul­ti-Hous­ing Depot, or MHD, start­ed their sum­mer intern­ship pro­gram rel­a­tive­ly recent­ly, through which the stu­dents are able to get decent hands-on expe­ri­ence and relate them to the the­o­ret­i­cal ideas they have been taught through­out their engi­neer­ing cours­es. Pro­duc­tion Man­ag­er, Kirk Fistick, employed the interns and uti­lized the skills they already have to offer while teach­ing them essen­tial val­ues of the advanced man­u­fac­tur­ing in mod­ern day qual­i­ty cab­i­netry pro­duc­tion, devel­op­ing a new exper­tise for the future engi­neers.

With their help, the com­pa­ny is able to work on numer­ous oth­er areas that would help it pros­per with­out los­ing focus on the day-to-day pro­duc­tion process. With this sum­mer intern pro­gram, the com­pa­ny is also able to get a new per­spec­tive on var­i­ous details, like pro­duc­tion lay­out and the over­all process, and make the nec­es­sary changes that will help in improv­ing pro­duc­tion effi­cien­cy. With a new set of eyes comes new ideas that can lead the com­pa­ny to a tech­ni­cal­ly advanced future and help sus­tain the company’s place in the indus­try. Through the intern­ship pro­gram, the com­pa­ny is also able to seek out the tal­ent­ed employ­ees to hire, who would be famil­iar with com­pa­ny poli­cies and the man­u­fac­tur­ing process­es already.

Let’s take John Lev­erett for exam­ple, a recent grad­u­ate from NJIT’s Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing pro­gram at Newark Col­lege Engi­neer­ing who start­ed work­ing for MHD as a Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing Intern in sum­mer of 2017. With his skills of draft­ing and 3D mod­el­ing, John showed a lot of poten­tial to hold the title of MHD’s engi­neer and became can­di­date for the part-time per­ma­nent employ­ee pro­gram which allows him to both, fin­ish his under­grad stud­ies and work for MHD simul­ta­ne­ous­ly.

Pic­tured: John Lev­erett, pro­gram­ming for MHD’s cab­i­net man­u­fac­tur­ing process.

Lev­erett start­ed out with pro­gram­ing for the soft­ware as an intern to ensure pre­ci­sion cut­ting of the wood pan­els for the saw machines. Lat­er, he worked with oth­er employ­ees and oper­at­ed var­i­ous machines to bet­ter under­stand the pro­duc­tion process, and also helped the prod­uct engi­neer, Sean Lee, in design­ing new and spe­cial prod­ucts and car­ried on his projects work­ing part time while fin­ish­ing off his stud­ies at col­lege. With his promis­ing tal­ent and ded­i­ca­tion for the com­pa­ny, John joined MHD in Sep­tem­ber 2018 of this year and con­tin­ues to opti­mize, pro­gram, and design prod­ucts and works close­ly with the spe­cial projects lead and the lead engi­neer and also over­see­ing the saw machines’ oper­a­tion.

The sum­mer of 2018, MHD’s team was accom­pa­nied by a few more stu­dents from NJIT with var­i­ous engi­neer­ing dis­ci­pline back­grounds includ­ing mechan­i­cal; indus­tri­al; and com­put­er engi­neer­ing as part of the company’s intern­ship pro­gram. These interns were able to enter the site with an open mind and excit­ed to learn some­thing new and help improve things in sev­er­al areas. Start­ing with a crash course of the pro­duc­tion process, the interns scat­tered on to oth­er depart­ments of the com­pa­ny for var­i­ous tasks like design­ing and sta­tis­ti­cal analy­sis and also received hands on train­ing and oper­at­ed the machines being used for man­u­fac­tur­ing qual­i­ty cab­i­nets. Vaib­hav Dar­ji, a Com­put­er Engi­neer­ing stu­dent at NJIT says “it was a plea­sure to be a part of such an amaz­ing com­pa­ny. Mul­ti-Hous­ing Depot gave me an oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore more and be more fear­less. I learned a lot from awe­some peo­ple. MHD is a beast in the intern com­pa­ny cul­ture. Effec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion with oth­er interns and employ­ees of MHD gen­er­at­ed the inno­v­a­tive ideas.”

MHD taught me so much from office eti­quette to work­ing with dead­lines and get­ting hand on train­ing with machines. The knowl­edge I acquired at MHD def­i­nite­ly has pre­pared me for future endeav­ors,” says Shadae Far­quhar­son, anoth­er intern from NJIT major­ing in the Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing pro­gram.

Under the Pro­duc­tion Manager’s super­vi­sion, they cre­at­ed numer­ous doc­u­ments of job task analy­sis for near­ly all posi­tions in the plant. They also cre­at­ed main­te­nance pro­ce­dure cards for all machines used in the facil­i­ty to ensure the effi­cien­cy of the advanced machin­ery and the clean­li­ness around work­sta­tions. They also helped improv­ing the com­pa­ny hand­book that allows the employ­ees to eas­i­ly famil­iar­ize them­selves with all depart­ments of the plant as well as the pro­ce­dures fol­lowed through­out the facil­i­ty.

Design­ing prod­ucts and prod­uct parts of numer­ous vari­ety was anoth­er field where these stu­dents uti­lized their knowl­edge to help the com­pa­ny. With assis­tance from cur­rent employ­ees, experts in using these CAD soft­wares, they were able to gath­er and expand the data in our CAD design sys­tem. Lat­er, in the pro­gram, the interns uti­lized a learn­ing man­age­ment sys­tem they have been famil­iar with, through their uni­ver­si­ty, called moo­dle. Through this sys­tem, the interns were able to cre­ate les­son plans and train­ings on near­ly all aspects of the com­pa­ny from each indi­vid­ual machin­ing process on the pro­duc­tion floor to the mar­ket­ing as well as design­ing depart­ments.

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