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.
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.