Mechanical engineering interns generally assist mechanical engineering design teams to create products and improve the processes used to create products. The intern may review various designs to identify flaws and suggest improvements, and research duties may be assigned in order to gain insight on new technologies and the competition. This position is generally open for engineering students to gain experience in the field.
Though this is an internship position, some familiarity with engineering concepts and drawings will be necessary in order to succeed in this position; knowledge of AutoCAD design software and Microsoft Word are also commonly required. Interns are encouraged to follow along the whole manufacturing process to learn how it works, and it's also important to be present to monitor workers and make sure quality standards are met. Interns may also provide production support wherever necessary.
By observing the process, the intern should be able to detect deficiencies in manufacturing processes and suggest ways to improve quality, time-efficiency, and cost-efficiency. Though most of the work is done in an office environment, some duties are carried out in the field, as well. The work is temporary and usually lasts for a few months; however, it may lead to a permanent job offer if performance is optimal. Other duties are usually assigned as necessary.
Mechanical Engineering Intern Tasks
With supervision, create engineering documentation and reports, including component processing.
Perform calculations and design experiments to assess feasibility, requirements, and tolerances.
Use computer-aided design and analysis software to model and draft.