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Three HCC students complete internships at Volvo Powertrain

November 23, 2009

Three Hagerstown Community College students recently completed internships at Volvo Powertrain in Hagerstown.

HCC student Brandon Sloan of Knoxville, Md., was the first to complete an internship. He began his internship in fall 2007 and continued through spring 2008 under the guidance of internship mentor Frank Guthrie. Sloan's internship project incorporated racking and tooling redesigns, as well as process improvement methods.

According to Sloan, he also worked with fellow intern Jeff Ward to create three-dimensional virtual models of a new assembly line. The goal of this project was to allow the team time to analyze and improve individual station layouts and thereby increase efficiency. Sloan is pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology at Penn State Harrisburg. He has been retained by Volvo as a consultant, and now works under mentors Jairid Mowen and Marcus Minkkinen.

Jeff Ward of Hagerstown was the second HCC student to complete his internship. He began interning at Volvo in spring 2008 under the instruction of internship mentor Stephen Dold.

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Ward's internship project consisted of aiding in the design and rebuilding of the final assembly line during Volvo's Capacity Improvement Project in summer 2008. Ward also aided in the line balancing and purchasing of equipment for the same purpose, and provided drawings and designs to the team as part of his work. Ward graduated from HCC in June 2008 and continued to serve as a consultant at Volvo through October of the same year before he was hired as a manufacturing engineer on the Volvo staff.

The third HCC student to complete an internship was Michael Foster of Hagerstown, who began his internship last spring shortly before graduating from HCC. His internship continued through the summer of the same year. His work primarily focused on the implementation of lean manufacturing principles.

According to Foster, he also assisted with analyzing and studying production and nonproduction methods such as maintenance routines and parts inventory, and regularly attended meetings and prepared action plans for various teams. Foster works under internship mentor Ken Carper and has also been retained by Volvo as a consultant.

Sloan, Ward and Foster are the first HCC students to complete an internship at Volvo Powertrain in recent years, but more students likely will be accepted.

HCC routinely offers its students the opportunity to partake in internships at external organizations. Volvo Powertrain is one of many employers who work with the college to provide students with on-site job experiences.

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