Doing meaningful work: Lodes conducts internship at Essex Industries

July 10, 2024

Jordyn Lodes

Meet Jordyn Lodes, a senior mechanical engineering student. Lodes, 2024-2025 president of Mizzou Engineering Student Council, chose to study mechanical engineering because she’s always loved math, science and problem-solving.

“I wanted to pursue a major that offers both innovation and the chance to create something with a lasting impact,” she said. “What I like best about mechanical engineering is the endless opportunities and new things to learn. I’m particularly interested in aerospace and am excited to get involved in such a dynamic and evolving industry.”

This summer, Lodes is conducting an internship at Essex Industries in Maplewood, Missouri. We asked her a few questions about the experience.

Tell us about your internship at Essex Industries. What’s your role and primary responsibility?

I work as a Sustaining Engineering Intern at Essex Industries. My primary responsibility is to address tickets that contain requests for clarification on or changes to models and drawings. This includes creating 3D models, recreating outdated hand-done drawings, incorporating drawing changes and performing research when questions or discrepancies arise. Additionally, I assist the sustaining engineering department with various tasks as needed.

What’s a typical day like?

A typical day begins with checking my email, Teams and the ticket portal to create my task list for the day. Then, I attend the daily Material Review Board (MRB) meeting, where representatives from each engineering department and the procurement team review parts that didn’t pass final inspection and determine necessary actions. After that, I have lunch with the other interns. In the afternoon, I focus on addressing tickets, and if I have any free time, I practice my Solidworks skills.

How did Mizzou Engineering prepare you for this internship?

Mizzou Engineering provided ample experience in 3D modeling and Solidworks, skills I use daily at my internship. Having these abilities coming in made it easy for me to quickly become productive and adapt to the job. Additionally, my classes introduced me to the manufacturing process, which has helped me better understand the context of my work.

How did Mizzou Engineering Career Services assist you with securing or preparing for this internship?

Mizzou Engineering Career Services offered resume reviews that helped me refine the information on my resume and understand what employers are looking for. I first learned about Essex Industries when I met them at a career fair hosted by Career Services. Without the opportunity to attend such an expansive career fair, I wouldn’t have discovered this amazing company.

Essex Industries interns, Jordyn Lodes
2024 Essex Industries summer interns
What have you enjoyed most working at Essex Industries so far?

I’ve really appreciated the opportunity to do meaningful work at Essex Industries, the models and drawing changes I make actually contribute to the company. I also have an incredible manager who provides valuable guidance; interacting with him and the rest of the Sustaining Engineering team has allowed me to learn from their wealth of experiences.

What have you learned from your internship experience?

My internship experience has provided insights into the real world of engineering. I’ve learned about the meticulous specifications and details involved in part production as well as the many stages of the manufacturing process. Additionally, I’ve gained experience with the business side of engineering, including working with customers and successfully fulfilling contracts.

What advice would you give other students wanting to conduct an internship in this area?

When searching for an internship, don’t hesitate to reach out to recruiters or LinkedIn connections to ask questions or explore opportunities. It’s a great way to demonstrate your interest in a company and learn more about them. During the internship, don’t be afraid to ask for help or seek guidance when needed. Make it a priority to learn as much as possible and take advantage of the opportunity.

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