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Day in the life of an Industrial Engineer Intern

Day in the life of an Industrial Engineer Intern

To get a sense of what a typical day is like for an Industrial Engineer Intern, take a look at a day in the life of Kirby, who worked at the plant in Faribault, Minnesota. This is an entry from his eleventh week at Jennie-O Turkey Store.

6:45 a.m.
Arrive at work. Punch in to begin work. Greet the front office workers, unlock the office door, and start up my computer. I log into the network and check my email for any new messages.

7:00 a.m.
Check mail slot for delay sheets. Enter data into LP Production and verify production efficiencies from the previous day.

7:45 a.m.
Talk with Paul (Manufacturing Engineer) about the coming week’s goals and projects. Begin to plan the weekly schedule and inserting project work into the weekly schedule.

8:30 a.m.
Start AutoCAD and setup file for new project. Contact Granger (Maintenance Engineer Intern) about joint project work and how to divide the work evenly between us. Verify with Paul on any dimensions that need to be measured and re-recorded.

9:00 a.m.
15-minute break. Sat in cafeteria with Granger and Jeff (Plant Engineer) and talked about our internship experiences thus far.

9:15 a.m.
Input previous day’s production into online system and evaluate for errors and production efficiencies. Contact department supervisors to make any necessary corrections.

11:00 a.m.
Email Paul my previous week’s data collection, spreadsheets, project updates, and time study data. This allows him to track my progress on projects he assigned to me.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.
On Tuesdays we have a management meeting to show supervisors the overall plant efficiency and production rates. We also discuss any work-related injuries and actions taken to prevent future injuries. Start collecting a new time study and measurements for a future project. Collect machine and operator data while line is running.

2:00 p.m.
Input time study data into spreadsheet and verify with any previous data that had been collected by past interns.

2:30 p.m.
Open AutoCAD and input measured values into drawing layout. Verify any other measurements with collected information.

3:00 p.m.
Visit with Paul to talk about the scope of the project. Figure out the constraints and objectives of the project and how to begin each task. Get information on contractors to call for an estimate.

3:20 p.m.
Start a basic spreadsheet for the project estimate and details to be given to the contractor. Prepare to send information to contractor upon completion of the project details.


3:45 p.m.
Enter the things I worked on for the day into daily journal. Look at tomorrow’s schedule to prepare for the following day’s tasks.


4:00 p.m.
Shut down computer. Clean and sort papers on desk. Punch out for the day.