Investment is an important process for any business. Investment in new facilities and manufacturing tools keeps the company modern, while investment in R&D helps to keep it at the top of its game within the industry. Of course there is another type of investment that shouldn’t be overlooked; investment in people. The Sulzer summer intern program does just this, finding some of the most promising young engineers and giving them the experience required to jump start their careers.
As one of the world’s leading providers of maintenance and repair solutions for customers in the oil & gas, water and power generation industries, Sulzer is keen to maintain its excellent knowledge base and also prepare talented engineering students for the transition into their professional lives. The company has always understood the importance of nurturing young talent, but now it has created a dedicated program which has been designed to ensure that the interns receive the most productive experience possible, whilst also adding value to the departments in which they work.
Alexei Bushunow, who helped to start the new intern program: “It’s no secret that not many young people are choosing to study engineering at university, which is making it harder to find good people. We wanted to create an exciting internship opportunity which would help to show students what sort of opportunities are available in engineering whilst also allowing us to identify the most promising students who would be able to add value to our business in the long term.
“Senior management were extremely keen to develop a structured program as they understand the importance of supporting students as they begin their career. In fact, many of the senior engineers and management team members at Sulzer, including our President, started out as interns here.”
The selection process begins with Sulzer promoting the program at career fairs after which the most promising students are invited to attend an Intern Day at Sulzer. On average, 10 interns are selected and placed in different departments throughout Sulzer’s turbomachinery, electromechanical and pumps product lines. Each intern starts by working on the shop floor, where they gain some hands-on experience. This is then applied to a project that requires them to use their engineering knowledge whilst developing their commercial understanding. At the end of the 12-week program each of the interns makes a presentation to senior and departmental managers.
Alexei continues: “Everyone I’ve spoken to felt that the program was a positive experience for the business, not just the interns. Having enthusiastic and talented students working in our production sites adds value. The standard of the interns was extremely high and the program has led to several offers of full time employment.”
The Sulzer summer intern program will be running on a regular basis, offering students the chance to develop commercial experience within an engineering environment. Sulzer will be visiting universities to promote the program; however, if you’d like to learn more about this opportunity, please get in touch with Sulzer to find out how to apply.
Sulzer is the leading worldwide, independent service provider for the repair and maintenance of rotating machines including turbomachinery, pumps and electro-mechanical equipment. With a global network of over 150 technically advanced manufacturing and test facilities, Sulzer offers a collaborative advantage that delivers high-quality, cost-effective, customized and turnkey solutions, providing its customers with the peace of mind to focus on their core operations.
Sulzer Rotating Equipment Services, a division of Sulzer, can accommodate all brands of rotating equipment including turbines, compressors, generators, motors and pumps. With an enviable track record, dedicated teams of on-site engineers provide best-in-class solutions to ensure that the most effective service is delivered.
Sulzer is dedicated to providing superior service solutions to a range of industries including power generation, oil and gas, hydrocarbon and chemical processing, water and air separation. Every solution is customized to suit the business needs of each application – whenever or wherever that may be.
With a long history of providing engineering service support, Sulzer is headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland where it began in 1834. Today, with sales over US$ 3 billion and with approximately 15,000 employees, the Sulzer footprint spans across the globe. The core aim is to deliver a flexible and cost-effective service that optimizes customer operational efficiency and minimizes downtime.
For more information on Sulzer, visit www.sulzer.com