The Discover Program
In any workplace, multi-dimensional problem-solving and thinking are critical. Today, employees favor potential employees who emulate those traits and bring relevant internship experience to the table. Internships are invaluable, especially for college students and graduates.
An internship brings an abstract theory that is presented and discussed in the classroom to life. And even more than that, it’s discovering what it’s really like to work somewhere. With recruiters from every company seeking out the top candidates, it can be a challenge to attract top talent.
The Discover Program Obernel challenges potential interns to come find out the real deal. Only they can decide if what we’re telling them at career fairs and interviews matches up with our actual company, actual opportunities, and actual culture. We want our interns to discover what it’s like to put out some of the most innovative engineering and construction projects in our region. We want them to discover what it means to be a part of a company who cares.
One intern who took the challenge this past summer was Zachary Jemming. Zachary is pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree at North Dakota State University. While at Obernel, he worked as an Engineering Intern.
Projects Worked On:
This summer, Zachary gained work experience on six projects including: Luverne School, UND Steam System, Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, Bemidji State University, Sanford Strip Mall Clinic, and Discover Middle School.
The first project assigned to Zachary was the Luverne School. He worked on this project with another engineering intern as a way to build teamwork and learn about the fundamentals of engineering. Of the many summer projects, the Sanford Clinic Redesign was Zachary’s favorite. He explains, “I was assigned to help design a ventilation system for the remodel.”
In addition to office work, Zachary had opportunities to visit construction sites to perform system checks.
Valuable Lessons Learned:
Zachary’s internship was a great learning experience. Zachary realized the importance of understanding construction documents while looking at engineering systems. He says he was able to learn about the individual systems in detail by examining those documents. The biggest takeaway for Zachary was learning to work with a team of engineers to accomplish a task.
Jemming stated, “After just a couple months, I have learned so much more than I ever thought I would about building system designs.
Leaving an Impact:
Through Zachary’s work, he has impacted our clients and company in a positive way. He describes, “With each contribution to the project that I’ve worked on, every single one makes a small impact on how the building system will turn out.”
Comments on Jordon from his Mentor:
“Zachary Jemming started at Obernel this summer for a Mechanical internship. Zachary has made great strides from the start of his internship and did an awesome job with his end of summer video presentation. We look forward to Zachary’s further growth and continuing his internship here at Obernel as he finishes up his last year of the Mechanical Engineering program at NDSU. Great work Zachary!” -David Vig