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For m project I was given the task of designing and building a thermoelectric temperature conditioner. I had to perform research, draw up designs, and order the parts and build a prototype. Week 1 I began research on thermoelectrics and peltier devices. Week 2 I began drawing up the designs and wiring diagrams. Week 3 I ordered the parts, built the prototype, and gave a presentation to the engineers and the president of AMPT on my design.
The thing that surprised me the most about my internship was how fast it went by. I really enjoyed the three weeks I spent at AMPT I wish it had lasted longer. I was also surprised that all the aspects of engineering they taught me came so easily. It wasn't hard at all to design and build my temperature conditioner.
My goal during my internship was to complete my project and learn as much about engineering as I could. Talking to people and asking questions was challenging for me because I am naturally really shy, but by the time my internship ended it was a lot easier for me to ask questions.
This whole experience was a lot different than I thought it would be. I didn't really know what to expect before I began, and I learned a lot more than I expected. Overall it was an incredible experience and it totally reaffirmed my ambitions to become an engineer.
Over the past three weeks I had several incredible learning experiences. I was able to shadow a few people and learn about software, business, and helped one of the engineers make adjustments to the test stand. I also learned how to draw a prototype design, make a wiring diagram, and how to collect and analyze the data from tests. I was also given lots of good advice about engineering from the people at AMPT:
"Don't reinvent the wheel if you don't have to"
"The first rule of engineering is to see what other people have done and look for improvements to make" "You've got baller engineer skills" :)
Today I shadowed at the test site all day while the AMPT crew installed their temperature conditioner for the NASA test.
This week was pretty fun for me. I got a lot done and was able to start thinking about my project.
My daily tasks this week included meeting my milestones (drawn diagrams, working design, instrumentation list, etc.) Every morning I would go right to my desk and get to work. I had a short break for lunch and kept right on working through my lunch break most days. This week I mainly focused on designing and drawing diagrams for my prototype. I had to draw a design, a wiring diagram, and a functional block diagram. All of this will help me immensely when it comes to actually building my prototype. I learned several new skills to help me with this process. I learned about wiring and how to draw a wiring diagram and I also learned how to draw a good design for a prototype of any system. I was also able to learn about software and the process of creating new software by shadowing Adam. I was also able to order all of the materials I need to build my prototype on amazon.
One of the challenges I had to overcome this week was dealing with being sick. I had to leave early two days because of it and missed a whole day. I had some sort of sinus infection/ear infection, but I still got up in the morning and made myself come in because I didn’t want to miss a thing. Being sick made it harder for me to focus on what I needed to do, but I still got it done. My goals for the next week are to get my prototype finished by Wednesday (I have to build it and do tests) so that I have time to create my presentation for Friday.
Finished the water pump system. The picture on the right is a small water bladder I made in order to fill the reservoir.