Garrett Howard - Halfway through my Internship

Garrett Howard - Halfway through my Internship

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I am now a little bit over halfway through my internship with Panther and my experience has been nothing short of extraordinary. Since the last time I wrote about what I was working on at Panther, I have been given the opportunity to complete numerous endeavors. Instead of seeing what an engineer does, Panther has given me the opportunity to experience what it is like to be an engineer. I have completed projects that encompassed all of the steps of the engineering process. Starting from a problem to refining a solution.

To begin with, I was able to come to a conclusion with the R&D printers. I designed a new set of rollers for the printer to ensure that the label did not get crumpled or jammed while it was passing through the printer. I designed the brackets in SOLIDWORKS, 3d printed the brackets and implemented my solution. My first solution was not working. This is where I got to complete the full engineering process and refine my design. My second design outperformed the solution that the manufacturer sent us. This was something I was proud of and excited about. I was very thankful for the support that I was given by Mr. Dow to get as far as I did on that project.

Additionally, I designed a part and numerous drawings for Panther’s new machine, the Panther Predator P9. With guidance from Joel Lessard, I created a bracket for the new P9’s pneumatic cylinder. This bracket mounts the cylinder and tamp head to the machine. After that, I worked with Joel to create the drawings for the subassemblies of the P9. This continued what I learned during the first quarter of my time here. I was able to further explain how to help machinists and customers understand the applicators we make.

The learning curve has been steep. Almost every day has been a new challenge. Even though the struggle I never felt at a loss. The staff at Panther were behind me at every step. Learning and improving has become an everyday experience for me and I love it. I came to Panther to see what an engineer did, but now I know what it means to be an engineer. I am completely content with everything I have learned so far. I am excited to see what I learn next.

Garrett Howard - Engineering Internship

Garrett Howard - Engineering Internship

My name is Garrett Howard. I was given the opportunity to be the CAD intern for Panther Industries during the spring of 2018 where I work in the engineering department with Joel Lessard. Before I started, I wondered what an engineer really did. I remember seeing engineers and people who tinker with robots and sit in front of a computer all day making models. I wanted to know what real engineers did. Since I have been working with Mr. Lessard I have had my eyes opened.

I realized that being an engineer was so much more than making models. It is spending long hours on a project that solves a problem. The thing is, in order to implement a solution, an engineer has to work with others. I have observed and become a part of this collaboration at Panther. Mr. Lessard has a web of connections. He connects with the service department when they have questions, creates the drawings for the machine shop, and contacts customers about their unique solution needs. This was a new world to me.

When I started at Panther I dove straight in. I started out correcting drawings, which was something I had never done before. I worked with numerous drawings. My activities ranged from adding single sentence notes to reconstructing assemblies. When my drawings were done I hoped that I was able to improve the communication between Mr. Lessard, the rest of Panther, and the customers.

I have just recently begun to solve problems myself. For instance, right now I am working on some R&D systems. My experience at Panther has been far greater than I expected. I look forward to my next three months as a Panther Industries intern.

Josh Thompson - Service Department Intern

Josh Thompson - Service Department Intern

Over the past few months, I have had the privilege to work at Panther Industries for a school project. Going into the new position as an unpaid intern, I had my fair share of reservations about the work I would be doing. Figuring that almost all of what I would do had some aspect of handy work; something I had no exposure to growing up. However, the field technicians are incredibly helpful and open to aid you in any way possible.

I’ve learned many new hands-on skills ranging from the types of hardware (why they are used in certain situations), assembling mechanical components, and even wiring electrical control boxes. Panther's process of first showing you the ropes on building the various labeling machines, then allowing you to recreate the process on your own, was very beneficial. The philosophy of experiential learning, combined with a supportive company culture, produces an engaging and exciting work experience that I would recommend to any of my peers. Alongside the technical skills you are exposed to, you are also taught integral group work skills. While many of the current professions offer a competitive “Me first” environment, Panther flips that stereotype on its head and fosters group based tasks. The soft skill of working together with your peers to accomplish a task is a rare one these days; luckily, I’ve found a place where I can truly grow and learn plenty of new things. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and can not wait to spend more days working with the team at Panther.

Mae Wright - 3-Day Shadowing with Panther's Accounting Department

Mae Wright - 3-Day Shadowing with Panther's Accounting Department

My name is Mae Wright and I am a senior at Arickaree School out in Eastern Colorado. Because I live in such a small community, there is a limited amount of opportunities like internships, job shadowing, and large business experiences. Arickaree had some contact with STEM School Highlands Ranch and some of the staff came down to my school to see just how much our students knew about the way STEM works. I was one of the three students asked to attend the meeting.

Honestly, until they explained it, STEM was just a word to me. The staff was interested in three of us and asked what we saw in our futures. It took me a while to think of what to answer, because normally when people ask you what you want to do with the rest of your life, you reply with the generic doctor, lawyer, astronaut, or firefighter. None of those options made sense to me, so I went with my gut and told them that accounting was my passion. This must have sparked something in their minds because within the next couple of weeks, I got asked to attend an internship at Panther Industries up in Highlands Ranch. I couldn’t believe that it was happening to me, a small-town farm-girl. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity and spend three days up there.

Throughout the three days, I was placed with an extraordinary host family and learned very helpful accounting skills through Panther's accounting department. Bridgett Owen amazed me with her work ethic and organizational skills. She taught me the accounts receivable aspect and took me step by step through the process from start to finish. I am a visual learner, so when she gave me examples to look at, and when we talked to other co-workers in the building, the information clicked.

I also worked with Jill at the front desk, who taught me about the accounts payable aspect of the business. She showed me how to pay bills, reconcile, and pay taxes. I learned a lot through this job shadowing experience and it enhanced my drive to still pursue my dream of becoming a bilingual accountant.

If the opportunity arises for someone in my rural community to participate in an internship or job shadowing experience, I would tell them to go for it. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like this don’t come around that often, so if there’s a chance to get involved in something like this, don’t hesitate.

Take the leap.

- Mae Wright

Hope's Final Thoughts

Hope's Final Thoughts

I think that it is fair to say that Summer 2017 was a good one. I can confidently say that it is because of the many experiences I had at Panther. When I first heard about the internships available this summer, I assumed that there wouldn’t be one that would interest me at all. I figured that there would be jobs like Kendrick’s and Truman’s, jobs well suited for the technically oriented or hands on types of students. However, there seemed to be a job for just about every type of person, including myself.   As the marketing intern, I was able to acquire many much-needed skills in today's industries. A lot of the skills I came in with were utilized and developed over the course of my 8 weeks at Panther Industries Inc. I was also able to learn new skills as well. On a broad scale, I learned how to manage social media accounts and create email campaigns. Both of these skills I am bringing into other aspects of my life like the clubs I am involved in. I was also able to learn the logistics of working in an office, something most people don't experience until their first job. Luckily I got that experience at age 16.

On a more narrow focus, I was able to learn about the global supply chain and the print and apply industry in great detail. I would say that a large majority of people have little knowledge of these industries despite their global importance. It is hard to fathom exactly how much I was able to learn this summer but that I hope many other students are as fortunate as I am in the opportunity to work with such a wonderful company as Panther. Everyone there was extremely kind and took my thoughts and ideas seriously when many adults write off the ideas of us young teenagers. So, once again I must say thank you to everyone at Panther for such a memorable experience.

Truman's final thoughts

Truman's final thoughts

Hello!

I am Truman Giesen, and I worked as Panther Industries' CAD intern this past summer. Sadly, the school year has started now and therefore I can’t intern all the time, but I would love to if I could. Working with Panther was my first job, and it set the bar high. I worked with Panther's Engineer, Joel Lessard, and he guided and helped me to become better and better at Solidworks, the CAD program Panther uses. I thought I was proficient in it beforehand, but Joel had high expectations and I benefited from that, learning a lot because of it.

Panther was more than just summer a job, or a resume addition to me. It was a chance to learn and to get the feel of a job, a real industry. It was extremely helpful for me to talk to other people who knew CAD and who were much more skilled at it because they can help me in ways that taking a class just never could.

I’m working on finding a time to take another level of Solidworks Certification, one that I did not think I’d be ready for at the beginning of the summer. This certification deals with the drawings aspect of Solidworks, a feature that I used extensively at Panther and had not used before. Without the experience that Panther gave me, I do not think I would have passed the certification at all. Now that I have spent hours creating and fixing drawings, I am confident in my abilities and believe that I will pass.

I would like to thank Panther for the opportunity that they granted me and the skills they provided me during my time there. The people, environment, and work I was doing were all fun to be around. If I were able to do the summer over again, I would do the exact same thing in a heartbeat.

Summer Interns Farewell

Summer Interns Farewell

On this past Monday, Panther Industries wished farewell to the three interns that spent their summers working hand in hand with Panther employes. Family members of the interns, and staff from The STEM School Highlands Ranch were invited to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase the projects they had worked on over the summer. We are so grateful for this wonderful partnership and have high hopes for our future interns after having such an impressive first group! 

Kendrick's final thoughts

Kendrick's final thoughts

As my time at Panther Industries has come to an end, I have come to realize all of the valuable components I have learned over the past 8 weeks. Some of these I will carry with me the rest of my life as an Engineer. With the help of Ryan Kirkland and the team from the service and assembly staff, I have exponentially grown my knowledge in the industry. In the past, it has been “oh, a package, I wonder how they know how to get it exactly to me” to “oh, a P8 using some type of print and apply configuration got the label from the computer where the shipping order was received and probably applied this!”.

Using different technologies has really grown my understanding of the machines. Ladder logic, for instance, was something that was only briefly mentioned and now I have designed and completely coded a conveyor system with a metering device. Knowing these real world applications of code and other engineering techniques opens up a field of opportunity for me and my peers that participated in this program.

For the awesome helpful staff at Panther Industries, I wish the best, and to the future interns of this program, I hope you think of this as an incredible learning experience and not a job. This was truly unique and will help in your future as a young innovator of the twenty-first century!

Service & Assembly Intern - Kendrick

Service & Assembly Intern - Kendrick

Hello, My name is Kendrick Castillo, I am the service and assembly intern at Panther Industries, Inc. I was lucky enough to earn this position in late May after a series of interviews. While this was a new experience for me never having interviewed for a job, it turned out Panther had never had an internship program and I along with two other others had been selected for the first group ever!

After about two months of working alongside the entire service and assembly department, I have found my self-bonding quite well with them and learning more and more every day. Most of my time is spent in the service and assembly department if I'm not collaborating with Ryan Kirkland in his office talking about projects we could undertake during my time at Panther. Knowing about the company in the Interview process really helped while executing that knowledge when working since my job is based on knowing the print and apply machinery.

Knowing that I was apart of Panther's very first Internship team, I was honored! Later knowing the people I would be working with such as Philip Smith, Tyler Anderson, and Todd Sorden along with Mr. Dow checking in on me has kept me very pleased with the organization of the company and their ability to start such a great Internship program with no previous knowledge. After spending some time with the company I have found myself asking plenty of questions of my coworkers and never seeing them hesitate to answer.

Since the beginning of my internship I have assembled at least 10 full Panther print and apply machine and worked on bits and pieces of 20 others. Learning real world skills such as PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) programming has been very interesting as my current project is making a stop light out of tower lamps while using a module Wago PLC. Even though my Internship is quickly drawing to an end I am incredibly happy and honored to have met all of the staff at Panther, and hope well for all of them in the future of their great company.

Engineering & CAD Intern - Truman

Engineering & CAD Intern - Truman

Hello! I’m Truman Giesen, Panther Industries, Inc.’s CAD intern for this summer. I work with Joel Lessard designing and prototyping new ideas while also working on modifying current models to fit new product orders. I knew a lot about Solidworks, the CAD program we use, before the internship, but I know so much more now and am extremely comfortable using areas of it that I barely knew beforehand.

This is my first real job, so the application and interviewing process was extremely nerve-racking. I now know how to act, how to present myself, how to answer difficult questions, and how to create a professional resume. All of these skills were new to me, and I’m glad that I proved myself with them.

I’ve been working for Panther for about a month, and I’m still learning something every day. Earlier on, it was more fundamental, like how Panther organizes files and part drawings. Now, it’s deeper knowledge such as how to modify and work with file types I used to think were nearly unusable. I love the opportunity that working for Panther has given me and I’m so glad that I’m enjoying it and that it challenges me. Panther has improved my CAD skills to become a more well rounded skillset instead of being heavily focused on solid modeling with little comfort in any other area.

Before the internship, I had taken a CAD class and became certified in Solidworks through that class, but even with that level of knowledge beforehand there is still so much more to learn. Recently, I designed and 3D printed a camera gimbal for the marketing intern, Hope, as she makes a product video for Panther. This put a lot of my newly acquired skills to the test, as I needed to build all the parts from the ground up based only on similar designs.

I love working for Panther, I can’t think of a better way to spend my summer. If only the summer was longer.

Marketing Intern - Hope

Marketing Intern - Hope

My name is Hope, and I was lucky enough to earn a position as a marketing intern at Panther Industries, Inc. for the summer of 2017. I have been working alongside Spencer Winegarden for about a month now. The skills and general knowledge I have acquired while here are already countless.

For starters, I learned about the interview process. Prior to my internship, I had never participated in a job interview that actually made me nervous. There is only so much you can learn from interviewing at fast food restaurants, retail stores, and other various odd jobs a typical teenager holds. At Panther, I had to know about the company, about the industry, and most importantly, why I was legitimately qualified. Even if I had not gotten the internship, I still would have learned beyond what I could have elsewhere.

Fortunately, my learning did not have to stop at the interview process. After accepting the offer, I began to get very excited for my time at Panther. On my first day, I was introduced to the many faces of Panther. After getting comfortable however, it was time to get down to business. I gained a familiarity with Hootsuite where I am able to keep track of and post on social media. With Hootsuite under my belt I was able to start looking for relevant content that could be posted to Panther’s own social media. This process was a great introduction to everything that is the ecommerce industry and how Panther Industries plays a part in it.

Since the beginning of the internship, I have been involved in many different projects aside from social media.  My favorite two projects thus far have been digitizing a product survey and developing a new video to be displayed at trade shows. Both of these tasks have been exceptionally fun as they are both in my wheelhouse of expertise as well as challenging. With the guidance of everyone here, I am certain the final products will be some of my best work. It is sad to think I am already about halfway done with this summer, but I look forward to everything I still have to learn.