An Update from His Service Department Internship
"I’m Truman Giesen, and I have been working with Panther since last summer where I was part of their first year of interns. Last summer I worked upstairs with Joel in 3D Design, and this year I’m actually assembling the machines downstairs in the workshop. In the first few weeks this year we mainly went through a lot of groundwork, like getting to understand how the interns fit into the overall scheme of the service department. Since I've worked with Panther before, I already kind of had a base understanding of the machines and how they’re assembled. So my internship so far has really built upon that and has given me a much deeper understanding of these new concepts while providing me opportunities to learn more in depth about what I already had known.
Lately we interns have been given much more freedom and independence. We’re working with other interns in addition to full-time employees, and I feel like we’ve been given more respect and more trust with the machines. We’ve also been allowed to do more in-depth assemblies than before, and we’ve branched out to do other things. For example, I was taught a little bit of the programming of the machines, so there’s a lot more to the service internship than just putting a few screws in them.
Before Panther, I had a good understanding of assembly, a good understanding of hardware, so putting together the machines was just kind of base knowledge for me. I know how to use a T-handle wrench and I can find the right size hardware. So what really is the hardest part of the internship for me is the electronics. Cutting, stripping, and labelling wires: they’re all something I did not have much experience with before coming to Panther. It’s all a new aspect for me , and it’s been a struggle to learn. But when you finally get it right, it’s very rewarding to see a machine power on with your wiring inside.
In the future I’d like to do more programming. The little bit that we touched on was a lot of fun, and I’m hoping I get the chance to program the whole machine. It is a lot more intricate than anything I’ve done so far, but being able to work with actual code and to have something that I made continue in all of the Panther models instead of just the ones that I build would be really cool. I think it would be a lot of fun to try to figure out a challenge like programming something so intense.
Ultimately, I’m really glad that I’ve been given this opportunity. Last year when I signed up they only took three interns, and while they have taken more this year it still could have been extremely difficult to get the position. In the end I’m just really glad that I got the opportunity because its given me new horizons and actual experience in fields that I would like to go into in the future. It's been an amazing experience, and I’m super glad that I am a part of Panther’s team this summer."