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.