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Intern Spotlight - Logan

Intern Spotlight - Logan

“Every day, I am learning how to build something new, from assembling main plates to wiring control boxes, and that has to be my favorite thing about Panther so far.” – Logan

Intern Spotlight - Rois' Internship Reflection

Intern Spotlight - Rois' Internship Reflection

Rois Baker

An Service Internship Update.

    "My name is Rois Baker and I’m a sophomore in high school. The first few weeks of being here at Panther were difficult for me because I was never part of the STEM or IT group at my school. I came across this internship because of my dad, and he thought it would be a good opportunity for me to get into the industry and see what I wanted to do after college and high school.



    I first started working on putting together mainplates for the applicators, so I was just getting them started so the other techs could finish and program them. And then as time went on, it started going from assembling these main plates to other parts of the applicators, then the print engines, and then other parts. I also programmed print engines and made mainplates when they needed it, helping out where I could. Doing this stuff at first was pretty challenging because it was all new to me, but it definitely got easier as I did it more and more. I got a lot of help from the others working with me, which made it easier to build the machines I was working on.

    My toughest challenge has definitely been wiring, because I was not tech savvy before I came here. I had to learn everything from the bottom up. I ended up enjoying wiring because it was so challenging, so it kinda went hand in hand. I’m not quite sure what I’m looking forward to doing in the future yet. There’s still a lot for me to figure out. This internship did help point me in a direction I want to go, but I’m still not sure whether the servicing side is for me. I’m now kind of interested in trying out the business side of the industry, which might be a little bit better for me. So really this internship did is give me some good perspective and helped me figure out that I can go on different paths with my life. It was really fun too. I learned a lot of useful stuff, not just in the industry but life in general as well. The people I worked with were really cool and I’ll definitely be back here at some point throughout the year."

-Rois Baker

Read more about Rois and the other Interns here.

Intern Spotlight - Truman's Internship Reflection

Intern Spotlight - Truman's Internship Reflection

Truman Giesen

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."

-Truman Giesen

Read more about Truman and the other Interns here.