Investment is an important process for any business. Investment in new facilities and manufacturing tools keeps the company modern, while investment in R&D helps to keep it at the top of its game within the industry. Of course there is another type of investment that shouldn’t be overlooked; investment in people. The Sulzer summer intern program does just this, finding some of the most promising young engineers and giving them the experience required to jump start their careers.
As one of the world’s leading providers of maintenance and repair solutions for customers in the oil & gas, water and power generation industries, Sulzer is keen to maintain its excellent knowledge base and also prepare talented engineering students for the transition into their professional lives. The company has always understood the importance of nurturing young talent, but now it has created a dedicated program which has been designed to ensure that the interns receive the most productive experience possible, whilst also adding value to the departments in which they work.
Alexei Bushunow, who helped to start the new intern program: “It’s no secret that not many young people are choosing to study engineering at university, which is making it harder to find good people. We wanted to create an exciting internship opportunity which would help to show students what sort of opportunities are available in engineering whilst also allowing us to identify the most promising students who would be able to add value to our business in the long term.
“Senior management were extremely keen to develop a structured program as they understand the importance of supporting students as they begin their career. In fact, many of the senior engineers and management team members at Sulzer, including our President, started out as interns here.”
The selection process begins with Sulzer promoting the program at career fairs after which the most promising students are invited to attend an Intern Day at Sulzer. On average, 10 interns are selected and placed in different departments throughout Sulzer’s turbomachinery, electromechanical and pumps product lines. Each intern starts by working on the shop floor, where they gain some hands-on experience. This is then applied to a project that requires them to use their engineering knowledge whilst developing their commercial understanding. At the end of the 12-week program each of the interns makes a presentation to senior and departmental managers.
Alexei continues: “Everyone I’ve spoken to felt that the program was a positive experience for the business, not just the interns. Having enthusiastic and talented students working in our production sites adds value. The standard of the interns was extremely high and the program has led to several offers of full time employment.”
The Sulzer summer intern program will be running on a regular basis, offering students the chance to develop commercial experience within an engineering environment. Sulzer will be visiting universities to promote the program; however, if you’d like to learn more about this opportunity, please get in touch with Sulzer to find out how to apply.