Engineering Now .: Volume 2 - Edition 11 .: May 26, 2006

Two students receive CME scholarships

CME scholarships are awarded annually to students who are completing a 12 to 16 month industry internship in the manufacturing sector, and entering their final year of studies.

The scholarship recipients are evaluated not only on a recommendation from their employer regarding their job performance over the work term, but also on their contributions to the employer above and beyond expectations. They must also demonstrate an interest in a manufacturing related career.

Last year was the first year CME scholarships were awarded to Western Engineering students. In its inaugural year, only one scholarship was awarded. Now, in its second year at Western Engineering, CME scholarships have been awarded to two students: Miranda Restorick and Matthew Hessel.

Miranda is completing a 16 month internship with Suncor in Sarnia. Her primary responsibilities at Suncor include: acquisition of refinery rotating equipment vibration data, data analysis and repair/follow-up recommendations; execution of the oil analysis program; development of monthly reliability metrics; and providing troubleshooting assistance to Reliability Specialists relative to rotating equipment.

“One of Suncor’s values is to be a responsible member of the community in which we operate,” explains Jim Park, Suncor Manager Reliability. “Miranda has been very supportive of this value. She has been a member of our Corporate Challenge team, United Way committee, Suncor parade float committee, One Tonne challenge, among other things.”

Miranda is also very active in the community. She is the assistant director of the spring play at her church, a member of the Sarnia badminton club, and recent winner of the Young Professionals of Sarnia Lambton curling bonspiel.

Matt is completing a 16 month internship with Diamond Aircraft in London. He first started working with Diamond in the summer of 2004.

“I enjoyed my summer at Diamond so much, I decided to return for my internship period,” Matt explains. “The experiences I gained during my summer placement were very valuable for my internship; especially as I helped prepare the company for the Transport Canada Regulatory audit.”

In addition to assisting Diamond with the Transport Canada Regulatory audit, Matt also worked on projects such as: designing a database to record information regarding rejected parts; training new employees to orient them with Diamond’s Quality Department processes; and helping Diamond’s Quality Department evolve through leaning down processes.

“Matt has contributed to Diamond Aircraft in many ways,” explains James Rolland, Diamond Aircraft Quality Assurance Manger. “He played an important role with the regulatory audit corrective actions, which included in-depth investigations and analysis.”

Matt is also actively involved with the Diamond’s recreation club, his church and other community projects.

Each year, Western Engineering places over 150 students on 4, 12, and 16 month co-op terms. The school has been offering the longer format industry internships for over 15 years with local companies.

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.: Allison Stevenson
Spencer Engineering Building, Room 2074
Telephone: 519 850-2917 Fax: 519 661-3808