Please welcome our 2021 Summer Intern, Kevin Vroman! Kevin is currently interning with our MOD Engineering Technology Department. Learn a little more about Kevin in our mini interview with him below!
- Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I was born in Anderson, Indiana, but have spent most of my life in the Peoria IL area, and currently live in Bourbonnais IL with my wife, Abby. I am attending Olivet Nazarene University, where I am studying Mechanical Engineering, as well as being enrolled in their Army ROTC program there.
I am on course to graduate in May 2022 with my bachelor’s degree, as well as a mathematics and military science minor. Growing up, my grandfather, who had worked as a mechanic for much of his life, instilled a passion in me for all things mechanical, which led to me choosing Engineering as my field of study. Outside of school, I enjoy keeping up with the latest developments in computers, working on my cars, cooking and grilling, and being outdoors.
- Why did you choose Holland to apply for an internship?
Back in March, the Engineering department sent out some information that they had been given by Holland for their internship opportunity. I felt that I was qualified, and it was close to where I lived, so I put in my resume for the position. After connecting with Dina Maleski, she always maintained great communications with me, letting me know exactly what I needed to do as I progressed through the interviewing process. Through this whole time, I was always impressed with the clear and quick responses to any questions I had, as with many internships I have applied to, I have received little to no response. The other big factor was the willingness to shift the dates of the internship around my availability, as I had some military training that delayed my start time by about a month. All of these things seemed like a good indication this would be a good workplace for me to be at, and I am glad to say that so far, that was correct.
- Walk us through an average day of your internship.
I work at the University Park location, and to start off the day, our team (Myself, Eric Wright, Dea Bejster, and Tannor Hurst) will have a short meeting to ensure that we are all on the same page for the day, as well as pushing out any administrative information. Eric Wright will then identify anything that needs to be addressed that day, and give us any tasks he would like us to work on specifically. After that, Tannor and I will usually check what we are both working on, and see if either of us needs help on anything. From there, most of the rest of the day will consist of modeling, drawing, and assembling parts in Solidworks, and also working on redesigning anything that has identifiable flaws/possible improvements, or cannot be made in the same way. Much of this process also requires hands on work, requiring us to be on the shop floor to handle and measure parts.
We're happy to have you with us for the Summer, Kevin!