Industrial Internship Report
David Heng has been an advisor and mentor in the true sense both academically and morally throughout the attachment period. Much appreciation also goes to Akhil Raja Kottaram, my academic mentor for the helpful technical information and always pushing me to learn new skills and test my potential. Gratitude is accorded to The University of Melbourne for providing the attachment program which enables upcoming engineers to be able to understand their careers better. I would like also like to thank all my friends and co-workers at Service Space Management-Infrastructure Services-University of Melbourne who were constantly supporting me and always advising me and making my stay there fruitful and enjoyable. Executive summary. Finally, the assessment of the initial objectives. Understanding which were met successfully and which were not met and why that was.
The last chapter explains the main challenges that the student faced during the internship period and how she was able to overcome them. And with reference to the student’s internship experience, in this chapter is an explanation of the various recommendations he/she would propose to the school in order to improve and maximize his/her experience during the next internship program. Table of Contents Acknowledgement. Professional skills. 14 Achieved objectives/successes during the internship. 16 CHAPTER THREE. 18 Challenges faced during the internship period. 18 Recommendations. These structural behaviors can be understood and predicted by use of various mathematical models that take into consideration all the degrees of freedom. This is an important practice to promoting sustainable buildings. B. Development of models for campus buildings.
The models of a building are functions or rather are dependent of factors such as the room function, expected maximum room capacity and the available area. The management of information is even a more crucial affair within an organization/department. In our department we deal with information that is very crucial and should it be badly managed and happens to fall into the hand of the wrong people, it could prove fatal. For this reason, information at the industrial level requires a high level of security because it is more valuable. It is of importance to provide maximum protection to the business as we as to the client’s information. This includes information such as the blueprints of a client and maps that may compromise their security and also attract huge fines and penalties.
CHAPTER TWO. Personal objectives. As a student, Objectives are important as they keep the focus and they give the will to enjoy and maximize on the attachment period. My objectives were as follows: - 1. To get a better understanding of future career As a student, going for internship helps to get a better understanding of what exactly it is, that the career one has chosen, is involved in. This is a way of meeting people that may help you in your career especially when you make a good first impression. To develop professional and technical skills 6. To meet new people and foster friendships Work / projects assigned. Throughout my attachment period I was personally assigned various tasks and projects that includes: - a.
Develop a 3-D and 2-D model of University of Melbourne Campus. The documents were classified according to parameters such as dates, sensitivity, project names etc. c. Building reports During the attachment, I was also tasked with writing the building reports of two buildings namely: Dooikes campus and Creswick campus. The given task was challenging in terms of the time within which I was supposed to work with. However, I was able to finish in good time and give very high-quality work, which can be attributed to my good writing skills. Vincent Hospital. I was assigned the task of mapping the St. Vincent Hospital. I was to show the staffs of our university who are currently working there. This was quite a large project that was involving over a thousand staff members and also including hundreds of rooms.
I was able to acquire a few technical skills. They include: - a. Archibus Software training. Archibus is a software it is an Integrated Workspace Management System (IWMS) that is integrated bi-directionally with building information model and CAD design software. The software is a common software popularly used by civil and architects. It is also popularly used by architects, engineers and construction professionals. Even in the university coursework, AutoCAD had been a major aspect of our studies and thus it was not a new skill in the work field. However, in the work field one has to work with the software with much efficiency, i. e. do a lot of good quality work within a short period of time. A practical example that I was able to notice was the fact that mostly equipment rooms and laboratory supporting rooms were always put together similarly the cooling rooms always seemed to surround the laboratories.
I enquire from my supervisor and team mates on whether it was a common standard of room distribution. Upon further investigation I came to the conclusion that all types of buildings aim to serve people as effectively and efficiently as possible and thus the distribution. d. Writing skills Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains one of the elements of competency under professional and personal attributes that is characterized by the following practices done over a period of time in the institution or company attached: preparation of high quality engineering documents such as project reports, proposal and presentation to name a few. The various communication skills that I adopted during my internship period include: - a. Presentation. Presentation is a type of communication where using a few words and images and also within a short period of time one is supposed to be able make the audience of the person of interest understand something like a project.
In short it is a compact way of explaining something that would have otherwise been complex. During my internship we did a few presentations and also attended a few presentations. Effective communications. An effective communication is one that is not only done within the required time but also communication that is done correctly in terms of the intended information to be communicated. It would be costly (not in monetary terms directly) if also the information was not phrased well enough for the recipient to clearly understand it. In designs specifically, this could cause the design of wrong models that would cost the engineer in charge and even the customer goodwill. Thus, in communication one should highly avoid double meaning phrased that could be interpreted in a way that was not intended.
Creativity Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanor an element of the EA competency standards of a professional engineer that seeks out new developments in the engineering discipline and specializations and applies fundamental knowledge and systematic process to evaluate and report potential and also applying creativity approaches to identify and develop alternative concepts, solutions and procedures. Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships etc. and create meaningful new ideas forms, methods, interpretations etc. professionalism requires application of creative methods to develop and refine solutions of the existing problems. As the saying goes, “there are a thousand ways to kill a rat”, similarly there are more ways to solve a single problem. When a person learns how to manage time, they are always able to allocate appropriate time for tasks and finish them within the desired time.
Also, the clients also become appreciative and their goodwill towards and organization is maintained. c. Information management Professional use and management of information is an element of the EA competency standards of a professional engineer which involves awareness of common document identification, tracking and control procedures, critically assessing the accuracy, reliability and authenticity of information and proficient in locating and utilizing information that is including accessing, systematically searching, analyzing, evaluating and referencing relevant published works. In the professional career, information management plays a major role. Therefore, the information management can improve the efficiency of teamwork and communication within an organization. d. Teamwork Effective team membership and team leadership is an element of the EA competency standards of a professional engineer under professional and personal attributes section, characterized by members each one perfectly understanding the fundamentals of team dynamics and leadership, earning the trust and confidence of colleagues through competent and timely completion of task, perfectly understanding and recognizing the value of alternative and diverse viewpoints without any discrimination to views that differ from yours.
Thus, art of learning how to work as a team is very important for a professional. It is important as a team to have a sense of organization and responsibility. Fostered new friendships I was also able to foster new friendships. Meeting new people and friends already in the career world is very helpful as one is able to get better people to provide guidance and help in the journey to a successful future career. Understand a working environment In a working environment people have different expectations and rules to follow. The various do’s and don’ts in a working environment and also was able to understand how to relate with people at an official level. I was able to learn how to professionally conduct myself and work as a team member.
They were as follows: - a. Steep deadlines. There was some work which had deadlines that left such a small-time window to complete the work. This meant that I had to overwork myself to be able to finish the work within the stipulated time. b. Unavailability of enough data to do some projects was a challenge that I once faced. This was specifically when I was given the task of doing the data configuration of the 880 Building, to the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. Since the building was still under construction in the Southbank Campus, the data was still being processed and thus it was not easy for me to acquire it. I was able to overcome this challenge through advice I was given by my supervisor to go back to the client and inquire about his specification needs and work backward from there.
e. CHAPTER FOUR: APPENDICES APPENDIX A: INITIAL ENGAGEMENT REPORT INITIAL REPORT This report follows a reflection explain the roles performed at my industry placement, the actual context of that role, and how professional skills impact this role with particular emphasis on the capability in these skills. : communication, Information management, self-management, and teamwork. Role I work for Space Management Department of the University of Melbourne. There are several outcomes I am expected to achieve during the internship program. On the overall, I am expected to work with the assigned team in updating the parameters of the University's buildings, including floor plans for each building and develop 3D models for the whole campus capable of providing the room capacity, the room area, and the room functions.
Thus, I should work harder to develop those skills. Information Management Information management requires that organization keeps organizational information with the right safeguards. The main difference between the information management in university and in the industry is the inclusion of the economic and social value. Most information at the university is common and open and does not have monetary value. These requirements are necessitated by the need to protect the business and as well client’s information. I am not good at working under time pressure according to the strength assessment test and thus, I will invest in building more efficiency and accountability in time management. Thus, I will need to set up my routines while keeping the priorities in order.
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