Having had a super busy three month internship at Labman, Sam is ready to return to his third year at Sheffield University where he is studying MEng (Hons) Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering. Here’s what he had to say about his time here:
“One thing is for sure here, you get thrown straight in.
After induction, I was readily greeted with a variety of small projects and some larger projects. From hardware, through to electrical and some software, I’ve had the joy of being involved with plenty of projects and learning many many skills!
I have really enjoyed my time here, it has been a tough but enjoyable learning curve, I was given responsibility over a proof of concept project, which I took from design to building it and then programming the robot, I thoroughly enjoyed this. It taught me lots, not just in trouble shooting, but how to design easier to assemble robots, which is always valuable!
The best thing about learning here, is by far all the other engineers. They are so knowledgeable, and you can learn so much from them. Even when they don’t know, they can either point you in the right direction or help you figure it out! Amongst many projects, I have been making electrical soak testing rigs, which house Labman’s inbuilt stepper boards for longevity testing. A semi-automated filtration and extraction unit which I both built and programmed some of. A fully pneumatic cheese piercer (which was a challenge in itself!) and even some time for designing a small device to automate dispensing from an handheld pipettor.
If that wasn’t enough, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience around work too, from using the climbing wall, going mountain biking on Labmans Electric Trail bikes and even cycling on a 2 storey bike! If the engineering wasn’t enough fun, the social life certainly is, everyone is so friendly here, and it definitely feels like a big family all in all. Its been a really challenging and rewarding experience and I have only been here 3 months!”