Nolan Hover is an Accounting major set to graduate in 2022. This summer he was an Operations Intern at Palomar Technologies.
What was a typical day like?
A typical day consisted of receiving all of the shipments sent to the company for the day and entering them into the companies Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP). After that we gathered and transferred all the necessary parts required for the manufacturing department to build the components that make up the machines that the company builds and sells. At the end of the day we packaged all of the shipments sent out by the company and prepared them to be picked up as well as entering all of the shipments in the ERP system.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of the experience was learning how the operations and manufacturing side of a company worked. I also enjoyed having the opportunity to be able to go into work each day as it was one of the few chances I had to get out of the house during the pandemic. I also had a good experience working and gaining a better understanding of the hands on side of a company.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below:
One project I was given was to create a Packaging Manual by recording the process of how the company packaged and shipped their machines. I accomplished this by taking several photos of the process and describing each step thoroughly. The purpose of this project was to create a manual for future reference when packaging machines.
Did you feel supported by the company or organization you worked with? Please share what they did to help you feel included.
I felt extremely supported by this company and they treated me with the upmost respect and valued my opinion even though I was just an intern. They made me feel like a full member of the team and taught me a lot about the operation side of business. They also made sure the work environment was extremely safe during the pandemic. With the operations department being mostly hands on work, most of the department was working in-person but, the company took lots of precautions to make it safe such as temperature checks each day, mandatory masks and sanitation stations throughout the workplace.