Training Guide

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Traditionally, most engineering technology programs are centered around classroom activities with little or no involvement as to what actually takes place in industry. Resulting from this fact are students are not fully prepared to face the world of work.

This separation between industry and education has resulted in courses or programs not being in tune with where the "state of the art" is. 

This internship is an attempt to better prepare our students for employment, and to strive to keep our program relevant and up to date. It is to this end that Ferris State University is striving.


For any internship to be successful, combined efforts of the training site, University, and the student are essential. Each party has an important function to fulfill, and the combined efforts must be carefully coordinated. Furthermore, the training site must have a commitment and dedication to help educate the Welding Engineering professional of the future. This is the most critical factor that determines the success or failure of the internship program. This guide is provided to help the training site in fulfilling its essential function. 


Intern Coordinator - A member of the Welding Engineering Technology program faculty who has the primary responsibility for development and supervision of the internship program. 

Training Site - A manufacturing company that has agreed to provide a minimum of ten (10) weeks of training in welding engineering technology. (May, June, July, and August).

Training Site Supervisor - A professional-level employee at the intern's training site who is responsible for the administrative and supervisory aspects of the intern's training at the site.

Intern's Responsibilities

In accordance with the University's policy statement for the operation of the internship program, each intern must be properly registered and must pay the scheduled rate of tuition. Room, board, and personal travel expenses are the responsibility of the interning student. Each intern must conduct his or her activities in accordance with regulations prescribed by Ferris State University and shall abide by the personnel requirements of the internship training site.

Intern Assignments

The intern is required to complete various assignments during the internship. These assignments are to be completed on the student's own time.

  • Each intern must submit a weekly report of his/her activities to the intern coordinator.
  • The intern shall attend a one-day student-faculty- training supervisor seminar which will be held once during the term.
  • Each intern shall undertake a special project that is mutually agreed upon by both the training site and the intern coordinator. At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will make a presentation of the project to the university coordinator.
Training Site Responsibility

As stated previously, the main function of the training site is to provide various opportunities for the intern to learn first hand about the welding engineering profession. The training program will vary greatly from intern to intern, as well as from company to company. Each center should, however, be able to provide appropriate training opportunities for the intern.

Orientation to the Training Site

The intern should be oriented to the organization and operation of the training site. Organizational charts, program plans, personnel regulations, procedure manuals, and other pertinent material should be reviewed with the student during his/her first week.

Intern Assignments

The intern should be given meaningful, challenging work assignments in engineering technology. The assignments should provide both a learning experience for the student and meaningful work that needs to be done at the site. As much as possible, the intern should have the opportunity to observe and participate in every aspect of engineering. Typical work assignments may include such areas as: process planning, plant layout, volume planning, equipment justification, automation, supervision maintenance, tooling, design, NDT and DT testing, and parameter development. Ideally, the intern should be rotated at least once during his/her internship to allow him/her to be exposed to different phases of engineering technology. 


One of the most important contributions the training site brings to the internship program is the provision of effective supervision and guidance of interns. The intern should work directly under a training site supervisor to whom he or she is to report. The supervisor should be sensitive to the intern's abilities and make work assignments accordingly.

Special Project

Each intern will undertake a special research or study project which will allow the intern to thoroughly investigate a problem or condition and develop meaningful recommendations. The special project will be chosen to be mutually beneficial to the training site and the student. Typical examples of such project would be:

  • A cost study
  • Reorganization of a department
  • Introduction of a new product
  • Feasibility of a new process
  • Tool standardization program
  • Safety program
  • New automation, robotics
  • Establish a welding procedure

Evaluation & Grading

The training site supervisor will evaluate the student two times during the internship. Once after 3 weeks, and at the conclusion of the internship. The special project will also be evaluated by the supervisor. The evaluations will result in the assigning of a Pass or Fail grade. The student must perform satisfactory on the job or he/she will not pass his/her internship and subsequently be unable to enter their Senior year of study.

University And Intern Coordinator's Responsibilities

Preparation of Student for Training Site

The interning student will have successfully completed all program requirements through his/her Junior year. The student will be instructed prior to interning in what is required and expected of him/her during his/her internship. During the intern's preparation he or she is required to write a letter of introduction along with a current resume' of his/her background and send it to the training site. The intern is also available for an interview at the training site.

Selection of Intern for Training Site

If the Ferris Welding Intern Program is to function and be meaningful for the intern and training site, a proper match of intern to site is necessary. The University coordinator, knowing both parties, is the logical one to make such a match. In assigning an intern to a training site, factors such as the following will be taken into account:

  • Student's geographical preference
  • Student's technical background
  • Student's abilities

Guidance and Support 

The intern coordinator has the responsibility to assure that the internship is productive and successful for both the intern as well as the training site. Any problems that arise that could cause difficulties in the internship should be immediately brought to the attention of the intern coordinator for further investigation.

As mentioned previously, the assigning of grades to the intern will result in either a Pass or Fail situation. All course work must be completed satisfactory both for the training site supervisor and the intern coordinator. The intern will be evaluated on the following:

  • Weekly reports (10) submitted to the intern coordinator.
  • Training site supervisor evaluations - one at 3 weeks, one at conclusion.
  • Evaluation of special project by training site supervisor.
  • Evaluation of special project presentation at seminar by intern coordinator.
  • Coordinator site visit (1)