TOMCO2 Systems’ Internship Program began earlier this year to capitalize on students eager to gain valuable work experience while exploring a career path in the Industrial Gas Industry.
Luke Lana was our first intern implemented into the program coming from the University of Wisconsin- Platteville as an Engineering Intern. “Contrary to the belief that the younger generation is frivolous, good-for-nothing, and responsible for ruining the world; Luke Lana exemplifies the energy and confidence needed to successfully challenge the status quo, developing into a leader that TOMCO would be proud to have,” says John Romanos, TOMCO2 Director of Engineering.
Describe your daily duties?“I work with and understand each step that goes into building a vessel, starting with our pressure vessel, insulation, and “checkout” production shops. Working directly with the production floor team has allowed me to understand their daily struggles and brainstorm solutions to improve both product produced and working environment. I also worked with engineering staff to deliver improved submittals and operation manuals to our Water Treatment Sales Team and researched a variety of other topics ranging from Market Growth to new activities that will drive a “Lean” culture.”
What has been the most valuable part of the Intern experience?
“The overall exposure to business. Working with TOMCO has allowed me to experience more than just a role of an engineer. During my time I have been able to sit in on discussion involving sales, finance, operations, and culture change in addition to engineering. The opportunity to have a well-rounded internship is not found at most companies.”
What did you enjoy least about your internship? What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?
“Being an intern is a very undefined role so at times it’s hard to personally check your progress to ensure your being an asset to your team. Management did a good job of providing feedback throughout.”
How will this help you in the future?
“Working in an office setting before coming out of school gives me an upper hand on students who have not had real work experience. I will now be able to hit the ground running, with less time being spent onboarding a corporate culture.”
What recommendations do you have for other students considering doing an internship?
“Don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone (like moving from Wisconsin to Georgia!). Some of my greatest experiences have come from when I have initially felt the most out of place.”