Aroplax is proud to partner with SciTech in providing internship experiences to MN STEM college students. Michael Garg joined the Aroplax team this summer as an engineer intern. Michael is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at St. Cloud State University and has an associate degree in machine tool technology from Alexandria Technical and Community College.
During his internship, Michael gained hands-on experience in Aroplax’s tool room, running jobs on the CNC, mill, lathe, and grinding machines. Michael helped troubleshoot defective tools and redesign them to increase efficiencies. He also worked with Aroplax’s engineering team on continuous improvement and cost-reduction projects for production.
Some of Michael’s favorite projects were building a press cavity base plate, which holds plastic parts while inserts are pressed in, and working on robotic end of arm tooling.
Jason Pachel, Aroplax’s tool room supervisor, is grateful to have Michael as an additional contributor on the team: “Michael helped us complete more projects which led to more improvements on our production floor.”
When asked what he will take away from his intern experience at Aroplax, Michael said: “Hands-on experience is priceless. You can have all the theories in the world, but without application it’s only a thought.”
Michael is able to work part-time when he resumes his courses this fall at SCSU, so he will continue to gain experience and contribute his skills to the Aroplax team.
Further Details at SciTech | https://scitechmn.org/from-machining-to-engineering-getting-in-gear-at-aroplax/