As summer officially fades away to fall and schools are fully back in session, we want to take a minute to thank and spotlight two people who were an integral part of our #FoundryFamily this summer: our interns Nimai and David. No matter what we threw their way, they were eager to tackle each task and expand their knowledge and understanding of the foundry industry.
Number of years with Buck Company: 1 Summer
Department: Ferrous Foundry
Number of years with Buck Company: 2 Summers
What does your role at Buck Company entail?
DM: Over the course of my two internships, I took on many roles to gain foundry operations experience. My most recent internship was in the iron foundry where I mostly poured iron and operated bull ladles and molding machines. I did a little bit of everything over my 2 summers from making molds, pouring molds, and finishing castings.
Tell us about your favorite project or job you’ve worked on since your time with Buck Company.
NN: I enjoyed everything I did at Buck, from learning to build and design a fixture from scratch, re-engineering, and other activities like running a Foxall and pouring metal.
DM: My favorite jobs were pouring iron and operating the bull ladle. Working with molten iron never gets boring and I still enjoy watching a bull ladle tap out or watching iron being poured into a mold.
Can you describe what it’s like working for Buck Company in 5 words?
NN: Exhilarating, tough, humbling, valuable, illuminating
DM: Challenging and humbling but rewarding.
Why would you recommend working at Buck Company to a friend?
NN: They can get valuable experience in manufacturing in a midsized company where the engineers deal with a great variety of jobs.
DM: It is a good place to work. It’s never dull, and we have a great team at Buck.
What’s the best advice you can give to someone who’s just starting their career / considering an internship opportunity?
NN: Be open to any and all advice derived from decades of experience in the field.
DM: Don’t place yourself above any role in the foundry. It takes everyone’s contribution to get the job done.
What’s your favorite memory from working at Buck Company?
NN: All-in-all the whole internship was one of the most fulfilling and memorable summers for me. It was mostly the people at Buck who made it so.
DM: My favorite memory at Buck is pouring on Hunter 20. I spent a few weeks there and it was one of the best experiences I had at Buck over my 2 summers. Looking back on it, I learned a lot about the whole process in that time.
How has Buck Company helped you in your career development?
NN: My experience here has taught me what it is to be an engineer.
Buck Company invests in our employees so they can hone their skills, expand their knowledge, and elevate their careers. Our team works hard toward a common goal: to be the preferred casting source. Whether you join the Buck team as an intern or employee, you’ll be supported to grow as an employee and be the very best that you can be!