This summer, Tri-M welcomes two new engineering interns: Maggie Heller and Andrew McCracken. Maggie is a Mechanical Engineering student at Penn State, and Andrew is studying Computer Science at the University of Delaware.

Back in June, I asked Maggie and Andrew some questions about engineering and interning at Tri-M:

Q - “What drew you to the Tri-M Group?”

A - Maggie: “Going into college, I knew I wanted to work during the summers as an intern to gain some experience and insight into what it truly is that engineers do. I was fortunate enough to interview and get this position at Tri-M. As much as I love being up at Penn State, I was glad to be able to get an internship local to home and spend my summer here with my family. Tri-M offers so many different aspects of the work they do to their interns, it really allows me to learn so much in my short time here this summer, which I have already started taking advantage of and am very excited to continue seeking out.”

A - Andrew: “My father who works for UD works closely with some people at Tri-M and recommended that I look into a position here.”

Q - “What do you hope to learn from this internship?”

A - Maggie: “Through this internship, I hope to learn what opportunities are out there for me. I have never had hands-on engineering experience thus far and am excited to get there here. As an engineer, there are many paths I can take after college; Tri-M is helping to show me some of the paths.”

A - Andrew: “I am hoping to advance my skills and knowledge as a programmer by learning about different processes, languages, software, and applications. As well as, gaining valuable experience for the future.”

Q - “Do you have any advice for future interns?”

A - Maggie:  “My advice for future interns would be to ask questions. This is the time to learn, and everyone is here to help you do just that. I am learning something new every single day and never intend to stop.”

A - Andrew:  “I’ve only been on job now for 6 days, but if I had to add something it would be to make a good cup of coffee as some days scanning through code can make you drowsy.”

Maggie started working at Tri-M on May 17th, and Andrew joined Tri-M the first week of June. While at Tri-M, Maggie and Andrew will get to work on a variety of projects and get some real-world engineering experience.