Every year Hoosier Pattern enjoys taking in internships, externships, or job shadowers, and this summer we had Clay Barlow in the shop with us! Clay has been with us all summer throughout different areas of the shop. Learn more about Clay’s experience in his own words below.
Purdue University – West Lafayette, Junior in the fall of 2020 and I am majoring in Materials Science and Engineering
What made you seek out Hoosier Pattern as a place to work at for the summer?
It was an opportunity to work within my area of interest for the first time. Not only that, but it looked like and proved to be true that Hoosier Pattern is a place that does a lot of things and does them all well. Also, they are consistently innovating and are leading their industry. I was excited long before I arrived and I wasn’t disappointed.
What types of things did you do at Hoosier Pattern?
I’ve been able to do a lot and got experience within every department over the course of my internship. My main role was to work on improving the 3D plastic printing capabilities, but I also worked with machining, sand printing, and on other projects.
What did you enjoy about working at Hoosier Pattern?
I enjoyed that there is never a dull day and that each day, each hour, you will be working on something different. Not only that, but it seems like Hoosier Pattern is focused on continuously improving all parts of the company and to be a part of that type of innovation is awesome. Last but not least, it’s a very friendly, almost family-like, atmosphere. You have a lot of responsibility and freedom to get things done and if you happen to mess up, the people here are nothing but supportive and helpful to fix the problem.
What were some memorable projects you got to work on and participate in?
3D printer optimization: I got to dial in the printer and slice parameters to begin producing carbon fiber infused plastic parts. I also got to work on integrating soluble support into our parts to improve support removal and surface quality.
Centrifugal ISO-Finishing Inquiry: I produced a part in 4 materials to explore a new
Casting made from a sand printed mold: I got to design apart from a print and then had the mold sand printed and got to pour molten aluminum into it to create a casting. (pictured above)
What do you want to do as a career? DO you think that working at Hoosier Pattern during the summer will help you decide on what you want to do as a career?
I am hoping to land in the foundry or at least in the wider metals production industry. working at Hoosier Pattern has already helped me with career decisions by solidifying it in my mind and allowing me to gain an extracurricular real-life experience within the industry. I also got to see another side of the casting world.
Other than the job itself, what kind of things has Hoosier Pattern taught you?
While at Hoosier Pattern, I’ve learned a lot about being a better professional, engineer, and person. Outside of the job skills, I learned a lot about managing multiple projects at once and making sure goals get met in a timely manner. I learned better ways to communicate, especially across the company and outside of the company. just in talking with the others in my workspace, I got info on professional networking, on the foundry industry, and on things completely outside of work like general life skills and advice.
Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing? What organizations are you involved in at school? Do you play sports?
I enjoy cooking, spending time outside, tinkering, and making stuff and hanging out with friends and family. At school, I’m mainly involved as a leader in volunteering and professional organizations including Purdue’s chapters of American Foundry Society and Material Advantage. as for sports, I’ll play football or basketball with friends or run and lift also.
Clay’s last day at Hoosier Pattern will be this Friday, August 14th. Good luck at Purdue this fall, Clay!