Name: Weston Napier
Hometown: Minto, ND
School: University of North Dakota
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Q: Why did you choose University of North Dakota and Mechanical Engineering?
A: I chose UND because it’s close to home, affordable and offers a quality education. Having talked to various employers and engineers in the area it was obvious that the value graduates from UND and the knowledge they graduate with.
Q: What type of work will you look for following graduation?
A: I am not completely set on an industry that I want to focus on yet, but I am interested in learning more about the aerospace industry. I love the outdoors as well so it would be fun to get into something where I can be involved in something related to that.
Q: How did you hear about the internship?
A: I got in contact with Air Seeder Parts through a mutual friend, but I believe they initially found my resume on Indeed.
Q: What on the job tasks does your internship involve?
A: Being that it is a small company I get to do all different kinds of things that engineers in a larger company may not get to do. I do a lot of testing for new products that we are trying to get into production along with designing new products. I also get to work with manufacturers to get prototypes made and ready for production.
Q: What do you like about Air Seeder Parts, LLC?
A: I like the atmosphere; it is relaxed enough that you don’t have to be stressed all the time but there is still a push to innovate which is a good thing. Because the company is smaller, and everyone is together under one roof we are able to get projects relatively quickly compared to many other companies.
Q: What surprises you most about being in the workforce?
A: I can’t think of anything that surprised me necessarily, but I will say that it is sort of eye opening to get into an industry like farming and see all the opportunities that are out there that you wouldn’t even think of without being in it.
Q: Do you feel your experience from Air Seeder Parts is beneficial and why?
A: Yes, it is definitely beneficial because I have learned a lot of stuff that you would never learn without doing it. There are many things that you maybe hear about in school but don’t really understand until you have to do it, especially when it comes to communicating with other companies to get things done.
Q: If asked, what would you tell classmates about the benefits of an internship?
A: I would tell that there are tons of benefits. We learn a lot in school but if we never learn to apply it, it’s kind of useless. It’s neat to be at work and have an issue that you know how to solve because of something you just learned in school. There are many things that they can’t teach you in school but that are going to be necessary for us in our careers. Also, having an internship is a great way to figure out which direction you want to aim for while in school. It can help you determine if you’re in the right major or what electives you want to take to focus on a specific field.
If you are interested in an internship or career at Air Seeder Parts, LLC, visit the careers page on our website at www.airseedperparts.com/careers.