Who: Sanan Abdulraheem
What: 12-month internship as a Quality Assurance Analyst
Where: Siemens Canada – Burlington Manufacturing Plant
When: August 16, 2010 to August 26, 2011
How: Now you would think that I only applied through Ryerson’s Industrial Internship Program (IIP), however I actually kept searching for postings outside of that domain. Through my research I came across Workopolis.com, a website that is not known to have intership (or Co-op) postings. I still tried my luck however and found quite a number of postings. I created a profile with the website and submitted my cover letter and resumé. The following week I got a phone interview from a recruiting agency that asked me simple questions and to confirm some information that he had. A month passed and no word from Siemens Canada. Then I got a phone call from the hiring manager to set up an interview. The location of the plant was in Burlington, Ontario and prior to the interview I researched exactly what they manufactured in that plant. I found two things from my research, one is that this plant is an engineer-to-order plant and two is that it was joined to the Canadian Headquarters. I also researched any requirements that were on the job post, for example Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Quality Gates, ISO9001:2008 and MS Excel.
When I went for the interview I had a binder with me that had all the projects I have done in school and my certificate of training for the LEAN workshop that I had completed with YDelay group. I had gone through my projects and highlighted what parts were relevant to the job, that way I was able to show the manager that I had knowledge of what was required in the job.
It was a fairly easy interview, I felt that she went over many things quickly and swiftly. She was definitely interested in the LEAN certificate that I had, the projects that we did and my knowledge of ISO9001. The interview took about 30 minutes in total, but we had started a conversation about the drive to the interview, therefore the content of the interview is about 20 minutes.
Two weeks later I recieved a phone call from the manager early in the morning, offering me the job and I immediately replied to her saying YES.
Why: Doing an internship was an important step for me. This is because I had no previous work experience, so I was afraid to graduate without doing an internship or not working during the summer, which would result in me having a hard time finding a job after graduation. So experience was the major reason as to why I did my internship, as well as financially I wanted to pay back my OSAP and this was the perfect opportunity to do so.
For the past 12 months I have been working with Siemens Canada as a Quality Assurance Analyst at the Burlington Manufacturing Plant. The experience was overwhelmingly positive and it has taught me so many lessons in terms of what it mean of being in the workforce and more specifically being an Industrial Engineer. Quality is an important branch of Industrial Engineering (IE) and I ultimately experienced its reason as to why its so important for an IE to take it into consideration. From monitoring the lines to inspecting them the experience at Siemens Canada has taught me all.