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The Internship Experience at Aptean

The value of an internship is immeasurable. The experiences and connections you make throughout your placement can help pave the way for your career and lead to future job offers. Pinpointing a company that not only has an internship available in your field of interest but, also gives you the opportunity to grow your skillset is crucial.

At Aptean, we have a high-performance work culture built around top tier employees focused on driving for results and providing an exceptional customer experience. Our success-oriented and engaging business environment allows us to provide interns with the opportunity to gain meaningful experience in their areas of interest and exposure to other facets of the business as well.

During the summer, we provide opportunities in various departments to hard-working, motivated, and interested students looking to expand their experience outside school. While summer for many college students represents a time of rest and relaxation before classes resume in the fall, it can also be a time to broaden their skills and gain valuable expertise. Students who invest in an internship are able to gain real-world experience before returning to a classroom.

Being an intern at Aptean doesn’t mean running to get coffee, or performing menial tasks such as shredding old files. Aptean interns have the opportunity to learn and produce work that matters.

“You produce work that actually makes an impact on the company, I’ve worked at a large company before where your work doesn’t even matter,” Naveen Thiligan, a Research and Development intern, said. “I’ve also worked in a high-pressure startup company where it was always stressful, but at Aptean I really feel like I can produce quality work and that what I am doing is relevant in the company.”

Feeling that your work is of significance is an important factor to consider within an internship. The ability to produce meaningful work while also being able to add finished projects to your portfolio is what sets a great internship apart from a merely good one.

Aptean promotes collaboration as well. We believe that our greatest success comes from working together. Collaboration across borders, valuing everyone’s contributions, and giving as well as receiving constructive criticism helps to cultivate an environment of mutual trust and respect.

“The environment at Aptean is really my favorite thing about working here,” explained Cam Wilson, a Customer Marketing intern. “It’s an open and collaborative space where you feel comfortable enough to approach anyone to ask questions or learn more.”

An open environment has the potential to significantly impact the work you do and the connections you make while at your internship. A collaborative and supportive work space allows you to ask questions, make mistakes, and add your input while knowing that you have a team and mentors behind you that are invested in your success.

“Over the course of my internship at Aptean, I’ve had great mentors to help me with my tasks. Our bosses will delay their own work and projects in order to make sure we have all the knowledge to understand what we are supposed to be doing,” Alex Kandilarov, a Research and Development intern, stated.

Identifying the perfect internship is always a hard choice, and requires you to take multiple factors into consideration. The best internship will allow you to learn, grow, and gain experience and knowledge that you won’t be able to gain in a classroom setting. An internship that affords you the opportunity to grow and develop as a professional will impact and shape your view on all your future business endeavors.

“I knew interning at Aptean was the perfect fit for me because not only did it allow me to grow my skills, but it also allowed me to bridge the gap between what I read online about potential careers and how the professional world really works.” Thiligan explained.

To learn more about Aptean’s internship opportunities, contact us via info@aptean.com.

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Improving Asset Reliability Is Like Investing in the Stock Market

I am not a Wall Street wizard who regularly follows public companies looking for the best investments. If you are like me, we wonder where to invest our money? The conventional wisdom seems to be investing in products and services that you find yourself using. If you like it, and you see others liking it, then it is probably a good investment. I followed this advice a couple of weeks ago, when I found myself drawn to a coffee chain that I had not particularly noticed. After a few months of including this stop on my route to work a couple of days a week, I observed that it was more crowded inside, and there were long lines at the drive-thru. Some mornings I had to bypass it because the wait would cause me to be late to work. Then it dawned on me – I’m not the only one who has developed an affinity for this place, so the business must be doing something right. I bought some stock. It is up $2.43 in the 2 weeks since I purchased it. While admittedly not a rapid ascension to the top, it is at least up in value.

So what in the world does this have to do with maintenance? The answer is common sense. Things that usually make sense tend to be reasonable things to do. The trends towards predictive maintenance and asset performance management (APM) make sense, particularly in the age of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things.) It simply makes sense to use accurate data that easily gathered about any machine to inform and manage its status. We’re already seeing the Internet of Things in our homes. We have security cameras around our home for protection. Our cars alert us when an oil change is needed. Our lights and thermostats are linked to our smartphones so we can make adjustments to conserve energy. So why not apply the same concept in commercial facilities? Why wouldn’t we let a motor tell us when it’s running hot? Why wouldn’t we let a pump tell us that it is experiencing excessive vibrations? Why wouldn’t we let an oven tell us that its internal temperatures have been varying outside of normal tolerances over the last hour? Let’s not forget the human factor. Why wouldn’t we enable an operator to easily alert maintenance in the CMMS/EAM system that they notice an anomaly in an asset?

These things make sense in equipment maintenance, and the technology to reveal and take advantage of this previously unused information is becoming more accessible and thus ubiquitous in manufacturing. And it just makes sense to get started with using these technologies now. You don’t have to tackle the entire plant floor at once. Begin with just one line. Learn how to put your common sense to work to achieve real business value in your maintenance operations. The same maintenance strategies don’t have to be applied to all of your assets. You need a toolkit of various strategies to be applied appropriately. Look at where IIoT fits into that toolkit, and how it can be applied to the appropriate asset issues. It makes sense to empower your maintenance organization with a complete set of technology tools that they can apply to the right situations. It makes sense to invest where others are also finding good coffee drinks ….I mean finding good maintenance management solutions.

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