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Students created Falcon Fuelslink and are producing biodiesel from soybeans and waste vegetable oil generated by campus food service and using it to power campus vehicles.

Each year teams of students design and build a 1/4-scale tractor and compete in the International Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Learn more about UWRF's Falcon Pullerslink.

The Agricultural Industry Club is for students who like to tour places, meet new people, and like to get their hands dirty. We do a lawn mower tune-up and a snow blower tune-up in spring and fall.

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Internships are also a great way to gain experience in your future career path, network with industry professionals, and build your resume! Visit the CAFES Internship Office web page for current internship openings. Read about the experience of other Ag Engineering Technology students.

Ben

2013BenBorgardt_internship_web200Ben Borgardt
Hometown: Pickett, WI
Agricultural Engineering Technology major

Midwest Field Service Intern
New Holland Agriculture
Ames, IA

I grew up on a farm in Pickett, WI and have a mechanical background making repairs to machinery. The beginning of my junior year I began searching for internships and applied online to Case New Holland (CNH) to one of their general internships. I wasn't sure what was included in the internship at first, but about a month later the CNH college recruiter contacted me and asked about my experience and if I wanted to travel. I was then offered the position of Midwest Field Service Intern. Ironically my supervisor in Racine also graduated from the department so that was nice to relate too.

I began in May and was based out of Ames, IA. I then began traveling the country and after a few weeks they lined me up with a company vehicle that I used for the rest of my internship. I attended a lot of farm shows and corporate dealer training events where I managed field demonstrations and taught on the new release of our New Holland Rollbelt 560 Round Baler.

My special project included the management of seven New Holland 340 Large Square Balers for cellulosic ethanol in Iowa from September through November. This was a great experience as I learned how a knotter system and a large square baler worked as well as troubleshooting and making repairs.

I recommend an internship to everyone because they take you out of your comfort zone and introduce you to new obstacles. I put 26,000 miles on my company truck in the six months that I had it. The pay was great and all my expenses were paid when I was on the road. Even though wasn't sure I would enjoy the travel, I truly enjoyed my internship and really had a great time traveling to new places and learning how agriculture differs across the country. I also met a lot of people that I still communicate with on a regular basis and will help find a job down the road.

Alex D.

AlexDonnay_AgEnggrad_250Alex Donnay
Hometown: Glencoe, MN
Agricultural Engineering Technology major

Ag Field Service Intern (west region)
New Holland
Phoenix, AZ

I started searching for an internship to gain some real world experience. I have always been a fan of CNH so I applied on their website. Awhile went by and I hadn't heard anything, but one of my friends had recently accepted a job with CNH and recommended me. So, I got a call and the position they had open was in Phoenix Arizona. I was very skeptical of moving 1800 miles away. My professors and peers encouraged me and told me it would be a great experience. Boy were they right! CNH also made transition to Phoenix easier by finding and subsidizing my housing.

My 6 month internship took me all over the country, mainly the west coast. I spent almost all of June through December on the road. I visited New Holland dealers and customers to help solve product issues as well as to maintain New Holland's dealer network and reputation. For a guy that had never flown or left the 5 state area of the Midwest, this was the best part of my experience.

On top of my dealership visits I had special intern projects that all 6 service interns worked on together. These included a month-long training event in Texas, another month with the harvest support team, and farm shows. In Texas we were responsible for maintaining the demonstration equipment and filling in where necessary. I actually ended up filling in for a full time trainer and trained dealer salesman on windrowers. On the harvest support team we followed the wheat harvest from Texas to North Dakota. We had service trucks and a semi full of parts to assist the harvesters and keep their machines harvesting. At the farm shows we helped run demos and also worked the lot and answered product questions.

This internship forced me out of my comfort zone and gave me a lot of practical knowledge that I will use throughout my career. All of the classes I took at UWRF helped me throughout my experience and allowed me to put all the knowledge I have gained to use.

I would absolutely recommend internships to each and every student at UWRF. With my internship experience, I secured a full-time position even before I graduated this May 2014 as a Technical Service Representative for CLAAS in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jakob

JakobVoight_intern_PLC screenJakob D. Voight
Hometown: Minot, ND
Agricultural Engineering Technology major

Agricultural Systems Operations Manager (ASOM) Intern
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Miller, SD

After completing my first internship in 2012, I was advised by my professors to take another internship for credit through UWRF. They recommended I find a company that would challenge my skills learned in the classroom and also to gain experience in a new field. This new field they were referring to was managing people rather than being a laborer. I came across an internship opportunity with ADM after talking to a fellow fraternity brother who had an internship the summer before and suggested that I talk to them at the UWRF Career Fair.

My internship was very different from most of the interns at the company summer trip. UWRF had 5 students working as interns for ADM in the summer of 2013. The biggest difference between my facility and the majority was that it was a brand new and not operational facility when I arrived. The skills that I used the most over the internship were management responsibilities and communication.

During the course of the summer I worked on two special projects. As a student of UWRF I designed and worked on a special project throughout the summer and as an ADM intern I was being trained to run the grain elevator for a day. I had the opportunity to run the elevator in early July when my acting supervisor went on vacation. I was told that I passed the test of running the elevator. The special project that I worked on as a student at UWRF was to complete a Safety Inspection. This was an eventful two month project. The first meeting with the safety inspector was to go from top to bottom of the facility to find errors in construction from ADM code to errors in code from the OSHA handbook. My job was to take notes on all infractions and then type them up for the inspector as they took pictures. Once this was completed a formal presentation was given to the construction company. As this was discussed with several people it was made my job to go around with the contractors and point out the infractions and then take pictures of the correction and create a PowerPoint for the Safety Inspector.

I would recommend that all students at UWRF take an internship in a field that they have interest in. You have the opportunity to get into the field, learn all about it, and try it out for three months. This can have a great impact on how a student looks at classes that might mean more to them in the future.

Alex Y.

Yost_internship_webAlex J. Yost
Hometown: Omro, WI
Agricultural Engineering Technology major (Environmental Emphasis)

Irrigation Design Intern
North Central Irrigation, Inc.
Plainfield, WI

During my second semester at UWRF I looked for an internship that would test my skills, but would still be an enjoyable learning experience. After searching the internships advertised in my department, I settled on creating an internship at North Central Irrigation Inc. NCI is the only Valley Irrigation dealer in the state of Wisconsin with locations in Plainfield and Beloit, and is a Valley performance plus dealer.

My internship taught me a basic knowledge of center pivot irrigation that I would have never been able to achieve without it. Born and raised in east central Wisconsin, I had never worked with irrigation of crops, let alone serviced an irrigator. I began my internship as a nervous and scared student with minimal professional experience. My internship showed me the ins and outs of being a professional in the agricultural field, and gave me the self-confidence that I would not have found anywhere else.

My special project for the summer was to assist with the completion of a center pivot irrigation project. The plans for an eight tower irrigator were created and from there on out I was on site for the entirety of the project. Duties on site included building the irrigator, wiring and alignment, finishing the project with a flush of the system, and turning the irrigator over to the farmer. Throughout the rest of the summer I was primarily based as an electrical service technician shadowing a professional service technician in the field, where we serviced all makes and models of irrigators, high capacity wells, and all service electronics involved. This included frequency drive wells, standard wells, GPS positioning, and Variable Rate Irrigation.

As a post intern, I would recommend all students in CAFES to try at least one internship while at UWRF. An internship gives the student a behind-the-scenes look into the professional world that a regular employee would not be able to see. The professional learning experience and knowledge that can be acquired in an internship is endless.

Danny

DannyHolicky_intern2013_1Danny Holicky
Hometown: Montgomery, MN
Agricultural Engineering Technology major

Pea Harvest Assistant Crew Lead Intern
Hartung Brothers, Inc., Arena, WI

I found this internship by attending the UWRF Career Fair in the fall. I have always been interested in the harvest of raw vegetables, as I have been harvesting peas for the past two years, before I found this internship. In talking to the human resource manager for Hartung Brothers I realized this would be a great opportunity for me in my career path.

My internship started in May and ended in August. During my internship I was involved in the planting and harvesting of peas. I first started out helping plant peas in Door County, WI, for about a week. Then it was back to Arena, WI, to prepare for harvest. In Arena, I was given the task of helping finish the rebuild of pea harvester heads. Then I was put in charge of inspecting and preparing the two service trailers for the month and a half of pea harvest. The last task I was given before harvest was to put pea heads on the pea harvesters once they arrived from Clear Lake, WI. Once the pea harvest started I was put in charge of my own crew for the entire harvest. During the pea harvest I had the opportunity to work with a great group of people. Harvest started in Spring Green, WI, then traveled to Coloma, WI, and ended in Door County, WI. My favorite part of the internship was talking with the migrant workers and living throughout the state of Wisconsin. My experience with HBI was an exciting experience that I will never forget. I would highly recommend an internship with HBI.

If you are a student who is not sure about taking an internship, I highly suggest it. Look for an internship that peaks your interest and apply for it. An internship is a good way to tell if that is the career path you want to take or not. It might even open the door to the company in the near future. It has opened my eyes for my career path and I'm sure it will open yours as well.

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