Alex J. Yost
Hometown: Omro, WI
Agricultural Engineering Technology major (Environmental Emphasis)
Irrigation Design Intern
North Central Irrigation, Inc.
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.