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ORMECO is offering two internship positions for the 2024/25 calendar year.  These begin summer 2024 and will end before the start of 2025 fall semester.

Gifted high school or college students interested in a career in engineering or the vocational/trades are encouraged to apply. Interns are assigned a mentor who provides instruction and hands-on tasks; this experience is documented on your resume as relevant work experience.

Program 1: High school or college students pursuing/interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in engineering.

  1. Laboratory processes and procedures: designed to augment Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC) CHEM 1110, General Chemistry I.  You will learn basic measurement techniques (mass, volume, pressure), safety, pH, titration, color comparison, and unit conversions.
  2. Computer Aided Design (CAD): You will use Bentley MicroStation, a powerful software package used by large government agencies and subcontractors to produce electrical and mechanical design drawings.
  3. PD/VD: Pressure Decay/Vacuum Decay leak testing processes; these are used by laboratories and field technicians alike.  Learn about roughing and higher vacuum systems; perform leak testing on actual systems.  Use Ideal Gas Law and other mathematical relationships, in conjunction with actual hands-on use of vacuum systems and instrumentation.
  4. Vacuum pressure, leak rates, dew point (DP), wet/dry bulb temperature, and relative humidity (RH).  You will use calibrated test equipment to measure these parameters and learn how they are related.

Program 2: High school or vocational students interested in pursuing a career in pipe fitting, plumbing, welding, HVAC, industrial maintenance, or the electrical trades.

  1. Welding, brazing, bonding, soldering, and cutting techniques: You will receive basic instruction on the safe use of oxyacetylene torches and welding equipment; both theory and actual hands-on experience.  Processes include: Soldering, brazing, and bonding; oxyacetylene cutting; Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW); Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW); and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW).
  2. Basic electrical troubleshooting: You will learn how to measure voltage, current, and resistance using basic instruments.  We will teach you how to troubleshoot basic electrical components (e.g., AC induction motors, heaters, circuit breakers, fuses, etc.).  You will take measurements on a working system and then use Ohms law to calculate power, current, or voltage.
  3. Plumbing and Pipe Fitting: You will learn basic theory of drain waste vent (DWV) systems, calculate drainage fixture units (DFU), and learn about the various metallic and non-metallic piping materials used. You will learn how to repair basic plumbing fixtures (e.g., toilets, sinks, garbage disposals, etc.).
  4. Basic refrigeration theory: You will learn how a refrigerant system works; learn about global warming and ozone depletion potentials (GWP/ODP) of different refrigerants; learn how to measure air flow, velocity pressure, and differential pressure in an HVAC system.

Contact Us

To apply, email us a copy of your latest transcript.  In your email, briefly explain your interest in engineering or the trades.  For example, why do you want to be an engineer? Which professional trade are you interested in? No phone calls, please. These are unpaid positions; they are designed to augment a four-year curriculum in electrical or mechanical engineering or the vocational trades (e.g., plumbers/pipe fitters, ACR (air conditioning/refrigeration) technicians, and electricians).