Culture - Aug 7, 2018
College student takes internship 900 miles from home | Waupaca FoundryAlly Melby | Waupaca Foundry
Some college students will do anything for the perfect internship before graduation. For Tyler Makoski, that meant traveling over 900 miles to have the opportunity to work as a summer intern at Waupaca Foundry in Waupaca, Wis. Tyler is a Pennsylvania native and will graduate from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in December 2018 with a degree in safety management.
He first heard of Waupaca Foundry from a friend who was employed at Waupaca Foundry's ductile iron foundry in Pennsylvania. Having a desire to apply his major to the manufacturing world, he jumped at the chance to work as a safety engineering intern at Plant 2/3 during summer 2017. He continued working for Waupaca Foundry in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania during the school year and returned to start another safety engineering internship at Plant 1 in Waupaca, Wis. this summer.
Tyler spends his time conducting safety audit findings in which he identifies risks and hazards within the workplace. He also creates lockout-tagout postings for machines and helps with Silica testing to assure levels in the Foundry meet OSHA's standards.
"Safety is the first priority, and that is why I enjoy coming to work every day. Waupaca Foundry has set high expectations for how a business should be run."
The past two summers have shaped his future career endeavors, and he hopes to continue working within a manufacturing company after graduation.
"I've learned real-world experience that I can take anywhere, whether it be presentation skills, high standards that Waupaca has set for their products and employees, or the confidence I need to do my job in the safety field. Everyone at the Foundry is like a family."