PFERD’s Internship Program Brings the Classroom to Life

As we head toward Manufacturing Day–a nationwide celebration of the manufacturing industry taking place on Oct. 7th—we thought you’d like to hear about how PFERD brings the goals of manufacturing day to life. One of the aims of Manufacturing Day is to inspire young people to consider a career in manufacturing.

Through our PFERD Internship Program, current college students are given the opportunity to put their classroom learning to practice. We create an atmosphere within the company that allows interns to truly learn about the career they are studying and their prospective roles. An internship allows them to gain experience and make results happen.

PFERD Interns 2016
L-R: Andrew Oswald, Jake Pallo, Steven Snider

We spoke to our interns about their time here at PFERD. Here’s what they had to say:

Jake Pallo, Quality and Safety Intern, Mechanical Engineering Major, Junior

Role: I have been taking assignments and performing wear testing for products. The data is used to determine the lifespan of products. I have also been helping prepare for the ISO audit coming up in December by filing and restructuring all data and information so that the audit goes smoothly.

Perks for working with PFERD: The size of the company makes it easy to see all parts of the business and the wider industry. I’m happy to have the opportunity to work within a division of a larger company.

Takeaways from being an intern: The real world is completely different from the classroom. I’ve learned how to collect data properly, compile information for future interns to use when performing wear tests, and to use tools like Microsoft Excel. I’ve gained a wider understanding of what quality and safety mean for a company, especially ISO 9000, and terminology used in manufacturing.

Because PFERD has all its functions in one location I feel I like that my work here is really adding value. I have gained more of an engineering mindset by thinking about processes differently, understanding flow charts and diagrams, and sharpening my problem solving skills. The importance of interning is immeasurable.

Internship term: Jun-Dec/Jan

Steven Snider, Manufacturing Engineering Intern, Mechanical Engineering Major

Role: I’ve been working on design projects such as making molds or parts of machines. I’ve also been handling issues pertaining to designs for molds.

Favorite experience: Meeting with other companies about preparing designs for machines in the future. This gives me a better idea that what we do now will have an impact in the future. Seeing new designs and what we hope to accomplish with them.

Perks for working with PFERD: It’s an intimate work environment with the duties of a bigger company. The friendly engineering aspect allows me to interact freely and have conversations with people in different departments. I would recommend this internship to a friend.

Takeaways from being an intern: Real life experience and hands on learning gives me a much better grasp on what I get in the classroom. I now feel like I have a leg up on my career because I am starting out already knowing a lot more about design.

Internship term: Jun-Dec/Jan

Andrew Oswald, Marketing Intern, Marketing Major

Role: I have been helping with the PFERD CRM customer relationship database, which helps connect and build a more personalized relationship with their customers. This way the reach-out for marketing aspects is easier and more personal.

Favorite experience: The company culture. It’s a friendly company and it isn’t overwhelming to have a good relationship with everyone here. I also like the work ethic and the attention paid to the daily details and deadlines.

Takeaways from being an intern: The real world application and work experience is extremely valuable.  Being in an office before a full time position offers a view into the day-to-day functioning of a firm. Being an intern has helped me get a sense of what I’d like to do once I graduate. I would definitely praise to my friends that PFERD offers a terrific internship program. It’s a unique company in a niche industry so it’s a good opportunity to embrace a learning curve.

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Polishing Off 2015 With Thanks to All

It is hard to believe that another year is already coming to a close. The past 12 months have been filled with many changes and improvements that are driven by our understanding of the markets we serve and the needs of our customers. When you’ve been in business as long as we have, you know how to provide solutions that deliver outstanding quality and reliability.

In our final post of the year, we’d like to thank all of those who have helped us achieve the success we had in 2015. It was a year of achievements we can be proud of. We are indebted to our dedicated team of professionals, who bring their work ethic and commitment to our facilities each day. Without them, we couldn’t provide the products and services that our customers have come to rely on. The manufacturing industry isn’t an easy one but with the expertise our employees bring to the industry, we are a leading global supplier of quality abrasives and surface finishing products.

This past summer we embarked on a move to improve customer service by relocating staff from our Leominster location to our newest state-of-the-art facility in Milwaukee. By merging executive personnel, marketing, and customer service positions in the same location as brush manufacturing, central product distribution, and technical training functions, we offer increased efficiency in meeting the needs of our customers. This transition was made even more successful with the support of our loyal employees who stuck with us and eased the move to the new location.

We are looking forward to more success in 2016 as we continue to provide the highest quality “single-source” solutions for hand finishing, grinding, cutting, and specialty applications. We thank you for choosing PFERD!

From our family to yours, wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy New Year!

The PFERD Team is Growing – And Continues to be the Best

There’s a reason PFERD has been in business for an astounding 216 years. Of course, much of it has to do with the superior products we provide our customers. Beyond that, it’s all about the people we employ.

We are proud to have the best, brightest, most experienced experts in the business, and our team just keeps growing. In fact, we’ve recently expanded our team of applications experts, adding more industry leaders to our ever-growing company. Continue reading