Internship Experience of an Engineering Student @ Guindy Machine Tools Limited, Chennai: Challenging Assignments, Mobiles Not Allowed!

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This has been submitted as an entry to the Noticebard Internship Experience Competition.
Name, College Year

Sandeep, B.E Materials Science and Engineering (Final Year) College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai

Organization and location

I interned at Guindy Machine Tools Limited. It is located in 214, Velachery- Tambaram Main Road, Narayanapuram, Pallikaranai, Chennai- 600100, Tamil Nadu.

It was started by Mr. P. Venkat Raman in 1959 for the development of high quality engineering products. They are the manufacturers of wide range of chucks, lapping machines, cast iron surface plates, granite structures etc.  

Application Procedure and Duration of Internship

I came to know about the internship through my professor. I mailed to the industry stating my interest and expressed my desire to get practical exposure in industries. I received a positive response with the message that I need to meet the HR Manager after two days for an interview.

In the interview, I was asked about various fundamentals in materials science. I gave my best in the interview.  The manager understood my thirst for practical knowledge and welcomed me with a pleasant smile. I was told to join the next day after submitting my bonafide certificate.

I was granted permission for 4 weeks from 04.06.2018 to 30.06.2018.

First day and First Impression

I went the next day with high hopes and eager mind. It was really a nice experience to enter into a corporate world for the first time. The honourable HR manager Mr. Muralidharan gave a brief introduction about the company, various products and departments. Then he introduced me to officials of other departments. I was told about the rules and formalities to be followed in the organisation.

I was instructed to prepare a mini report at the end of every week followed by a presentation at the end of the internship. I was given a small booklet and a pen to take notes. The canteen staff were very friendly and treated me like a full-time employee. I was posted in heat treatment division and quality control since they were closely associated with my subjects. Then they prepared a timetable for my internship duration of 4 weeks.

Main tasks
  1. Monitoring the various events in the heat treatment division and quality inspection, studying about all the process in detail, taking notes, getting my doubts clarified every now and then.
  2. Carrying out quality inspections in finished products and checking for visible defects like burrs, blow-holes, craters etc.
  3. Data entry about various parameters like soaking time, quenching medium, number of samples.
Mini project and its details

I undertook a mini project on Increasing the cooling rate of quenching tank by optimization of design. Quenching is the process of removing heat from the specimen by immersing it in an oil bath. As a result of this, the temperature of the oil bath increases drastically. It must be cooled as soon as possible else there is a risk of fire accident.

Though there were cooling measures like fan, it was not efficient. I worked with a team of officials. I had suggested an idea of placing a water bath around quenching tank and circulating water from the bath to cooler every now and then to remove heat. The idea was received well but we had problem of practically implementing it due to space constraints.

After long discussions, we came to an idea of carrying water through pipes and placing the cooler outside the heat treatment division. It was the effort of a team to come up with a good solution.

Work culture at the organisation

The work culture is general like any other industry. The work timings is from 9 AM to 5 PM with lunch break from 1 to 1.30 PM. The Managing Director occupies the highest position in the industry. The next comes the HR manager followed by managers in various departments. The managers are assisted by various supervisors who monitors the activities in the departments.

The Managing Director conducts a meeting every Thursday afternoon with all the officials to address various issues in projects. The managers in various departments are supposed to send a report at the end of every week describing the progress in work, targets achieved etc.

Good things about the internship
  • Got to interact with industrial officials.
  • Took up challenging industrial problems.
  • Exposed to various practical problem studied in academics.
  • Handling pressure and thinking out of the box.
  • Developed communication skills
  • Had an advantage in placement interviews.
Bad things about the internship
  • I found transportation difficult in the beginning due to crowded buses and heavy traffic jams.
  • Cell phones were not allowed inside the industry which I found it difficult initially.
  • Some tasks like data entry were carried on regular basis which I felt boring at times.

I didn’t receive any stipend during the internship. While getting the right internship is a big challenge, it doesn’t matter if we are not paid during the internship. The knowledge that we gain is worth more than the money.

Lessons learnt
  • Experience is the best teacher
  • Punctuality
  • Teamwork always yields fruits.
  • Creative thinking.
Accommodation/ Commute

Being a local, I didn’t have any issue in accommodation. The industry is about 15 kilometers from my house. I boarded a bus from Madipakkam to Pallikaranai. From there, I took a share auto to the industry. The whole trip costs about 50 rupees per day.

My message to the readers

Internship: the essential tool

 Internship is the limited period of work experience offered by an organization to spend our vacation in a useful way. It bridges the gap between classroom teaching and practical world. Engineering internships can be broadly classified into two as Industrial internship and Research internship.

Industrial internship is where you visit an industry related to your subject of interest and undertake training for a certain duration. Research internship is where you work under a professor for a stipulated period of time and carry out research.

The former is much useful for job seekers whereas the latter one is much useful for students aiming for higher studies. Since my aim was to enter into industry after graduation, I chose industrial internship.

Internships are integral part in a student’s life in shaping careers and boosting our resume. A dedicated brain clubbed with deep passion for learning is all what you need to find the right internship. Here are a few valuable tips which I’d like to convey

  1. Follow various websites which provide information about internships. A few include Internshala, noticebard, freshers world etc.
  2. Those who aim for research internships, look for educational institutions like various IITs, NITs, IISC Bangalore, Indian Academy of Science, IISER etc. Keep an eye on their websites from October every year because that is when they release official notifications. You can also mail to Professors matching with your area of interest with an attractive project proposal, thereby gaining their attention. Many research institutions like BARC, DRDO, HAL etc. also offer internships for two months in summer with a healthy stipend. If you wish to expand your horizons, there are many funding sources like DAAD, Erasmus Mundus, Charpak, SN Bose, MITACS which offer funding for international internships to the deserving candidates.
  3. In the case of industrial internships, check the websites of different companies in the career section for internships. Keep in touch with your professors and check your placement office and college notice boards. You can also personally visit companies and speak to the Manager explaining your need for an internship. Speak to your seniors and alumni regarding internships.

It’s time to kick start your internship journey. All the very best!


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