Internship Experience of an Electrical Engineering Student @ Kiriburu Iron Ore Mines, SAIL, Jharkhand: Great Work Culture and CSR Initiatives

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This is submitted as an entry to the Noticebard Internship Experience Writing Competition.
An electrical internship of lifelong learnings and valuable experiences.
Name, College, Course, Year

Vishal Kumar, 3rd Year Diploma in Electrical Engineering, KIIT Polytechnic, Bhubaneshwar.

Organisation

Kiriburu Iron Ore Mines, SAIL, Jharkhand

Duration

10th June 2019 to 10th July 2019.

Reasons for Applying

I was introduced to the world of training and internships by my elder brother. He would always share with me the links of opportunities posted in Noticebard or any other internship and competition websites. Since he has earned thousands of bucks and also a few job offers due to his profile building, the perks and benefits of internships always attracted me.

As a beginner, I knew that grabbing a paid internship would not be an easy task for me, so  I decided to go for a project-based training and internship programme in my hometown during the summer vacations. This internship would help me to gain practical application of the theory I studied during my two years of diploma in electrical engineering.  It would also build a grassroots understanding for me about the industrial work in the mines. 

How I applied

The application process just required the submission of statement of purpose addressed to the General manager of the Iron ore mines attached with a bonafide certificate issued by respective college/institutional head.

Then the RTI centre head took a small viva voce where he asked basic technical questions related to the branch apart from my biography. Once approved by the general manager, I was allocated my internship letter and trainer in charge.

Main Tasks

Kiriburu Iron Ore Mines are situated in a village named Kiriburu in a dense forest in the south of Jharkhand. The mines are owned by Steel Authority of India Limited, SAIL. My internship started with registrations at the Raw materials division Training Institute (RTI) which mentors and provides administrative and logistics support to the trainees and interns.

Every day, I travelled 16 km through the organisation’s bus to the mines from my home. In the first day of my field exposure. I was very nervous about the questions that would be asked by the trainer, but things went normally that day.

I went to the company and met my trainer Shri. Pramod Kumar who is the Assistant General manager of the Electrical department in the mines. He took my introduction and later introduced me to all the staffs of the department. Then the Junior manager of Electrical department Shri. Akash Kumar Pradhan explained me the distribution system of crushing plant.

He also answered my lot of queries like

  • How current enters the crushing plant?
  • What is it’s rating?
  • How it’s divided into the parts?
  • How many transformers are there?
  • What are their ratings?
  • How are they connected?
  • What are the main components used in power distribution?
  • How they were controlled?
  • Where they are placed?

At the end of the day, he made a diagram in my copy about the distribution system for my better understanding. 

Next day, a departmental staff took me to the main area from where the power is supplied and divided. There I saw the 11KV input and 2 transformers of 1000KVA and 3 transformers of 500KVA. Then I saw the panels from where all the machines and motors were controlled.

After that, I saw the motors which are used in the plant to move the Conveyor belts. The conveyor belts are used to move the iron ores. For the consecutive days, I used to see the motors and observe their ratings. I also used to see the crushers which crush the Raw materials into the fine materials. I saw the mines plant and the loading section. All the fine raw materials are loaded into the rail and sent to the Bokaro steel plant which uses these ores to make steel.

In the last week of my training, a staff member explained to me about the control circuit and power circuit in an easy way. My trainer, the AGM asked me to make a project about the single line diagram and power distribution of the crushing plant. I took help from RTI centre’s library to make the project.

Lessons Learnt

In the tenure of my one-month long vocational training cum internship, I not only learnt the application of my theoretical diploma curriculum but also came across a beautiful work culture. All the staff of the electrical department were warm, respectful and eager to share their experiences.

I came across another aspect of working of the organisation, that is corporate social responsibility operations. I saw departmental staff dedication towards supporting tribal children to reach the company-sponsored school. The department also organised environment day celebration and archery camp in the remote villages as a part of its CSR.

I was glad to have the opportunity to learn and have exposure to another side of the corporate companies.

This internship not only helped me to gain a certificate beneficial to my upcoming placement interviews but also gave learning and experience for a lifetime. Contribution to social responsibility motivates an individual more enthusiastically.

I would like to urge all college students to take up internships not because it will add value to your resume but also it creates lifelong learning and experiences, essential value addition to the curriculum and theoretical papers.

Stipend/Training Fee

There was no stipend or any training fee required for the internship. The internship was free of cost and unpaid.

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