Mechanical Engineering Student Intern Returns to Weld Fixture Design Company

In September Rentapen Inc., weld jig and fixture specialist,welcomes back their summer CAD Drafter Intern.

On September 4, Emily Young began as a part-time CAD Drafter at Rentapen, a Weld Fixture (Weld Jig) Design and Build Company in Waukesha, WI.

Rentapen is involved with WCTC’s Internship Program, which is an opportunity for companies to hire students for a period of time in order for the students to gain more workforce experience.  Last June Young worked as an intern at Rentapen doing CAD drafting.  She alsoworked on the CAD library of parts and created some models of new RAPid Tooling Components.

Young worked at Rentapen for the month of June as a summer intern at Rentapen, now she will continue to do CAD drafting at Rentapen during the school year. Young is studying Mechanical Design Technologies at WCTC.  She first came to Rentapen to do a job-shadow.  She shadowed one of the 3D CAD Designers to get a feeling of what Rentapen does on a daily basis.


“Emily was quick to learn and has a mind that enjoys working in CAD and working with machines,” said Susan Straley, President and Owner of Rentapen.  “Her face lit up when we took her to the shop and showed her the machine we built that she had modeled in CAD in June.  It’s a sign of a true Mechanical Geek to get excited to see your 3D models turned into steel and a working machine.”

Young joins Rentapen’s engineering team twice a week to gain real on-the-job experience involving weld fixture designs. Young also has been learning how to detail design work.

“It is important for students of engineering to get hands on experience in a real working environment,” said Straley.  “Internships are a great way for Engineering Firms and Manufacturers like Rentapen to try out new talent.  Are they trainable? Do they have a good attitude? Do they fit into our culture of integrity and customer focus?”

In the summer Young updated the Pro Engineer (Pro/E) library for Rentapen’s RAPid Tooling Components™ and frequent purchased parts, for instance RAPid Clamp Risers™. Young also learned to do production drawings and helped out with shipping and receiving.

Rentapen’s RAPid Tooling Components™ was developed by Rentapen’s engineering team when they found they were designing the same blocks, plates and risers over and over again in their weld fixture designs.  RAPid Tooling Components™ also known as RTC, are an extension of Rentapen’s mission to save manufacturers costs. These standardized yet versatile components can save hundreds of dollars per weld fixture because it saves companies engineering and CNC time.

Rentapen’s mission is to provide jobs, training and opportunities for people who work together to help manufacturers reduce costs of tooling to make their products.


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About rentapen

Susan Straley, aka Queen of Lean Machine Design, is the President of Rentapen Inc. in Waukesha, WI. She helps manufacturers reduce costs through excellence in 3d desing services, RAPid Tooling Components(TM), and Just-in-Time Laser Cutting Services(TM). Susan can be reached directly at 262-542-8891.

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