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Austin Davies, a B.S. in Safety Technology major, just finished a summer internship working with Tesla Motors Inc. in their new Fremont, California plant. Austin explain that he chose safety technology as a major because it is a fast growing and rewarding field with endless opportunities and positive ways to make a difference.
Austin went on to state that “working with Tesla gave him the experience of working in extremely fast paced environment with no room for error. This summer I have learned and gained priceless hands-on experience in the field of Industrial Hygiene. ”
Austin’s projects at Tesla included working with engineers to provide technical expertise on the hazards of chemicals by reviewing safety data sheets for incoming products; creating and executing air sampling projects; gaining experience on new sampling methods from NIOSH and OSHA; conducting occupational noise exposure monitoring; supporting the respirator program components and compliance; training new hires on Tesla’s hearing conservation program and updating the heat illness policy for the Fremont facility
MU ASSE Members attended tours to Steel of West Virginia in two groups on September 9th and 29th, 2015. Steel of West Virginia was established in 1906 and is a major producer of fabricated steel in the area. The company is the number one national producer of fabricated steel beams used in freight trucks and has contracts for solar panel steel supports and rail beams. Students interacted with the Safety Director and discussed various safety topics including overhead hazards, heat stress, ergonomic factors, and injury trends.
Dr. Jian Liu from the Division of Applied Science and Technology has successfully passed the written exam and been granted the distinguished Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) credential by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE). CPE is the highest level of professional certification in the field of human factors and ergonomics. News Release
The 2013 National Safety Council Congress and Expo was held in Chicago, Illinois during the first part of October and Seven Marshall University students attended to establish contacts for internship and post-graduate job opportunities and promote the safety technology program.
Allen D. Stern, professor and chair of Marshall’s division of applied science and technology, took the seven undergraduates of Marshall’s safety technology program on an all-expense-paid trip to Chicago, Ill., to attend the annual conference.
“We made a lot of good contacts with companies who didn’t know Marshall exists or even has a program,” Stern said. “That’s the biggest obstacle we’ve been facing. We’re the best kept secret.”
Student participants thoughts about the conference:
Cameron Hughes “The national safety council conference was a great opportunity and greatly broadened my knowledge of the safety field. As a sophomore in the major I am really glad I attended as I am sure I am pursuing the right major for me.”
Tyler Bledsoe spoke about attending the conference: “It was very important for me to take time off from work and school to attend this NSC conference in Chicago. By attending this conference it has helped me network with safety professionals around the globe and has provided me with knowledge on new safety equipment and topics within our field.”
Brett Sergent: “After attending the National Safety Council Conference, I received valuable information that can be used in the field. I learned that manufacturers are paying more attention to worker’s needs and not just trying to have the best looking product. I met people ranging from the oil and gas industry to air transportation. Everyone at the conference was there for the same reason we were; to help create a safer and more productive workplace. I really enjoyed the conference and I encourage more people to go!”
Garry M. Harper, a B.S. in Safety Technology major completed an internship this summer in Winchester VA for L.E Myers Company, the oldest Subsidiary of the MYR group. He describes his internship as follows: “I have been interning with The L.E Myers Company in their large projects division. L.E. Myers is an electrical construction contractor that builds electricity transmission lines all over the United States. While there I have performed audits on daily job briefings as well as helped to develop a system to record the installation date and monthly inspection of fire extinguishers in company vehicles and equipment. Additionally, I have assisted with training and made routine visits to job sites to observe work being performed.
When asked what major things he learned while on his internship Garry responded: “A lot of things that I remember going over in class began to make a lot more sense when seeing them in use in the field. One major concept was creating a safety culture in the company, which means that everyone looks out for one another and believes that it is best to follow the rules and regulations put in place by OSHA as well as management. Also, I learned a lot about case management in the unlikely event of an injury. “
Many thanks to Garry for representing our program so well at L.E. Myers Company!
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