Engineer intern at Touchscreen Company
Internships consist of gaining practical experience and moving up to the second year of the College of Charleston Carter Blanton definitely gets his fair share this summer, and not just because he works in a touchscreens and monitors company The golden finger.
the major in systems engineering produced CAD drawings, tested logic boxes and built motherboards. Goldfinger even gave her her own apartment above the store in Johns Island, SC for the internship, which began June 22 and will run until the start of the fall semester.
âI’m really happy to be here and learn from these great engineers,â says Blanton, who grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The College today spoke with Blanton about what inspired him to become an engineer, why he chose CofC and what he is learning at the company that supplies touch screens to the entertainment, gaming and hospitality industries.
Why do you want to become an engineer?
I want to make the world a better place. I don’t like how the world is going now. I think there are a lot of big issues that the next generation has to solve, and I want to play a part in it somehow. The job description of an engineer is all about problem solving. My uncle is an automotive engineer, and he started giving me information about the engineering field and coaching me through high school to start thinking more critically.
Why did you choose CofC?
I applied to many colleges and got into Clemson and University of South Carolina, but these engineering programs are so important that I didn’t think I could really make my mark and be noticed as well as I did. could here. And as soon as I walked through the Citern Yard, I knew right away that was it. It’s so beautiful. Also heard of the program from Dr NK (Narayanan Kuthirummal, department director for physics and astronomy and Director of the Systems Engineering Program) and his explanation of Systems Engineering also really drew me into the College program. A systems engineer puts all the pieces together, and I like to think big.
What do you like the most about the program?
Teachers. Professor Funke (Olufunke “Funke” Oladimeji) It’s incredible. She’s the one who sent an e-mail about the internship. In addition, the staff are very attentive. They want to do whatever they can to help you.
Have you ever learned something at CofC that you were able to apply at Goldfinger?
Yes sir. I mentioned to one of the engineers at Goldfinger that I had a 3D printer, so they asked me to do some GOUJAT (computer aided design), which is exactly what I just finished learning last semester. Having this knowledge really helped me develop some of the things Goldfinger asked me to do.
Can you describe some of the different engineers you work with?
The project manager makes sure everyone stays focused on their task and reminds them when things need to be completed. Our electrical engineer basically creates the motherboards for the monitors. Watching him work is really interesting. I can watch him build a motherboard on the computer using CAD, then print it on a simple sheet of paper, place it on a board, and then build it. There is also a software engineer. It was very interesting to see how he programmed this elaborate test bench to check all the necessary parameters. It’s amazing how thoughtful every product is, how they think about every single thing that can go wrong.
How will this internship help you in the future?
It will make me a better engineer. It’s fascinating to see how these guys work together to create the best possible product. It inspires me to incorporate it into my own work in the future. They taught me a lot about the reliability of the product and that even when the product comes out some things can go wrong, and as an engineer you are responsible for what goes wrong and you are responsible for finding a way to fix it. It is very important as an engineer to know this. You are responsible for everything that happens. Every now and then we get a monitor that has a bad panel or faulty touchscreen, so we have to find out what went wrong and fix anything. He showed me how to make a better product.