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National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland Internship

National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland Internship

Hello, my name is Euan McManus. I have been working for FOMO for three weeks now as an intern through NMIS (National Manufacturing Institute Scotland) for the summer. I have just finished my second year as an Electrical and Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Strathclyde and I am looking forward to the rest of my summer working here! My degree course is a combination of material from both the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering degree and the Electronic and Electrical Engineering degree. It aims to give me a wide range of skills which can be used to bridge the gap between mechanical and electrical engineering work. Currently, I am working with the rest of the team to help develop new products (most notably the FLIP body protector) and doing some work internally to help the company run as smoothly as possible.

 

Impact tested shoulder protector

Shoulder protector for testing

This includes work on the Dynamics 365 inventory management system, SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) and market analysis, working on ways to new processes for foam as well as general help around the office.

Everything I have done so far has taught me a huge amount about what goes into designing and selling products and the inner workings of how businesses operate. I did not have much prior experience in the equestrian world so it has been really interesting to find out more about the sport and the role engineering contributes to the equipment used for riders. I do, however, participate in other sports, mainly tricking (an expressive movement practice where combinations of moves from many disciplines, called “tricks”, are performed by the tricker) and martial arts (which also uses foam protective gear) and occasionally bouldering (technical rock climbing at lower heights). I still have a couple of months left on my internship and I hope to use this time to learn even more and make as big a contribution to FOMO as possible. 

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