Careers

Electronics Engineer Intern – Alex Bernard

On value-based, project work while interning at Cummins…

“My internship focused on two, large projects where I learned new things and was empowered to run with my ideas. I wasn’t micromanaged by my manager, and this allowed me to set my goals and progress at a natural pace. I learned a lot about electronics and the interface between mechanical and electrical engineering.

I was encouraged to work directly with a valve supplier of Cummins to understand part issues and collaborate on solutions to remove soot. I determined a method to close the valve quicker, so that soot was removed from the valve during the process.  I implemented problem solving skills I learned in my class work at Purdue University to identify an improvement, which is currently being tested by the Cummins new product team for use on future engines.”

On accomplishing your goals and the Cummins culture…

“During my internship, I never had a problem meeting with others and asking questions.  People across all levels of the Company made time to work with me on projects, relay their knowledge, and address my questions on projects and career development.

The Cummins culture is technical, results driven, and emphasizes work/life balance.  The importance of getting work done is offset by allowing flexible work situations.”

On experiencing technology and innovation…

“Being able to see how our computer systems allow precise control of engine components gave me a glimpse of Cummins technology first hand.  The way Cummins uses multiple types of control theory to accomplish controls and the way we can achieve the same thing multiple ways was very interesting!”

On impacting the customer…

“My projects led to decreasing the number of issues with valve soot build-up, which impacted the overall quality of our product. Through the interactions with my team and supplier, I was able to affect change in a positive way for the Company and our customers.”

On company and community involvement…

“One of the best events I attended this summer was a downtown Indianapolis resource group (DIRG) affinity event that was planned by employees.  It was really cool to mix and mingle with many Cummins senior leaders, as well as hear them speak and share their experiences. Listening to our CEO talk about starting out at Cummins as an intern was really exciting and inspiring. The leadership at Cummins is approachable and it’s easy to see why Cummins is one of the 25 top places to be an intern.”

On the benefits from your internship…

“This internship allowed me to put my MatLab skills and project management classes to use, as well as prepare me for using Six Sigma tools.  I was able to demonstrate my technical writing skills in documenting my project learnings for use by future employees. I learned multiple program languages, which I used to complete my projects and will be beneficial in future job experiences.”

On what you enjoyed most about working at Cummins…

“It was clear to see that Cummins is very good to its employees.  They really care about employee development and career growth.  Cummins also cares a lot about the communities they are part of, both nationally and globally.”