My summer in R&D Kongsberg
“I get to practice what I have learned in school, it’s fun and it gives me valuable experience which is hard to achieve elsewhere”
Joar (23) was selected to work on a real project as part of the Summer internship 2015 at Kongsberg Automotive.
Joar is from Sula in Western part of Norway. Ever since childhood he knew that he would be an engineer. Now he’s a Master’s degree student at the leading technical university in Norway, NTNU, studying Cybernetics and Robotics and he has spent this summer working in Kongsberg as Control systems engineer on the Summer internship program.
In 7 weeks he has done considerable research and tests on air valves technology as part of an ongoing project within the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) actuation group in KA’s Driver Control business area.
“It is a great project to work on. I get to practice what I have learned in school, it’s fun and it gives me valuable experience which is hard to achieve elsewhere,” said Joar.
KA summer internship is for talented students, with the right attitude who would like to get a taste of what it`s like to work side by side with the experts within one of the most challenging industries in the world.
The summer project is part of KA’s strategic focus on AMT solutions which drive reductions in fuel consumption, minimize costs and enhance driver comfort. Joar has a great interest for cars and technology, and is grateful for the opportunity to be working in Kongsberg during the summer. The job includes extensive use of technical cybernetics, exploring control systems and developing valve controllers by the use of simulation tools.
This is the core of what I like to do. Also, working with advanced mathematical models which will have impact on the automotive industry seems almost unreal
During the summer project, Joar has gotten to know the global KA team and the company culture.
“I have been warmly welcomed by my team. They have been great support during the project. Also, I was surprised how open minded everyone are; all seem happy to discuss and help with finding solutions,” said Joar.
Summer intern 26 years ago
Bjørn Iversen was introduced to Kongsberg Automotive in 1989 when he was taking his engineering degree. Today he is R&D Manager for Concept Development in Driver control business area. He is also strongly involved together with the HR department in selecting students and assigning interns to relevant projects.
“Applying for a summer internship is very similar to a normal job, and we spend a considerable amount of time to find the right candidates for our projects. We want to find passionate talents suited for our projects and build relations with future employees who are looking for a professional career within the automotive industry,” said Bjørn Iversen.
As Joar wraps up his summer project, he vividly tells about his final year as student writing his Master’s thesis. When he is ready, KA hopes to see him next year applying for a position in the company.
Increased efforts in social media and targeted marketing gave an all-time high interest with 131 applications for a total of 6 positions in R&D Kongsberg and at KA’s plant in Hvittingfoss, Norway.