Hatch is a company that is focused on the development of unique engineering solutions and the implementation of new innovations to solve large-scale industrial problems. My placement in the geotechnical engineering team at Niagara Falls focuses on the energy sector and specifically embankment dams. Since each site and location of a hydroelectric plant is different, each project possesses its own unique difficulties and challenges.
As an aspiring engineer, this internship has given me valuable insight into the complex design process of overcoming the technical issues of an engineering project. Through interactions with new engineers entering the workplace to veterans with more than 45 years of experience, their experiences have shown me the journey and professional advancement in the industry.
In addition to the 2D and 3D CAD (computer-aided design) skills I have learned, this opportunity has also allowed me to develop and improve my ‘soft’ skills such as networking and maintaining professional relationships. 100% this is a great experience and gave me the ability to truly apply the knowledge and skills from SHAD.