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Culture - Sep 25, 2020

Internship yields a full-time position

Mackenzie Morey | Waupaca Foundry

Tooling Engineer Intern, Eli Kallio

Eli Kallio is returning for his 5th year at Waupaca Foundry Plant 2/3. He began as a co-op student in the pattern shop in 2016. After high school, he immediately pursued an internship within the Tooling Department in spring 2017 and continued for four years.

Eli is currently attending UW-Platteville majoring in Industrial Technology and Management (ITM). His expected graduation date is December 2020.

Eli has just accepted a full-time position as a Tooling Engineer. His roles in this department will be running Magma simulations on new and existing toolings while looking for the best gating solution. He will be working towards continuous improvements—such as ways to reduce costs and improve scrap percentages.

His experience as a co-op student and an intern has helped prepare him for his new full-time position. “Years of interning helped me immensely and made me prepared to accept this job," Eli informs that beginning his journey in the pattern shop helped him understand the entire process—from designing to physical creation. “Designing tooling on a computer is one thing, however putting it to work and actually making it on the floor is entirely another.” Now working as a Tooling Engineer, he understands what is expected from him and how to help the pattern shop employees when designing tooling. “I had that side of things working in the pattern shop, understanding how it goes on, what they’re looking for, [and] the issues that they run into," Eli informs that working in the pattern shop helped him appreciate how the pattern shop builds tooling and now can help make changes to his designs to better suit and support the pattern shop employees in the long run.

Eli expresses gratitude for his experience at Waupaca Foundry. “I enjoyed my job and the people I was working with.” He is thankful for the co-workers and supervisors who helped him get to where he is today. “I had a fantastic boss that came out of the [internship] program."

Waupaca Foundry has a wide variety of professional, engineering, and manufacturing employment opportunities for college and technical students of all interests, to prepare young professionals for the world of work.

The Summer Help Program at Waupaca Foundry provides valuable work experience and an insight into the variety of professional and manufacturing careers in the metalcasting industry. Students interested in summer employment and internships at Waupaca Foundry are encouraged to apply.
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