Inaugural internship at Industrial Controls Company played role in strategic upgrade

Two students from Sussex-based The Industrial Controls Company’s inaugural electrical engineering internship program recently helped launch a strategic, new design software platform called AutoCAD Electrical.

AutoCAD Electrical is said to provide higher levels of customer responsiveness and efficiency to the industrial control system design process. It was created in order to address the ongoing challenge design teams face in creating part templates and storing the related specifications. With the new solution in place, however, ICC anticipates a dramatic reduction in drawing generation time along with improvements in quality.

Interns Rachel Yehle and Matt Taylor played a key role in developing the database, according to ICC, as they verified parts data from suppliers such as Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation Inc. for completeness and accuracy.

Yehle expects to graduate in the fall of 2015 or the spring of 2016 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering, while Taylor has an associate’s degree in electrical engineering technology from Waukesha County Technical College. Taylor, who continues to work in ICC’s internship program on a part-time basis, plans to get his bachelor’s degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

“I think we’ve played an essential part in making AutoCAD Electrical work in this application,” Yehle said. “We’ve helped the company grow by helping the engineers boost their productivity; it allows them more time to expand their work.”

Taylor added, “We jumped right in, head first.  It shows a lot of faith in me when they give me responsibility. That’s what I would expect in a solid intern program.”

The ICC internship program is ongoing, and future interns can expect to work closely with electrical controls engineers, suppliers, customers, manufacturing and quality control, and company leadership.  The scope of work ranges from individual control panel design to company-wide process improvement projects.

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