Camden Shuman, a junior in mechanical engineering, explores the skills and experience that he has gained while working as a member of the mechanical team at Siemens Healthineers during his co-op work assignment.
My name is Camden Shuman and I’m a junior studying Mechanical Engineering. Over the past eight months I have had the pleasure to work at Siemens Healthineers, a German Biotech company who pioneers new molecular imaging technologies that improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world.
I worked in our Knoxville based research and development facility where we design PET/CT imaging scanners that are used in hospitals in 190 countries. My team assignment was on the Structure and Install mechanical team where we were responsible for the structural design and integrating the work from every other team. What I loved about working with them was the interesting projects we tackled every day and the challenges we overcame. As a coop for Siemens Healthineers, you manage your own workload and are assigned projects from many engineers. For each of these projects I collaborated with an engineer on my team and produced deliverables.
I designed assemblies in Siemens NX CAD, communicated with suppliers, executed tests, ran FEAs, calculated angle tolerances, created engineering drawings with GD&T, and gained engineering experience in the MedTech Industry. In one of my projects, I had the opportunity take a project from the idea, to a CAD assembly design, and finally to testing the prototype. Now, that design I made in collaboration with engineer and UTK alum, Riley Toll, is going into production.
If you are interested in the medical device industry and enjoy design, I highly recommend doing a coop with Siemens Healthineers. I have learned so much and really enjoyed working with some amazing people.