Class of 2019, BS in Chemical Engineering
The photo is of a deactivation furnace where we explode unused, defective or prototype inflators. It sounds like a microwave popping gigantic metal popcorn kernels!
I am a process engineering intern at Autoliv, the world’s largest automotive safety company, with operations in 27 different countries. Autoliv has been on the fortune 500 for the past 20 years.
I work at the Promontory Facility in northern Utah. We produce gas generant that goes into driver, passenger, side-impact and side-curtain airbags. This facility produces more igniter material and gas generant annually than any other pyrotechnic facility in the world.
I work in the spray dry department, which deals with the manufacturing of the pyrotechnic material. One of my main tasks for the summer is proposing alternatives for the slurry pumps we currently use. Our slurry is not only corrosive and abrasive, but we operate at very unique pressures and flowrates, as well as at high temperatures, which makes pump selection difficult.
One of my side projects is installing an auger feed screw to more effectively deliver powders into the mix tanks and, in addition to spray dry, I have headed up a project to give our waste water treatment facility a facelift. I collected data, drafted a request for proposal, communicated with contractors on a daily basis, and coordinated site visits.
I have really enjoyed my time at Autoliv. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming, patient and eager to answer my questions. My supervisors assign me projects that not only benefit the company, but that also give me valuable experience and benefit me as an engineer.
Northern Utah is gorgeous and there are endless outdoor possibilities. It is an easy drive to Salt Lake City, Boise and Yellowstone National Park. Since coming here, I have been to my first MLS soccer game, saw my first air show, and enjoyed the US’s oldest family-run amusement park.