What do you want to be when you grow up? Everyone knows this question well, and while it is often met with hesitation, Cameron Poussard has a definitive answer. Ever since he was little, he has been fascinated by aviation. Currently pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Maine at Orono, with a focus in aeronautics/astronautics, he is now working as an intern within the BU 851 NB Module Assemblies department at North Berwick.
Poussard's eagerness for professional experience is what brought him to Pratt & Whitney. "I wanted to make sure I was able to work somewhere that was changing the face of the aerospace industry for the better and I believe Pratt & Whitney is doing just that," he said. "After learning about Pratt & Whitney's advances in jet engine technology with the PurePower® PW1000G engine family as well as the state-of-the-art F135 engine, I was sold that this was the company I wanted to work for."
Poussard's internship experience has been cohesive. In addition to making strong connections with the other engineers in his area, he has been able to touch on a variety of projects. One of his most recent assignments challenged him to design a bolt to use on the high pressure compressor to disassemble the different stages of the stack without leaving marks.
"It can be tough when you are in college taking engineering courses and are being told how a jet engine works without ever seeing more than a picture in a textbook," Poussard explained. "Through this internship, I have been able to receive a more hands on approach to the knowledge I have gained through my schooling."
Poussard is looking forward to the rest of the summer and seeing what types of projects come his way. Even though his agenda varies from day to day, the common denominator excites him: there is always something to be done.
After his upcoming graduation in the spring of 2017, Poussard plans to take the GMAT and the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam before pursing an MBA a few years later.