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ABMA Interns Excel & Share Unique Summer Experience

Friday, August 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Sherrard
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For the past eight weeks, the 2013 recipients of ABMA's Tedric Harris Bearing Internship Brian Harrell and Michael Spinelli have spent their summer with SKF and Schaeffler, respectively. They have had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the bearing industry during their stay. Brian has been working at the SKF USA Inc. facility in Hanover, PA and Michael has been working at Schaeffler's facility in Danbury, CT.

Michael Spinelli talks about his experience below.

This summer I had the opportunity to work in the Manufacturing Engineering Department at The Schaeffler Group’s Barden Danbury, CT facility. From learning the details of bearing production and assembly, to the flow of operations in a manufacturing company, this position has given me the opportunity to greatly expand my knowledge of the field and gain experience with real-world engineering.

This summer I had the opportunity to work in the Manufacturing Engineering Department at The Schaeffler Group’s Barden Danbury, CT facility. From learning the details of bearing production and assembly, to the flow of operations in a manufacturing company, this position has given me the opportunity to greatly expand my knowledge of the field and gain experience with real-world engineering.

Overall, my internship experience with Schaeffler and the ABMA has been a wonderful, and I look forward to carrying on with all that I have learned

- Michael Spinelli

In addition to Brian Harrell's summary below, ABMA staff had the opportunity to visit him in Hanover, PA and a summary of that day along with a short video is also below.

My experience with SKF has been fantastic. I had the opportunity to work very closely with the engineers in the factory and ended up learning far more than I ever expected about bearings and the bearing industry.

In addition, during the Hanover factory’s two week shutdown period, SKF gave me the opportunity to spend some time working with their Application Engineers at their North American headquarters in Lansdale, PA. During my week in Lansdale, I spent time working on bearing failure analysis, as well as customer service and bearing applications. I’m hoping to stay in touch with the people I met both in Lansdale and in Hanover throughout the coming years.

Overall, after coming into my internship with very limited knowledge about bearings, my experience was very educational and rewarding, as well as a lesson in networking. I’m very grateful to have had this opportunity and want to thank both ABMA and SKF for helping to give me this great internship experience.


ABMA staff had the opportunity to visit Brian in Hanover last week. In addition to sharing what projects he worked on and the knowledge he gained, Brian was also kind enough to take us on a tour of the facility where he was able to clearly articulate what was happening on the floor. Based on conversations with his colleagues and supervisor, it is clear that Brian is a motivated young individual who has great potential in the bearing field. Scott Lynch sat down with Brian and was able to get his perspective on the internship and how his time at SKF has helped him grow as an engineer.

You may click here to view the video.

We would like to extend a special thank you to SKF and Schaeffler for supporting and facilitating these opportunities for Brian and Michael. This initiative would not have happened without the support from Poul Jeppesen, Jim Oliver and Gary Pallas at SKF and Bruce Warmbold and Greg Tinnell at Schaeffler.



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