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Chant Engineering intern Kaitlyn Hines awarded Bill Franz Scholarship

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Chant Engineering Co. Inc. has announced that Kaitlyn Hines has been awarded the Bill Franz Memorial Scholarship from AWRF in 2022.

“Katie” is a rising junior at Rowan University majoring in mechanical engineering with an automotive CUGS and math minor. While at Chant last summer, she learned to perform design improvements for refurbished pull test machines and how to perform dimensional analysis of customer test subjects to generate Test Stand Design Specifications for Chant manufactured Test Stands.

“I have also learned to design components for new pull test machines, hydraulic power units, written test subject tolerance reports, and performed run-off testing of said test subjects,” she said.

When asked what she enjoyed most about her time at Chant, Katie replied, “I have enjoyed learning and getting to see how engineering is done outside of the classroom. To me, the best part about Chant as an engineer is that we design the machine, and it gets built in the next room. We are a part of the process every step of the way.

“...I have learned so much about SolidWorks, design considerations, tolerances, and how to calculate things like stress, strain, shear, and hole tear out. The most important thing that I have learned from Chant is how to approach a design. I have seen a significant change in how I go about designing a machine and how to make it efficient and easy to edit.”

Asked to recall a time that she felt proud during her internship Katie stated, “When I was given the opportunity to work on the refurbished machines Chant bought to redesign, I had a sense of accomplishment because I felt that it was a big step up from the smaller projects I had been working on. I had a sense of pride knowing that my name would be on the design the shop used to build the machine. The stereotype of intern work is a thing of the past at Chant. I got to be a part of meetings and client discussions as well as design machines, which was an incredible experience.”

Katie plans to continue her education and see how she will apply all she learned from Chant at school. “I can already see a difference in my knowledge of SolidWorks and the way I approach the design process. I would like to thank Chant Engineering for all they have done for me – especially Mason Chant and Anthony Conner for taking the time to thoroughly explain anything and everything.”

Everyone at Chant has enjoyed having Katie as a part of its Engineering Team and wishes her continued success.


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