Summer jobs and Scania Griffin Trophy

Summer jobs and Scania Griffin Trophy

Hi there,

In this post I will tell you about some of the different summer job assignments that you can end up doing in the SSI-program. In the end of the post I will also show some pictures from a fun SSI-summer activity we had the other week.

First I should mention that the SSI-program is focused around Scania R & D, as opposed to production or sales and marketing. Most of the summer job assignments are thus placed at Scania R & D. I will now give you some examples of what tasks some of the SSI-students, including me, have been assigned with.

My placement is with a group of design engineers who works with bus frames. I have got my own desk where I mainly work with CAD-related tasks (Catia).

As I mentioned in my previous post, “It starts with you”, I also spend time away from my desk in order to learn more about Scania. One example is that I attend some of the meetings that my colleges go to. I also make study visits to other parts of Scania throughout Södertälje. This past week e.g. I visited the foundry, the engine machining facility and the final assembly of the engines. I have now seen the whole creation of the Scania engine – from molten metal to final assembly, installation and start up on chassis leaving the plant. Pretty awesome, I would say – and inspiring!

In a neighboring room to me sits another SSI-student, Jonas. He is placed with a group who also works with buses but on a more analytical level. Jonas assignment is to help out with strength test analyses of the constructions made by design engineers, e.g. from my group.

Then we have Magnus who is also placed with an analytical group but in the engine department. He uses Matlab along with empirical test results to compute the propagation of vibrations within the engine. A glance down his notepad is like going over notes taken during a lecture in mechanics. I am impressed!

Naturally Scania performs numerous tests here at the R & D department. Many tests are carried out on full scale products and SSI-student Niklas has been placed with one of these groups that perform tests on trucks. His assignment is to help plan the test, rig the truck with necessary sensors, and then write a report after the practical test run is finished and the results are in.

The students mentioned above, including me, are all enrolled in the branch of the SSI-program that is aimed towards mechanics. Another friend of mine, Sofia, is enrolled with the other branch of the SSI-program, which is aimed towards system/IT. During the SSI application interview she explained her wish for a more practical summer job, which it turns out she later was assigned. Her task has been to construct some sort of connection hardware that is to be used during signal testing. Yet other SSI-students enrolled in the system/IT branch have been assigned summer jobs involving e.g. various types of programming.

This is the end of the more informative part of this post. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the summer job or about the SSI-program in general.

Departure from Scania Technical Centre in Södertälje. Still traveling in style!

Departure from Scania Technical Centre in Södertälje – Still traveling in style!

Now I would like to end with some pictures from the SSI summer meet we had the other week. We went to Tunanäs, a waterfront campsite available for Scania employees. The activity we did was a mini version of the Scania Griffin Trophy. It is a type of timed scavenger hunt. Many of the SSI-mentors and some bosses participated as well. Afterwards we had a nice sunset BBQ by the water before the bus took us back to Södertälje.

Scania Griffin Trophy is a physical and adventurous activity done in teams. Each team gets a map with marked locations where you must go to carry out challenges in order to collect points. The challenges test the teams in intelligence, speed, creativity and team work.

You had to use a boat to reach certain areas on the map, although getting off shore was for some trickier than expected.

You had to use a boat to reach certain areas on the map, although getting off shore was trickier than expected.

It was fun with some playful action. Racing against the clock made it even more exciting.

It was fun with some playful action. Racing against the clock made it even more exciting.

One task involved memorizing as much information as possible from a long text in order to answer questions about it later on.

One task involved memorizing as much information as possible from a long text in order to answer questions about it later on.

"You win some..." A proud moment for my team when our paper vessel managed to carry the load of nuts and bolts.

“You win some…” A proud moment for my team when our paper vessel managed to carry the load of nuts and bolts.

"...And you lose some" A not-so-proud moment when our cushioned egg failed the crash test.

“…And you lose some” A not-so-proud moment when our cushioned egg failed the crash test.

My team did not win but Niklas and I still thought it was great fun to play outdoors for a while.

My team did not win but Niklas and I still thought it was great fun to play outdoors for a while.

Look who won the gold medal – my fellow SSI-blogger, Moa.

Look who won the gold medal – my fellow SSI-blogger, Moa.

Simon Andersson, one of the SSI-coordinators, doing his job with a smile.

One of the SSI-coordinators, Simon Andersson.

Jonas and I during the BBQ.

Petter and Marcus during the BBQ.

SSI-students and their mentors socializing during a sunset BBQ.

The BBQ offered a good opportunity for us SSI-students to socialize together with our mentors and bosses.

On a last note, I think it was a fun summer meet and I am glad I got to see this pretty campsite.

Cheers,

Petter Jakobsson

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