My internship at cellumation
Technical products are becoming increasingly complex and the importance of control software is also growing strongly. This changes the perspective on planning and cooperative work of the engineering disciplines. The Systems Engineering program at the University of Bremen teaches an interdisciplinary way of thinking of the engineering fields: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and considers technical systems holistically.
In this interview we would like to look back on his internship. Jessica Habermann asks the questions.
Michael Smagin is studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering at the University of Bremen and completed a twelve-week internship at cellumation. He liked it so much that he has been working as a student trainee at cellumation since the end of his internship in March 2021.
How did you hear about cellumation GmbH?
As part of my studies (systems engineering), I worked in the Forschungsinstitut BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH on a project. It was there that I became aware of cellumation and the celluveyor. I was immediately captivated by the technology.
What made you decide to do an internship at cellumation?
I found the job description very interesting, as it was in the direction of robotics and programming. In addition, cellumation was one of the few companies that even responded to me in Corona times, which I found very positive.
What exactly do you do in your job?
I am working in the frontend development. My task there is to help with the programming of the celluveyor IDE. The celluveyor IDE is an interface with many different tools, which are needed for example for the service and development of the celluveyor.
In the first weeks of my internship I participated in testing the system and helped to develop a new requirement workflow.
Requirements Workflow? What is it?
The celluveyor works through a symbiosis between hardware and software. The requirement workflow describes the general process from idea to product. It helps management to estimate how complex individual features will be and enables complex functions to be broken down into their components, this work to be distributed to the team and processed in a coordinated and efficient manner.
Can you also make a difference as a working student or intern at cellumation?
Absolutely! In consultation with the team, I was able to make decisions that will continue to influence our work in the future.
Was it easy to understand the Celluveyor, and what fascinates you about your work or drives you?
Moving packages in any direction is a fairly simple concept.
The celluveyor, on the other hand, can not only move the packages from left to right, but also reorient, cross and sort them. This makes it incredibly complex compared to other conveyor systems.
I’m interested in exploring the boundaries of it all and seeing what’s possible. I also have the chance to learn an incredible amount from the software team.
Have you ever reached your limits?
In software development, you often hit a wall. There are times when you think you won’t make any progress. But with the team behind you, you can manage that, too. If you have a problem, you can always ask for help and get helpful feedback. Somehow you always make progress.
Do you have a tip for applicants or interested people?
We are always looking for competent developers and interested students. So if you want to learn something new, apply. Even if the right position is not advertised, it is worthwhile to write an email. At least that’s how I got my job.