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Miller Getting a Head Start

From drafting and drawing to dimensions and tolerances, senior Jack Miller does it all in his internship with Burns Machine Company. He received the job at the end of October when he realized he had a true passion for learning more about engineering.

Miller uses what he has learned from his Computer-Aided Design (CAD) class and his independent study with CAD teacher Ed Frankenberger to create 2D and 3D sketches of different parts as a blueprint for his co-workers to use to manufacture those parts. “My favorite part about my internship is being able to use the skills I’ve learned at school and applying them to the workforce,” Miller said. “The CAD program at school helped me get my foot in the door on the job application, and now I always know what my boss and co-workers are talking about.”

Frankenberger noted Miller’s hard work and improvements throughout the years. “Jack is an exceptional student in drafting and design. As a junior Jack got OTHS involved in a program to 3D print an artificial hand for a child in a third-world country. Under his supervision, we at OTHS did 3D printing and manufactured the hand and provided it to the child in need.”

CAD is just a hobby for Miller as he plans to major in Biology as a Pre-Medicine student,

but he may decide to add Mechanical Engineering as a second major at Butler University.

Miller’s most recent project in CAD class is designing a catapult that he will 3D print once he is finished.

Burns Machine Company is located in Ottawa, IL and manufactures special machinery and component parts, such as packaging or glass, for other companies.