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Interns @ Critical Manufacturing

July 17, 2014

Interns @ Critical Manufacturing

Daniel is probably one of the most familiar faces from the Master’s course of Informatics and Computing Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP).

During the five years of his graduation, ending now, Daniel rarely stood still. He worked as Microsoft Student Partner at FEUP; became President of the Board at AEFEUP, the FEUP students association; was elected to be part of General Council of Porto University; is currently vice-president at Federação Académica do Porto (FAP), a federation in Porto which has 27 student associations; has organized several activities like Queima das Fitas (traditional festivity of the students of some Portuguese universities), Campeonatos Académicos do Porto (regional sports competition for students in higher education in Porto) and ENEI (National Meeting of IT Students).

Daniel Freitas did an internship at Critical Manufacturing for 6 months, oriented by Prof. Raul Vidal, dedicated to the theme “Career Management in Software Engineering Companies”. We’ve asked him a few questions about his time with our company.


How were you aware of Critical Manufacturing?
Daniel: Through ENEI (National Meeting of IT Students) in 2013, while I was looking for a sponsorship. We were knocking at several doors and Critical Manufacturing promptly helped us, creating the first Critical Manufacturing Challenge.

What made this an attractive internship?
Daniel:
It was actually my first real working experience, as well as the first contact and adaptation to labor market and its practical knowledge. The result was quite good and definitely, not a boogeyman!

What were the major challenges you faced during this internship?
Daniel:
I'm still involved in several different activities, so I guess the main challenge for me was the commitment to a daily time routine into a single project, despite all the flexibility provided by Critical. Working with several new tools and also the pressure to perform well the tasks for an optimal dissertation are worth mentioning as challenges I had to overcome.

How was Critical Manufacturing involved in your project?
Daniel:
Well, the project was developed for Critical Manufacturing. Beyond a coordinator who has been assigned to guide me, several other persons from the company have been involved. We then had the help of others colleagues in the company. We gathered their experience and applied it in my project.

How's the work environment at Critical Manufacturing?
Daniel:
The environment is very cool and this is really an extra source of motivation. I participated in some internal initiatives and had also the opportunity to be there when the company moved into its new premises.

What do you think about the implementation of your work at Critical?
Daniel:
I sincerely hope that due to the team's involvement, the work becomes a real asset. I believe that some concepts will be exploited in the future through a practical application. Although there's theory involved, this wasn't at all a purely academic project.

What are the main experience and knowledge that you will take from this internship?
Daniel:
Lots of things, but in essence the opportunity to know new routines, people and places. Also the fact of having broadened the range of tools I can now work with, which will surely become very useful in a near future.


"I am grateful to Critical Manufacturing for its initiative of receiving interns, for enabling an involvement along with the thesis and for the great working conditions provided." - Daniel Freitas



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