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Interns @ Critical Manufacturing

July 30, 2014

Interns @ Critical Manufacturing

João Pinto did his internship at Critical Manufacturing, as part of his Master’s course in Informatics and Computing Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP).

Over five years of his completed graduation, João has been involved in several mobile application projects, such as Continente+ for Sonae, UPMobile for University of Porto and a mobile application for Happy Day BPI, an event whose challenge was the development of a mobile application in 24h. He became Technical Director of the LGP Challenge, leading a team of 25 persons and took part in the organization of the conference Talk a Bit, an event about the Impact of Technology on Society. In what Honors and Awards are concerned, João achieved 2nd place on both FEUP Management Challenge and Global Management Challenge.

João did his internship at Critical Manufacturing for 6 months, dedicated to the theme “Advanced system configuration and simulation of manufacturing units”, oriented by Prof. Rosaldo J. F. Rossetti. We’ve asked him a few questions about his time with our company.


How were you aware of Critical Manufacturing?
João: The very first time I’ve heard about Critical Manufacturing, was through an email sent by a FEUP teacher - Augusto Sousa. But it was actually upon the dissertation proposal that I became particularly aware of your company.

What made this an attractive internship?
João:
This project definitely stood out from the others. It involved the level of challenge I was looking for and that would allow me to have a better grade. I also wanted a company where I could have the chance to continue working there upon the end of the internship, which is what I gladly achieved at Critical Manufacturing.

What were the major challenges you faced during this internship?
João:
Without any doubt, the main challenges were working with a brand new tool, besides learning further programming languages. Also of critical importance was the novelty of a daily routine from 9 am to 6 pm. Especially when I was used to an academic one from 6 pm to 9 am!

How was Critical Manufacturing involved in your project?
João:
From the very beginning, João Brandão, my internship supervisor at Critical, supported me. He was actually in contact with me, even before the internship started. Thereafter, he was always proactive and enthusiastic, and made sure I had all the information and direction to have a continuous and productive work.

How's the work environment at Critical Manufacturing?
João:
Pretty good indeed. Chatting with several colleagues who have made their internships in other companies, Critical Manufacturing is actually one of the best places to be. I always felt a lot of freedom. With freedom comes responsibility - foremost the work had to be done within tight deadlines.

What do you think about the implementation of your work at Critical?
João:
I did an internship dedicated to an application called Simulator. This application allows cmNavigo MES users to run several tests, such as stress tests, bringing significant benefits in terms of the efficiency of the solution when used in a real manufacturing environment.

What are the main experience and knowledge that you will take from this internship?
João:
I'll take lots of things. But perhaps the most important ones were getting acquainted with the SCRUM methodology and learning more programming languages and tools, while gaining responsibility and adaptation to a continuous work pace.


"My experience at Critical Manufacturing was excellent. if I could go back in time and change things, I would have chosen exactly the same internship." João Pinto



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