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How I Spent My Summer: CNM Student Interns at LANL

Jeff Schnakenberg, a student in the Metals Technology program in the School of Applied Technologies, will be busier than most of his peers this summer. In addition to taking a welding class at CNM and another course online, he'll be working as an intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He already has his certificate of completion in Machine Tool Technology, and expects to graduate with an associate's degree in Metals Technology in December.

Sep 01, 2016

Jeff Schnakenberg
Jeff Schnakenberg, a student in the Metals Technology program in the School of Applied Technologies, will be busier than most of his peers this summer. In addition to taking a welding class at CNM and another course online, he'll be working as an intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He already has his certificate of completion in Machine Tool Technology, and expects to graduate with an associate's degree in Metals Technology in December.

Originally from Gallup, Jeff decided to attend CNM to train for a new career after a layoff. He gravitated to the Machine Tool program because he thought learning metalworking skills might lead to employment at one of New Mexico's national laboratories. Jeff credits the influence of instructors Wayne Woody and Lawrence Simons on his success as a student, mentioning Wayne's industry experience and knowledge of the manual side of machining and Lawrence's expertise in CNC (computer numerical control) processes.

After the background check for his security clearance is complete, Jeff will be making parts for LANL technicians working on projects and experiments at the lab. He expects to start with basic techniques and build up to using more sophisticated equipment including laser welders, a manual lathe with memory and a five-axis machining unit that he will learn how to program. This should all contribute to his career interests; Jeff expresses a strong preference for continuously learning to make different items rather than producing the same components every day.