By Mick Mattie, EI

To further my education, I decided to look into summer engineering internships. My summer engineering internship at Morrison-Maierle not only gave me an extensive introduction to HVAC and plumbing design but also gave me experience using industry tools that are useful outside of the internship. I expanded what I learned in school and gained new skills that I’m able to carry with me as I begin my career as a mechanical engineer.

Internships are valuable for many reasons, mainly because they help foster the skills you learn in college in a way impossible in the classroom. For example, I worked on a pump station at over 6,500 feet elevation that required considering the effects of the extreme weather at the location. Another project—an arena project with a building over 70,000 sq. ft.—pushed me to apply these same principles but to a vastly different situation. These real-world applications of what I learned in school helped to solidify the knowledge and increased its practical value.

While everyone’s internship experiences differ, here are a few highlights from my recent experience with Morrison-Maierle.


Learning new parts of building codes is necessary for project work but is not taught in school. For example, I learned about the specifics of fire protection and mechanical codes for a duct collection project, and a hospital remodel project introduced me to the requirements of healthcare design. I’m now more prepared for a full-time job after graduation because of this early exposure to codebooks and their interpretation.