Sole Education Week 5: Personal Safety On the Job

Sole Education - Personal Safety on the Job

Safety goggles, hardhats, and you guessed it – safety footwear are all examples of materials that may be used as PPE (personal protective equipment) in the trades.  As a mechanical engineering intern and student, Mikayla had her own experience with PPE, let’s learn about what safety measures and protocols are taken in the industry:

Personal Safety on the Job

While in my first engineering classes, we learned a few safety protocols for Brown Steel Toe Boots when we are working with machinery, harmful chemicals, or near dangerous equipment.

Personal Safety Standards Include:

  • Wearing long hair up in a bun to prevent it from getting caught in machinery or dipped in harmful chemicals,
  • Wearing closed-toe or steel-toed boots while on a machine shop floor,
  • Always wear safety glasses when on the shop floor
  • Wearing long work pants
  • Wearing a safety vest.

In my intro to machining class, I was the only female so I was the only one that needed to follow the safety protocol for putting my hair up and out of the way. The risk with having your hair down can be that it gets caught in spinning machinery, it can be dipped into contaminants, and it can get in the way of a part you are examining. At Volvo Trucks, we are required to wear safety glasses and steel-toed boots whenever we enter the machine shop or truck garage. This is because it is a liability if heavy machinery were to land on our toes, and if harmful chemicals or metal chips fly into our face. Safety is incredibly important for work productivity, without these protocols, people can get hurt and not be able to work.


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Sole Education Week 4: Trends of the Trade

Trends of the trade

Innovation and growth are two things that drive most industries.  Without these two driving forces, a company will find itself slowly fading into obscurity.

This week, we asked Mikayla to give us the lowdown on the latest and greatest technology in the Mechanical Engineering field – check out what she had to share:

Trends of the Trade:

A trending topic in my trade right now is the use of new technology such as Augmented and Virtual Reality. Especially in manufacturing, prototyping, a product can be costly and time-consuming.

Throughout the 00’s technology revolution, we have seen the original desktop computer, the laptop mobile computer, then the mobile phone with the same functions as a computer. This has technological investors asking, what’s next?

Augmented and virtual reality will be able to impact the engineering industry in ways we didn’t think possible.

There is a difference between augmented and virtual reality: virtual reality is when you are placed into the virtual space, whereas augmented reality is when virtual objects are placed into your own space.

Many automotive manufacturers like Volvo Trucks have already invested in virtual and augmented reality to visualize full-scale truck models in 3D CAD software.

With this technology, Volvo trucks can examine designs up close without spending the money to prototype them. Volvo Trucks also utilizes virtual reality for truck driving simulations, to find ways to make the driver more comfortable, as well as test the drivability of a truck before it is manufactured.

With augmented reality, engineers can see the part in front of them in their own space. In manufacturing, a technician could use augmented reality to visualize the assembly and disassembly instructions for a piece of equipment, to perform maintenance, just by scanning a simple bar code.

Follow along with our students’ progress here.
Learn more about the Generation T movement here.