My final week here started with a nice visit from Tom Tucker, my faculty advisor for the project. As part of our senior projects, he is required to visit our workspace and get a feel for what I’ve been doing for the past month. Before he arrived, I was tasked with reorganizing the wall of gaskets, where they have tried to keep track of the dozens of types of thin pieces of trimmed rubber that seal help seal the engine. I was awestruck at the sheer number of shapes, sizes and prices, with some costing as much as 35$. While I waited for Tom, I took on the grease pit.
My activities during my last week were a replay of my entire month. It started with cars and ended with a lot of shadowing. Due to Memorial Day, it was another shortened week (I’ve only had one full week this entire month) but it began the way the last one ended – with a lot of cars.
Well this was the final week and my first full week as I said in the last post. The week began with my 18th birthday which I celebrated at Bandon Dunes golf resort, the Disneyland of golf. I was really there for a stag weekend or a bachelore party as it is more commonly known around here for my dad's friend's son but it was more fun because of that. When people think of brits as being stiff and boring they haven't seen the group I was with. I don't think I've laughed more during a round then I did playing with these guys my entire life.
Once again my week was cut short due to the golf team. This week we had our state tournament monday and tuesday at Trysting Tree out in Corvallis. We came third overall behind St. Mary's of medford and Cascade Christian tying our place from last year's competition. Fortunatly the rest of the week was open allowing me to work with my mentor and because the golf season is over, next week will not only be my final week but also my first full week of work.
This week was a lot of fun because I was able to do more of the jobs I enjoyed, since it was my last week. One task that I really enjoy is filling the cookies or macaroons with buttercream filling. This week they taught me how to make the buttercream, which was really cool. There are two different techniques based upon whether you are using fresh fruit or not. We have two fillings that include fruit, our rhubarb filling and the new strawberry filling that just came into season.
I mentioned last week that the majority of the developers were going to be out of town this week for technical conferences. This made my job more difficult, as I had technical questions for my last project. It ended up not being finished, unfortunately, but Nathan (my mentor) may spend some time to finish it later.