Like most weeks, Week 5 was full of new information. I had the opportunity to travel to New Hampshire on a project to recover material before the end of the second quarter. This trip allowed me to see where and how all the material is stored once it has been received from suppliers. Pratt & Whitney and UPS began this partnership around four years ago and the two are working to make continuous improvements. I also had the opportunity to learn more about internal processes and several troubleshooting strategies. About $1.5M was recovered with the help of the team that traveled to New Hampshire this week.
My fourth at Pratt and Whitney has been filled with more training, but the training is allowing me to understand the business full circle. The more I learn, the more interest I gain. During week one there were some things that I was completely confused about and at this point I find myself asking questions like, “Why is this?” or “Why is that?”. It was told to me that I am like a sponge and I soak everything up. I did not notice my level of curiosity, because I ask questions solely out of interest. I am slowly but surely gaining more responsibility and I am excited. Next week, I will be traveling to one of our engine centers in North Berwick, Maine. I am hoping that this will be a positive experience and give me opportunity to see material. This week has been especially interesting because, I am learning more about others in my group. In the beginning, I reservations about certain interactions, but now that I am getting know my team I see us building positive relationships. At the end of Week 4, I feel like I am finally starting to settle into the position and now the real magic will happen.
This week I learned a lot more about the company and it made me feel like I was included. It has been a challenge for me to gain confidence professionally because I am of the minority. In fact, I am a double minority being black and a female. My manager spoke about how much the company is changing and how there is a need for talent, but he also made light that there was the need for diverse talent. In addition to talks with him, I also had very meaningful interactions with someone I would consider a mentor who is a female supply chain manager. She worked her way up in the company and has not had any doubts. I was curious to know if she struggled to make her way, and she informed that she had to push her way to the top. Times are constantly changing and I am grateful. I advise everyone to create opportunities if the do not already exist!
I finally ended my second week at Pratt and Whitney and it has been enlightening. This week I have connected with others on my team through shadowing and the topics and material does not seem like learning a foreign language. My understanding of the business has grown and it is a great feeling. I feel that my prior experience has given me much confidence and drive to learn more. Next week I will be starting my buyer training which will be valid when and if I get a full time offer. Other than constant learning about the different accounts and material that my team procures, I learned more about the growth and opportunities within the company. I encourage each of you to research the company and consider starting your career here. There are plenty of opportunities and I am sure each of them will teach transferable skills that could be used in any industry.
Best One Yet
I have returned to East Hartford, CT as an intern for Pratt and Whitney, a United Technologies Corporation. In the short time that I have been working this summer, I have realized that my experience with the company is coming around full circle. My position last year was in the Materials Management Organization in the Commercial Serviceable Assets, CSA, group. CSA is an aftermarket business within PW. I had the opportunity to learn about engines and connect with suppliers and customers. This year I will be working with the Global Supply Chain Organization focusing on procurement. I will be working to procure seals and bearing from domestic and international suppliers. There are more opportunities for growth in my current position. I hope that my prior experience prepares me for what is to come in the upcoming weeks as I plan to make this summer the best one yet!