Just outside of Toronto, at one of MCC’s biggest facilities, you’ll find Ricard Bergström, last years treasurer of the USA Summer Internship Program, who has since June this year been working at their testing center. MCC, Mobile Climate Control, creates HVAC, heating-, ventilating-, and air conditioning systems for buses, trucks and utility vehicles.
In the world of engineering, where job duties often are harder to describe than the duty itself, we tried to find out exactly what Ricard does at MCC.
Ricard, what exactly do you do at work?
I work at MCC’s testing center, where we test our HVAC systems and components, to see how they work and try to locate and possibly fix any errors. We test everything from the smallest component, e.g. a single compressor, to a full size bus in our climate chamber. By placing out sensors and measuring the airflow and characteristics we try to locate and fix the problems that occur.
At Chalmers University of Technology Ricard studied Mechanical Engineering and his earlier work experience from the automotive industry made him very suitable for the job. Ricard tells us that his background in Mechanical Engineering has definitely helped him with his job duties, where the theory from the courses in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and materials engineering has especially been put into practice.
One and a half hour from MCC’s facility is downtown Toronto, the third largest city in North America. In comparison to Gothenburg, Toronto is a different world. With 2.8 million inhabitants, there are always things to do. “If you want to do something special, or see a certain band, all you have to do is to Google them and you’ll find out when they’re coming.” He also tells us that the food in Toronto is the best he has ever had. Due to that the city is so multicultural, there are some many different kitchens and it’s easy to find a great one close to you.
Since the weekdays are filled with work, grocery shopping and working out, the weekends are precious for Ricard and he always tries to make the best out of them. “I have had many friends from USA SIP visit me in Toronto and I have visited them as well. One of the best things about the USA SIP year in Sweden is that you have so many contacts once you get to North America. During 4th of July, I travelled to Philadelphia to meet up with some USA SIP members and celebrate, it was probably the best weekend here.”
Ricard is soon returning to Sweden after the 6 months long internship and he tells us that he enjoyed his stay and that he will miss Toronto except two things, “the coffee is terrible over here, you must be prepared for that. And I won’t miss the phone bills either”. With his family and girlfriend back in Sweden, he has maxed his data cap every month to be able to chat regularly. I truly recommend you to go to North America with USA Summer Internship Program.