I will write about my experiences during my 4 months internship with Sika Limited in Welwyn Garden City. Through this internship I got insight into the concrete business unit and the huge Sika product range with the application of these products.
Especially, I learned a lot about waterproofing products and their application, such as the Cavity Drain System, Sika Waterbars, SikaPlan and SikaProof A membranes. During different construction site visits in and around London I saw the application of Sika Watertight concrete and Sika Waterbars, as well as SikaProof A membranes for basements and a waste treatment plant. Another interesting site visit was a Spinor-Micro fine Cement job at a dam in South-West England. As the dam is suffering from leakage, they will form a new watertight curtain beneath the dam with injections.
Beside the site visits I had the opportunity to visit precast factories to see another application area for Sika admixtures. The factories were specialized in shaft and tunnel segments, drainage products, concrete fencing posts and panels, stairs, T-beams and hollowcores. They use Sika admixtures for self-compacting concrete, for a concrete with a better workability, for good early high-strength properties and an air entraining admixture.
I also gained insight into the cement production and therefore the use of cement additives for special binders. At a cement work we had to carry out trials with the additive SikaGrind, a liquid cement additive that has been specifically formulated to increase the grinding efficiency and flowability of cement. It was quite impressive to see a cement work with two big kilns, the cement mills and the tall tower with the raw material silos.
I spent some days in the concrete lab as well. During carrying out some trials, I could experience the influence of different admixtures to the resulting concrete. I did slump and flow tests for different admixture concentrations to investigate the changing of workability over time.
In addition to the many site and factory visits I had the chance to attend some training courses in the Sika Training Academy. I took part in the fibre training course, the 2-day welding training for SikaPlan membranes and a one day training for car park flooring. In these trainings, meant for contractors, they demonstrate the proper application of different Sika products.
I hope you enjoyed reading about the highlights of my time as an intern at Sika Limited and I want to say Thanks to everyone who has contributed to make this internship special and unique for me!
By winning the 2º edition of Sika Academy Portugal, a national contest for architects and engineers, with a first prize of a stage at Sika, was the first achievement as an architect.
I started at Sika on 18 of February, and to the present date, this was the best school that i joined.
Sika for me is the practical and real school of construction. I visited a bunch of work sites and realized, that the architects need this kind of experience, to understand the meaning of chemical products for construction and solution that Sika has, through the continuous search to improve either the human conditions of habitability either the environment that we construct for a better future and sustainable.
Sika taught me well, now I have to spread the name Sika, to my own, family/friends/colleagues.
The truth? I have begun since the first day that I subscribed for the contest.
Thanks to all the staff for the support they gave me.
Hey! This is my 1st post, I’ve working for Sika for almost 6 months as an intern now, it has been so much fun and really interesting.
My job is to assist the social media department,we are an area inside Marketing department, we are in charge of Sika’s Facebook, Twitter and Yotube accounts, we answer doubts, we asses the users so they can buy the right Sika product, and we inform about new products or how to apply the products correctly, we also publish information about the prescence of Sika in some buildings around the world and Mexico of course.
I have to visit the building site and ask the workers about their experience with Sika, then I take some pictures or record the interview, I arrive to the office and write about it or edit the video so we can upload it to Facebook. It’s real fun!
I really enjoy taking pictures, and is great to see your work on the web, specially, when people like it or make comments about it!
I’ve visited several buldings now,but my job has now change a bit, because I’m editing videos like tutorials about Sika products, last August I helped editing and animating a video for the new Facebook page for Sikaman, you can find it on youtube! It was a big challenge for me because I edited it in a software that I’ve never used and I am not like an expert or something, but everybody liked it and I really enjoyed learning.
Now, I’m working on more videos to upload to Youtube, so we can have material for one more social media for Sika.
I’ll write all about it and more of my work soon! hope you like reading about it!
I arrived at SIKA Chile in April this year to join the R & D laboratory designated by the corporate as Technology Support Center (TSC) for natural raw materials and as regional support center for Latin America. In Chile, as probably as in other countries, chemist university training (even as PhD) isn´t focused on the industry, but on pure research. For this reason these last months have been a constant challenge and learning.
But not everything is working in life, I cannot but mention the great team (and professional of course) present in the R & D laboratory . I deeply appreciate your willingness and disposition making me feel “one more” from the first day.
Well, as you can see my experience at SIKA just starts and hope to continue for a long, long time…
I will write about my experiences gathered during the past 5 months in Sika Japan. The internship will be one year in total and started on the 1st march. At the end of my master thesis I asked Barbara Jucker, head of R&D Japan, about the possibilities of working in Japan. I was offered a choice of places to apply for and finally got the place in her department, doubling the amount of Swiss in Hiratsuka. Hey everyone,
The first 4 months I was working for the automotive department and developing/adjusting expansive rubber baffles, used for dampening vibration and isolating car chases. Apart from daily business work I was given my first formulation adjustment project. It was fascinating because it evolved directly around the real factory problematic. After that I worked on a feasibility study for the next generation product. It was very challenging since no one had done this type of work before. At the end of my 4 months, after finally getting a hang of the sampling and testing of this product, my time at automotive was already over
The social part of the work was on par with the rest. I was warmly welcomed by everyone and even got a slightly delayed welcome party. Fortunately, most of the R&D people are fluent in English which is not a matter of course in Japan. Apart from tourist places it is rather difficult to communicate with spoken language, but luckily the restaurants have plastic copies of their dishes, saving anyone from starvation. In April (the traditional beginning of the work/school year in Japan) five new freshmen, all around my age, joined Sika. Two of them came to the R&D department. Together we established the Friday night knock off gathering where we youngsters get together for food and drinks.
For now that’s all, next time I will add some photos and talk about my work in the concrete department
At the Kantonsschule Zug we have the opportunity to make a three-week internship at a company. I can do this internship at Sika in Baar, Switzerland.
Because I’m interested in chemistry I had the opportunity to go to Zurich and work for two days in the laboratory where Sika products get checked for their ingredients and quality.
In these two days I learned fascinating things. I really liked the work in the laboratory. To give an example what I’ve done there: To test the Sika products I had to find out, how big the concentration of different metals in the product is. Large parts of the work do machines.
You only have to give the sample to the machine and it delivers the results. But to show what the machine has done we did it without machines as well.
I found this work in the laboratory very interesting, also because I could work with apprentices who were the same age as me.
June 24th 2013 by Dang
Finally the Sika Experience trip in Vietnam had come to the end.
We’d like to say “Thank you” to all the participants and everyone who help us making this amazing trip succeeded.
6 students had spent 6 days with full of real-life experiences. They have learnt many real-life things that not only motivate them in the future jobs but also for their life .
Be sure to stay tuned with Sika Experience and sharing your experiences.
We finished Sika experience trip yesterday. However, now, I am writing blog because after finishing the trip, I had a long sleep from 11pm, 22nd to 4pm, 23rd.
Yesterday, we left the hotel at 7.30 am to go to Bac Ninh province. Bac Ninh is a province with many factories and Sika factory also located here.
Mr. Tuan Anh together with us visited Sika factory.
This factory is smaller than Sika Dong Nai factory, but products are the same. Because of weather difference between South and North, Sika Bac Ninh products has a little difference to be congruous with condition. The market demand is big, so Sika factory is expanding.
After that, Mr. Noel together with us visited Nokia factory which uses Sika products. This prọect is very big with total investment peaching up 302 million USD.
In the afternoon, we visited JW Marriott – first six stars hotel in Tu Liem, Ha Noi. This hotel is very modern and beautiful with the swimming pool on the top floor, the grass on roof. To have this, they used Sika membrance.
In the evening, we had farewell party with Mr. Adam – Deputy Director General, Mr Trung – North branch manager, Mr Tuan Anh, Mr Noel and many people.
We were very happy after a interesting experience trip. We want to say thanks so much to Sika company, experts, and staffs who guided us. I hope, in one day, I can joint Sika company. See you soon.
June 23rd 2013 by Tien Le Ngoc
The last day and farewell moment of sika experience
Sadly, The final day of sika experience has come
as usual, we started the day by checked out the hotel and took some minutes to have breakfast and preparation for the new journey, we visited Sika Bac Ninh company, Nokia Plant and six star hotel JW Marriott Ha Noi
We attended the office of Sika Bac Ninh at 8 AM. soon after, we went around the plant guided by Mr Tuan Anh. just like when we visited other place of sika company, friendly enviroment and enthusiastic of all staffs. i was impression with their working style and company’s culture, it was something.
And then, we visited Nokia plant just near Sika Bac Ninh. the security was very strictly there, Sika mainly supplied flooring product there. it costed about 1 million USD for flooring solution, it is something
We finished the morning by friendly lunch with the staffs of Sika, then we went to My Dinh to visited Marriott hotel in afternoon, it is very luxurious hotel and they were applying Sika waterproofing there, there main product that Sika supplied there
Wherever we went to, sika there from the sounth to the north, event in the middle of Viet Nam, where the natural is hard to develops anything. it was extremmely pround, because we were a part of Sika experience
Finally, we had a farewell party in friendly and the promises was given
I would like to say thank you Sika experience 2013 Viet Nam
We started to go to Sika factory at Bacninh at 7:30 am and we arrived after 45 minutes later. My first feeling is that Sika factory in Bacninh is smaller than Sika factory in Dongnai but It was very clean. Mr Anh Tuan take us around the Sika factory to help us have overview.
Then we had time to visit to Nokia factory whose areas 60000 square meters . It is biggest project of Nokia at South East Asia. We were introduced about Nokia factory very carefully. After that we came back to Sika factory and joined in presentation bout ESD. This product was used to special construction such as electronic, gas factory…
In the afternoon, We visited to JW Marriott hotel. It is six stars hotel which is very modern. They used waterproofing product of Sika.
The Sika Experience Trip was ended today so in the evening we had dinner with managers of Hanoi branch and got many advises. What most impressive me is that ” Don’t waste your time for what you don’t like” It is right for me.Finally, we we re awarded certificate and got many wishes from Sika managers.
That time to say goodbye to Sika Experience. I hope that Sika Experience will going on better and better!