Zamir Primus '23

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Build and design has always been a passion of Zamir Primus ’23, a College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) mechanical engineering student. This summer, Primus accepted an internship at Turbine Controls, an FAA-approved aircraft repair station that works on the engines for major aircraft like Boeing 737s, Airbus A320s, and even F-35 supersonic fighter jets.

From day one of the internship, Primus has been immersed in the engineering field, personally modeling components and getting hands-on experience with engine parts. Part of his responsibilities includes researching specifications of masking products that can withstand chemical exposure at hundreds of degrees.

“I met the CEO and COO on my third day, and I work directly under one of the company executives. My work greatly impacts the important projects he is working on,” Primus excitedly shares. “My models have to be accurate to the thousandths of an inch, so I have learned the importance of recognizing the nitty-gritty details behind the parts I work on.”

Adding to the immersive experience, Primus’s desk is conveniently located next to the window of the workshop, allowing him to learn field tips and tricks from experienced engineers. Any time he has a question or needs a pointer, he asks the engineers who are always willing to teach.

My models have to be accurate to the thousandths of an inch, so I have learned the importance of recognizing the nitty-gritty details behind the parts I work on.

Zamir Primus '23, Mechanical Engineering, CETA

During the weekend, Primus continues to master his engineering skill, working at Prime Speed Tuning, his family’s auto shop in Rowley, Massachusetts. The company helps improve the speed of cars through high-end performance engine rebuilds, upgrade services, custom fabrication, and tuning services. His passion for cars has been apparent from a young age. As a child, Primus would challenge himself by throwing away LEGO set instructions and building his own unique vehicles.

Working at his parent’s business has granted Primus the opportunity to combine both his internship knowledge and experience as a member of UHart’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE). While the drive to the auto shop is two-and-a-half hours, he feels that the drive is worth it. "I get to directly learn how the design of these car components affects installation and application,” he explains.

In addition to FSAE, Primus is also the treasurer of the Hartford Men’s Football Club and parliamentarian for the National Society of Black Engineers. Recently, he traveled to Anaheim, California, for NSBE 48, an annual convention where he obtained interviewing experience and learned about the job market.

Primus says he enjoys how diverse and friendly the campus community is and thanks numerous faculty, including Dr. Ivana Milanovic and Dr. Edward Diehl, for helping to assist with his career success. After graduation, Primus plans to pursue a career as an aerodynamicist and race the cars he builds.