At Mt. San Jacinto College in California, students are learning about the value of an engineering degree and the many possibilities that will open up for them upon graduation, the Press Enterprise reports.
According to the media outlet, about 150 students recently met at the school's Menifee Valley, California campus for an educational seminar about the many careers that are currently available in engineering, as well as surveying jobs, and the necessary skills needed for both. College students, and even high school students, from all over the Riverside County region listened to leader from the industry speak on what's happening in the sector, while representatives from four-year universities also gave demos on how to use the equipment most often used in the field.
The event was organized by Lori Benson, a career and technical education project coordinator, while industry speaker Brian Fox of Cozad and Fox Inc. organized the presentations. Benson spoke to the students about the importance of receiving higher education, specifically in an industry they love.
"I love hearing the professionals share their expertise and passion for their careers with students who are eager to learn and excited about exploring career options," she said.
Students in attendance traveled from Murrieta Mesa, West Valley in Hemet, Perris High School and the Santa Rosa Academy in Menifee, while industry speakers came in from the Riverside County Department of Transportation, Spectra Precision, Leica Geosystems, Lair property and several other nearby firms.
Seeing so many students excited about the potential for finding an engineering job is likely a welcome site for the sector, considering graduates of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects have been waning for years. According to EE Times, the country has put several programs in place to help fill these open engineering positions, however the leaders of these initiatives will be the first to say it won't be an overnight fix.
This, says Sasha Gurke, senior vice president and co-founder of Knovel, will lead to a shift in the way engineering firms train their workers.
"To ensure engineers obtain hands-on experience with knowledge management systems and other resources, companies should have someone in charge of training workers to use the technologies appropriately," he wrote. "If this role doesn't exist, it should be created to increase adoption."