TOLEDO, Ohio, February 16, 2010 – Approximately forty-five students from three area high schools will get hands-on experience from a team of SSOE engineers when they spend part of their day at SSOE’s Toledo headquarters for the “Engineer for a Day,” Program. The program is a part of the 2010 Toledo Engineer Week’s agenda and will be held on February 17, 2010 from1:00 until 4:00 PM.
The students will attend a luncheon at The University of Toledo College of Engineering before meeting at SSOE for an experience in engineering that gives them first-hand insight into what it takes to become a member of the profession.
To start the afternoon, students will get an overview on energy and sustainable design trends, technologies, and software. Jerry Carter, Business Leader for SSOE’s Sustainable and Renewable Solutions group, will discuss the importance of choosing the right college and getting involved with professional organizations to enhance the educational experience. He will also be highlighting career paths within the sustainable design field.
The second topic of discussion for the afternoon will cover project management. This will include a brief discussion on the role of a project manager followed by a teambuilding activity featuring Legos which will give the students first-hand familiarity with project management principles.
The day will wrap up with a presentation that covers electrical engineering. SSOE presenters will discuss their roles within the company and then follow with an interactive activity by which hot dogs will be cooked with just a few wires and a battery. Once complete, the students will be able to taste test the end result.
During the program students will also learn about SSOE’s student co-op internship program. This program provides college students with resume building experience, a competitive wage, and college credits. On average SSOE employs 40 co-ops / interns at any given time.