TOLEDO, Ohio, February 16, 2017 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, will host nearly 40 students from local area high schools including Ayersville, Ida, Lake, and Start, on Tuesday, February 21st as part of Engineers Week. Focused on promoting entry into the engineering profession, Engineers Week takes place February 20 – 26, 2017 in locations across the U.S. Engineering is one of the fastest-growing, best paid careers for recent college graduates and this growth is projected to continue into the future.
Visiting students will get a hands-on experience from a team of engineers when they spend part of their day at SSOE’s Toledo headquarters for the “Engineer for a Day” program. The program will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 12:45 until 3:30 PM. Students will attend a luncheon at The University of Toledo College of Engineering before meeting at SSOE. While at SSOE, they will have the opportunity to participate in team-building activities, gain insight on the different engineering disciplines, and learn what it takes to become an engineer—and potentially an employee of SSOE.
To kick-off the program, a presentation will be given by SSOE’s Global Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Team, led by Lauren Collier, Doug Furia, Tony Hiss, Mark LaBell, Zach Lopez, and Mike Musgrave. The team will take the students through a high-level overview of VDC and wrap-up with a collaborative LEGO® exercise.
Next, Senior Electrical Engineer, John Colley, PE, will lead a demonstration on electrical engineering titled, “Let’s Build a Motor”. The day will conclude with Structural Engineer, Kyle Bosworth, PE, leading an activity titled, “Construct a Building Frame” that will involve students working in teams to construct a building frame out of household products. The frames will then be tested to resist both vertical and horizontal loads—measuring the students’ creativity with various design options in a team environment, while managing a theoretical project budget and schedule.
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.
SSOE is committed to preparing students for successful careers by generating interest and improving skills in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. In addition to their support of Engineers Week, they are a proud sponsor of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).