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 News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 422

BLM engineers help students consider careers

Engineers from BLM’s Bakersfield Field Office discussed career opportunities with high school students during a recent engineering career day.

Nearly 500 juniors and seniors and their teachers from 22 area high schools swarmed the campus of California State University, Bakersfield, for the 10th annual Engineers Day event. (text continues below)

An engineer shows the function of equipment hooked up to a compter
Students watch a demonstration of a scanning electron microscope at California State University, Bakersfield.

A host of speakers talked about what they did or why they thought it made sense to for students to consider a career in engineering. 

The two speaking venues were moderated by John Kaiser, BLM Bakersfield, and Ashley Jorishie, both petroleum engineers. Kaiser left each group with one parting thought. In the next 5-10 years, half of the engineering workforce will retire. 

The event was designed to mimic a professional conference with technical sessions (speakers), exhibits and tours.

This event is held each year during National Engineers Week and is sponsored by the San Joaquin Valley Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in partnership with CSUB and in conjunction with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, School-to-Career Program. The students in attendance had enough interest and accomplishments in math and science to consider applying to an engineering school.

Besides the two speaking venues the students also enjoyed an outdoor exhibit. Various companies, schools, organizations and agencies, including BLM, displayed what they do or the kinds of careers they offer. Information on scholarships and internships were also available. Engineers and human resource specialists were available to answer questions.

Students gather around a U.S. Air Force engineering exhibit

- David Christy, BLM Central California District, 3/2/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 422

Last updated: 03-05-2010