On Tuesday Nov. 27, NSWC Port Hueneme hosted another 16 seniors from Hueneme High School’s Engineering and Design Career Path (EDCP) program. The students were shown a video and given a presentation about the engineering work done at the command by Capt. William DeBow, NSWC Port Hueneme commander, and then took a tour of the Underway Replenishment (UNREP) Test Site, the Surface Warfare Engineering Facility (SWEF), and the Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS).
This is the second consecutive year that students from Hueneme High School’s EDCP program have joined together with NSWC Port Hueneme and Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) though this outreach program, giving them the opportunity to gain knowledge about the types of engineering careers available at the Navy base.
NBVC School Liaison Officer, Monica James, gave high praise to the Hueneme High School EDCP program because it “prepares students with a foundation in engineering.” She described the program and NBVC’s role, “Students elect to be a part of the program their 10th grade year and, as a cohort, take classes designed with an engineering background in mind. As students become seniors, they are required to go out in the community to learn more about the engineering field. NBVC supports these students by providing an opportunity for them to visit various work sites and job shadow engineers in the field.”
DeBow engaged with the students by asking what kind of sports they play, and telling them about his high school, college, and navy experience. After breaking the ice, DeBow then showed the students an overview presentation, including two videos, of NSWC Port Hueneme, informing them of the breakdown of employees and the different types of engineering programs.
On all three tours, NSWC Port Hueneme personnel appreciated the Hueneme High School students due to their participation in the tours and their questions. Robert Hilger, UNREP Division manager, told the students “When we have young people visit and ask the tough questions, it keeps us thinking about ways we can improve. We’re always looking to provide jobs and internships to college students and graduates. Keep that in mind in the coming years.”
Students concluded their tour with the understanding that they would return for a more in-depth look at engineering disciplines at NSWC Port Hueneme. The program first gives them the opportunity to tour the facilities and gain an understanding of what the command does, and then they return for a second visit where the students will be matched up with engineers so that they have first-hand experience with the work done at Port Hueneme. The program will run until May 2013
NSWC Port Hueneme is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command and provides the global United States Navy fleet with weapon system in-service engineering, logistics, and test and evaluation. NSWC Port Hueneme is located at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., where it employs more than 1,900 personnel.