NSWC Port Hueneme Hosts Local High School Engineering Students

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Keith Sander shows students from Hueneme High School EDCP program prototypes of various components made by EDL’s rapid prototype/additive manufacturing machines, Oct. 23.

Delaney Gallagher

Keith Sander shows students from Hueneme High School EDCP program prototypes of various components made by EDL’s rapid prototype/additive manufacturing machines, Oct. 23.

Many high school seniors are thinking ahead to their college careers. The seniors of Hueneme High School’s Engineering and Design Career Path (EDCP) program are preparing themselves beyond that by getting involved with the engineering program at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme.

On Tuesday Oct. 23, NSWC Port Hueneme hosted 16 students from the EDCP program. The students were shown a video and given a presentation about the engineering work done at the command by Capt. Scott Davis, NSWC Port Hueneme chief engineer, and then took a tour of the Underway Replenishment (UNREP) Test Site and the Engineering Development Laboratory (EDL).

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, described the Hueneme High School EDCP program as one that “prepares students with a foundation in engineering. 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.”

Davis showed the students an overview of NSWC Port Hueneme, informing them of the breakdown of employees and the different types of engineering programs. After asking each student where they were hoping to attend college, Davis made sure they knew NSWC Port Hueneme would be a career option for their future.

In closing, Davis told the students “After earning your degrees, I hope you consider bringing your skill set here to support NSWC Port Hueneme.”

Robert Hilger, UNREP Division manager, gave the students a tour of the facilities and explained the support that UNREP provides to ships at sea so they can get supplies without having to come into a port. Hilger also let the students know that after college their expertise would be useful at NSWC Port Hueneme.

The students were then taken to the EDL, a state-of-the-art facility that provides in-house design, prototyping and testing capabilities for components of the surface fleet’s combat systems. EDL Team Lead Keith Sander told the students how EDL engineers and technicians make prototypes of various components using one of the lab’s rapid prototype/additive manufacturing machines. The students were fascinated with the previously made tools Sander passed around to them.

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. Commanded by Capt. Bill DeBow of the United States Navy, NSWC Port Hueneme is located at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., where it employs more than 1,900 personnel.

This story is contributed by a member of the Ventura community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Ventura County Star

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