NSWC Port Hueneme Helps Student Engineers Sharpen Interview Skills

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Carlos Boisselier, NSWC Port Hueneme Systems Engineer, conducts a mock interview with a member of SHPE at Ventura College. Oct 24, 2012.

Delaney Gallagher

Carlos Boisselier, NSWC Port Hueneme Systems Engineer, conducts a mock interview with a member of SHPE at Ventura College. Oct 24, 2012.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme employees led mock interviews at Ventura College for The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Ventura County Chapter (SHPE VCC) members. During the event, eight personnel from NSWC Port Hueneme and employees from various local engineering companies conducted three 30-minute mock interviews for community college students in "round robin" fashion, and provided the students with feedback to help them improve their interview skills.

NSWC Port Hueneme personnel supported the mock interviews for SHPE members to help prepare them for the upcoming, national SHPE annual conference. The members use events such as the mock interviews and resume writing workshops to help prepare for this conference.

“SHPE is having its annual national conference at Fort Worth, Texas the second week of November. Every year our local professional chapter, SHPE VCC, sponsors a series of workshops to prepare the local student chapter for the conference,” explained NSWC Port Hueneme New Construction Installation Engineering Supervisor, Franklin Tomei. “The students that attend will get the opportunity to interact with Fortune 500 companies. Most of these students are Ventura College kids in their first/second year of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses, and ultimately looking to transfer out to finish an engineering/science degree at a four- year university. Based on their background, we realize that they have very little experience, and the goal of the workshops is to provide positive feedback on their interviewing skills, and strengthen their portfolio so they can land internship opportunities in the STEM fields.”

Every year the SHPE Conference attracts nearly 5,000 engineering professionals, students and corporate representatives, providing educational, technical and career opportunities for professional and student engineers. Aligning with Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) diversity outreach goals and objectives, the conference is a prime recruiting venue and resource for outstanding technical talent.

SHPE was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of civil engineers who wanted to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. SHPE quickly established two student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the nation as well as reach countries outside the United States. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation. The mission of this organization is to empower the Hispanic community to realize their full potential and value as leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

NSWC Port Hueneme is a field activity of NAVSEA 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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