Annual job shadow event connects students and engineers

Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle, in an effort to educate young people on business, economics and free enterprise, hosted its seventh annual Engineering Job Shadow Lunch at the Beaumont Event Center on Feb. 21. The event was held to allow high school students to explore the engineering field by interacting face to face with professional engineers and participate in activities that featured the science of the field.

“This event is a great opportunity for math and science students to learn about a career choice that they may have never considered,” said Krista Hunter, program manager for Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle, “None of this would have been possible without the support from local engineers who volunteer, our presenting sponsor Flint Hills Resources, and supporting sponsors ExxonMobil, Chevron Phillips Chemical and Motiva. Their continued support helps Junior Achievement achieve its mission of empowering youth to own their economic success.”

Students participated in a marshmallow tower building competition and viewed company-led demonstrations that featured engineering. Over 167 high school students and 18 local companies participated in the event.

“This event is unique to the Golden Triangle because we have volunteers from many local companies working together to encourage the next generation workforce to consider a career in engineering,” said Chris Plott, project manager for Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur.