Union County Students Get A Head Start In Engineering

LINDEN – On March 31, local students visited Infineum USA L.P.’s facilities in Linden, New Jersey to participate in its 12th Annual Career Workshop and learn about careers in engineering.

Approximately 150 students from eleven Union County high schools along with some of their science teachers and supervisors had an opportunity to hear detailed information on engineering careers from several Infineum engineers and engineering students from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The main focus of the event was to encourage students become interested in engineering careers.


The program consisted of presentations describing seven engineering disciplines: chemical, civil, computer/electrical, materials, environmental, and mechanical, including required courses and what typical engineers do in these fields. In addition, team-building exercises involved students in hands-on activities, which showed the approach to problem-solving and decision-making techniques that engineers use in their everyday lives.

“The team building project was excellent, because it mimicked a real world situation and the presenters were engineers in the field who use physical sciences on a daily basis,” said Roselle’s District Superior of Math and Science Levette Glanton, when asked what part of the event she liked the best.

During the team-building exercises, the students were placed into teams to work on two projects: 1) the building of a bridge for vehicular and aquatic traffic and, 2) the erection of a telecommunications tower of considerable height. The “aspiring engineers” were assigned to build the structures using unconventional materials: a set of Lego blocks to build the bridge, and Gummy Dots and spaghetti to erect the tower.

Throughout the program, the students had an opportunity to interact with the engineers and ask questions about pursuing a future career in engineering.

Justyna Kepa of Linden High School evaluates the various steps involved in creating he teams spaghetti structure. While building she is also applying her knowledge from the classroom and thinks about possible alternative steps for building their structures.

Krzysztof Sobon of Linden High School listens and thinks like an engineer… some parts of the Lego model are in compression and some in tension. The structure even flexes when under load. His higher level of questioning skills comes into play.

Photos by Christine Hudak, Linden Public Schools

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