Duke Energy engineers reach out to youth during EWeek

Did you hug an engineer last week?

Duke Energy’s nuclear fleet celebrated National Engineers Week (EWeek) during the third week of February this year.

Oconee Nuclear Station's Jessi Link, a systems mechanical engineer and NAYGN member, spoke to 75 students from Anderson County during EWeek 2014.
Oconee Nuclear Station’s Jessi Link, a systems mechanical engineer and NAYGN member, speaks to 75 students from Anderson County during EWeek 2014.

Our goal at Duke Energy is to get the nation’s youth talking about engineering, science and math. We strive to connect students with Duke Energy employees to learn about real-life career options in these fields, as well as career options within the nuclear industry.

During EWeek and throughout the month of February, employees volunteered to reach out to local students to talk with them on a personal level about engineering at their respective work sites and the educational paths they took to get them where they are today.

Oconee Nuclear Station’s education center, the World of Energy, paired up with its site’s North American Young Generation in Nuclear Chapter (NAYGN) engineers, who visited engineering design classes at local career centers and science classes in Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties. Altogether, Oconee’s NAYGN volunteers reached out to nearly 250 students.

Brad Medlin, a 3D modeler and metrologist and NAYGN officer at Oconee, gave an EWeek presentation to engineering students at Hamilton Career Center in Oconee County.
Brad Medlin, a 3D modeler and metrologist and NAYGN officer at Oconee, gave an EWeek presentation to engineering students at Hamilton Career Center in Oconee County.

Not only did they discuss education options with high school students interested in pursuing higher-level education, but they also introduced them to basic nuclear power, interacted with students using fun and engaging activities (like the “hair-raising” Van der Graaf generator!) and answered any questions they had about the nuclear industry.

Are you interested in having someone speak to your group about engineering or the nuclear industry? While EWeek 2014 has come and gone, Duke Energy’s nuclear fleet is committed to spreading the word about engineering and the nuclear industry throughout the year. Our nuclear plants include McGuire Nuclear Station, Harris Nuclear Station, Brunswick Nuclear Station, Oconee, Catawba Nuclear Station, Robinson Nuclear Station and Crystal River Nuclear Station – reach out to their local communications contacts today to schedule a presentation.

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