GE Engineers Introduce Plainville Students To 3D Printing And Advanced Technologies
Twenty-four Plainville High School students recently visited GE's Industrial Solutions business in Plainville, Connecticut, for a firsthand look at the site's New Product Introduction (NPI) Accelerator Lab and the exciting technologies engineers are using to accelerate product development.
Coordinated with Plainville High School's new program "Shadowing for Success," the GE tour was intended to further the program's mission of offering 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to explore occupations and engage with business professionals.
"For many of the students, this was their first exposure to an engineering environment and they were excited to explore the highly collaborative work environment of our NPI Accelerator Lab. They gained valuable exposure to the advanced tools and technologies we're using to develop and test Industrial Solutions next-generation product lines such as 3D printing and modeling," said John Legato, new product introduction program leader at Industrial Solutions.
The 17,000-square-foot NPI Accelerator Lab unites engineers in developing technologies that customers are demanding and strengthens GE's ability to respond quicker to changing market conditions. The lab includes a team room, high-tech machine shop with 3D printing capabilities, product teardown area and pilot-run production area.
"It is imperative for students to see and experience how knowledge and 21st century skills are applied outside of the classroom. This powerful visit to GE helps students answer the question of "why do I need to learn this?" and provides them strong incentive to achieve in school so they can pursue exciting career paths like those they saw," said Plainville High School Principal, Steven LePage. "We are grateful to GE and its employees who offered their time to students and teachers and to Mrs. Bradley for helping to build important bridges between school and career." College and Career Readiness Center Coordinator Sue Bradley accompanied students on the tour along with Dave Gaignard, unified arts instructional leader; and Mark Chase, instructor.
"It was a great opportunity for students to see firsthand what goes into making a company like GE so successful," said Chase.
"Relationships with local businesses such as GE are extremely valuable to the students and teachers alike," added Gaignard.
During the panel discussion, students had the opportunity to learn more about what a day in the life of an engineer is like at Industrial Solutions and ask questions. "We could sense students’ excitement by the many questions they asked and their high degree of engagement throughout the day," said Will Maurer, GE design engineer who played a key role in planning activities for the students. "It was wonderful to have the opportunity to bring students into our world of engineering."
In addition to this visit, GE's Industrial Solutions also will be hosting future job shadowing opportunities for Plainville students who are interested in technology and engineering.
Industrial Solutions, a GE heritage business, is leading the future of electrification with advanced technologies that safely, reliably and efficiently distribute, protect and control electricity throughout a facility's infrastructure.
-Posted on March 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM
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